Compassion International

Senior Qualitative Program Effectiveness Research Specialist

Job ID
Remote (work from home, non-Regional)
Child Program


As part of a collaborative international team that contributes to advancing evidence-informed program effectiveness, the senior qualitative program specialist will primarily design, lead and/or support rigorous qualitative research studies, which inform Compassion's child development programs, leadership decision-making, strategy development and marketing messaging.

Essential Job Functions


  • Maintains a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ, maintains a courteous, Christ-like attitude in dealing with people within and outside of Compassion, and faithfully upholds Compassion’s ministry in prayer.
  • Acts as an advocate for children – raising the awareness of the needs, neglect, nurture, and potential of children in poverty and challenging and enabling those within one’s influence to greater involvement and effectiveness on behalf of children.
  • Plans, designs, conducts or supports research studies on a variety of topics as directed, using appropriate, advanced, innovative and rigorous qualitative or mixed approaches to generate reliable, timely and meaningful information to stakeholders and leadership. This includes:
    • Stakeholder engagement, development of research questions, literature reviews and study contextualization, sample and participant selection, qualitative methodology, in depth analysis using the necessary data analysis tools (eg., computer-based text analysis software), report writing and presentation to multiple audiences and forums.
    • Leading studies from beginning to end; from identifying the research question, through data collection in the field, to report writing and presenting in various formats and venues.
  • Using experience from field exposure, technical expertise and on-going self directed learning, advises program managers and leadership on relevant programmatic issues when requested and through contribution to and/or leadership of multi-departmental project, creative thinking and analysis teams.
  • Supports and builds the research capacity of junior team members and Field Office staff including investigating and sharing current literature, identifying new tools and approaches, developing training materials, contributing to training systems and events as required, practical critique of methodologies and completed research reports and consultation as requested.
  • Interfaces with other Compassion departments and individuals (eg., program implementation, marketing, auditing and quality assurance, business intelligence and management) in order to minimize duplication of effort, build cooperation and support the growth of high quality information gathering across the organization.



  • Advanced experience in a broad range of state of the art qualitative data collection methods and research designs, including, but not limited to, complex systems, narrative/micro narrative inquiry, photo documentation, data triangulation and technology-based solutions, as well as experienced in using them in multiple country and poverty related contexts.
  • An objective and analytical mind with the ability to pay close attention to detail.
  • High emotional and cultural intelligence with a positive and realistic attitude and disposition.
  • Self-motivated and able to work with minimum supervision. Self-sufficient in designing and managing research studies.
  • Able to establish, lead or serve strong working cross-functional and multi-cultural relationships. Also able to take initiative and demonstrate leadership.
  • A team player and able to work collaboratively with colleagues from a distance.
  • Committed to staying current with trends and emerging methods in the qualitative research field. Further committed to self directed and professional learning in the areas of research and international development. Committed to excellence and objectivity.
  • Enthusiasm and capacity for regular international travel.
  • Possess an advanced understanding of issues surrounding poverty and international development.
  • Excellent and creative communication skills, both written and verbal in English, as well as , ideally, in one of the languages spoken in one or several of the countries in which a Compassion Field Office exists.



All Compassion employees are expected to maintain the four primary values:

  • INTEGRITY: “Conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27)
  • EXCELLENCE: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23)
  • STEWARDSHIP: “The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it” (Psalm 24:1)
  • DIGNITY: “God created man in His own image” (Genesis 1:27)


  • Master's or PhD  degree(s) in social science, psychology, anthropology, international development or equivalent, with major components that include research and/or evaluation.


  • 5+ years recent qualitative research experience, including at least 3 years applied experience in conducting research in social science, psychology, public health, international development or equivalent, cross-cultural settings that include child and/or community development or similar.


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  • Proficiency in MS Office, qualitative analysis software, databases, literature reviews, basic descriptive or advanced statistics.


  • Working Environment: Standard or home office. Location negotiable.
  • Physical Demands: International travel to remote environments with potentially hazardous and challenging conditions.
  • Travel Requirements: Up to 25% of time away from home during the year.

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