Save the Children Research and Learning Manager Job in Kenya

Save the Children

Job Vacancy: Research and Learning Manager

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential.

We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

We have over two million supporters worldwide and raised 1.9 billion dollars last year to reach more children than ever before, through programmes in health, nutrition, education, protection and child rights, also in times of humanitarian crises.

Following a major transition, our international programmes are now delivered through a merged operation with 15,000 staff, managed through seven regional hubs and reporting to a relatively small, central office. We’re changing to become more efficient, more aligned, a better partner, a stronger advocate, a magnet for world-class people and relevant for the 21st century.

Role Purpose: The Research and Learning Manager will support research, learning and evidence generation under the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, contraception without borders project.

This project will develop and test a scalable model to increase use of family planning (FP)—from the standpoints of both supply and demand—for nomadic and semi-nomadic communities in six sub-counties located in Wajir (West, North, Eldas) and Mandera (North, Banisa, Takaba) and engage regional stakeholders to share lessons from working with these communities and encourage adoption and/or adaptation of our model.

Therefore, the research coordinator will support the learning, iterative refinement and systematic documentation of the model, which will help inform other partners and Ministries of Health in other countries on scalable approaches that can improve uptake of FP among similar nomadic and semi-nomadic populations.

The research and learning manager, with support of Head of MEAL will also oversee other country research and learning initiatives to provide evidence for programming. The manager will be based in Nairobi with frequent visits required to collect data and hold workshops in the field offices.

The specific activities include managing data collection activities, conducting literature review, development of data collection tools as well as conduct data analysis and report writing and lead in learning and dissemination activities. The manager will also document all the learnings from the contraception without borders project as well as from other projects.

Working closely with the head of health and nutrition and the head of MEAL, the manager will bring a high level of technical competence and experience in order to supervise all field activities focused on data collection and data processing.

He/she will be responsible for ensuring adequate planning for fieldwork and commitment to agreed deadlines. In addition, he/she will support analysis and reporting using collected data.

The Research and learning manager will play a central role in training of field MEAL staff and in addition, he/she will be responsible for ensuring technical competence and capacity building of MEAL staff in research and learning.

Contract Duration: 1 Year

Location: Nairobi


  • A postgraduate degree in Social sciences, Population studies, Public health, Development studies or other relevant discipline.
  • 5 years of experience in similar research-focused positions.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience of designing and managing high level researches and evaluations.
  • Ability to give professional support and direction to others; seek, review and apply best practice from elsewhere.
  • Experience of conducting mixed-method research and very good background in qualitative research methods.
  • Familiar with learning and knowledge management systems and approaches.
  • Familiar with computer adapted data collection platforms
  • Conversant with data analysis software, preferably STATA for quantitative data is a requirement.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and an ability to produce and disseminate research and evaluation outputs to variety of audiences using effective approaches
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically, strategically and analyse complex information and offer creative, practical and effective solutions
  • Commitment to Save the Children International values.

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Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the deadline on 7th January 2018.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse. Employment is subject to our Child protection standards including background checks and adherence to our Child Safeguarding Policy

Save the Children is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ and assign the best qualified talent.

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