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Job Vacancies: Quantitative and Qualitative Field Interviewers for the Air Pollution Project in Mwala Sub-County

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an international non-profit non-governmental organization that carries out policy-relevant research on population, health, education and development issues facing sub-Saharan Africa.
The APHRC invites applications for quantitative field interviewers in an upcoming study on addressing household air pollution through the introduction of ethanol cookstoves.

The aim of the study is to assess the feasibility of introducing ethanol as an alternative clean cooking fuel in rural households.
The intervention is being implemented by E-Moto, an organization that has worked with various communities in Kenya to introduce ethanol cookstoves and restore landscapes.
Minimum Qualifications Required for Quantitative Field Interviewers
1. Completed Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with a minimum grade of C Plain.
2. Availability to work full time on the project for the duration of the data collection activities
3. Have proven experience in research work (e.g. quantitative data collection)
4. MUST be able to use tablets or mobile phone platform to collect data.
5. Familiarity with and proficiency in computer applications (e.g. MS Excel, MS Word)
6. Fluency in English, Kamba and Swahili
7. MUST be a resident of Mwala sub-County (specifically Mbiuni Ward)
8. Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Conduct interviews on all recruited study participants
2. Place air quality monitors in sampled households and retrieve them at the end of the monitoring cycle.
3. Review and verify the collected data to ensure completeness prior to online submission.
4. Keep updated records of assigned work
5. File weekly progress reports on project activities in liaison with the team leader.
6. Other tasks assigned by the team leader and principal investigator
Minimum Qualifications required for Qualitative Field Interviewers
1. Must have a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or public health
2. Have proven experience and skills in qualitative research work (conducting FGDs, IDIs and/or KIIs)
3. Ability to facilitate interviews and group discussions Kamba, and have strong written and spoken English and Kiswahili languages.
4. Have strong communication and interpersonal skills
5. Have experience in note-taking during qualitative discussions
6. Availability to work full time on the project for the duration of the study
In addition, priority will be given to candidates who are:
1. Residents of Mwala sub-County preferably Mbiuni Ward
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Take notes and compile comprehensive qualitative interview debriefing reports / notes
2. Moderate / facilitate qualitative interviews with community members in the study area
3. Prepare data collection progress report and updates
4. Other tasks assigned by the team leader and principal investigator
How to Apply
Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter together with a CV with contact details of three referees.
Please indicate on the cover letter the area where you come from and where you currently live.
Applications should be submitted as attachments via e-mail to cvs@flexi-personnel.com , to reach us by close of business on February 7th 2020.
Please indicate on the email subject line ‘QUANTITATIVE FIELD INTERVIEWER – AIR POLLUTION STUDY’ if applying for the quantitative interviewer position or ‘QUALITATIVE FIELD INTERVIEWER- AIR POLLUTION STUDY’ if applying for a qualitative position.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
PLEASE NOTE: APPLICANTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO MAKE ANY PAYMENTS TO ANYONE DURING ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS.
APHRC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the protection of children.

