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Research Consultants - Workplace Gender Equality Case Study


Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research, evaluation and implementing programs in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. We work with our clients to implement bold, innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. We provide a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors, contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities. Abt Associates is an organisation that has a personal commitment to its staff and as such we value the long-term relationships that we build with the people who work for us.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Investing in Women is managed by Abt Associates on behalf of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The Initiative seeks to address barriers to women’s economic empowerment in Southeast Asia in the workplace, in business, in policy and regulations, and in the social and societal norms that underpin inequality. The program is being implemented in four countries in South East Asia: the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

By working through Business Coalitions and their member firms, Component 1 (Business Partnerships) aims to influence large employers to increase gender diversity and adopt more gender equitable work practices within their organisations. By providing an evidence-based business case for promoting greater women’s economic empowerment and showcasing effective organisational practice it is envisaged that over time large employers will take the lead in encouraging other organisations to adopt similar practices.

The Program is making a significant investment in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning across the program. Within Component 1, the flagship MEL investment is a series of organisational case studies that will unpack the factors shaping change in workplace gender equality, and identify knock-on impacts (positive and negative) for team/organisational performance, and women’s economic empowerment. The WGE Case Study Researchers will be central to this work.

The position will be home-based, with regular travel to offices of the case study firms in Jakarta, Manila, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon.

For more information about the Investing in Women Program, see www.investinginwomen.asia

The Opportunity

The Workplace Gender Equality Case Study Researcher will conduct credible case study data collection, processing, and analysis with member firms that are driving workplace gender equality improvements.

A Terms of Reference providing further details of this opportunity is available from our website at: www.abtassoc.com.au/careers

Key Duties

Prepare a brief profile of each case study firm, based on publicly available sources.
With the Knowledge Management Coordinator, conduct introductory meetings with case study firm managers to explain the purpose and scope of the case study research.
Participate in training, testing, and continual improvement of case study methodology, under the direction of the MEL STA Organisational Change (based at University of Sydney Business School)
Conduct primary data collection within case study firms, including individual interviews, focus group discussions, and document review. If requested, conduct additional interviews with Business Coalition staff member firm CEOs.
Conduct data processing and initial data analysis, as prescribed in the case study data management manual, and under the direction of the MEL STA Organisational Change, with careful attention to privacy and confidentiality measures.
Present preliminary findings to case study firm managers after each round of data collection, in coordination with Business Coalitions and aligned with their member support services.
As requested, participate in Business Coalition or IW meetings to support dissemination and uptake of findings.
Key Requirements

The preferred applicant will have:

At least 4 years’ experience conducting qualitative research or evaluation activities (e.g. data collection, processing, and analysis), including semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions.
Demonstrated ability to rapidly build rapport with clients, preferably in large private sector firms.
Understanding of best practice in relation to diversity within the workplace, preferably including a focus on gender equality.
Understanding of organisational change and change management, preferably in large private sector firms.
Demonstrated time management and coordination skills, under limited supervision.
Excellent written and verbal English skills and an ability to work in the local language.
Further Information & Application

Further information in regards to this opportunity can found in the Position Description available from the Careers page of Abt Associates’ website at: http://www.abtassoc.com.au/careers/job-search/.

Applications should be submitted online via the Careers page of Abt Associates’ website, and must include a CV and covering letter addressing the key requirements listed above. We are an equal opportunity employer, and encourage applications from experienced and capable women.

Applications close: Sunday, 11th March 2018.

We welcome and thank all applicants, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Abt Associates – Who We Are

Abt Associates is a recognised leader in the international development sector. Working with our many partners, Abt Associates implements bold innovative solutions to improve the lives of the community and deliver valued outcomes for our clients. We provide a comprehensive range of services from policy to service delivery in the public and private sectors contributing to long term benefits for clients and communities. Operating in remote and challenging environments, we offer innovative solutions, extensive experience in the region, strong technical capacity, and a proven project management track record. We are committed to gender equity in our employment strategies and encourage applications from capable women. Abt Associates is a child safe organisation and promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.

For more information about our company and what we do visit our website at www.abtassociates.com.au.

Organisation METIS ANALYTICS

Country The position will be home-based, with regular travel to offices of the case study firms in Jakarta, Manila, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon.