Contra Nocendi seeks a new field researcher on women's right in Cameroon

Contra Nocendi is looking for a field researcher to support our programming on women's rights. The researcher will be based in Buea and will work with both Contra Nocendi Cameroon staff and Contra Nocendi International staff. The role is a voluntary role and the successful applicant will already have the right to work in Cameroon as no visa support can be provided for this opportunity. See below for more role particulars.


Job Description: Field Research Assistant (FRA), Contra Nocendi Cameroon



Brief description:

The Field Research Assistant (FRA) position for Contra Nocendi is designed to assist the research team of Contra Nocendi to gather information on the rights of women in detention at the Buea Central Prison. Ultimately, the information gathered will be used to design a project of assistance based on the needs of these women. The FRA will work with prison populations and will occasionally have to come into contact with prison and administrative authorities. The FRA will also be required to work on other projects as their supervisor deems fit. This role is a voluntary role.



  • Bachelor's degree in law or other social sciences;
  • 1-2 years previous working experience with NGOs or other civil society organizations;
  • Availability to travels to various sites within Buea, as appropriate to the objectives of the study.
  • Professional candor and respect for the proper handling of sensitive material and conversations.
  • Desirable: Previous working experience or research in women’s rights in Cameroon; have a good mastery of the Cameroon legal system and a good understanding of the functioning of the Cameroon Human Rights Commission, the state counsel, the courts and the Procureur General Services;


To discharge their duties, The FRA should be able to perform the following tasks:


Data Collection: Collect, edit, process, and coordinate research as directed by supervisors. The RFA will be required to gather information, check facts, proofread, and edit research documents to ensure accuracy. They will arrange and conduct field interviews; administer surveys and distribute questionnaires; and record research data in accordance with specified protocol and procedures.


Data Analysis: The FRA will manage the processing of field data and ensure that all components of a given survey or questionnaire are filled. They will ensure the accuracy of data and present an analysis of the data to the principal researchers for approval.


Observational skills: The FRA needs to be able to work in a highly accurate manner, paying close attention to detail and keeping records of their work. Skill in identifying and recruiting research subjects as well as observing the environment and identifying situations to be avoided.


Communication: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Given the importance and sensitive nature of the tasks and information collected, the FRA must reflect emotional intelligence, friendliness, confidence, empathy, respect, open-mindedness, and compassion. Prison monitoring is sensitive and requires gender friendly approaches and good communication so as to promote the respect of the human dignity of the subjects.


Administrative skills: Effective time-management skills to meet project deadlines and accomplish your goals; Prepare, present, and write technical reports; Knowledge of planning and scheduling techniques; Computer data entry skills and use of programs especially MS Word and Excel



  • Initial site visit, brief report detailing first impressions of subject population and prospects for research in their opinion.
  • Design survey questions and compile questionnaire.
  • Population sampling.
  • Initial report on the state of women’s rights in the Buea Central Prison
  • Establish initial rapport with prison authorities and subjects.
  • Detailed report of findings after survey(s), to enable researchers to plot subsequent course of action.


Note: This role is a voluntary position without remuneration due to funding constraints. This role must also be held in Buea. Applicants must have the right to work in Cameroon.


To Apply: Please send a cover letter of not more than 2 pages addressing your motivation for the role and how you fit the requirements for the role along with an updated copy of your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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