Research Assistant at Jhpiego

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi


  • We are seeking two experienced individuals with excellent organizational and technical skills, who are team players, dedicated, hardworking, innovative, highly motivated and able to work in a high-pressure environment requiring multi-tasking abilities.
  • Reporting to the Technical Advisor, the Research Assistants will support implementation of the study protocol and other related study activities.


  • Ensuring compliance to the study protocol and procedures for all study components
  • Recruiting participants for the study components
  • Conducting all study components in the language preferred by participants (English and Kiswahili)
  • Administering the informed consent process
  • Administering cross-sectional surveys
  • Moderating and taking notes during focus group discussions (FGDs), in-depth and key informant interviews (IDIs & KIIs)
  • Transcribing audio-recordings from FGDs, IDIs and KIIs
  • Tracking participants’ status for all study components
  • Ensuring completeness of all data collected (recordings, field notes, survey)
  • Prepare field data collection progress reports and routinely update the investigators
  • Participating in study meetings (in-person, virtual conference calls)
  • Assist in study logistics including participant reimbursements, handling and transportation of completed study materials
  • Assisting with dissemination of study findings

Required Qualifications

  • Diploma in public health, sociology, community health, social science or any other related qualification
  • Degree qualification in the related field will be an added advantage
  • Experience with community-based research for public health or clinical studies preferred
  • At least 2 years’ hands on experience and training in conducting surveys, FGDs, IDIs and KIIs
  • Knowledge and experience in use of electronic data collection software is an added advantage
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to follow study-specific procedures and guidelines reliably
  • Experience conducting research with key populations will be an added advantage
  • Good understanding of and sensitivity to key populations cultural dynamics and worldviews
  • Flexibility to work non-business hours due to the nature of the study
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and fluency in English and Swahili
  • Computer literacy, particularly in the use of MS word, Excel and PowerPoint

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