International Rescue Committee Qualitative Researcher on Violence Against Women Vacancy in Kenya

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Qualitative Researcher on Violence Against Women

Sector: Women’s Protection and Empowerment

Location: Kenya

Employee Type: Consultant

Employee Category: Not Applicable

Call for Applications: Qualitative Researcher with Experience in Violence against Women (VAW)

Terms of Reference

Background: This project will assess the process of adapting and implementing a community program designed to prevent violence against women and HIV.

The program uses a methodology called SASA!, that was developed by Raising Voices, a Uganda-based NGO working to prevent violence against women and children. The SASA! methodology is a community mobilization approach for preventing violence against women and HIV.

SASA! works by guiding communities through a step-by-step process of change and engaging a critical mass of people across all levels of society to bring about social norm change. Currently, SASA! is being implemented in more than 20 countries by more than 60 organizations.

This project aims to understand the processes and potential challenges of implementing (and adapting) the SASA! Intervention in real world circumstances.

In particular, this project has four goals:

  1. To identify best practices for adapting SASA!;
  2. To identify promising practices for implementing SASA!;
  3. To identify the organizational structures and processes necessary for quality programming;
  4. To assess progress in achieving SASA!’s desired outcomes.

The Researcher will work closely with team members from the International Refugee Committee (IRC). IRC is an international non-governmental organization that has been working in Kenya since 1992, providing health care, women’s protection, governance and rights, and nutrition services to hundreds of thousands of refugees and the Kenyan communities that host them.

To foster long-term development, the IRC works with the Kenyan government, supporting system-strengthening in health, nutrition and conflict resolution so communities remain safe for women and children.

Description of Tasks

The Researcher will collect qualitative data and participate as a core member of the research team.

Working closely with the IRC team in Dadaab, Kenya the Researcher will primarily perform the following tasks:

Training: All Researchers will undergo a rigorous 4-day training and preparation period before the start of the project. Training sessions will focus on reviewing the project and its goals, research ethics, best practices in qualitative data collection, and pretesting sessions. Researchers will be expected to attend all training sessions. Training sessions will take place during the week before the start of data collection.

Participant Recruitment: With support from IRC, researchers will recruit both women and men to participate in qualitative data collection. Participants will be recruited from public places, e.g., markets, etc. Recruitment will be purposive, based on predefined criteria including sex; age; ethic group (to reflect groups living in the communities); and ability-status. In some cases, pre-formed groups of community members may be invited to participate in the FGDs (e.g., pre-formed women’s and men’s support groups). Emphasis will be placed on recruiting community activists, commuting leaders, health workers, local leaders, and general community members.

Data Collection: Qualitative data collection will involve facilitating In-Depth Interviews (IDIs) and Focus Group Discussions (FGDs). The research team will conduct approximately 6 IDIs and 15 FGDs in two sub-camps within Dadaab (Hagadera and Kambios). Each discussion will last approximately 60-90 minutes. In addition, Researchers will observe approximately 5 SASA! activities and complete an observation form. At the end of each day of data collection, the Researcher will be expected to participate in a formal Debrief.

Transcription: Researchers will be responsible for entering any data collected during the IDIs and FGDs, including accompanying field notes. If participants provide consent, all sessions will be recorded. Using the recordings, Researchers will also transcribe each session into Kiswahili.

Expected Deliverables

Expected deliverables include completion of an agreed-upon number of IDIs, FGDs, and SASA! observations as well as the accompanying transcripts.

The Researcher will be expected to make effective and efficient use of time and other resources related to the project.

It is imperative that the Researcher be able to deliver on their commitment to the project within the agreed-upon timeframes.

Key Qualifications

The Researcher should be able to work from 6th February 2017 through April 2017, including travel to/from Dadaab if required.

In addition, the Researcher should possess a specific set of skills and qualifications necessary for the position.

These include:

Research Skills: The Researcher should have prior experience carrying out qualitative research including both IDIs and FGDs. In addition, it is preferred that the Researcher possess extensive knowledge and understanding of gender issues in Tanzania, including violence against women.

Languages: It is necessary that the Researcher speak Somali, Kiswahili and English at a fluent level.

Computer Skills: The Researcher should be proficient in Microsoft Office programs, in particular Microsoft Word.

Expected Duration & Worksite Arrangements

The expected duration of the contract is 16 days, to be completed between February and April 2017. The Researcher is expected to work on a full-time basis, from Monday to Friday each week.

IRC will provide the Researcher with office and work space. Access to project-related resources, including journals, relevant research documents, databases and software, will be made available to Researchers, as necessary.

Management and supervision

The consultant will work closely with the WPE Program Manager in planning and executing the task. Under the overall guidance of IRC WPE Coordinator and the Hagadera Field Coordinator

Application Requirements

CLICK HERE to apply online

Interested applicants should include the following in their application :-

  • A cover letter
  • A resume
  • Proposal (make sure to include proposed budget)

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.

International allowances are not available for this position. Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

Disclaimer: Please take note that International Rescue Committee (IRC) does not ask for any fees in connection with its recruitment processes. In the event that you receive any request  for payment of any sort, please get in touch with us on Tel: +(254-020) 2727730, Email: or report to the nearest police.

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IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time. Please contact Talent Acquisitions at As required by law, the IRC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with a known disability.

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Updated: January 21, 2017 — 9:42 am