Danish Refugee Council MMC Research Assistant Jobs in Kenya

Danish Refugee Council MMC Research Assistant Jobs in Kenya

Overall Purpose of the Role

The overall purpose of the role is to support the Mixed Migration Centre – East and Southern Africa with desk research and qualitative data collection, transcription, data analysis, as well as support in organizing fieldwork and research events.

Under the supervision of the MMC Regional Manager and the technical supervision of the Research and Policy Specialist, the successful candidate will be responsible for conducting interview transcriptions, qualitative data coding and analysis, generating graphs and tables based on descriptive statistics, desk research, and, where needed, qualitative data collection and fieldwork logistics planning.

The candidate will also be responsible for taking notes during internal and external meetings and events to brief the MMC team as well as for supporting, as needed, MMC’s communications needs, administrative tasks, among other responsibilities.

Interested candidates should have a passion for research on issues of mixed migration and understanding the experiences of refugees and migrants as they move to, within, and from East and the Horn of Africa, and Southern Africa.

MMC provides opportunities for learning and developing to advance research skills and migration expertise.

An ongoing project in which the Research Assistant will be involved focuses on qualitative data collection and transcription with children and youth on the move along key mixed migration routes in East Africa, and from East to North Africa.

Key Responsibilities

1. Data Management

  • Work closely with the Research and Policy Specialist to support MMC’s qualitative data management needs, including transcriptions and developing transcription protocols

  • Assist on coding and labelling variables to be used in qualitative analysis.

    2. Data Collection

  • When project needs arise, carry out data collection using qualitative tools (e.g., focus group discussion guides, semi-structured interview guides)

  • Assist in developing qualitative tools.

  • Assist with organizing fieldwork logistics.

    3. Data Analysis, Visualization and Factsheet Production

  • Support with the visualization of data in graphs, tables and other relevant formats;

  • Carry out qualitative data analysis in support of the research agenda;

  • Produce factsheets based on qualitative data analysis to be shared with programming partners.


  • Carry out desk research and mapping to support MMC’s various research projects;

  • Take notes and write up briefings for meetings;

  • Support MMC’s communications needs as needed, including the organization of research events and other outreach;

  • Assist the team with administrative or any other tasks related to the running of MMC and its projects.

    About You

    In this position, you are expected to demonstrate DRC’s five core competencies:

  • Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results while ensuring an efficient process.

  • Collaborating: You involve relevant parties and encourage feedback.

  • Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.

  • Communicating: You listen and speak effectively and honestly.

  • Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with our vision and values.

    Qualifications and Experience

  • BA in social sciences. Specific course work in the field of migration and in qualitative data collection and analysis is highly desirable.

  • MA or MSc in the social
    sciences is desirable.

  • At least one year experience working in qualitative research or a Masters in the social sciences where a thesis was submitted;

  • Excellent writing and editing skills; demonstrated ability to synthesize and condense information;

  • Experience in transcription, coding, and qualitative analysis is highly desirable;

  • Experience in NVIVO, ATLAS or a similar software is an asset;

  • Experience in generating graphs and tables of data (Excel) is highly desirable;

  • Previous experience working with international NGOs is an asset;

  • Enthusiastic about learning, pushing limits, and finding new solutions;

  • Strong verbal and written communication aptitude;

  • Working verbal and written knowledge in Arabic, Amharic and/or Somali is an asset;

  • Strong attention to details and rigor in dealing with qualitative data.


    Contract: 3 months contract with possibility of extension, subject to funding and performance.

    Salary and other conditions are offered in accordance with DRC’s Terms of Employment for Kenyan Staff ; Employment band NMI

    Availability: 1st October 2022

    Duty station: This position is based in Nairobi Regional Office

    Reporting Line: Regional Manager, MMC East and Southern Africa

    Providing equal opportunities

    We are committed to creating an inclusive and positive work environment based on mutual respect for all employees.

    All applicants are considered for employment without attention to race, age, ability, ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, or any other factor.

    At DRC we celebrate diversity and appreciate our employees for the people they are and their unique skills, backgrounds, and perspectives.

    We encourage all interested candidates to apply.

    Promoting high standards: DRC’s capacity to ensure the protection of and assistance to refugees, IDP’s and other persons of concern depends on the ability of our staff to uphold and promote the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct in relation DRC’s values and Code of Conduct, including safeguarding against sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment. DRC conducts thorough and comprehensive background checks as part of the recruitment process

    How to Apply

    Application and CV

    All applicants must upload to the DRC website (all in English) a cover letter and an updated CV (no longer than four pages).

    Applications sent by email will not be considered. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to sit for an exam.

    Finalists will be asked to sit for an interview.

    DRC only accepts applications sent via our online-application form, linked at the bottom, under vacancies.

    Please submit your application and CV in English no later than 21st September 2022.

    For questions regarding the vacancy please contact jim.moorsel@mixedmigration.org.

    Application Link: Danish Refugee Council MMC Research Assistant Jobs in Kenya

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