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Assessment Analyst for Gender

Search For Common Ground
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Assessment Analysts – Gender

Education and Community Resilience, Uganda

Search for Common Ground

Search for Common Ground (Search) is an international non-profit organization operating in 35 countries whose mission is to transform the way the world deals with conflict away from adversarial approaches toward cooperative solutions. Our headquarters are in Washington D.C., United States and in Brussels, Belgium.

About the Project

Search has been working in Uganda since 2012 with the National Centre for State Courts (NCSC) on a five-year USAID Program, Supporting Access to Justice, Fostering Equity and Peace (SAFE). The Program aims to strengthen the capacity of the Government of Uganda with respect to peacebuilding and conflict mitigation. It is working to enhance the capacity of local actors and strengthen mechanisms for resolving and mitigating conflicts, transforming emerging conflicts into peaceful outcomes.

The SAFE Program is interested in an assessment of madrassa education in Uganda.  

Uganda has a large minority Muslim population, including both an indigenous Muslim community (mostly Sunni with small Shia and Ahmadi populations) and a substantial immigrant/refugee Muslim population (predominantly Somali but including groups from other countries). Islamic education is very important to the Muslim community, but there are many concerns about the nature and quality of madrassa education in Uganda.

USAID is interested in an assessment of madrassa education in Uganda, as a possible entry point to development activities which may improve the educational outcomes, employability and integration of Muslim youth, while keeping madrassa education grounded in the requirements of the Muslim faith. USAID has already been invited to financially support work by the National Curriculum Development Centre to develop and disseminate better quality materials for advanced level Islamic religious education, with the support of the Muslim Supreme Council. However, a clearer picture of how madrassa education is operating in Uganda now is needed to determine and prioritize needs.

The objective of this assessment is to develop an accurate picture of the current state of madrassa education in Uganda, and whether USAID, in partnership with key institutions and stakeholders in the Muslim community, can help modernize and improve the quality of education in madrassas.

Summary of Position

The Assessment Analyst for Gender will serve as a key expert and analyst responsible for compilation of information and analysis of gender as it relates to Islamic education in Uganda, including the impact of gender on attitudes, opinions, and choices of students, teachers, parents and observers. Assessment methods will include combination of desk research, surveys, interviews, and focus groups. LOE: 45 days. Timeline: beginning of June through the end of August 2017.

Required Qualifications.


  • Relevant degree from a Ugandan institution of higher education.

  • Prior research experience in a research setting and ability to communicate effectively in English (verbally and in writing).

  • Must have existing knowledge and awareness of existing research on gender in Uganda, including in the Islamic community

  • Experience working with both the community of Ugandan Muslims and the ethnic-Somali community a distinct advantage.

  • Successful candidates will have access to minority Muslim communities.

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To apply, interested candidates are requested to submit the following two documents: Curriculum vitae and a short cover letter. Please submit one PDF document with all relevant CVs together and the other PDF document with the cover letter. Note: Only two documents can be submitted.


Applications must be submitted to before May 19th. For questions or clarifications, please contact"

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Search asks that you do not follow up with calls or emails concerning the status of your application. Candidates who fail to submit and/or complete the full application and do not meet the appropriate application deadline will not be considered. Please see our web site for full details of our work.

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