Research Liaison Officer Job in Kenya - NGO

International Rescue Committee: A global leader in humanitarian assistance, the International Rescue Committee works in more than 40 countries offering help and hope to refugees and others uprooted by disaster, conflict and oppression.

The IRC has been in Kenya since 1992 providing life-saving services such as health care to refugees and vulnerable local communities. Currently, the IRC works in two refugee camps, Dadaab and Kakuma, in northern Kenya. The IRC supports communities in Turkana and Garissa Counties as well as in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. 

Through its Peace Initiative Kenya (PIK) program it is also working in several counties throughout Kenya. 

The IRC implements programs in the areas of comprehensive primary health care, nutrition, protection, peace building, HIV/AIDS prevention, response to gender
based violence, livelihoods and governance. 

Applications are invited for the following position:

Research Liaison Officer
Sector: Women's Protection and Empowerment 

Location: Kenya  

Employee Type: Regular 

Employee Category: Full Time 
Job Purpose / Objective: The Research Liaison Officer (RLO) is the focal point for the “What Works” research project and will support other research and evaluation activities within the Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE) sector in the IRC Kenya Program.  

The What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict and Humanitarian Crises (“What Works”) is a five year research project funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID). 

The project aims to deliver a portfolio of research, capacity building and research uptake in a number of settings, including Dadaab Refugee Camp in Kenya. 

IRC is leading a consortium of NGOs and research partners to deliver the research project in Kenya. The roles of the RLO will include coordinating research and evaluation activities as well administrative and logistical support for the “What Works” project.  

The RLO will be charged with facilitating communication among the different stakeholders, and implementing partners, support reporting on project deliverables, and organize workshops to learn, share and discuss research findings and supporting external research consultants. S/he may also take the lead in conducting internal evaluations for the WPE sector. 

The position will be based in Dadaab with travel as required. The position reports to the Field coordinator and technical reporting will be to WPE Coordinator.


  • Support external researchers in carrying out research work within Dadaab refugee camps in conducting the “What Works” research project
  • Supervise research assistants carrying out data collection for What Works program
  • Ensure adherence in the field to general research design, sample selection, data management and analysis and overall management for research activities
  • Act as liaison between community and research teams while coordinating the respondents participation,
  • Support the overall coordination of research and evaluations conducted in the WPE sector
  • Take lead in carrying out internal evaluations and period assessments in monitoring program performance in WPE sector,
  • Support research assistants in data collection where called upon
  • Offer monitoring and evaluation support including analysis of the GBV IMS data for program learning
  • Keep the IRC and other stakeholders appraised of “What Works” project progress on regular basis
  • Provide linkage and manage all information and contact requests between the Kenya country program, different research teams including the IRC What Works Project Team and GBV Screening Research Project Team, external research teams, and other local partners in Dadaab and Nairobi
  • Ensure mobilization, coordination and scheduling of research respondents,
  • Plan and organize work sessions (including Skype calls) among different partners involved in the research projects and support and coordinate preparatory arrangements of work sessions to ensure that the agendas, minutes, research briefings, and all necessary information is prepared and disseminated to participants.
  • Offer logistical support and administrative roles for research teams and link with implementing partners in ensuring adherence to research schedules,
  • Schedule appointments/meetings and follow up on agreed actions with identified stakeholders including, Kenyan research consortium members and research teams
  • Organize, facilitate,and maintain minutes of regularly scheduled meetings between Health and WPE sectors in order to share information and problem-solve as necessary
  • Manage administrative tasks for the research projects including all research study mission travel, accommodation, pre-arrival and in-country assistance for researchers
  • Maintain positive and productive working relationships with staff, research partners and other community-based partners that IRC works with in Kenya.
Information and Knowledge Management
  • Prepare, implement, and monitor monthly work plans for the Kenyan projects so that field teams in Dadaab and management teams in Nairobi are knowledgeable about research project activities
  • Compile, manage, and disseminate relevant information – including current maps, assessments, and other reports relevant to research aims
  • Produce monthly research briefs that can be used to inform advocacy and programming strategies.
  • Other duties as required by supervisor.
Required Qualifications:
  • BA degree in social sciences
  • Experience conducting and coordinating research projects
  • Demonstrated experience producing reports and meeting minutes
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and execute multiple tasks in a fast paced environment with minimum supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to use social media and a range of presentational platforms
  • Flexibility a and ability to work under pressure
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English, knowledge of local language is added advantage
  • Cultural sensitivity and experience working with diverse partners
Required Experience & Competencies:
  • Experience with presenting research findings at public forums, including to non-research focused audiences
  • Knowledge of Gender based violence and gender issues in conflict;
  • Experience working in resource poor contexts
  • Skills and knowledge in using data analysis packages will be an added advantage
Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.  

International allowances are not available for this position. 

Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

How to Apply

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