Assistant Research Officer Job at NGO Kenya, Salary over Ksh80,000



Reference Number: ARO-250417

Category: Other

Grade: 6.01

Location: NAIROBI

Country: Kenya


OVERALL JOB PURPOSE:To carry out observation at three hospitals in the Nairobi. Comprehensive note taking is expected and good written English is important. Additionally, the Assistant is expected to help plan, carry out and transcribe interviews for the qualitative research study with mothers of sick neonates.


Principal Investigator







JOB DIMENSIONS: The primary responsibility will be to assist in the implementation of a research project entitled “Exploring the experiences, perceptions and roles played by mothers in caring for their inpatient sick newborns; an ethnographic approach.
The research will be carried out in three hospitals within Nairobi

For the Health Services Research Group to:

  • Providing information about the study to parents of sick neonates and nursing staff
  • Participate in organizing for interviews / meetings related to project activities
  • Participate in data collection which will include non-participant observations, parents’ narratives, in-depth interviews with parents’ of hospitalized sick neonatal in two hospitals within Nairobi
  • Work closely with study investigators in developing observation checklist and work plans and updating research tools
  • Writes notes during data collection activities on in hospitals in Nairobi City County (qualitative interviews and observations) – this work may involve spending time in health facilities including occasionally at nights and weekends as required.
  • Comprehensive note taking is expected and good written English is important
  • Transcribe and translate (if necessary) completed in-depth interviews
  • Assist with preliminary analysis of data
  • Ensure regular backup of the data collected
  • Collate and provide information/feedback to the moderator/researcher through debriefing meetings.
  • Attend and take notes during project meetings.
  • And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time


  • An undergraduate degree in Public Health, Community Health and development, Project Management, Health Systems Research, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology or its equivalent from a recognized institution. (Those with a nursing, pharmacy, medical or lab training background will NOT be considered)
  • One year relevant work experience
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft applications


  • Experience in conducting and taking notes of interviews or transcribing interviews
  • Applicants should have interest and ideally experience in health systems the Kenyan health sector
  • Good working knowledge of Nairobi and its environs
  • Interest in understanding of patient/caretaker experiences
  • Excellent organisational and communication skills


  • Good observation skills
  • Ability to coordinate well via email and skype with overseas staff
  • Good presentation skills
  • Confidentiality and integrity
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills a meticulous approach to documentation (including word processing and spreadsheet skills)
  • Team working and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and meet deadlines
  • Sensitive, patient, and a good listener

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