Consultancy for APHRC Board Assessment
About APHRC: The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC or Center) is an international non-profit research institution headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
APHRC’s goal is to generate evidence for meaningful action to improve the lives of all Africans.
With a major focus on sub-Saharan Africa, APHRC carries out multidisciplinary research that contributes to the body of evidence on critical issues in population health and wellbeing, strengthens research capacity, and works with decision-and policy-makers to support policies and actions to improve population health and wellbeing.
The APHRC Board of Directors
The APHRC Board is a non-executive board that provides oversight for the Center’s affairs. In accordance with the APHRC by-laws, the Board has between nine and thirteen members. Board members serve in their personal capacity based on professional experience and qualifications, with recruitment and selection criteria and priorities determined by the Nominations and Governance Committee (NGC).
APHRC held its inaugural Board of Directors meeting in 2001. Since that time, the Board has convened once a year in November until 2018, when it started meeting twice annually, in May and November.
The APHRC Board has served the Center well, guiding it through the early years as an independent institution and overseeing its rapid growth and its evolution as a leading African institution. The
APHRC Board has operated over the last 18 years guided by by-laws and operating procedures developed in 2001. Although the Board has conducted self-assessments and amended sections of the by-laws and operating procedures as needed, a comprehensive review of such matters by an external expert has never been undertaken.
The Board wants to launch a comprehensive review in the context of this broader assessment to determine how to best align the Center’s Board governance to the Center’s current and future needs.
The need for an assessment by an external party at this point in time is driven by the following:
·         The prevailing global political environment and its potential impact on the Center’s financial sustainability;
·         The changing landscape of private global philanthropy and the need for the Center to leverage its competitive advantage;
·         The opportunity provided by the recent transition in the Center’s top leadership;
·         The expansion of the APHRC campus to include training and residential facilities;
·         The need to continuously be forward looking and primed for new opportunities and challenges; and
·         The need to ensure skill sets and profile meet current and future needs and that policies and procedures are in line with best practices.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSESSMENT
The Nominations and Governance Committee (NGC) of APHRC’s Board of Directors seeks a consultant (firm or individual) to undertake a review of the APHRC Board and Board-related policies and practice, with the goal to identify where the Board and Board-related policies and practices are effective and fit for purpose, and to identify and make recommendations for changes to improve areas where the Board and Board-related policies and practices are functioning less effectively. As part of this assessment, the NGC would like an external actor to review and make recommendations for improvements on:
A. Overall Board composition
1. The number of Board members.
2. The appropriate Board profile (e.g., experience, expertise, geographical representation, age, gender, other attributes) and its alignment with the Center’s current and future needs.
3. Board functions and responsibilities to ascertain if these respond to the market needs and whether they are forward looking.
B. Board committees
4. Types, number, and membership of Committees.
5. Scope, mandate, and roles of Committees, including potential gaps and/or redundancies.
C. Board governance instruments
6. APHRC Board by-laws and governance guidelines to ensure consistency between the two documents.
7. Current governance guidelines, including terms of reference for Committees.
8. Board governance documents to ensure relevance with any proposed changes in the Board structure and functions.
9. Board strategic focus.
10. Ensuring a strong pipeline for Board members and the current Board recruitment process.
11. The adequacy of the length and number of Board terms, including the provisions for term limits.
D. Board relationship with Executive Leadership
12. Effectiveness of communications between the Board and Management using actual situations from previous key decisions.
13. Preparation for, actual, and post Board meeting interactions among Board members and between Board members and Management.
14. Preparation for, actual, and post Committee meeting interactions; and organization of Committee meetings in-between meetings of the Board.
15. Board support for Executive Leadership initiatives, including examples of actual situations from previous key initiatives.
E. Board Assessment and Case studies of recent Board actions/involvement
16. Provide suggested assessment tools and approaches for Board members term renewal.
17. Select two or three recent, significant activities or processes undertaken by the Board and Senior Management, as a way to examine how Board policies and processes have played out in real situations in the recent past.
TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT
Expected Outputs
1. Detailed methodology for doing the assessment including tools, timelines, and milestones.
2. Interim report.
3. Final narrative report.
4. One presentation made to the Board of interim findings.
5. One presentation made to the Board of the final report.
Skills and Qualifications:
APHRC is seeking an experienced consulting firm or individual (with a strong preference for a firm, but open to considering individuals with exceptional qualifications) with demonstrated experience
conducting board assessments, especially for not-for-profit international organizations.
The consulting firm should present a highly skilled and experienced team and a lead consultant with the following:
·         At least 10 years demonstrated experience in institutional governance matters;
·         Strong planning, management, facilitation, interpersonal, and communications skills; and
·         Currently or previously holding a senior leadership position that requires interacting with boards would be an added advantage.
CLICK HERE for a detailed terms of reference
How to Apply
Interested parties are asked to submit the firm’s capability statement and CVs of the consultants, cover letter, samples of similar work, and references from previous clients for similar assignments (where possible). Materials should be submitted to consultancies@aphrc.org, with a copy to Sheila Mwero at smwero@aphrc.org by February 17, 2020.
The cover letter should clearly detail how the firm and lead consultant’s experience fits the specifications.
Please use ‘APHRC BOARD ASSESSMENT CONSULTANT as the subject title for your email.
The application documents should also include an outline of the methodology to be used, a work plan and the time frame for each deliverable, the role of each consultant in the team and a financial proposal.

Research Officer (Maternal and Child Nutrition)
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 researchers address 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.
The APHRC seeks to recruit a Research Officer with expertise in Public Health Nutrition to work in Maternal and Child Wellbeing Unit within the Research Division.
Duties / Responsibilities:
·         Manage project activities including recruitment and training of field workers, supervision of field work, data management and scientific writing.
·         Coordinate policy engagement and dissemination of project research findings to appropriate audiences.
·         Take lead in preparing progress reports.
Qualifications and Experience
·         Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition, Public Health (with particular focus on maternal and child nutrition) or other relevant fields or Bachelor’s degree with extensive experience in Public Health Nutrition or related research.
·         Good writing skills on relevant subject areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
·         Experience in working with young children, mothers or most-at-risk communities; with a strong interest in Public Health Nutrition.
·         Experience in conducting literature reviews, particularly on maternal and child nutrition and associated health outcomes or related fields.
·         Proven experience in conducting household surveys and/or community-based surveys.
·         Either (i) strong quantitative skills (managing, analyzing and interpreting data), with extensive familiarity with statistical packages (Stata, SAS or SPSS); or (ii) expertise in qualitative methods, specifically, familiarity with common qualitative analysis software packages e.g. NVivo.
·         Computer literacy in Microsoft packages (MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Excel).
·         Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to work within a culturally diverse team.
Desirable:
·         Experience working in vulnerable communities in rural or semi-rural contexts, particularly with migrant/ refugee communities in Kenya.
·         Experience in collecting data pertaining to maternal and child nutrition.
·         Experience in collecting observational data.
·         Experience in community and stakeholder engagement.
·         Experience and familiarity with diverse health and social science datasets.
·         Experience in developing proposals and attracting research grants.
·         Publication record in peer-reviewed journals focusing on Public Health Nutrition or related fields.
How to Apply
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by email to jobs@aphrc.org with the subject ‘Nutrition Research Officer’ by February 12, 2020.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.
Cover letters should be addressed to:
The Human Resources Officer
African Population and Health Research Center, Inc
APHRC Campus, Manga Close, off Kirawa Road, Kitisuru
P. O. Box 10787-GPO, Nairobi
Website: www.aphrc.org
APHRC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the protection of children

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