Researcher Job in Kenya
date: September 15, 2021
For more than a decade, Forcier Consulting has served as the premier
resource for high quality research in the world’s most challenging environments.
We provide locally-based research, evaluation, and learning services to
international donors, UN agencies, and NGOs reflecting the nuances and
complexities of humanitarian and development work. We have performed more than
790 contracts in 41 countries, setting the standard for excellence in
consulting in non-permissive environments.
This position is open to Kenyan nationals only, with absolutely no
exceptions. You will be asked to verify your nationality as part of the
interview process. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
Forcier is recruiting a Qualitative Researcher for a multi-country baseline study of the
barriers related to children and adolescents with disabilities. The Qualitative
Researcher works directly with the Lead Consultant to organize and conduct
qualitative data collection, including in-depth interviews, key informant
interviews, and focus group discussions. The Qualitative Researcher is expected
- Review and
comment on the scope of work for the project and identify potential
challenges in fieldwork.
with other team members to recruit and schedule interviews as well as
logistics including refreshments, interview facilities, etc.
- Assist in
making payments for fieldwork expenses and maintaining receipts and other
financial records required during the execution of the project.
permissions and administrative introductions prior to the start of data
qualitative interviews as instructed, recruiting the correct number and
type of participants, recording interviews (where permitted and required),
taking diligent notes as per Forcier quality standards, and coding those
notes following each interview.
to fieldwork reports and context analysis at the conclusion of the
This position requires an understanding of qualitative data collection
techniques and the challenges posed in qualitative data collection in Kenya.
You are expected to know how to properly prepare for research including
permissions, recruitment, etc. You should know how to work with informants to
make them feel comfortable and allow them to speak candidly as part of the data
collection process. You should be aware of ethical considerations in data
collection and how they apply in the Kenyan context. For the right candidate,
this position can be a stepping stone for a full-time research position over
time, depending on the volume of research work Forcier conducts in Kenya.
Forcier is dedicated to building the capacity of researchers within Kenya
and as part of this role you will have the opportunity to work alongside
specialists and receive training that will enhance your skills in research,
monitoring & evaluation, and project management.
This position will require travel to field locations within Kenya up to
100% of the time of the contract.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
- Minimum 3
years of experience conducting research in the field. This can either be
as a full-time position or a series of project-based positions that add up
to 3 years of experience.
- Ability to
communicate effectively in an English-speaking work environment
in Microsoft Office applications and G Suite applications
executive function and task management (you should be able to manage multiple
tasks with various deadlines and be able to allocate your time and efforts
Forcier isn’t the place for everyone. But for those who do find us to be a
good fit, they can’t imagine being anywhere else. Our company operates with
five immutable laws. If these don’t resonate with you, working with us probably
won’t be a good fit for you. If they speak to you, you’ll find a new home with
- Be nice or
leave. All our staff deserve to be treated professionally and with
respect. Discrimination, racism, tribalism, sexism, and neo-colonialist
language will not be tolerated. This applies to our clients as well.
- This is a
stress free zone. The places where we work are stressful enough, we don’t
need to add extra pressure. Increasing stress increases the likelihood of
errors. We all work to minimize stress together.
- We embrace
a strong work ethic and a strong rest ethic. We believe that balance is
critical to long-term success. We all work together to avoid burnout on
our teams and ensure that team members have the opportunity to frequently
and regularly take complete time off. We recognize the needs for every
team member may be unique depending on their individual circumstances.
first. We never put staff or partners in harm’s way for any reason, and we
do not ask staff to go places or complete work with which they do not feel
personally comfortable – for any reason.
- Quality is
paramount. We stand behind the integrity of our work. We don’t cut corners
and we deliver the absolute best product possible every single time, both
internally and externally.
Forcier aims to be an employer of choice in Kenya. As a result, we offer
competitive daily rates, as well as on the job training opportunities, to
attract the best talent available.
Please note that we are recruiting Qualitative Researchers on a contract
basis. We will be evaluating all candidates who apply on a rolling basis and
may keep your application on file for opportunities in the near future if a
perfect fit is not available now.
How to Apply
Please submit both a
cover letter and a CV on our Career Page. If you do not take the time to at least follow these instructions,
you will demonstrate to us that you do not have the attention to detail
required for this position.
You must answer the
following questions as part of your cover letter for your application to be
- Based on our immutable laws, why do you think you
are a good fit for Forcier?
- Explain your strategy to ensure participation of
all individuals in a focus group discussion
- What do you feel is the greatest challenge in
qualitative data collection in Kenya?