Research Assistant (Kikuyu Speaking)

Country: Kenya
Organization: Africa's Voices Foundation
Closing date: 11 Feb 2021

**Position Title: Kikuyu Speaking Research Assistant (1 position)

Position Type: Consultancy contract

Duration: On Need Basis

Application deadline: 11th February 2021, 5.00 pm, East Africa Time (EAT)

Location: Kiambu County, Kenya

Languages: Kikuyu and English

Daily Rate: USD 40 per day (7.5 hours per day)

Start Date: March 2021

Background

AVF is a fast-growing organisation, capitalizing on interactive media and digital communications to curate and spark engaging discussions that convene citizens’ voices as evidence and elevate them to the level of decision-making.

Spun out of cutting-edge research at the University of Cambridge in 2015, we have an established presence in East Africa and beyond with a vibrant growing core team in Nairobi. Our clients include GPSDD, UNDP, UNICEF, the European Union, ICRAF, Somalia Stability Fund, and the MasterCard Foundation.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform literature reviews to inform project design

  • Coding, tagging and analysing local-language data

  • Qualitative analysis of local-language data

  • Support overall programme and research design

  • Collect and analyse data

  • Assist with the preparation of articles, project reports, and presentations.

  • Performs routine project clerical duties as instructed

  • Assist with other tasks as and when necessary, including survey and questionnaire design and translation.

  • Any other duties that may be assigned by the supervisor within the programmes department.

Selection Criteria:

Essential

  1. Diploma or Undergraduate degree in a relevant social science discipline (such as sociology, political science, international development, public health, social psychology)

  2. One year professional experience working as part of the design and implementation of research and analysis/monitoring and evaluation projects

  3. Experience in qualitative research methods such as content analysis, thematic analysis and grounded theory.

  4. Excellent Kikuyu language skills, with understanding of regional variations and dialects within Kenya highly desirable

  5. The ability to transfer style, tone and cultural elements accurately from Kikuyu to English and English to Kikuyu

  6. Extremely high attention to detail

  7. Ability to learn quickly and actively, seeking to continuously improve skills and knowledge

  8. Proven ability to perform tasks for tight deadlines and under pressure

  9. Fluency in written and spoken English and Kikuyu

Desirable

  • Knowledge/experience of working in social/behaviour change campaigning or public opinion research or humanitarian programming

  • Knowledge and experience of quantitative research methods

  • Experience designing and conducting field research, especially focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews

  • Experience in English-Kikuyu and Kikuyu- English translation for development programmes

  • Experience in survey/questionnaire design

How to apply:

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting cover letter to careers@africasvoices.org, by 5pm, East Africa Time (EAT) on 11th February 2021.

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