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Research Manager


  • Organization: IMPACT Initiatives
  • Location: Chişinău
  • Grade: Mid level - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2023-10-31

We are currently looking for a Research Manager to lead our Resilience and Preparedness Research Team in Moldova.

Department: IMPACT

Position: Research Manager

Contract duration: 12 months

Starting Date: October 2023

Location: Chisinau, Moldova

The Research Manager will be responsible for overseeing the development and strategy of the Resilience and Preparedness Research Team, under the supervision of the IMPACT Country Coordinator, and IMPACT HQ in Geneva. The candidate should be comfortable representing IMPACT with donors and be able to coordinate and liaise with a range of senior external partners.

The role of the Research Manager is to drive the strategy, and workstreams of the Research Team. This position requires a profile that can be strategic as well as someone who enjoys the complexity of team management, as the Research Manager’s job will include management of staff, analytical oversight of research products, strategic development of the Team, and ensuring that the Team strategy is operationalized.

This is a senior position within IMPACT Moldova, and the Resilience and Preparedness RM will sit on the Moldova Senior Management Team (SMT).

The Research Manager’s responsibilities will include:

Staff Management

  • Direct management of international and national team members, including recruitment and staff career management.
  • Development and implementation of capacity training plans for team members;
  • Day-to-day management of team members, including the development of work plans and performance indicators.

Project/Research Cycle Management

  • Ensure all Resilience and Preparedness assessments and analysis are planned and implemented in a structured and coherent manner, in line with relevant project and strategic objectives, and with global REACH guidelines;
  • Oversee all Resilience and Preparedness Research Cycles, including reviewing ToRs, methodology notes, tools, products and dissemination strategies.
  • Ensure the writing and production of timely, accurate and analytically rigorous reports, assessments, and factsheets;
  • Provide technical support to The Team Lead of Protection and Basic Needs Research Team where needed.
  • Ensure relevant stakeholders and partners are engaged in assessment design and planning;
  • Monitor output achievement, project expenditure and ensure timely completion of the project.
  • Actively advocate for the improving of analysis within REACH products, and using common methodologies, tools and analysis frameworks across units where relevant

Grants Management

  • Under the guidance of the Country Coordinator, manage grants in the Resilience and Preparedness Research Team, including initial discussions with donors, conceptualisation of new projects, drafting proposals, regular reporting, and M&E;
  • Under the guidance of the Country Coordinator, oversee the financial management of all grants covering Resilience and Preparedness projects, including oversight of budget and expenditure;
  • Ensure that contractual obligations are met in terms of programs deliverables.

External Engagement

  • In coordination with the Country Coordinator and SMT, represent REACH with donors, partners, and the wider humanitarian and development community in Moldova.

Strategy Development and Implementation

  • Under the guidance of the Country Coordinator, develop the Resilience and Preparedness strategy, engagement and involvement with various technical and coordination forums;
  • Work with key working groups and partner organizations and working groups to understand the various relevant information gaps within Ukraine and identify how the Resilience and Preparedness RT can fill these gaps;
  • As a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), contribute to the development and implementation of the REACH Moldova country strategy;
  • Develop and implement dissemination strategies to strengthen the impact of the Resilience and Preparedness programmes;
  • Engagement with HQ on Resilience and Preparedness research and/or coordination and provide support to relevant IMPACT Global Community of Practices (CoPs).

The Research Manager will maintain the strictest confidentiality on all data collected and related processes. He/she will actively take measures to prevent the unauthorized sharing of any information and data belonging to IMPACT and its partners, or collected during his/her assignment with IMPACT.


  • Excellent academic qualifications, including a master’s degree in a relevant discipline;
  • At least 3 years of relevant working experience in a humanitarian setting, such as program management, evaluation and assessments;
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection, and data analysis experience required;
  • Demonstrated team management skills, including remote management;
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting and reviewing;
  • Prior experience with humanitarian coordination forums preferred;
  • Prior experience with Resilience research, including local coordination mechanisms, Area-based Assessments, or socioeconomic assessments is preferred;
  • Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility and work independently;
  • Ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel required;
  • Ability to operate Adobe Suite preferred;
  • Skills in SPSS, R or related statistical software are considered an asset;
  • Fluency in English required; fluency in Romanian, Ukrainian and/or Russian preferred.


  • For this position, salary between 3’000 and 3’120 CHF monthly (before income tax), etc as well as a monthly living allowance of 300 USD and a food allowance of 300 USD NB – IMPACT salaries are strictly determined by our salary grid depending on the grade of the position and the level of education of staff.
  • Accommodation provided in a guesthouse.
  • Enrolment in Swiss private pension fund (Swisslife – approx. 9.975% of staff gross salary), health insurance, life insurance and repatriation assistance.
  • Flight tickets every 6 months & visa fees covered.
  • Contribution to the luggage transportation fees
  • Annual leave of 36 days per year. Public holidays of the country of assignment.
  • Family/compassionate leave when applicable.
  • Predeparture induction – 3 days at IMPACT Initiatives’ HQ in Geneva + one week pre-International training in ACTED HQ in Paris, including a 4-days in situ security training;
  • MPACT prioritizes the psychological safety of its staff and the health insurance provided covers, among others, up to 1000 € per year of psychosocial counselling fee.

Please apply directly on IMPACT's website: Research Manager | Impact (

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