Deadline: October 12, 2021
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The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an African-led and Africa based international research institute committed to conducting high quality and policy relevant multidisciplinary research. Our research addresses important development issues and challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa in areas such as education, population, health, aging, urbanization and wellbeing. Our goal is to generate evidence for meaningful action, engage with policy makers in the region to disseminate our research findings, influence policy decisions, and improve the quality of life in Africa.

APHRC is partnering with Development Gateway (DG), the Kenyan Ministry of Health, and the University of Cape Town, on a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which is implementing the Tobacco Control Data Initiative (TCDI), a project that aims to supply Sub-Saharan African (SSA) governments with improved access to country-specific data that will inform better tobacco control policy design and implementation. The Project team is seeking a Research Coordinator to oversee primary data collection at the 4 national referral hospitals (Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital Othaya).

Location of the Position: Based in Nairobi (working remotely) with travel to Othaya and
Eldoret as needed for the research project.

Reports to: Project Data Manager

Length of Contract: 9 months, fulltime

Role Description
The Research Coordinator is expected to assist with implementation of the research activities, oversee field data collection and assist the Project Data Manager with quality control of data collected. The Research Coordinator will supervise data collection in the various sites and liaise with appropriate research team members as necessary.

The Research Coordinator is expected to:
 Assist with programming the electronic data collection devices
 Assist with training of data collectors
 Assist with piloting of the research instruments
 Oversee field data collection including liaising with the hospital-based co-investigators to respond to any queries from subjects and from the hospitals participating in the study.
 Oversee around 25-30 data collectors in the various sites.
 Ensure data collectors have correct equipment and materials
 Keeping inventories of equipment used and troubleshooting technical issues
 Document and track participant enrollment/participation in the study to ensure targeted numbers of participants in each site are achieved as per the project timelines.
 Provide regular site reports to the Project Data Manager at intervals to be agreed upon
 Respond to any queries about the study’s progress from the Project team members, APHRC or DG
 Carry out site supervision visits in consultation with the Principal Investigator
 Maintain study registers, logs, and files and make sure all study documents are kept secure and ensure secure storage of consent forms at sites and at the central storage location at APHRC.
 Monitor incoming data
 Assist with data quality checks
 Coordinate with the Project Data Manager to review data and ensure continued high quality data collection
 Conduct debriefing sessions with data collectors to ensure continuous high quality data collection
 Report to supervisors on a regular basis about project progress, and about any challenges experienced in the field
 Assist with processing payment of data collectors (verifying invoices submitted for payment against amount of work done)
 Write reports and participate in study meetings as required
 Perform other related duties as assigned

Education and experience required:
● Minimum of a Diploma in Community Health, Social Work, Community Development or any other related Diploma in Social Sciences or health related field
● 3-5 years experience in a similar position
● Experience with electronic data collection especially Survey CTO, Kobo or ODK essential
● Experience in data quality checking
● Knowledge of fundamental research concepts and methodology, practices and procedures of research methods required.
● Excellent computer skills
● Good communication skills (oral and written) in English.
● Excellent organisational skills.
● Experience carrying out research in a public hospital setting is preferred.

Please email your letter of application (including date available to start working for the study, your current and expected salary) and current CV/resume (including your telephone number, email address and contact details of 3 referees) to cvs@flexi-personnel.com with the subject line “TCDI Research Coordinator” not later than 12th October 2021 at 5pm. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


APHRC and Flexi Personnel are equal opportunity employers and are committed to the
protection of vulnerable persons.