The Research Assistant (RA) will be part of Samuel Hall’s Implementation Research Pillar and based in our Nairobi office. RAs conduct integral components of research projects, including desk reviews, key informant interviews, and extensive fieldwork with implementers and beneficiaries to collect data and analyse results. There is a strong potential for domestic, regional and international travel.
Who we are: Objectives and Ethos
Samuel Hall is a social enterprise that conducts research in countries affected by issues of migration and displacement. Our mandate is to produce research that delivers a contribution to knowledge with an impact on policies, programmes and people.
We provide practicable insights to challenging issues in the developing world by providing academic-standard research through primary data collection in areas where researchers do not commonly go. Samuel Hall works with governments, donors, multilateral organisations and INGOs, as well public and private sector entities. We have worked with more than sixty-five organisations worldwide since 2009 through our offices in Afghanistan, Kenya and Somalia covering Asia and Africa.
We generate knowledge in the form of primary data and the insights and analysis we provide. We fill in data gaps with the contextual and scientific standards required. We look for pro-active, creative individuals who can identify opportunities to make their mark and identify solutions to problems. We believe in hiring people who can show their ability to be both strong leaders and reliable followers, who have skills that our team currently lacks and who join us to add value from the very start.
Nature of the role
Objective: To fulfil the role of a Research Assistant to the Implementation Research Pillar. The Implementation Research Pillar largely focuses on the role of technology and innovation in supporting migrants, and how local enterprise can support the roll-out of innovations that are sustainable over the long-term.
Background: One-two recent graduates are selected each year to work in our Implementation Research Pillar as a research assistant. Applicants must be pursuing their Master’s/Doctoral degree or be recent graduates, have proven interest in research related to technology and innovation and have a proposal for submission to the company outlining perceived areas in which their skills could be best used.
Specificities: Dependent on interests and experience, each research assistant will support the Implementation Research Pillar lead on a variety of activities. The specific end goal for Samuel Hall is to ensure that capacity is built for full time integration as a core member of the Samuel Hall team beyond this time frame. This could include a transition to a full-time Project Officer position.
Specific needs for the role
Samuel Hall is seeking a motivated Research Assistant to join its Resilience Pillar for six months to one year in Nairobi, Kenya. The responsibilities of the Research Assistant are to:
Support the Project Lead on one or more research projects
Conduct secondary research and literature review
Assist in the design of research tools and research frameworks
Participate in fieldwork and conduct qualitative interviews and data analysis Conduct advanced data analysis on SPSS, Stata or Excel
Applicants will need to possess and be able to demonstrate the following qualifications and transferable skills:
Interest and experience working in Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D)
Excellent spoken and written skills in English
Keen attention to detail
Ability to being patient and to work well within a team
Ability to cope well under pressure, work occasionally irregular hours and meet tight deadlines
Tasks to be performed under the contract
IMPLEMENTATION RESEARCH PILLAR SUPPORT
Support the Implementation Research Pillar to advance work in Sub Saharan Africa
Coordinate relevant Implementation Research work
Support other Pillars as needed.
RESEARCH PROJECT SUPPORT
Train field teams on components of the project cycle
Support and monitor field teams’ work, including solving field problems
Effectively communicate with supervisors on progress with daily updates
Provide input to improve the quality of the field teams’ notes, transcript and outputs
Support identification and development of grant and other proposals relevant to Implementation Research work.
Support the design or design research tools and research methodology in collaboration with the research team
Support/conduct secondary research — literature review and secondary data analysis
Support/conduct analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
Participate in quantitative and qualitative fieldwork
Liaise with supervisors (in country and remotely) to improve quality of outputs
Provide strong analysis and recommendations in line with policy and academic standards
Under the supervision of the Pillar Lead and Project Teams, transcribe interview notes, write field reports, field diaries, progress updates, and contribute to the draft/final reports.
In country support
Identify local researchers, interviewers and enumerators for research projects
Liaise with potential partners to build Samuel Hall’s network under guidance of the Pillar Lead and Country/Regional Representative
Summary of Job Description
Employer Samuel Hall Location Nairobi, Kenya Position Research Assistant Contract Duration Twelve months (full-time), renewable Gender Any Nationality Kenyan Vacancy Closure Open until filled Preferred Background International development, Political/Social Sciences, Business Studies, Software Engineering, Statistics, ICT4D, ICT4H Minimum Qualifications Advanced degree or equivalent; Excellent spoken and written skills in English; Ability to work independent and proactively. E-mail for Submission firstname.lastname@example.org
All applicants should send their cover letter and CV in separate PDF files, each labelled: ‘CL/CV Full name of Applicant‘ with the e-mail subject line using the following format: ‘Name — Implementation Research RA‘. Three samples of relevant work should also be included, showcasing your ability to write, analyse data/information and construct an argument. These can be (excerpts from) a thesis, university essays, articles, reports, op-eds, posters, etc.
Samuel Hall is an equal opportunities employer. Applications that do not follow the required format or content will not be considered. Only selected applicants will be notified.
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