Researcher Job Vacancy in Abuja at BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action is the international development charity of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), working in over 25 countries across the world.

BBC Media Action works in partnership with local media agencies, Civil Society Organizations, and governments to achieve long term development goals. We produce creative media content to inform and engage audiences, and strengthen the media sector by building professional skills and technical capacity.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:

Job Title: Researcher – BBC Media Action Pool

Location: Abuja

Job Descriptions

  • BBC Media Action is looking for interested/motivated freelance individuals to join the Nigeria team’s Researchers’ Pool, comprising various categories of researchers to include moderators, recruiters, supervisors, interviewers, data analysts, sampling consultants, translators transcribers etc, who could work on our research studies which are often conducted in different locations across Nigeria, using diverse languages as applicable per study.
  • Acceptance into the Researchers’ Pool does not guarantee an offer of freelance work or full time employment, but the pool represents BBC Media Action’s first point of call for freelancers working on our research studies.
  • As freelance positions become vacant, hiring managers will contact suitable candidates from the pool to ascertain availability and suitability for roles. Individuals may also be required to undergo a bidding process depending on the role and need.

Duties and Deliverables

  • Moderators: Conduct Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and / or In-Depth Interviews (IDI) in line with BBC Media Action’s specifications.
  • Quantitative data entry personnel/clerks: enter data from quantitative survey questionnaires into appropriate data entry formats / templates using appropriate software.
  • Quantitative data analysts: run analysis of quantitative data collected during fieldwork which may have been entered into appropriate software or format.
  • Note takers: take detailed notes of discussions and proceedings during qualitative studies e.g. during focus group discussions.
  • Research Design / Planning Assistants: support and / or undertake the design of research instruments (such as survey questionnaires, discussion guides etc) in preparation for research fieldwork / data collection.
  • The Freelancers will also render all and any other such services which are usually rendered by a Freelance in the capacity of moderator, recruiter, interviewer, supervisor, translator, transcriber, data analyst, data entry clerk etc as required by the BBC Media Action.
  • Sampling Consultant/Statistician: undertake the calculation of design effect, design of robust sampling frame(s) and production of Enumeration Area (EA) maps that meet study objectives and requirements.
  • Recruiters: Recruit respondents for focus group discussions and In-Depth Interviews in line with specifications provided.
  • Quality Control Officers/Supervisors: Oversee the conduct of fieldwork such as face to face interviews during surveys, Focus Groups etc ensuring quality and high standard data collection.
  • Survey Interviewers: Conduct face to face interviews within households (or designated locations) during surveys, ensuring data collection to high standards and quality.
  • Data Manager: Set up data entry templates, oversee the data entry and processing and transfer data from the data entry software into suitable format for analysis.
  • Report writing consultant (quantitative / qualitative): analyse data collected from qualitative and / or quantitative research and prepare research reports presenting findings from the study.
  • Translators: Translate relevant research study related documents and instruments e.g. Discussion Guides, Questionnaires etc from English into appropriate local language (e.g. Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Pidgin) or from local language (e.g. Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Pidgin) to English.
  • Transcribers: Listen to audio and / or watch video recordings and type up the content (e.g. discussion among focus group participants) verbatim in MS Word format.


  • Experience required: interested individual must possess at least 1 year of research experience in similar role as applied for or must have performed in similar role not less than 3 different times.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should please send their CV’s with the position applied for clearly stated in the application e-mail heading.

The CV’s must clearly state / include:

  • Language proficiency in English and any other Nigerian language,
  • At least 2 professional referees, with contact numbers and e-mail addresses
  • Availability and flexibility
  • An indication of your fees / charges – e.g. daily rate


  • If you have sent your CV in response to a previous announcement for freelancers to be included in the pool, you may resend especially if you wish to replace / update your current CV or information with us. If this is the case, please specify so.
  • Only shortlisted / qualified candidates will be contacted when required.

Application Deadline  31st December, 2015.

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