CRS Research & Design Manager (MILE Project) Job in Nairobi, Kenya

Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Job Title: Program Manager I / Research & Design Manager

Reports to: Research & Design Lead

Department: Program – MILE Project

Salary Grade: 9

Country / Location: Kenya / Nairobi

Ref: 2019/073

About CRS: Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality.

CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Background: CRS, representing a consortium of international non-governmental organizations, local implementing partners and research institutions has submitted a proposal to USAID Office of Food for Peace (FFP) to implement a 5-year Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Kenya.

CRS has named its proposed program Mfumo Imara Lishe Endelevu (MILE). The overarching goal of this multi-sectoral activity is to sustainably reduce levels of acute malnutrition in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), focusing on Isiolo and Marsabit counties.

The activity will be implemented in two phases:

 Phase I (1.5-2 years) Research, test approaches and collaboratively design a context-sensitive, multi-sectoral activity that sustainably reduces acute malnutrition.

 Phase II (3- 3.5 years): Activity Implementation and System and Institutional Strengthening

The MILE research strategy and activities will be led by a Research and Design Lead.

Job Summary: The Research & Design Manager will support the Research and Design Lead to ensure effective coordination and management of MILE formative and implementation research activities across two counties (Isiolo and Marsabit).

S/he will provide both administrative and technical support to the research activities in each county under the direction of the Research and Design lead, while also contributing to the translation of research findings into actionable results.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Support Research & Design Lead to roll out strategic mix of research methodologies appropriate for the MILE timeframe as well as geographic and sociocultural dynamics.
  • Ensure timely protocol preparation and submissions and track research approvals and regulatory approvals from relevant governing bodies as needed,
  • Directly supervise County Research Coordinators (2), providing oversight to major functions of formative and implementation research, including data collection, analysis, documentation, and dissemination.
  • Facilitate logistical and administrative support to MILE research teams operating in the two counties to enable timely and efficient research implementation
  • Analyze and evaluate project performance data following MEAL policy. Proactively identify issues and concerns and use participatory processes to overcome implementation obstacles.
  • Contribute to the design and dissemination of research tools to support both formative and implementation research
  • With support from Research & Design Lead, manage partnerships with national research institutions, giving oversight to their contributions to the MILE research agenda.
  • Actively engage county government counterparts on DFSA research agenda development and pilot study design, to facilitate collaboration and buy-in.
  • Conduct regular field visits to support research teams and enhance understanding of local contexts.
  • Contribute to transition plan moving from Phase 1 (Research and Collaboration) to Phase 2 (Activity Implementation) by ensuring research results are useful, accessible, and applicable for making activity design decisions
  • Support Research & Design Lead in interpreting data, writing reports and making actionable recommendations
  • Coordinate and monitor financial and material resources relevant to project needs.
  • Through planning and oversight, ensure efficient use of project resources

Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in public health, economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology, or another relevant subject. · Additional experience may substitute for some education.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience in leading multi-disciplinary, multi-site research teams
  • Demonstrated experience in qualitative and quantitative methods
  • Experience in obtaining research and regulatory approvals in Kenya
  • Experience working with research and academic institutions in Kenya.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
  • Previous experience in USAID projects; FFP a plus.
  • Experience in MS Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio), Web Conferencing Applications, and information and budget management systems.

Personal Skills

  • Very good strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills, with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
  • Very good relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented.
  • Manages financial resources with integrity.

Required / Desired Foreign Language: English and Kiswahili required

Travel Required: 30% field travel

Key Working Relationships:

  • Supervisory: Research Coordinators in Marsabit and Isiolo
  • Internal: MILE Research & Design Lead MILE County Research Coordinators, POs for MILE Pilot studies, other MILE Managers.
  • External: Consortium partners, research institutions, government bodies at different levels,

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Integrity
  • Accountability & Stewardship
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation
  • Strategic Mindset

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas.

We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Written applications indicating the reference number of position applied for and CV including day-time contact phone numbers, as well as names and contact information of three references should reach the below-mentioned by Close of Business Monday September 30, 2019.

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CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Updated: September 23, 2019 — 8:28 pm