Kenya: Research Study Coordinator – Somalia

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Organization: Concern Worldwide
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 23 Mar 2018

About the role:

This role will be overseeing an OFDA funded nutrition research study beginning March 1, 2018 ending September 30, 2019. It is a new role with unaccompanied terms based in Nairobi, Kenya with frequent travel to Somalia, and a salary of Grade 4 €35,981- €39,979

Concern Worldwide and the Institute for Global Health at University College London, have jointly been awarded a research project to conduct a randomized cluster controlled trial of cash transfers and behavior change communication. The study will investigate the effectiveness of the intervention against risk factors for acute child malnutrition. The trial will be conducted amongst IDP living in the Mogadishu-Afgoye Corridor. The trial was funded by OFDA for a period of 24 months full time and led by Concern Worldwide. The research project may include other sub-contracted partners that will be involved in delivering the technological solutions for behavior change communication.

This position is under the supervision of Concern’s Programmes Director and the technical guidance of the UCL Principal Investigator (PI) and will directly manage a research field coordinator, a research study intern as well as guide the health and nutrition team on research technicalities as necessary.

Your purpose:

Concern is seeking to recruit a Study Coordinator for the research project. This person will work closely with colleagues in Concern and UCL to coordinate and facilitate all aspects of the study including the design and creation of audio messages used for the BCC, trial design, and implementation. In addition, this position will coordinate other health and nutrition funded research for the country programme, and ensures linkages in programming and efficiency in use of resources.

You will be responsible for:

  1. Lead the development and finalisation of the OFDA funded project’s detailed study protocol and implementation work plan

  2. Develop questionnaires and other tools on digital data gathering platforms for all quantitative and qualitative data collection for the study, including cross sectional and /or cohort household/ child/caretaker surveys; regular context and programme monitoring data for the process evaluation.

  3. Ensure all data protection commitments and protocols are in place and adhered to

  4. Lead the organisation of the field site activities including:

    1. Hiring, training, and managing study staff

    2. Overseeing budget management

    3. Supervising the collection of process evaluation data.

    4. Supervising the collection of cross-sectional and/or cohort quantitative study data.

    5. Supervising the collection of qualitative study data.

    6. Testing and providing quality assurance of all quantitative data collection and process evaluation data collection using mobile devices and paper, through field observation and appropriate quality control tests.

    7. Overseeing the downloading of data from the digital data gathering systems and ensure that data are appropriately backed-up.

  5. Assist with data analysis and paper writing activities that may arise over the course of the study.

  6. Assist in preparation of monitoring (including budget) reports for the study donor.

  7. Input into data analysis, reports, and presentations.

  8. Undertake other activities as per the needs of the trial on the ground and in respect to coordination of other nutrition funded research projects.

  9. Assist in the development of reports, project concept notes, proposals and budgets as needed

  10. Represent CWW and UCL at all necessary coordination meetings or events

Your skills and experience will include:


  • An MSc degree in epidemiology, public health, nutrition, or a related discipline

  • Collection, quality assurance and basic analysis of anthropometric data.

  • Professional work in a low-income setting, including managing personnel and budgets

  • Working in a nutrition or health research environment

  • Ability to manage teams of field staff of varying abilities

  • Excellent reasoning and problem solving skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing

  • Ability to share skills and knowledge

  • Ability to manage and analyse data using statistical programmes

  • Use of standard Microsoft Office programmes at a moderate or advanced level.

  • Sound knowledge of nutrition and/or food security in low income settings

  • Willingness and ability to spend extended periods working in Mogadishu

  • Ability to work on own initiative and manage own time, whilst interacting with colleagues

  • Ability to handle conflicting priorities and prioritise effectively

  • Willingness and ability to learn and develop new skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work and communicate effectively with individuals from different disciplines, backgrounds and cultures

  • Confidence to work collaboratively, flexibly, and effectively with UCL and other partner organisations

  • Attention to detail and ability to work to a very high level of accuracy


  • A PhD in in epidemiology, public health, nutrition, or a related discipline

  • Working within humanitarian organisations implementing nutrition/health interventions in Somalia

  • Living and working in challenging field environments for extended periods

  • Living and working in insecure situations

  • Remote management of humanitarian programmes

  • Working on cash transfer programmes

  • Working on large demographic or epidemiological studies

  • Design and testing of field questionnaires

  • Using mobile devices for data collection

  • Cleaning data and preparing datasets for analysis

  • Analysis of epidemiological datasets

  • Writing / inputting into scientific papers for publication

  • Use of Stata for data management / analysis

  • Use of ArcGIS for spatial data collection, mapping, and analysis

  • Use of software for programming mobile data collection devices

  • Knowledge of cash transfer programming

How to apply:

All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

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