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Field Research And Learning Officer

The Field Research and Learning Officer will support the Field Research and Learning Coordinator to plan, coordinate and implement research and collaborative learning and action (CLA) activities in the field. The officer will be the primary implementer of the research and CLA activities in the field assigned to RTI by USAID Nawiri. The officer will implement qualitative data collection efforts and will be the first line of quality control for data collection in coordination with the field Research and Learning Coordinator. This position will be based in Turkana County

Responsibilities

  • Identify, recruit, and train qualitative data collectors in line with the qualitative inquiry agenda
  • Mobilize relevant study participants at different levels in the respective sub-counties in collaboration with Nawiri Sub- County office coordinators
  • Conduct relevant key informant interviews and focus group discussions
  • Oversee field data collection processes, ensuring ethics are adhered to and assuring quality measures are in place
  • Ensure data security in the field and the secure flow of data from the field to the Nairobi office under guidance of the Field Research and Learning Coordinator
  • Document impact stories in collaboration with implementation teams and USAID Nawiri reporting officers in the field
  • Support the Field Research and Learning Coordinator in:
  • Alignment of field team efforts with research, CLA agenda and plans, including Nawiri project objectives and strategic goals, and ensure project progress and implementation
  • Providing support during field program planning, implementation and reporting
  • Stakeholder engagement activities such as dissemination meetings and community engagement meetings
  • Organization of workshops with stakeholders and report on the proceedings
  • Writing field progress reports
  • Developing and maintaining effective working relationships with local coordination structures and stakeholders, as well as coordination of meetings between community and research and CLA teams
  • Dissemination of study results to stakeholders at the county and sub-county levels
  • Identification, assessment, implementation, and monitoring of measures to reduce or control risks that may impact field operations
  • Supporting RTI field logistics and administration

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Qualifications

Minimum Required Education & Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree and 1 year of relevant experience in Nutrition, Health, Social Science or similar disciplines
  • Prior experience working on research projects, including collection of qualitative data using qualitative and participatory research methods. Experience working in and Turkana County preferred.
  • Prior experience with collecting data electronically using Survey CTO, Taro works, COMM-care etc. would be an added advantage.
  • Prior experience working with or supporting management of Office Administration functions.
  • Prior experience working with USAID projects preferred.
  • Computer skills, including knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, and ODK or similar applications.
  • Willingness to be flexible in working hours and adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  • Fluence in English, Kiswahili and the local Turkana language is preferred.

Skills & Abilities

  • Effective interpersonal communication skills and ability to build lasting relationships
  • Detail oriented, organized, and able to meet tight deadlines
  • Self-motivated, results driven, prefers to work in a fast-paced dynamic environment
  • Proven prioritization, time management and project management skills.

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