Data Officer Job in Kenya

Mercy Corps

Job Title: Senior Data Officer – Nawiri

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Position Status: Full-time, Exempt, Regular

Salary Level: Officer Level

Current Team Member: New Position

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the
belief that a better world is possible.

In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the
world, we partner to put bold solutions into action — helping people triumph
over adversity and build stronger communities from within.

Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary

With funding from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance
(BHA), Mercy Corps’ Nawiri Program is leading a consortium of Kenyan and
international partners on a five year journey to sustainably reduce persistent
acute malnutrition in Turkana and Samburu Counties of Kenya.

Through a phased approach that emphasizes evidence gap analysis,
as well as partnership, learning, and co-creation, the program takes a robust
county-centered design with government leadership, active engagement from
communities, the private sector, and civil society.

Mercy Corps’ consortium brings together the global leadership,
research capacity, technical expertise, and implementation experience necessary
to partner with local institutions to test, adapt, and scale evidence-based

Together we will sustainably reduce persistent acute
malnutrition for vulnerable populations in Turkana and Samburu counties.

General Position Summary

The Senior Data Officer will work directly under the Nawiri MIS
Manager as well as with the broader MEL team to operationalize Nawiri’s
Management Information System.

S/He will support requirement gathering, translation of user
needs into system specifications, developing and roll-out of mobile and web
platforms, developing of standard operating procedure (SOP) to ensure optimal
use of information systems, consistency, and data quality standards.

S/He will provide timely technical backstopping on the CommCare
platform for data management, ICT support on mobile technology and database,
and continuous adaption to the data management system to include emerging data

In addition, s/he will support with the strengthening of county
government data systems to ensure reliable and quality data for adaptive
management and decision-making.

The Senior Data Officer will contribute to the
institutionalization of best practices in data management and use of
information systems for high quality data collection and evidence based

Essential Job Responsibilities


Work closely with the MIS Manager to produce and update
work-plans for data management, analysis, and reporting

Conduct data management capacity needs assessments for project
staff and roll-out Data Management and Information Systems capacity building
activities with support from the MIS Manager.

Carry out requirement analysis and develop wireframes,
prototypes and develop databases and software to support the implementation of
Nawiri project activities
Support development, testing and roll-out of mobile data collections including
ensuring that data collection protocol and SOP are in place to guide data
quality and collection at county level.

Conduct regular Data Quality Assurance (DQA) with county team to
assess the validly, reliability, and quality of data collected

Build quality checks in CommCare mobile data collection tools to
minimize data errors.

Support development of USAID Nawiri Database and CommCare
platform for data storage and collection – including building syntax for
exporting data from Nawiri Partner databases and County government MIS systems.

Conduct capacity building activities including the training of
staff in mobile data collection tools, data analysis and visualization and
database operability at central and county level.

Support rolling out and management of project community
accountability and reporting system (CARM) at county level including system

Support rolling out and management of Nawiri Work-plan Activity
Tracker –Smartsheet and other platforms employed by the project for project

Support mapping efforts including collection of geo-spatial
data, entry in GIS platform and production of map to highlight Nawiri operating
areas and achievements.

Support updating of Indicator Performance Tracking Table (IPTT)
during reporting and support uploading of data in USAID Partner Reporting Template
and Digital Library.

Remain flexible and open to taking on new responsibilities as
Nawiri continues to evolve and progress – especially as requested/guided by the
MIS and M&E Managers.


Develop the necessary relationships and partnerships with
consortium partners – with focus on M&E

Identify, build and manage trusted partnerships with consortium
agencies, local government and other stakeholders

Effectively communicate the program’s best practices to build
Mercy Corps’ positive image with development stakeholders


Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure
environment and are aware of policies.

Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as
determined by country leadership.


As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in
support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective,
efficient and relevant to the communities they serve,
we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities
that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.


Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts
toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international
standards guiding international relief and development
work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the
design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

Supervisory Responsibility: No direct supervisory
responsibility. Will have dotted supervisory roles for all the Nawiri partner
ICT officers in Samburu and Turkana counties.


Reports Directly To: Database & MIS Manager

Works Directly With: MEL Manager, MEL Coordinators, M&E
Officers, M&E Assistants, Data Officers, Technical Staff and County
Government Turkana or Samburu

Knowledge and Experience

BSc in Information Technology, Information Systems, Information
Technology or equivalent

At least 3 years of professional experience in developing and
management of databases and information systems

Experience in Android Studio or equivalent mobile data building

Experience in information systems frameworks such as Node js,
Laravel, Codeigniter or equivalent

Experience in building APIs

Competence in coding and working with digital data collection
platforms Open Data Kit/CommCare/ KoboCollect

Competence in using visualizing tools such as Power BI or

Competence in GIS mapping and visualization using ArcGIS/QGIS or
similar tools

High degree of computer literacy and typing proficiency; Excel
and Word skills.

Fluency in written and oral English. Must be able to read and
interpret documents, and communicate with others as necessary to perform job
duties effectively.


Applications should be submitted on or before 14th February, 2021.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For detailed position description, please visit the link:

Mercy Corps does not charge any fees at any stage of the
recruitment process.

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