Sightsavers Research Advisor Jobs in Kenya

Job PurposeTo support research and other evidence-generating activities within Sightsavers’ programmes in health, education and social inclusion in East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA).

Our current research portfolio includes a wide range of quantitative and qualitative studies, including prevalence surveys, behaviour studies, operational and system research and impact evaluations.

We are looking for a motivated and passionate researcher with a strong interest in health and disability research and a broad range of expertise using both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

The post holder will work with our global Research team and our programmes in ECSA region to support a range of research activities and related issues. They will facilitate the development of strategies to address those issues to support a broad range of programme activities and studies.


  • Work with the Sightsavers Research team and country offices to identify research questions pertinent to our programmes and to integrate operational research within our ongoing projects;
  • Collate country specific information and evidence to underpin our new programmes
    and funding applications;
  • Contribute to the development of study protocols and research tools; and submit ethics
  • Liaise with in-country academic partners and/or consultants and supervise all aspects
    of the fieldwork;
  • Contribute to data collection; data analysis; reporting and dissemination of findings through peer-reviewed publications and presentations;
  • Discuss research findings with programme managers and implementation partners
    and ensure that the implications of research are well understood and used in future
    programmes and advocacy;
  • Contribute to organisational capacity building in the area of research skills and


  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline;
  • Postgraduate degree in public health, epidemiology, statistics; social or behavioral
    sciences; research methods or
    related discipline;
  • Good knowledge of different research paradigms and methods, including both
    quantitative and qualitative approaches;
  • Good knowledge of survey research, including a practical and well-organised approach to the analysis of survey data;
  • Good knowledge and experience of research in ECSA;
  • Experience of writing literature reviews, research grant applications, research reports
    and peer-reviewed publications;
  • Understanding of research governance and ethical principles particularly in relation to
    research with children and vulnerable people.
    Skills (Special Training or Competence):
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Ability to plan, design, undertake and supervise research projects;
  • Ability to collect data using both quantitative and qualitative techniques;
  • Demonstrable proficiency in the application of standard statistical methods, e.g.
    descriptive and univariate analyses at a minimum;
  • Good data analysis skills using software packages, eg. STATA, SPSS, NVIVO
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English are key, as collaboration
    with cross-functional teams is vital to the role’s success;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Able to travel for up to 16 weeks a year (national and international and including to
    rural locations)

    How to apply

    Interested candidates should apply online by 10th June, 2018

    For more information and job application details, see; Sightsavers Research Advisor Jobs in Kenya

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