The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an African-led and Africa-based international research institute engaged in multidisciplinary, evidence-based policy research. Our researchers address important issues and challenges facing Africa in areas such as education, health, population, aging, urbanization and wellbeing. We engage with policy makers in the region to disseminate our research findings to influence policy decisions and improve the quality of life in Africa.
APHRC seeks to recruit a Research Officer in a project titled “the effect of cultural institutions and culturally-sensitive facility-based delivery on maternal and newborn health service utilization and outcomes among pastoral dropout populations in Garissa, Kenya: a formative study”. Also known as “Afya Kwa Ukoo”
Objective of the study:
The study proposes to test a package of two innovative community-and facility-based interventions to: a) increase demand for maternal and newborn health services the traditional clan system; and b) improve the birthing experience in institutions by providing culturally and socially sensitive and acceptable delivery services at health facilities. The ultimate goal of both interventions is to reduce maternal and newborn deaths by minimizing pregnancy-related complications and ensuring proper and timely management of obstetric emergencies.
Play a coordination role between APHRC, sub-grantees, health service providers, health services managers and other stakeholders in the County. S(he) will specifically be responsible for liaising and coordinating with sub-grantees to ensure that implementation adheres to the protocol and set timeframes
Coordinate and supervise all data collection activities- which may involve medical record review, qualitative interviews and quantitative interviews
Represent the APHRC at County and sub-County meetings that have a bearing on the project (Maternal, newborn and child health)
Write and submit field progress reports as per laid down schedule
Lead the development, review and translation of research tools, development of field and training manuals
Ensure ethical approvals and research permits are obtained
Monitor project budgets and expenditure
Ensure community mobilization and education of the community in relation to the research project
Monitor field work and ensure field staff adheres to data quality guidelines
Lead the development of monthly, quarterly and annual project reports
Support quantitative and qualitative data analysis
Participate in dissemination of research findings and policy dialogue with appropriate audiences
Contribute to institutional publications (i.e. lay dissemination materials such as– policy/research briefs and fact sheets) in relation to the projects one is working on
Perform other project related dues as signed by the project manager or other person working on the project.
Qualifications and Experience:
Master’s degree in health-related field or any of the social sciences
At least 3 years’ post qualification experience, preferably in a research setting
Experience in research activities in either qualitative or quantitative data collection
Good supervisory/leadership skills
Report writing skills
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Experience working in a research institution, coordinating fieldwork or research activities
Good quantitative or qualitative data analysis skills; candidate should be proficient in using data analysis software such as STATA, SPSS,SAS and Nvivo
Experience with mixed methods will be an advantage provided one is very strong in either quantitative or qualitative methods.
Position will be based in Nairobi with regular visits to Garissa
Experience working in North Eastern or similar cultural environment before
Experience working with multiple partners including government agencies
Good interpersonal skills, working under minimum supervision, and under tight deadlines
Fluent in English and Kiswahili
Be prepared to spend a significant amount of time on the project and support other projects for the duration of your contract
Have strong communication (written and oral) and interviewing skills.
How to Apply
Interested applicants are encouraged to apply through our recruitment portal http://hrs.aphrc.org. Applications will be considered until February 20, 2018. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.