Qualitative Research Training for Female Researchers

The Center for Learning and Development is a training and capacity development facility run by  Somali Public Agenda (SPA). It aims to connect the civil servants, policymakers and non-profit sector workers with communities and provide administrations with the technical skills necessary to formulate and implement solutions for public service challenges. Moreover, the center offers training to Somali professionals and university graduates who have the desire and passion to join the public sector as well as professionals engaged in the civil service and non-profit sectors.


In this course, you will be introduced to the basic ideas behind the qualitative research in social science. You will learn about data collection, description, analysis and interpretation in qualitative research. Qualitative research often involves an iterative process. We will focus on the ingredients required for this process: research design, data collection and analysis.

You won’t learn how to use qualitative methods by just listening to lectures, so we put  emphasis on collecting data through observation and interviews and analyzing and interpreting the collected data in other assignments.


The following objectives are planned to be achieved by the end of the training:

  • To equip trainees with knowledge, skills and practices of qualitative research methods;
  • To familiarize trainees with research design, data collection, data analysis and writing research reports;
  • To lessen perceptions/misperception among young Somali females about research as being solely male domain;
  • To advance the participants’ understanding of ethical considerations in qualitative research.


This training is exclusively for female researchers. Female applicant who are university graduates and those who are in the last year of their undergraduate studies (with proof) who are interested in research and writing and based in Mogadishu are eligible to apply for the training.


  • Minimum of an undergraduate degree, preferably in social sciences or a related field. Last year undergraduate students can also apply.
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Passion to develop research and analysis skills
  • Fluency in English and Somali languages


Apply the training by sending the following required documents to info@somalipublicagenda.org

  • Cover Letter explaining your interest in the Training Program
  • Resume/CV (not more than 3 pages)
  • Copy of Degree Certificate(s) / Transcript(s)

Download the full application requirements

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