Assistant Research Officer Job in Kenya

Job Overview

This position offers an exciting opportunity to conduct innovative research, collaborate with multidisciplinary teams across multiple countries and contribute to developing impactful outputs. The Assistant Research Officer will work with the Principal Investigator, the Senior Research Officer, study co-investigators, County Health Departments and the Ministry of Health to implement this research.

Roles and Responsibilities

Planning and Execution:

Implement Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) and health systems research to the highest level of quality

Coordinate research in the study sites and participate in research activities

Oversee the planning and development of the study research plan(s)

Implement research in line with all donor funding and administrative requirements.

Support the training, debriefing and support of research teams

Research and Data Collection

Support the development and/or review of data collection tools, consent documents and other required study tools

Attend and contribute to study methodology and tool training.

Assist in collecting quality data from the participants using various methods that may include Individual and group interviews, and participatory methods e.g. Body mapping workshops, Photovoice, Life History Interviews, Shadowing among others as per the set guidelines and procedures.

Take interview notes and compile comprehensive qualitative interview debriefing reports/notes.

Coordinate data management and transcription.

Communicate regularly with the research team on the progress of the data collection exercise.

Provide supportive supervision for the research assistants on the project

Prepare data collection progress report and updates as required.

Documentation and Communication

Ensure proper documentation of research implementation activities, processes, outputs, and outcomes as per project/study protocol and relevant research Sops.

Maintain communication on technical and procedural matters with the line manager, Head of Research, and study PIs.

Maintain relevant communication and correspondence with internal and external research partners as agreed on by the project team

Competency Criteria

Qualifications, Training & Knowledge

A Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline in health and social sciences (e.g. Public Health, Psychology, Social sciences or similar)

Understanding of health issues, services, and Kenya’s health system is an added advantage


At least 2 years of hands-on experience implementing community research

The candidate must be proficient in conducting individual and group interviews, and demonstrate awareness of ethical conduct of human research.

Experience with CBPR methods will be an added advantage

Competence in using MS Office applications. Experience and competence in advanced qualitative data analysis using software such as NVivo, Atlas.ti, etc.

Experience in quantitative analysis will be an added advantage

Experience in managing project teams, including training and mentoring research assistants

Experience in engagement of research stakeholders

Skills and Behaviors

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate in English and Swahili

Demonstrable attention to detail and accuracy, leading to high-quality research data and results

Excellent organizational skills with the ability to achieve research objectives independent of day-to-day supervision

Ability to work as an integral, productive, and cooperative member of a multidisciplinary team 

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