Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Time: Full-time. At present, we are in-office two days per week.
The Field Operations Research & Advocacy Manager serves as a member of the Field Operations team. They will support and strengthen the ongoing research and advocacy initiatives in collaboration with our Director of Research & Advocacy, Field Operations team, and nine international program partner teams. The person serving in this role will also be responsible for data management, analysis, and dissemination, ensuring data quality and integrity.
Research & External Advocacy (approximately 50%)
- Support and conduct external and internal research and evaluation activities primarily related to program and project impact and producing data to inform programmatic decision-making and design.
- Contribute to OI’s global visibility by producing research reports, vlogs, blogs, and peer-reviewed articles.
- Cultivate, maintain, and leverage stakeholder relationships to achieve Outreach International’s objectives and raise its profile as a community-led development movement member.
- Support advocacy mobilizations of Outreach International supporters and donors with engaging learning and data-sharing opportunities.
- Independently generate advocacy ideas and research insights for assigned subject areas.
Data Management and Analysis (approximately 30%)
- Manage the OI field data monitoring system (Apricot) and develop a business intelligence system with data visualization (dashboards).
- Support international program partners by engaging them in learning and data-operationalization opportunities.
- Lead program assessments, including OI’s partnership audits & impact evaluations.
- Improve the monitoring and reporting system for OI’s supported school program in Haiti.
- With Field Operations, ensure data is effectively communicated through various internal and external communications.
Field Operations Manager & Program Support (approximately 20%)
- Manage 1-2 of OI’s field-based program partnerships by providing proactive, strategic, and diverse operational support to the local team leaders and staff.
- Coordinate communications between Field Operations and other OI departments as needed, proactively providing field updates to Marketing and Development.
- Manage and respond to requests and concerns of program partners, including review of reports, proposals, and other communications.
Other Simultaneous Support Initiatives
- Create a positive team environment adhering to OI’s organizational values and management principles.
- Travel to support and monitor the field program and/or program partner staff; as much as two months consolidated per year may be necessary.
- Contribute to the caring and collegial culture of the Field Operations and OI team overall.
Experience & Skills
- Master’s degree in a related area or a bachelor’s degree in a related area plus five years of work experience in a related field.
- Experience in advocacy for international, community development, humanitarian or human rights, or women’s rights.
- Ability to think and operate strategically, independently, and creatively.
- Maintaining flexibility – comfortable operating in support and stepping into leadership, including the willingness and ability to act as a spokesperson when necessary, meeting deadlines with strict time constraints while maintaining positivity.
- Ability to communicate clearly and work independently, yet collaboratively, in a cross-cultural setting with a number of remote working relationships, some outside normal working hours, and across time zones.
- Diverse and complex problem-solving skills as well as strong leadership with initiative, influencing skills, self-awareness, and ability to work effectively with others of unique skill sets.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills in English.
- Experience in Google Drive and Microsoft Office programs, including high-level proficiency in Google Sheets and Excel, including the use of pivot tables, formulas, and charts.
- Experience working in and/or interest in developing capacity for data visualization tools, such as PowerBi, Tableau, Google Data Studio, or similar; PowerBi experience strongly preferred.
- Strong data analytical skills (both qualitative and quantitative) and experience with data analysis software (for example, R, SPSS, Stata, Maxqda, Atlas, or Nvivo).
- Demonstrate a high degree of honesty and integrity.
- Ability to foster and maintain a spirit of unity, teamwork, and cooperation.
- Sensitive in working with multiple cultures and beliefs and gender equity.
- Willingness to stay abreast of professional standards, trends, and issues affecting this set of responsibilities, demonstrating continuous learning of the field.
- Training and facilitation skills.
- Experience and understanding of extreme poverty and international development work.
- Experience in shepherding the application for and execution of grant funds, including USAID funding and reporting.
- Written and verbal proficiency in another language (Bemba, French, Hindi, Khmer, Nepali, Oriya, Quechua, Swahili, or Tagalog are of interest).
Don’t check off every item in the requirements listed above? Please still consider applying. If you are excited about this position, but your experience doesn’t perfectly align, we encourage you to submit your materials of interest – you may be just the right candidate to join our team!
Compensation: Competitive in salary and benefits to a similar position at international nonprofits of comparable size in the Midwestern United States.
Outreach International consistently receives recognition as a Best Place to Work in Kansas City.
To apply, please email your résumé and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outreach International is an equal-opportunity employer.