Jacaranda Health – Research Manager.

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Background: Jacaranda Health is a non-profit organization focused on ensuring that all women and their families have access to affordable, high quality and patient-centered maternal and newborn healthcare.

Jacaranda Health’s non-profit arm partners with government facilities to adapt tools for impact in the public sector. Our program partnerships with public facilities have grown from 3 facilities in 2015, to 200 facilities serving over 250,000 women and babies across 7 counties in 2020.

We currently run two large programs which focus on increasing health-seeking behavior amongst pregnant women/new moms through digital health (“PROMPTS”) and improving provider knowledge and skills to handle emergency obstetrics through a mentor model (“MENTORS”).

Jacaranda has research and design components within each of these programs.

Our key metrics include:

  • Increasing antenatal care attendance, postpartum care-seeking, skilled delivery care, postpartum family planning uptake, exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months, and knowledge of danger signs amongst pregnant women/new mothers
  • Decreasing rates of maternal and neonatal mortality through proper management of delivery and immediate postpartum/newborn care, as well as through facility-level quality improvements

Please visit http://www.jacarandahealth.org for more details.

Job Summary: Jacaranda Health is seeking a Research Manager to support a rigorous evaluation of Jacaranda’s two core programs together with researchers from Harvard University.

The USAID-funded study will take place across ~40 health facilities in multiple counties in Kenya over ~18 months. The Jacaranda research manager will be a key focal point for the researchers,
data collection partners, Jacaranda program teams & leadership, making sure all parties successfully execute study activities and reflect on lessons in the process.

The Research Manager will report to the Senior R&D manager, working closely with Jacaranda’s research and design team. It is expected that 50-75% of the Research Manager’s time will be spent on the evaluation study, whereas the remaining 25-50% will be contributing to other Jacaranda research and design initiatives, especially supporting the development of M&E processes across projects.

Primary Responsibilities

This role will include the following responsibilities:

  • Provide management of USAID-funded program evaluation study, including liaising with data collection partners and research advisors, and supporting planning and coordination with Jacaranda’s government partnerships team and programs teams to implement study interventions.
  • Oversee piloting of tools, ensure overall data quality, and help refine and manage process evaluation.
  • Contribute to various write-ups, reports, and publications from the evaluation.
  • Actively participate in team of Jacaranda Health, providing informed opinions for strategic direction, internal culture-building, and operations
  • Supports the development of monitoring & evaluation (M&E) systems across Jacaranda’s programs
  • Potentially manages 1-2 research assistants or research coordinators
  • Participates in Jacaranda R&D activities such as designing and testing new health messages, A/B testing surveys, analysis on key indicators for the programs teams, etc.

Requirements

Professional Qualifications

  • Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH, MSC) or related field

Experience and Expertise

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in project management including supervising teams
  • Previous experience coordinating/managing large research projects
  • Expertise with quantitative research designs and methods
  • Expertise with statistical analysis in STATA, R, SPSS or similar program
  • Proficient in computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Drive
  • Experience working with the Kenya MOH and/or county governments
  • Experience with grant-writing and reporting to international donors/funders

Personal Characteristics

  • Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills including reports and advice for key internal and external partners.
  • Knowledge of health indicators and outcomes, especially related to MNCH
  • Passion for maternal and child health

What would get us excited?

  • Fluency in Kiswahili
  • Clinical knowledge of maternal and newborn health
  • Experience and expertise in M&E for organizations and projects
  • Previous experience working with USAID
  • Knowledge or experience with mobile health programs

Contract Period: This position is expected to be for an initial contract of 12 months, based in Nairobi, with up to 25% travel within Kenya.

Interested candidates should apply through this link: https://my.hirehive.io/jacaranda-health/jobs/69888/research-manager-nairobi

No hard copies required or accepted.

Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline: November 20, 2020

Preferred Start Date: January 11, 2020

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Jacaranda Health

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