Research Coordinator – United States of America

The Research Assistant is responsible for developing and implementing a statewide needs assessment for an Early Refugee School Impact (RSI) program. Early RSI is a new component of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) RSI program, expanding the focus of RSI to encompass early childhood programming for ORR-eligible children aged 0-6 years and their families. Early RSI aims to improve the quality of services available to refugee children and families across Kansas on the continuum from birth to kindergarten, in particular to promote access to child care services, ensure that children are prepared to succeed in formal education and holistically support the family at this crucial time. developmental stage of children. This is a temporary assignment for five months, possible extension depending on programmatic needs.


  • Literature review of key relevant documents, including but not limited to refugee community information materials and other local and state early childhood programs and resources
  • Develop and plan an early statewide RSI needs assessment, including but not limited to participant compensation, audience selection, stakeholder recruitment and engagement, fundraising data and methodology development, and formative and summative assessments.
  • Develop survey and interview design, selecting methodology for quantitative and qualitative data collection needs
  • Conduct surveys, interviews and focus groups in locations across the state.
  • Provide instruction and guidance on best practices in data analysis and reporting, including but not limited to qualitative and quantitative data analysis, reporting and dissemination strategy, and action planning
  • Submit final statewide RSI Early Needs Assessment Report to KSOR Management Team (SMT)
  • Support the needs of participants by providing interpretation and translation as required
  • Other duties, as assigned.


  • Advanced degree (MA or higher) in education, social sciences or any other subject relevant to
  • Knowledge and experience of the educational needs and issues of refugee children ages 0-6 and their families in Kansas
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of qualitative and quantitative research
  • Report writing experience required
  • Ability to work with a diverse stakeholder group and deliver results
  • Proficiency in the languages ​​of the target populations (Swahili, Dari, Pashto, Spanish) desired
  • Ability to drive a vehicle; and must have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and a clean driving record.

Working environment:

  • Standard office work environment with considerable time in front of a computer terminal.
  • The position is based in Wichita, Kansas. Remote work may be required.
  • Five-month temporary assignment; with a flexible work schedule, if necessary
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours as required.
  • Approximately 20% domestic travel within Kansas.

COVID-19 vaccination requirements: Consistent with IRC’s obligation to provide and maintain a workplace free from known hazards and our commitment to protect the health of our employees, customers and communities, IRC requires new employees to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for any in-service or hybrid position. All IRC offices in the United States require full vaccination to attend all office functions (eg meetings, trainings).

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusiveness: The IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusiveness. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our business. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability status. We will ensure that people with disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodations to participate in the application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other employment-related benefits and privileges. Please contact us to request accommodation.

American Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US statutory holidays, 20-25 paid vacation days depending on role and tenure, medical insurance starting at $120 per month, health care dental starting at $7 per month and vision starting at $5 per month. , FSA for health care and transportation costs, a 403b retirement savings plan with immediately vested consideration, disability and life insurance, and an employee assistance program that is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of mental health crisis and struggles.

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