Program States:         Lagos, Ogun, Edo, and Delta States

Number of slots:         4 (1 slot in each state)     

Reports to:                 Director of Research, Data Quality Assurance Manager and Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Research Associate (MERLA)

Duration:                    30 days           


Crest Research and Development Institute (CRADI) is an independent, non-profit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition through evidence-based research and developmental aid. The Institute uses a multidisciplinary, community-friendly, and ethic-driven approach to support independent, high-quality research with an impact on business development, the public sector and civil society. CRADI partners with appropriate research, technology, development, communications, and governance institutions. Team members include people drawn from the academia, civil society, public and private sectors, as well as practitioners in various fields of endeavor who are concerned about the socio-political and economic problems of Africa.

Purpose of the Assignment

CRADI is conducting the final external Evaluation of a project titled “Promoting Evidence-Based Prevention Efforts to Reduce Trafficking in Persons”. The project is aimed at improving access to trusted information sources and promoting informed decision making by sensitizing potential migrants on regular migration options, vulnerabilities to trafficking in persons (TiP), and risks associated with irregular migration.  In addition, the project seeks to build institutional capacities and implement community-based actions in high-risk states of irregular migration such as Lagos, Edo and Delta. In collaboration with the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN), the intervention aims to build the capacity of state and non-state actors to exercise evidence-based planning and monitoring of behavioural change communication to prevent TiP and Smuggling of Migrants (SoM). Secondly, through community-based actions (peer education, community dialogue, art-based competitions) and capacity building, the project aims to enable returnees, community members, government and non-government actors to take action to prevent exploitation and promote informed decision making on safe and regular migration pathways. The primary target audience is potential migrants aged 12-35 years from migration prone communities. The secondary audience includes key opinion leaders within target communities such as families, religious and traditional leaders who play an influential role in the decision-making process of potential migrants.

Scope of Work

The research assistants would be responsible for completing the following tasks under the guidance and supervision of CRADI’s Research team:

Ø  The research assistants’ contract will be on a need-for-work basis and is not a full-time role.

Ø  Participate in a two-day training workshop.

Ø  Participate in daily debrief meetings during data collection.

Ø  Ensure quality assurance of data, coordinate with the research team to ensure consistency and quality of interview transcripts in English.

Ø  Administer questionnaires to stakeholders and target beneficiaries in the target LGAs and communities of the project states, as well as providing important feedback on project’s field research activities.


The Research assistant will be responsible for the following:

v  Conduct virtual and in-person Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and draft report for each

v  Ensure required tools, consent forms are completed.

v  Responsible for security and confidentiality of the electronic data.

v  Make sure that the digital devices are fully charged. 

v  Gather and accurately record responses on questionnaires provided by the research team.

v  Ensure that questionnaires have been thoroughly checked and completed.

v  Submit completed questionnaires and other equipment used in fieldwork to CRADI.

v  Compile findings in a format required by the research team.

v  As part of each assignment, participate in briefings, carry out data collection, data entry and/or reporting.

v  Recognize and give account of problems in obtaining data and provide useful feedback from field research activities

v  Shows a high level of integrity and will not fabricate responses or misrepresent the programme.

v  Confidently expresses self, able to clearly ask questions and help the respondent understand what is needed from her/him.

v  Able to build trust with people at the rural level and maintain confidentiality

v  Must be able to interpret and record responses appropriately without distorting the respondent’s meaning or confusing the reader.

v  Must be resident in one the state of assignment.

Qualifications and Experience Required

MSc, BSc or HND in Social Sciences or in a related field

Experience:   2 years field experiences in conducting quantitative and qualitative data collection.

and Knowledge:

  • Proven excellent report writing and organizational and documentation skills
  • Knowledge of Research Methodologies
  • Ability to prompt information without leading the interviewee
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Good interpersonal skills including good coordination and effective working relations with stakeholders
  • Excellent planning and time management skills
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite of applications
  • Demonstrable competence in Time Management
  • Ability to use online survey platform such as (Kobo-Collect, Survey Monkey, Google Forms etc.).
  • Excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills
  • Respect the security, dignity, and self-worth of respondents. The Research assistant has the responsibility to be sensitive to and respect differences amongst participants in culture, religion, gender, disability, age, and ethnicity.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The research assistants will supervise the enumerators and ensure data quality at the data entry stage.

Required Languages

  • English (Fluency in the local languages would be an added advantage)


  • Must be willing and able to travel to local and difficult terrains of Lagos, Ogun, Edo, and Delta States as indicated in the program States and LGAs.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should kindly fill the form here. Applications must reach us on or before 22nd of September, 2022. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for the interview.

Equal Opportunity

CRADI is an equal –opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, etc. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to
CRADI recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Associate

Position Summary

Crest Research and Development Institute seeks a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Associate who will support the development of research documents including research proposals, inception reports and evaluation reports and supervise field teams in data collection and the coordination of regional working group coordination meetings. He/she will also lead the training of data collectors on research methodologies and create and implement data collection tools, surveys and guides to ensure accurate and compliant data collection. The position will be based in the head program office, located in Abuja with frequent travel across project locations in Nigeria. The position will report to the director of research and development.


M&E Role

  • Lead data collection and database maintenance/management systems to track project progress towards set goals and objectives
  • Carryout routine data entry and preliminary analysis of field data.
  • Assist in the adaptation of existing CRADI monitoring tools and train project teams on the use of the same.
  • Provide technical support to projects with data management and development tools and processes.
  • Support Project teams to develop monthly reports, with strong emphasis on highlighting results of intervention.

Research role

  • Development of and deployment of research tools.
  • Development of research documents including research proposals, inception reports and evaluation reports.
  • Lead and supervise field teams in data collection.
  • Training of data collectors on research methodologies.
  • Create and implement data collection tools, surveys and guides to ensure accurate and compliant data collection.

Program Role

  • Provide relevant program, administrative and logistics support for projects.
  • Ensure institutional learning through maintenance of program files (digital and hard copies) in a user friendly manner.
  • Work with the project team to periodically review project performance data and integrate recommendations to ensure adaptive management.

Business Development Role

  • Support in the research and identifying of research opportunities and development trends, prospects and growth opportunities.
  • Support in the provision of data for new development opportunities.
  • Conducting desk based needs assessment to inform new proposal development.
  • Other duties as may be assigned by supervisor

Minimum Qualification:

  • BA/B.Sc. in Social Science, Statistics, Demography, or another related field.
  • At least 3 year of experience in a MERL related role. 
  • Experience in conducting literature reviews of documents to generate data to inform decision makers. 
  • Ability to write reports in English and communicate results clearly using graphs, charts, and other visuals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen and respect for diversity.
  • Proficiency with MS office software required (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods, statistical analysis, and data analysis software (kobocollect, google forms, power BI, SPSS etc.)
  • Excellent ability to communicate and maintain diplomatic and productive relations with the team; resourcefulness, flexibility and ability to work in a changing and challenging environment.
  • Possess positive attitude, Self-motivated, independent, can deliver results under stress and timely manner, team worker, confident in dealing with people. 

Application: To apply, you will be required to fill this form here and upload your cover letter and CV in one PDF. Kindly note that only one upload is allowed, hence the document should contain both cover letter and CV. All applications should be made on or before the 22nd of May 2022. Being that we are seeking to fill this position immidiately, interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis till a suitable candidate is found for the position.

CRADI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.