UNICEF Research Intern - Jobs in Kenya

UNICEF Research Intern - Jobs in Kenya

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Position Title:

  • Research Intern for UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office-Technical Assistance to Conducting Regional Qualitative assessment on Complementary Feeding Practices in Eastern & Southern Africa

    Reporting to:
  • Nutrition Specialist, Maternal, Infant and Young Child Nutrition, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, UNICEF


    The purpose of this internship to inform the design, implementation, and targeting of interventions to support complementary feeding in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region, with a particular focus on dietary quality of infants and young children 6-23 months.

    The first responsibility of the intern is to generate evidence on sociocultural, behavioral, and environmental factors associated with complementary feeding practices in the ESA region.

    The specific objectives include:

    To conduct a desk review of both published and grey literature a) to understand the programme context and identify what is already known and documented about complementary feeding in the ESA region, and b)? based on the outcomes of the desk review to identify gaps and priority research areas, particularly in relation to dietary quality of infants and young children 6-23 months in the ESA region

    To carry out an analysis of key determinants of complementary feeding 6-23 months using qualitative research methods including focus group discussions and in-depth interviews in 1-2 field locations in differ countries?

    To conduct primary data collection on the desirability and acceptability of food groups that improve dietary diversity of children 6-23 months

    Major duties and responsibilities

  • Existing known determinants of complementary
    feeding for children 6-23 months
  • Identify gaps and specific themes to be included in the field research phase
  • To share a detailed data collection methodology and work plan for review
  • To conduct and analyze field research including in-depth interviews and focus group discussions on the key determinants of complementary feeding and dietary quality for children 6-23 months
  • To identify barriers to achieving improved dietary quality 6-23 months with particular focus on sociocultural and environmental factors in target communities, and identify entry points for strategies to promote adoption of recommended practices
  • To produce a report including the following: executive summary, introduction/background, aims/objectives, methodology, results, discussion, and recommendations and conclusion
  • To provide a coded and organized set of data collected during field research, including in-depth interviews and focus group discussion transcripts
  • To share draft report



  • A first degree in nutrition or public health is required.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of 1 year of progressively responsible professional research experience.
  • Demonstration of research and analytical skills and the ability to synthesize data and notes into clear and concise report is a must.

    Language Proficiency
  • Fluency in English (verbal and written).
    Working knowledge of another UN language an asset.

    How to Apply
  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 2nd May 2019
  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Research Intern - Jobs in Kenya

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