MER Officer Job in Kenya


The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an
African-led and Africa-based international research institute committed to
conducting high quality and policy-relevant multidisciplinary research. Our
researchers address important development issues and challenges facing
sub-Saharan Africa in areas such as education, population, health, aging, urbanization
and wellbeing. Our goal is to generate evidence for meaningful action, engage
with policy makers in the region to disseminate our research findings,
influence policy decisions and improve the quality of life in Africa.

APHRC’s Data, Measurement and Evaluation (DME) unit has received
funding from the Children’s Investment Fund (CIFF) to carry out an independent
external evaluation of the project “The Digital Dividend: A Smart Contract for
Equitable Health Care Outcomes’’ implemented by PharmAccess International
(PAI). The project which is being implemented in Kenya (Kisumu and Kakamega
counties) and Tanzania (Manyara region) uses a digital platform to enable
pregnant and lactating women to access healthcare services through a
ring-fenced wallet on their phones at a network of contracted clinics. The
intervention is intended to directly benefit about 30,000 women in Kenya and
Tanzania who will benefit from the improvements in provider services. The
external evaluation is expected to

take place from July 2020 to July 2022.

The DME unit therefore seeks to recruit a Monitoring, Evaluation
and Research Officer to support the evaluation activities of the Digital
Dividends Project.


The MER Officer will organize the routine assessment and
evaluation field level activities for the Project in Kisumu and Kakamega
counties in Kenya, and the Manyara Region in Tanzania. S/he will track and
assist in data collection activities at health facilities to inform routine
data quality assessments (DQA), base-line, mid-line, and end-line surveys. The
MER Officer will be supervised by and work closely with the M&E Specialist
at APHRC. S/he will have the following major responsibilities:

  • Project coordination and

    • Coordinate with PAI program
      teams to ensure that routine quality assessment and evaluation data
      collection aligns with program implementation processes and timelines.

    • Facilitate and recommend (as
      needed) updates to electronic data collection tools and oversee quality
      control on data entry via tablets for both routine quality assessments
      and evaluation.

    • Ensure evaluation resources
      are applied efficiently and effectively to achieve objectives within
      established timeframes according to routine quality assessments and
      evaluation plans.

    • Make sure that deliverables
      are completed according to plan and are of high quality, in accordance
      with the overall evaluation and DQA plans.

    • Foster and maintain good
      working relationships with internal and external stakeholders such as
      PAI, CIFF, and project beneficiary communities/health facilities.

    • Monitor and manage enumerators
      during DQA and evaluation data collection in project regions of Kenya and
      Tanzania: check progress and assist in resolving challenges or issues, in
      collaboration with the M&E Specialist and the Data Visualization

  • Data Quality Assessments and

    • Accurately collect, enter,
      compile and clean DQA and evaluation data to report progress towards
      project objectives with minimal errors.

    • Support the M&E Specialist
      and Evaluation Lead in preliminary quantitative and qualitative analysis
      of M&E data as needed.

    • Provide feedback as required
      on field level observations and monitoring results to the Project
      Evaluation team.

    • Under the guidance of the
      M&E Specialist, support in reviewing and finalizing the DQA and
      Evaluation plans, and contribute to drafting of work plans, data
      collection tools, and field monitoring tools for each assessment

    • Work with Project Evaluation
      Team to provide timely updates and reports on DQA and evaluation
      activities as needed.

Qualifications and experience:

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in
conducting research/data collection, preferably with expertise in health
facility surveys, health services register data abstraction, DQAs, and
quantitative data management skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in
    Statistics, Social Sciences, Public Health, Monitoring and Evaluation,
    Epidemiology, Project Management, and Evaluation, or other relevant

  • 2 to 5 years of relevant
    working experience in managing field-level data collection of quantitative
    and qualitative data for M&E, DQAs, health facility assessment, and/or

  • Demonstrated experience in
    conducting quality checks during quantitative and qualitative data
    collection, and data entry using electronic tools.

  • Demonstrated experience and
    knowledge in quantitative and qualitative data cleaning and analysis and
    in drafting reports of M&E, DQA or research results.

Preferred demonstrable skills:

  • Certification or specific
    training in Statistics, Information Management and/or Data Management

  • Ability to work independently,
    virtually, and communicate efficiently using virtual platforms.

The present working environment requires for most of the work to
be conducted virtually, there will be need to travel to the project counties to
conduct DQAs and evaluation data abstraction at health facilities.

  • Strong ability to organize
    work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure,
    coordinate multiple tasks, and maintain attention to detail.

  • Good interpersonal and
    problem-solving skills, creativity and flexibility, ability to coordinate
    and build consensus.

  • Proficiency in English and
    Swahili is required.

How To Apply

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply through our
recruitment portal by July
09, 2020
. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Cover letters should be addressed to:

The Human Resources Officer

African Population and Health Research Center, Inc

APHRC Campus, Manga Close, off Kirawa Road, Kitisuru

P. O. Box 10787-GPO, Nairobi


APHRC is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the protection of
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