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Job Summary: The Population Council’s Poverty, Gender and Youth program is looking to hire a Program Officer 3 in the Nairobi office to work on a growing body of adolescent girls research studies.


The position will include managing the data collection and analysis for a new on adolescent girls, being a part of the analysis team for two ongoing randomized controlled trials on adolescent girls in Kenya, and engaging in other research/analysis activities as needed.


The position will be expected to work at very high research standards, with energy and commitment to the growth and success of the overall program.

The successful candidate will report to the Program Associate.

This position is a local hire position.

Candidates must be Kenyan nationals.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Work with the PGY team to design studies and data collection instruments related to PGY work in Kenya and the region, especially focused on studies related to vulnerable adolescent girls.
  • Oversee data collection and entry related to programmatic studies.
  • Work closely with intervention staff and partners to ensure that intervention components of the study are being implemented at a high quality and with fidelity to the research design
  • Work with senior program staff to clean, manage and analyze data
  • Author in-country reports and policy research briefs related to studies.
  • Work with senior staff in papers for peer reviewed journals and dissemination events.
  • Author, assist with, or edit routine donor reporting related to PGY program activities in Kenya and the region
  • Work with senior staff in both sub-Saharan Africa and New York to develop programmatic activities and proposals for funding, with a view to expanding the PGY program.
  • Represent the Council in various stakeholder policy or technical working groups and/or networks.
  • Other duties as may be required by the position.

    Qualifications, Knowledge, Experience
  • Doctorate or MD degree with minimum of two years relevant experience or Masters degree with equivalent experience in a relevant field and a minimum of eight years research experience.
  • Experience with management of research studies, data collection and publication of papers in peer-review journals.
  • High-level quantitative data analysis skills – such as multivariate analysis, event history analysis and analysis of longitudinal data using STATA.
  • Qualitative data analysis skills – such as coding and analysis of transcripts using Atlas.ti, NVIVO, or similar software.
  • Candidate must have at least two years of expertise in adolescence, gender, women’s and girls’ empowerment, social development, public health, and/or education, including specific knowledge and experience working in the Kenyan context.
  • Ability to lead, motivate, and supervise a team working on both intervention and research activities.
  • Excellent diplomatic, representational, problem solving, management, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and oral English-language communications skills, including top quality writing and presentation skills.
  • Skills with multiple kinds of software for both quantitative and qualitative analysis.
  • Willingness to travel within Kenya and across the region as needed.
  • The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources.

    The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries.

    If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in applying for this position, please send resume and cover letter to:

    jobs-nairobi@popcouncil.org
    by October 21st, 2016.

    The Population Council provides equal opportunity.

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