Research Learning Manager (WeLead)


Salary: Paid UGX 95,280,696
Location: Uganda
Closing date: 1 February 2021

About Restless Development.

We are living in a time of ‘peak youth’. Half the global population is under 30 and of these young people, 90% live in developing countries. Despite this, traditional approaches to development continue to ignore the power of young people as capable agents of change. At almost every stage in the development process, the knowledge and capacity of young people goes untapped and their power to lead change is weakened. We know young people have the power to solve the challenges we face in our world, but they are being ignored and overlooked. 

We are the agency that works with young people so they can lead in solving those challenges. Whether that means supporting communities to end child marriage or prevent HIV, we work with young people to change their lives and the lives of people in their communities. Through our innovative programmes and policy work, targeting decision makers globally, we ensure that young people’s voices are heard not only in their local communities but all the way up to world leaders. 

Restless Development has been working with young people since 1985 and our work is led by thousands of young people every year. We listen to young people, our work is led by young people, and together we help young people make lasting change in their communities and countries Our programmes are genuinely life-changing, but we can’t do any of this without talented, creative individuals at every level of our organisation.

Our newest programme is We Lead. 

We Lead is an inspiring, innovative and far-reaching programme that aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRH-R) of young women from four specific groups: young women who live with HIV, that have a disability, that identify as lesbian, bisexual, trans or intersex, and that are affected by displacement. The programme puts young women in the driving seat, while supporting them to sustainably advocate for their rights. The programme will be implemented in nine countries in Africa, the Middle East and Central America. 

The We Lead consortium consists of six civil society organizations (Positive Vibes, Restless Development, Marsa, FEMNET, the Central American Women’s Fund, Hivos) and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Hivos is the lead party. The five-year programme has a budget of EUR 40,7 million, and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the SRHR Partnership Fund, which is part of the Power of Voices subsidy framework.

The programme started on January 1st, 2021.

About the Role.

The Research and Learning Manager will play a critical role in ensuring that data and research informs and drives  the advocacy efforts of the young women across the programme. It will also put learning at the heart of the programme’s approach, and ensure there is mutual accountability between the consortium and the young rights holders the programme supports.

The role will use Restless Development’s established approach to youth-led research to support Communities of Action (composed of young rights holders) to lead on the research process – from defining the questions; to collecting data; to drawing out key findings. The role will take responsibility for the implementation of the consortium wide planning, monitoring and evaluation framework across Restless Development’s activities. Beyond this, the Research and Evaluation Manager and the insights generated from the We Lead programme will also make a significant contribution to Restless Development global Evidence and Learning strategy.

We are looking for someone with strong technical research and evaluation skills; the ability to train and support young right holders to harness evidence and learning in their activism; and a commitment to supporting youth leadership.

Skills and Experience.

Restless Development invites applications from Consultants able to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and experience:


  • Commitment to youth-led change, and Restless Development’s values and mission
  • Experience in community led development
  • Experience and understanding of working across countries and regions globally
  • Strong research skills, including both quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Experience in the design and implementation of research studies
  • Strong technical monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) knowledge, with experience of designing and implementing MEL frameworks
  • Experience in providing training and capacity building to staff and volunteers
  • Project management experience
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to write high quality, accessible reports
  • Fluent in English – both written and verbal


  • Knowledge and experience of participatory research and / or youth-led research
  • Experience of programmes focused on the following: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Advocacy; capacity building; community-led change
  • Experience in the recruitment and management of external consultants
  • We particularly welcome applications from women with lived experiences of one of the rightsholders groups – that is women who live with HIV, that have a disability, who identify as lesbian, bisexual, trans or intersex, and / or who are affected by displacement.

How to apply.

Interested candidates should download the Terms of Reference for more details, and send a completed application form to by 9am EAT 1st February 2021.

Only successful candidates will be notified. Restless Development is an Equal Opportunities employer and encourages people from diverse backgrounds to apply.