Catholic Relief Services Senior Project Officer/County Research Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

Catholic Relief Services Senior Project Officer/County Research Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

Job Summary

The County Research Coordinator in Marsabit/Isiolo, will ensure effective coordination and management of MILE formative and implementation research activities across the county.

S/he will provide both administrative and technical support to the execution of four targeted pilot studies throughout the county.

S/he will oversee data collection teams and maintain key relationships with both local implementing partners and relevant county government actors.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support MILE Research team to roll out strategic mix of research methodologies appropriate for Isiolo geographic and sociocultural context as well as the MILE timeframe.
  • Directly supervise POs for Pilot Studies (5), providing oversight to major functions of implementation research, including data collection, analysis, documentation, and dissemination.
  • Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy.
  • Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
  • Disseminate MILE research tools to support both formative and implementation research, and engage in on-the-job training in their usage as needed
  • Manage partnerships with county research institutions
  • Actively engage county government counterparts on MILE research agenda development and pilot study design, to facilitate collaboration and buy-in.
  • Conduct regular sub-county field visits to support research teams and enhance understanding of local contexts.
  • Contribute to transition plan moving from Phase 1 (Research and Collaboration) to Phase 2 (Activity Implementation) by ensuring research results are useful, accessible, and applicable for making activity design decisions
  • Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs.
  • Through planning and oversight, ensure efficient use of project resources

    Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in public health, economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology, or another relevant subject.
  • Master’s degree in similar fields a plus.
  • Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • Minimum of four years professional experience in research, including progressive experience in leading multi-disciplinary, multi-site research teams
  • Demonstrated experience in qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Experience working with research and academic institutions in Kenya.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners.
  • Understanding of partnership principles.
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

    Personal Skills
  • Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
  • Very good relations management abilities.
  • Ability to relate to
    people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
  • Manages financial resources with integrity.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Required/Desired Foreign Language English and Kiswahili required

    Key Working Relationships:
  • Supervisory: Project Officers for Pilot Studies (5)
  • Internal: MILE Research & Design Lead, MILE Research & Design Manager, POs for MILE Pilot studies, County Systems Strengthening Specialists
  • External: Consortium partners, research institutions, government bodies at different levels,
  • Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
  • These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
  • Integrity
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Strategic Mindset
  • Accountability & Stewardship
  • Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
  • Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations.
  • Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas.
  • We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
  • CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

    How to Apply
  • Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Monday 30th September 2019.
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Catholic Relief Services – Kenya/Somalia Program
  • E-mail
  • Note: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) does not charge any fees from applicants for any recruitment.
  • Further, CRS has not retained any agent in connection with this recruitment
  • CRS’ recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation
  • CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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