Research Assistants – Nairobi at Catholic Medical Mission Board’s (CMMB)

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi

Catholic Medical Mission Board’s (CMMB)

Project Scope:

  • To carry out a research survey to understand the drivers and influencing factors around access to non-communicable disease (NCD) medication and treatment. Study will include supply chain issues, as well as diagnostic and healthcare delivery components. The Research is intended to help outline existing resources, systems, and innovations, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each. The findings from this research will inform CMMB’s program design and development in ensuring responsiveness of the interventions and align our access to medicines programming to address the current and emerging issues. The research will generate knowledge for catalysing the increased access to treatment and the optimal utilization of NCD services. The activity will result in a research paper that will be publishable in an appropriate journal.
  • The survey is targeting 26 hospitals in 10 counties in Kenya, including Nairobi, Machakos, Kitui, Makueni, Siaya, Migori, Homa Bay, Nyamira, Kwale and Mombasa.
  • Reporting to the Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator, the Research Assistants’ role will include the following:

Data Collection:

  • Help gather data from various sources, such as government reports, health surveys, and hospital records. This may involve contacting relevant organizations and institutions for data access.
  • Conduct interviews with healthcare professionals, policymakers, and community members to understand their perspectives on NCDs.
  • Participate in field data collection activities, which could involve surveys, measurements, or observations in different communities across Kenya.

Data Management:

  • Assist with data entry and cleaning to ensure accuracy and consistency.
  • Organize and code data for analysis using software programs Provided.
  • Participate in preparation of data visualizations such as charts and graphs to present findings.

Data Analysis:

  • Help in analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to identify patterns and trends related to NCDs in Kenya.
  • Contribute to the creation of maps and other visual aids to represent the geographical distribution of NCDs.
  • Participate in discussions with the lead researcher to interpret the research findings.

Minimum Qualifications and Competencies


  • Be a holder of Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as Public Health, Geography, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, Statistics, or a related discipline.


  • Previous research/data collection/Analysis experience.


  • Ability to conduct literature reviews, analyze data (quantitative and qualitative), and interpret findings.
  • Proficiency in data entry, cleaning, and organization using software like Excel or SPSS.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Additional local languages for the target communities are an asset.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and manage time effectively.
  • Strong ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

Desirable Competencies:

  • Understanding of research ethics and best practices.
  • Experience conducting field research, including interviews and surveys.
  • Knowledge of the Kenyan landscape and NCD landscape.
  • Cultural competency and ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

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