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A Registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Ghana needs the service of a Researcher.

The NGO, Challenging Heights has announced that they need the service of an External Researcher to conduct Action Research in the Central Gonja District of Ghana.


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Challenging Heights is a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Ghana whose mission is to prevent child trafficking, reduce child slavery and promote children’s rights.

Their focus is on addressing issues of the worst forms of child labour, forced labour, and children working in hazardous conditions in the fishing and farming areas.

Their operational areas are the source communities, mainly coastal communities in the Central, Greater Accra, Western, and Volta Regions, and destination communities in the Volta Lake area of Ghana including the Bono East, Oti, Savannah, and Northern regions of Ghana.

They undertake rescue operations with statutory organizations, rehabilitation and reintegration of affected boys and girls, and carry out sensitization and advocacy activities as preventive measures.

As part of scaling their operations, and increasing the presence of the organization, they (Challenging Heights) intend to establish an office in the Northern Sector of Ghana.

To realise this goal, Challenging Heights has received grant support from Kirk in Actie, an international NGO based in the Netherlands, to implement a project on “Preventing Child Labour through Action-Based Research” in Northern Ghana.

Under the project, Challenging Heights will conduct a feasibility study in the Central Gonja District of the Savannah Region, following which an Action Research will be conducted to inform the implementation of relevant project activities.

Their Terms of Reference is a guide for the conduct of the action by an external researcher.


The main objective of the action research is to identify the key drivers of child labour that will inform new programmes in Northern Ghana. Specifically, the action research will:

1. Identify household, community, and district-level drivers of child labour and the
engagement of children in the WFCL in the Central Gonja District.

2. Document the characteristics of children exposed to or at risk of trafficking and child labour exploitation.

3. Identify vulnerable children and families for livelihood support.

4. Refer children found in trafficking, child labour, and domestic servitude situations to Challenging Heights or the Department of Social Welfare.

5. Identify knowledge gaps in child labour, trafficking, and domestic servitude among key stakeholders.

6. Mapping of key actors, institutions, and duty bearers present, including, state
agencies, NGOs, and FBOs that could be leveraged in the implementation of
future projects in the district.


7. Provide context-appropriate recommendations to strengthen the prevention of child migration, trafficking, and child labour activities in Central Gonja District.

8. Recommend appropriate roles for religious leaders, Faith-Based Organizations and Traditional Leaders in preventing child labour, trafficking, and forced migration.

9. Recommend targeted duty bearers for advocacy and social change drives.

10. Disseminate the results of the action research with key stakeholders.


The researcher is expected to use appropriate participatory methodologies to conduct the action research. Specifically, key informant interviews and focus group discussions are to be used to engage appropriate stakeholders.

The researcher should specify appropriate tools, sampling, and sample selection for each category of stakeholders in the technical proposal.


1. Inception report including draft engagement tools for key stakeholders.

2. Draft report of the Action research.

3. Validation of the action research results with stakeholders.

4. Final report of the action research, incorporating comments and suggestions
from stakeholders’ validation.

5. Dissemination of the final action report to stakeholders.

6. Develop policy briefs (quantity TBD) based on the action research.


The action research is expected to be conducted from February to March 2022.


The researcher should ideally be from Northern Ghana (preferably a Gonja) with lived experience of the culture and socio-political organization of the project area.

1. The researcher should be fluent in the Gonja language.

2. In addition, s/he should have:

  • At least a master’s degree in social science or any other relevant discipline.
  • A minimum of three years of research experience in the field of gender, children and social protection, especially concerning child labour and trafficking.
  • Experience in conducting research in Northern Ghana, especially in the Gonja


Applications should include the following documents:

  • A technical proposal detailing how s/he will conduct the action research.
  • A work plan showing the timelines and level of effort.
  • A budget/financial proposal.
  • A detailed CV of the researcher.
  • At least 2 references.


All applications should be sent to enock@challengingheights.org and copy


All applicants are directed to send on or before 9th January, 2023.


Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh


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