Research Assistants (3 positions) – Nairobi, Kenya

Research Assistants (3 positions) – Nairobi, Kenya

Position Title: Research Assistant (3 positions)
Position Type: Consultancy contract
Team: Research Design & Analysis
Duration: 3 months (2 positions contingent on funding), 1 year (1 position)
Application deadline: 30 January 2019, 5pm East Africa Time
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
Languages: English, Somali


About Africa’s Voices Foundation

Africa’s Voices Foundation (AVF) is a non-profit start-up, spun out of ongoing cutting-edge research at the University of Cambridge. We conduct innovative research and produce powerful, insightful evidence that helps to amplify the voices of Africans towards key policymakers and service deliverers.

We use media forums to spark inclusive, interactive discussions, and gather audience opinions through SMS, instant messaging, and social media. We analyse these conversations – often in low-resource local languages – using our own tested methods. We combine social science frameworks with data science techniques to provide powerful insights into the beliefs, ideas and priorities of hard-to reach populations and social groups, and how these change over time. Our evidence helps organisations to better understand, engage with, and respond to target populations.  

Our core business is organised two program areas: Governance & Accountability, and, Citizen Evidence & Social Change. To date we have worked in five countries across health, education, humanitarian, governance, livelihoods, security and agriculture domains for a range of partners including UNICEF, Oxfam, Mastercard Foundation, World University Service Canada, Livity Africa, Well Told Story, REACH and BBC Media Action.

AVF combines rigorous academic research and a commitment to innovation with real-world impact. We provide our researchers with a vibrant interface to  world-leading university research. Team members often work with faculty, advisors, external researchers, and student interns to bring the latest ideas into our working practices. Our work has been recognised internationally, including being awarded the Market Research Society’s ‘President’s Medal’ in 2016 for our work with UNICEF in Somalia. We have offices in Nairobi, Kenya, and a small but highly qualified and motivated team that we are seeking to grow steadily in the coming period. More at



  • Perform literature reviews to inform project design
  • Coding, tagging and analysing local-language data
  • Qualitative analysis of local-language data
  • Support overall programme and research design
  • Assist with other tasks as and when necessary, including survey and questionnaire design and translation  


Selection Criteria


  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant social sciences discipline (such as sociology, political science, international development, public health, social psychology)
  • Experience in qualitative research methods such as content analysis, thematic analysis and grounded theory
  • Excellent Somali language skills, with understanding of regional variations and dialects within Somalia highly desirable
  • Proven ability to perform tasks for tight deadlines and under pressure
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Legal authorisation to work in Kenya



  • Completed Masters degree in a relevant social sciences discipline (such as sociology, political science, international development, public health, social psychology)
  • One year professional experience working as part of the design and implementation of research and analysis/monitoring and evaluation projects
  • Knowledge/experience of working in social/behaviour change campaigning or public opinion research or humanitarian programming
  • Knowledge and experience of quantitative research methods
  • Knowledge and experience of using quantitative tools such as R, STATA and SPSS
  • Knowledge and experience of using visualization software (eg. Tableau, Shiny)
  • Experience designing and conducting field research, especially focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews
  • Experience in English-Somali translation for development programmes
  • Experience in survey/questionnaire design
  • Understanding and exposure to data science techniques, such as machine learning
  • Fluency in additional languages of East Africa


  • The location of the post will be Nairobi, Kenya.

To Apply

Please send your CV and Cover Letter explaining why you are interested in AVF and this position, and how you fulfil the selection criteria to Please include “Research Assistant” in the title of your email.

In your application, please specify which duration you are applying for (3 month short-term or 1 year) or if you would like to be considered for both.

The application deadline is 5pm (EAT) on 30 January 2019. Applications may be considered after this date only if a suitable candidate has not been found.  

AVF is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity. All applications for vacant positions will be welcomed and will be considered on the relative merits of the applicant against the role profile for the position regardless of colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion, or belief.

Please note that the two 3-month positions are contingent on the availability of funding. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.