Mercy Corps Program & Research Assistant Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya

Mercy Corps Program & Research Assistant Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya

About Mercy Corps:

  • Mercy Corps is powered by the belief that a better world is possible. To do this, we know our teams do their best work when they are diverse, and every team member feels that they belong. We welcome diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills to be stronger and have a long-term impact.

    The Program:

  • Girls Improving Resilience through Livelihoods and Health (GIRL-H) is a three-year program implemented in Kenya, Uganda, and Haiti. GIRL-H seeks to improve the well-being of adolescent girls and young women by increasing their access to skills and knowledge, health resources, formal education, and economic opportunities.

  • GIRL-H also fosters an enabling environment by working with communities to transform unhealthy social norms and create opportunities for girls to access education and economic opportunity.

  • Project Management Unit (PMU) provides global coordination and technical support to the countries in implementing the GIRL-H program. To enhance the technical program and research support functions of the PMU, GIRL-H seeks to recruit a Program & Research Assistant (PRA) based in Nairobi.

    The Position:

  • The Program and Research Assistant (PRA) will support the Project Management Unit, working with the PMU members and reporting directly to the Director of Research & Evidence.

  • The PRA will Support collaboration with program, finance and administrative staff to ensure GIRL-H program and MEL systems comply with donor and Mercy Corps policies and procedures, including adherence to Mercy Corps program management minimum standards.

  • The ideal candidate should have extensive experience working as both program and research assistant in the development sector.

    Essential Responsibilities

    Strategy and Planning

  • Work with the PMU manager to support the teams in implementing the program’s strategy following the donor and Mercy Corps standards.

  • Contribute to preparing the global level reports by collating information from the country level reports and providing the gaps to PMU manager for follow up with the countries.

  • Support the PMU team in administering the program budget by preparing procurement and expense requests, following up with relevant departments, and tracking expenses at the PMU level.

  • Schedule, organize, and document minutes for PMU led meetings and events. The person will also follow up with respective staff on specific action points.

  • Working with the PMU team, organize and maintain the program filing system under the guidance, ensuring a clear trail of versions and appropriate filing.

  • Support the DRE in tracking and reporting on the status of deliverables as per the PMU and Country Workplans, sending advance reminders to the responsible staff for upcoming deliverables.


  • Provide administrative support to the DRE to prepare various research protocols for ethical approval in Kenya, Uganda, and Haiti. The candidate will also track deliverables expected by the ethical approval body.

  • Schedule, organize, and document Research, Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning (RMEL) related meetings and events.

  • Provide administrative and quality control support for RMEL activities led by PMU, e.g., baseline survey, midline assessment, end of project evaluation, ad-hoc research, dissemination, among others.

  • Support in data collection activities such as desk research and key informant interviews to address specific research questions defined by the DRE.

  • Support the DRE in collating data from various countries to feed into; the global program log frame and periodic donor reports.

  • Provide support in implementing quality assurance and control for all program and research data collection/collation activities as guided by the DRE.

  • Provide support in developing various data collection tools addressing Adhoc research questions and problems under guidance from DRE.

  • Support in testing electronic data collection scripts prepared for various research and monitoring activities.


  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.

  • Other duties as assigned by the PMU.

    Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with at least three (3) years cumulative experience working as an Assistant in a program and research environment within the development sector.

  • Experience in supporting multi-country program management in a program or research environment is desired.

  • Experience in supporting/implementing quality assurance and control for programs and research activities.

  • Ability to develop and manage work plans for complex multi-country programs within the development sector.

  • Effective written and oral communication in English.

  • Qualification in project or program management will be an added advantage.

  • Proficiency in MS Office specifically in MS Excel and MS PowerPoint are required.

  • Knowledge of an analysis software is an added advantage e.g. SPSS, STATA or R.

  • Ability to speak French is an added advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Program & Research Assistant Jobs in Nairobi, Kenya

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