KEWASNET National Research Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

KEWASNET National Research Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

Job Summary and Purpose

  • This is a new and strategically important position within a dynamic network of civil society, government and research partners, which will place the successful applicant at the heart of efforts to
    strengthen accountability and evidence-based decision making for sustainable development.

  • We are seeking a Kenyan with the experience, skills and confidence to co-ordinate this innovative, multistakeholder research programme, and to support the high-quality evidence generation and learning which is required.

  • The post-holder will be responsible for the successful co-ordination of the ‘Accountability for Water Action and Research Programme’ and will ensure that the initiative has impact and legacy for strengthening water sector governance and service delivery in Kenya and beyond.

  • They will provide administrative and technical support to research partners and Professional Research Fellows in Kenya to ensure high-quality research design, delivery, documentation and
    communication of results.

  • The goal is to generate and share knowledge which will enable all stakeholders to harness accountability practice to accelerate delivery of the water related SDG’s, social justice, climate resilience and sustainable resource management.

  • The National research Co-ordinator will be based at KEWASNET in Nairobi and will be required to regularly visit professional fellows and partners across Kenya, and to represent the team within regional and global meetings.

  • They will work closely with the CEO of KEWASNET and the Programme Management Team to ensure that the research programme is delivered effectively and efficiently and that it responds to the needs of stakeholders.

  • They will provide technical guidance and support for monitoring, evaluation and learning, and will lead external and internal communications and stakeholder liaison.

  • The person will support uptake of the research findings and will establish country level collaborations to support, learn from and use the research.

  • We are looking for someone who has exceptional organisational and communication skills, with the energy, research background and confidence to make the most of this opportunity for Kenya’s water

  • The ability to establish and maintain effective relationships, and to ensure joint ownership and high-quality delivery of programmes with partners will be essential.

  • This is an excellent opportunity for a gifted individual to help shape research, policy and practice on accountability and advocacy in Kenya, and to build a legacy of wider impact through the next step in their career as a leader for sustainable development and social justice.

    Duties and Responsibilities

  • The objective of this role is to effectively co-ordinate the Kenyan delivery of the Accountability
    for Water Research Programme and to ensure that knowledge generated is robust, relevant, well-documented and communicated in ways which advance good governance and water service delivery.

  • The Co-ordinator will ensure efficient delivery that is co-owned by partners and which is managed adaptively to ensure positive impact for beneficiaries.

    Specific responsibilities include:

  • Research Co-ordination and Research Fellow Support

  • Particular focus will be on coordinating recruitment and supporting Professional Research
    Fellows working within partner organisations in Kenya who will undertake inquiry into accountability initiatives (social accountability monitoring work, budget tracking and analysis, evidence-based advocacy) and accountability mechanisms (statutory complaint and grievance systems, public interest litigation etc.) and their influence on water security for vulnerable communities.

  • There will also be opportunities for the post-holder to work directly with teams to design and deliver cross-cutting research.

  • The success of the work will depend on the National Co-Ordinator’s ability to effectively manage the research partnerships, to meet the changing
    needs of research fellows and stakeholders.

    Learning, Communications, Advocacy and Uptake

    The post holder will be responsible for ensuring that:

  • Learning is generated, synthesised and documented across the programme work in Kenya;

  • Programme monitoring, evaluation and learning plans are appropriate and implemented;

  • The work is communicated effectively to external parties, and that communication internally to the team and professional fellows is efficient and effective;

  • That appropriate plans are in place to drive uptake of the research findings through modified practice,
    policy or investment and that these are delivered on.

  • Advocacy based on the results of the research programme has impact.

    Partnership Development and Stakeholder Support

  • The success of this initiative will depend on effective collaboration between a diverse set of
    local, regional and global partners. The Co-ordinator will have primary responsibility for establishing and maintaining constructive relationships with these partners including via:

  • Planning, delivery, management and write up of regional and national meetings, trainings and workshops;

  • Acting as the secretariat of the National Advisory Group which meets quarterly including taking minutes and ensuring actions are delivered;

  • Prompt and comprehensive reporting to and liaison with the Programme Management Team and KAWASNET;

  • Support for and active participation in regional and global meetings, conferences and events.

  • The post-holder will maintain the flexible approach needed within a small network organisation
    and will deputise for others to undertake other duties as required.

    Person Specification
    The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the following:

    Experience and qualifications


  • Master’s degree in international development, water, or governance related fields.

  • At least 3 years’ experience in programme coordination, monitoring, evaluation and research preferably in a research focused organisation or initiative.

  • Technical knowledge and experience of the water resource management and/or WASH sectors, gender and/or accountability, advocacy and governance research for sustainable development in Kenya

  • Understanding of inclusive approaches, gender and key trends in international development.

  • Demonstrable experience in supporting research and coordinating implementation of research programmes.

  • A track record of publication, and a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate
    complex concepts to a wide range of audiences.

  • Evidence of working in effective regional and national partnerships with senior level and technical staff, and of supporting networks of stakeholders.

  • Experience and understanding of the strategies, challenges and opportunities for translating research and evidence into use, policy and practice for sustainable and inclusive development.

  • A proven team player, able to mentor, organise events, facilitate workshops, deliver training and collaborate within a multi-cultural and dispersed team of mixed capabilities and experience.


  • Design and management of knowledge and learning networks in Africa.

  • Experience of multi-country, multi-partner, interdisciplinary research initiatives.

  • A successful track record of converting research and evidence into high impact advocacy materials and communication campaigns.

  • Proven advocacy skills to influence at the highest levels and with multiple stakeholders and
    key decision makers

    Skills and attributes


  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills in English and Swahili, and an ability to
    design, deliver and disseminate core research and evaluation findings to a variety of audiences

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively in networks
    and communities of practice

  • A flexible and resourceful attitude with the ability to manage and prioritize an unpredictable

  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills in order to understand the range and content of
    accountability for water work and provide practical solutions to operational challenges.

  • Proven data analysis and report writing skills including documentation and editing with proficiency in data analysis software.

  • A high degree of competence in using IT tools, platforms and programmes.

  • Exceptional organisational skills, professional diligence and ethical conduct.

  • Must be dynamic, creative, and passionate about delivering positive change in the world.

  • Familiar with current concepts and approaches within accountability and advocacy and /or water resource management, climate resilience and WASH.


  • Familiarity and competence in media, communications, infographics, publishing and the use
    of social media.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; KEWASNET National Research Coordinator Jobs in Kenya

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