Sayara International is hiring an experienced Country Lead to join its Eastern European team. This role is full-time and based remotely. Please read the full Terms of Reference and guidelines below on how to apply for this role. We look forward to hearing from you.

Position Description:

The Country Lead – Estonia will lead all aspects of Sayara’s project delivery in Estonia and must be capable of conducting empirical analysis independently, and in collaboration with the broader Eastern Europe team. The selected candidate must demonstrate a high aptitude for successfully completing robust mixed-methods analysis. They should have a proven track record of high-quality quantitative and qualitative data analysis, quality control, writing reports in English on research findings, and presenting results to clients. The Country Lead will also be responsible for all administrative functions within Estonia, such as communications with partners and sub-contractors. Sayara’s Country Lead – Estonia will report to the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager – Eastern Europe.

The Country Lead – Estonia will contribute to the work Sayara does to build positive change in societies that most need it. You will be working as part of a welcoming and diverse international team of experienced professionals.

About Sayara International:

Sayara International is a social enterprise combining rigorous research and communication to create positive change in fragile and conflict-affected societies.

Sayara provides complex monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) and social and behavior change communication (SBCC) in the most challenging environments. We work on countering disinformation, measuring social cohesion, and assessing education, migration, inclusive governance, climate change, and health.

Diverse perspectives and an emphasis on equity bring strength to Sayara. Gender, inclusion, and intersectional identities are cross-cutting themes across all our internal practices and our programs for governments, civil society organizations, and international institutions.

Sayara has evolved across unstable contexts. Our decentralized structure – with a global leadership network and investment in local talent – enables agility and rapid start-up, while equipping us with unique values and competencies.

Founded in 2003, Sayara operates in 39 countries across Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Our teams of professionals are based in field offices in Khartoum, Kyiv, and Nairobi, with support from our offices in London, Madrid, Marseille, and Warsaw.

Sayara’s Eastern Europe team is comprised of experienced, in-house local experts (country-level leadership and program staff) across the region, plus an array of expert consultants with a variety of skillsets and local knowledge. Sayara’s network in the region extends to think tanks, academia, and other local partners. Our Eastern Europe regional team operates from Ukraine, Poland, Georgia, and the Baltic countries, and conducts projects in the Baltics and Eastern Partnership countries.

Key Areas of Responsibility:

  • Conduct literature reviews, and draft concept notes and inception reports.
  • Analyze data, including statistical analysis and qualitative analysis.
  • Conduct media monitoring using assigned software tools.
  • Write comprehensive analytical reports in English.
  • Support proposal development.
  • Prepare research instruments: Key Informant Interview Guides, Focus Group Discussions Guide, Survey Questionnaires, M&E Frameworks.
  • Coordinate all country-level program operations.
  • Coordinate program activities and tasks with local stakeholders.
  • Monitor and supervise local sub-contractors and other partners.
  • Support the Regional Manager with project reports, independently draft report sections, and coordinate inputs with local researchers.
  • Support Sayara’s Business Development team in developing background information for proposals.
  • Conducting local recruitment of staff to work on Sayara’s projects in the respective countries.
  • Support research activities.
  • Attend project meetings.
  • Prepare progress reports for clients.
  • Prepare other articles, reports, and presentations.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


Required Qualifications/ Skills:

  • Minimum master’s degree (B.A. with significant relevant prior experience may be considered) in social science, political science, international affairs, development, or another relevant field.
  • Minimum two years of experience in research and/or analysis.
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, and experience of designing and managing mixed-methods research in support of practical outcomes in a volatile environment.
  • Strong quantitative data analysis using SPSS or similar statistical software, including multivariate analysis.
  • Strong qualitative analysis, including use of qualitative analysis software.
  • Experience with media monitoring tools.
  • Experience writing user-friendly, evidence-based reports for use in development programs.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation (humanitarian work and/or development programs).
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision and to consistently meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work long hours when needed and to take on tasks that may be outside of the express terms of reference.
  • Strong commitment to high-quality work and integrity in all interactions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to engage appropriately with various audiences.
  • Excellent English-language writing skills (a writing exercise will be part of the hiring process).
  • Fluency in Estonian and Russian.


Location & Travel:

Remote work possible, ideally based in Eastern Europe. Some travel may be required. The Sayara International team has regional hubs and additional staff based in many locations worldwide.


Salary will be locally competitive and dependent on experience.

Job Type:

This is a full-time position (40 hours per week), Monday-Friday.


The Country Lead – Estonia will be offered a one (1) year employment contract, with a four (4) month probation period and the option for renewal, based on the discretion of, and mutual agreement between Sayara and the Country Lead – Estonia.

Application Process:

Please submit your detailed CV and cover letter with up-to-date contact information to Use “Country Lead – Estonia” as the subject line of your email. 

The deadline for applications is May 22, 2023. Note that CVs will be screened on a rolling basis and Sayara will offer the position to the candidate who meets the requirements – even if it is before the deadline.

Equal Opportunities:

Sayara International is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, political views or activity, or other applicable characteristics. This also applies to all employment practices within our organization. 

We highly encourage applications from women and people originating from minority groups and/or from low- and lower-middle income countries.


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