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  • Posted on: 23 April, 2018 Deadline: Not Specified
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    Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. In February 2014, we completed a second transition, which saw us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. Save the Children now has an operational presence in Bungoma, Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Nairobi, Turkana and Wajir. We work through partners in many other parts of the country. We have a staff complement of around 300 staff and an operating annual budget of approximately US$16 million in 2018.

    Research and Learning Manager


    Job description

    Role Purpose:

    The Research and Learning Manager will support research, learning and evidence generation under the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, contraception without borders project. This project will develop and test a scalable model to increase use of family planning (FP)-from the standpoints of both supply and demand-for nomadic and semi-nomadic communities in six sub-counties located in Wajir (West, North, Eldas) and Mandera (North, Banisa, Takaba) and engage regional stakeholders to share lessons from working with these communities and encourage adoption and/or adaptation of our model. Therefore, the research manager will support the learning, iterative refinement and systematic documentation of the model, which will help inform other partners and Ministries of Health in other countries on scalable approaches that can improve uptake of FP among similar nomadic and semi-nomadic populations.

    The research and learning manager, with support of Head of MEAL will also oversee other country research and learning initiatives to provide evidence for programming. The manager will be based in Nairobi with frequent visits required to collect data and hold workshops in the field offices. The specific activities include managing data collection activities, conducting literature review, development of data collection tools as well as conduct data analysis and report writing and lead in learning and dissemination activities. The manager will also document all the learnings from the contraception without borders project as well as from other projects.

    Working closely with the head of health and nutrition and the head of MEAL, the manager will bring a high level of technical competence and experience in order to supervise all field activities focused on data collection and data processing. He/she will be responsible for ensuring adequate planning for fieldwork and commitment to agreed deadlines. In addition, he/she will support analysis and reporting using collected data

    Qualifications and Experience


    • A postgraduate degree in Social sciences, Population studies, Public health, Development studies or other relevant discipline.
    • 5 years of experience in similar research-focused positions.
    • Knowledge and demonstrated experience of designing and managing high level researches and evaluations.
    • Familiar with computer adapted data collection platforms
    • Conversant with data analysis software, preferably STATA for quantitative data is a requirement.
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and an ability to produce and disseminate research and evaluation outputs to variety of audiences using effective approaches
    • Demonstrated ability to think critically, strategically, analyse complex information, and offer creative, practical and effective solutions.
    • Commitment to Save the Children International values.
    • Ability to give professional support and direction to others; seek, review and apply best practice from elsewhere.
    • Experience of conducting mixed-method research and very good background in qualitative research methods.
    • Familiar with learning and knowledge management systems and approaches.

    We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy.

    Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.


    Save the Children International does not charge any kind of fee at whichever stage of the recruitment process and does not act through recruitment agents

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Save the Children career website on savethechildren.taleo.net to apply

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