Research Assistant Job in Kenya

Closing
date: October 16, 2020

Social
and Behavior change assessment (SBC) in Isiolo and Marsabit Counties in Kenya

USAID Nawiri is seeking a Research Assistant with experience in
quantitative and qualitative research particularly in desk study and other
qualitative research skills to assist in both technical and programmatic review
of a two phase Nawiri Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Analysis.

The Research
Assistant
will support the SBC desk study and related
formative field research in Isiolo and Marsabit counties, in order to
contribute to the refinement of NAWIRI’s theory of Change (ToC) and the design
of key Nawiri project intervention to address acute malnutrition in Isiolo and
Marsabit counties.

Period
of performance:
 October 26 – December 15, 2020

Level of
effort:
 approximately 40 days or about 50% FTE;
LOE will vary by month.

The main objective of the Social and Behavior Change (SBC) analysis is to:

  • Identify
    the most critical behaviors to change at different levels of the
    socio-ecological model, to address persistent acute malnutrition in Isiolo
    and Marsabit counties.

  • Identify
    the key actors, their roles and opportunities to change these critical
    behaviors in Isiolo and Marsabit counties.

  • Map
    pathways to change for those priority behaviors, including identification
    of factors impeding or motivating their practice

  • Identify
    feasible social/community-oriented interventions (i.e. social change) that
    can be tested and iterated to complement the facilitators and mitigate the
    barriers, by creating community environments conducive to sustainable
    positive behavioral change.

Recommendations generated from the SBC assessment will inform further
development Nawiri Phase I activities as fitting, and the design of Phase II,
as part of our wider collaborative learning and design/CLA approach.

Key
Tasks of the Research Assistant:

Under the guidance of the SBC Advisor, the SBC Research Assistant will
assist in:

  • Identifying
    and gathering key resource materials for the desk review, especially those
    from Kenya’s ASAL contexts and similar areas/ programs with a
    comprehensive bibliography.

  • Mapping
    correlations between social and behavior change and acute malnutrition
    knowledge /information gaps in target counties.

  • Building
    behavior profiles for nutrition-specific behaviors, both nutrition
    specific and nutrition-sensitive actions within the Agriculture, WASH,
    child spacing, Energy and health sectors that support the uptake or
    strengthen the impact of the nutrition-specific behaviors.

  • Identifying
    research gaps to inform design of formative assessment study tools and
    field plan.

  • Pre-testing
    of study tools and assist in logistics planning for training of research
    assistants

  • Logistical
    support in data storage and archiving for both primary and secondary data
    collected

  • Preparation
    of dissemination materials as well.

  • Any other
    relevant tasks as assigned by the supervisor

Qualifications:

  • Must be a
    Kenyan citizen, currently based in Kenya and available for the duration of
    the assignment.

  • Master’s
    degree Sociology, Anthropology, Public Health or any other relevant social
    sciences

  • Demonstrated
    expertise and experience in conducting desk reviews and implementing
    evidence-based social and behavior change strategies.

  • Skills in
    designing and development of research tools

  • Experience
    in qualitative research methods, preferably in the East Africa and/ or
    pastoralist contexts and proven experience in SBC research/studies

  • In-depth
    knowledge and experience of participatory research approaches and tools.

  • Ability to
    work in a dynamic team with colleagues of different backgrounds, to
    develop and implement new ideas

  • Willingness
    to travel to the field and community levels as required.

  • Proficiency
    in Microsoft office suite and reference and research management tools such
    as Zotero and Mendeley.

  • Nutrition
    / dietary research or program experience is a plus**

  • Residents
    of Isiolo and Marsabit county are preferred

  • Knowledge
    of any one of the local county languages is a plus

Reporting
of the Research Assistant

The SBC Research Assistant reports to Nawiri SBC Advisor and has key
working relations with Nawiri GYSD Lead and Nawiri County Teams.

How to
Apply

To apply please send CV and
cover letter to
 [email protected] with “SBC Research Assistant”
in the subject line by October, 16th 2020.
 No inquires please. Due to an
anticipated large number of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be
contacted.

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