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County Research Coordinator Isiolo (Ref.2019/097) Marsabit (Ref.2019/098)

Department Programming

Band: 8

Reports To: Research & Design Manager

Country/Location: Kenya/Isiolo/Marsabit

About CRS:

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS is an international non-governmental organization (NGO) supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity, or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs.

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) opened operations in Kenya in 1965. For over 50 years, we have worked throughout the country to implement programs in agriculture, health, microfinance, water, sanitation, emergency relief and peacebuilding. We have built deep relationships with the Government of Kenya and the Catholic Church through ongoing collaboration and support. CRS’ projects in Kenya currently include agriculture, health, microfinance, emergency response, HIV care and treatment, and services for orphans and vulnerable children. CRS Kenya implements its programs through partnerships with local organizations, including the Catholic Church, other faith-based organizations and community entities for maximum impact and sustainability.


CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya. CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties. The activity will be implemented in two phases:

§ Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.

§ Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening

Job Summary:

The County Research Coordinator will ensure effective coordination and management of MILE formative and implementation research activities across the county. S/he will provide both administrative and technical support to the execution of four targeted pilot studies throughout the county. S/he will oversee data collection teams and maintain key relationships with both local implementing partners and relevant county government actors.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support MILE Research team to roll out strategic mix of research methodologies appropriate for the geographic and sociocultural context as well as the MILE timeframe.
  • Directly supervise POs for Pilot Studies (4), providing oversight to major functions of implementation research, including data collection, analysis, documentation, and dissemination.
  • Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
  • Disseminate MILE research tools to support both formative and implementation research, and engage in on-the-job training in their usage as needed
  • Manage partnerships with county research institutions
  • Actively engage county government counterparts on MILE research agenda development and pilot study design, to facilitate collaboration and buy-in.
  • Conduct regular sub-county field visits to support research teams and enhance understanding of local contexts.
  • Contribute to transition plan moving from Phase 1 (Research and Collaboration) to Phase 2 (Activity Implementation) by ensuring research results are useful, accessible, and applicable for making activity design decisions
  • Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs.
  • Through planning and oversight, ensure efficient use of project resources

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

· Bachelor’s Degree in public health, economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology, or another relevant subject. Master’s degree in similar fields a plus Additional experience may substitute for some education.

· Minimum of four years professional experience in research, including progressive experience in leading multi-disciplinary, multi-site research teams

· Demonstrated experience in qualitative and quantitative methods

· Experience working with research and academic institutions in Kenya.

· Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.

· Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

Personal Skills

· Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.

· Very good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.

· Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.

· Manages financial resources with integrity.

· Excellent communication skills.

Required/Desired Foreign Language: English and Kiswahili required

Travel Required: 30% field travel

Key Working Relationships:

Supervisory: Project Officers for Pilot Studies (4)

Internal: MILE Research & Design Lead, MILE Research & Design Manager, POs for MILE Pilot studies, County Systems Strengthening Specialists

External: Consortium partners, research institutions, government bodies at different levels,

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

· Integrity

· Continuous Improvement & Innovation

· Builds Relationships

· Develops Talent

· Strategic Mindset

· Accountability & Stewardship

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

****Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.*

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