AMREF Research Officer Jobs in Kenya

AMREF Research Officer Jobs in Kenya

Amref Health Africa Overview:

  • Amref Health Africa was founded in 1957 and has since grown to become the largest African based international health development organisation; currently implementing more than 140 programs, directly reaching more than 12 million people across 35 African countries. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, Amref Health Africa has offices in eight countries in Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Malawi, South Sudan, Zambia and Senegal.

  • Amref’s work in each country responds to local needs and priorities strengthen existing capacities in communities to take control of their health and strengthen the local health systems. In addition, there are eleven advocacy and fundraising offices located in Europe and North America. In the spirit of Ubuntu, partnership and networking are key elements of Amref Health Africa’s approach. Amref has a staff complement of over 1,500.

  • Amref Health Africa is driven by its vision of ‘Lasting health change in Africa’ and its mission ‘To increase sustainable health access to communities in Africa through solutions in human resources for health, health service delivery, and investments in health’.

    Project Overview

  • The University of Toronto and Amref Health Africa are undertaking a Needs Assessment Research study, engaging with program partners within the Health Collaborative. The Health Collaborative is an eight-partner network, comprised of a number of organizations including leading African-based academic institutions, and is an initiative
    that was developed by the University of Toronto.

  • The Health Collaborative aims to train and prepare young professionals for the meaningful work of growing African health sectors equitably and efficiently to meet the health needs in their respective countries.

  • The Needs Assessment Research study will involve a stakeholder and context analysis that will look at the internal and external environments which inform program design, development, and implementation of programs that will be implemented by partners within the Health Collaborative.

  • The needs assessment will explore institutional strengths, program offerings, institutional needs, goals, capacity, resources, digital infrastructure, strategy, and environmental considerations (political, economic, technological) amongst partners.

    Main Purpose of Job

  • The position holder is responsible for leading and coordinating research activities under the Africa Higher Education Health Collaborative project, specifically needs assessment research (NAR).

    Main Duties and Responsibilities:

    Overall Coordination /Management

  • Lead the coordination of research activities under the three needs assessment research project pillars (Health Employment, Health Entrepreneurship and Health Ecosystems)

  • Support preparation/updating of needs assessment research protocol

  • Lead packaging and submission of needs assessment research protocol to ethics review boards in countries of data collection and coordinate revision based on feedback from ethics review boards

  • Review and adjust needs assessment research workplan to reflect phased approach

  • Lead the design of needs assessment research and process mapping

  • Track
    and report on research activities, progress, and outcomes.

  • Conduct periodic review and evaluation of efficacy of research efforts in collaboration with key internal and external stakeholders.

  • Participate in regular team meetings to review progress and deliverables.

  • Lead on regular updates related to research’s progress with pillar leads at the University of Toronto and Amref Health Africa in Canada, as well as with partners in the Health Collaborative network.

    Data Collection and Analysis

  • Lead design/review of needs assessment research data collection tools.

  • Lead the validation of data collection tools and study processes.

  • Lead needs assessment research data analysis (qualitative and quantitative) and report writing.

  • Lead design/review of needs assessment research data collection tools.


  • Lead preparation of dissemination plan.

  • Present needs assessment research findings to implementation team, at local and international conferences.

    Any other tasks

  • Participant in Amref Research Community of Practice.

  • Support Amref research grant application.

  • Participant in Amref ethic review board activities and meetings.

    Required Qualifications

    Education and knowledge

    • Master’s degree in Public Health, Statistics, Development economics, Epidemiology, Social Sciences or related studies from a recognized institution.

    • Professional training in research methods.

    Required Qualifications and Experience

    • At least Five (5) years of relevant experience in research, preferably within a health- oriented NGO.

    • Research background with at least five publications in peer reviewed journals.

    • Multi-country experience.

    • Strong data management and analysis skills.

    • Knowledge of data security protocols.

    • Expert knowledge of data analysis programs such as SPSS, STATA, and/or EPI INFO.

    • Experience in writing and dissemination of research reports.

    Skills and Competences

    • Excellent understanding of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and analysis.

    • Strong command of English is a requirement, both oral and written.

    • Proficiency in other languages, including relevant dialects in the study’s focus countries (Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, and South Africa) considered an asset.

    • Strong command of virtual platforms, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams.

    • Excellent coordination skills.

    • Excellent communications skills.

    • Strong leadership skills and people management skills.

    • Must be a team player and able to work under minimal supervision.

    • Ability to work with multi-cultural teams.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; AMREF Research Officer Jobs in Kenya

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