Samuel Hall – Project Lead – Children and Youth Pillar.

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We are seeking an experienced and professional Resilience (Pillar 2) Project Lead (PL) to join its team for a full-time position based in our Nairobi office. Samuel Hall’s Resilience Pillar covers a wide range of topics on economic inclusion and integration, social protection, food security, gender, labour markets, resilience to climate change, sustainable and efficient energy use, as well as urban and rural vulnerabilities. The PL is in charge of the timely delivery of the research project(s) they manage and of all the associated organisational responsibilities. Their role is essential to the effective operationalising of a research project and ensures clear leadership to the various team-members involved. The Project Lead is also Samuel Hall’s focal point with the client and ensures a smooth and considerate relationship throughout the duration of the research.
Who We Are
Our research connects the voices of communities to changemakers for more inclusive societies. Samuel Hall is a social enterprise that conducts research, evaluates programmes and designs policies in contexts of migration and displacement. Our approach is ethical, academically rigorous, and based on first-hand experience of complex and fragile settings. With offices in Afghanistan, Germany, Kenya, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, we are based in the regions we study. We have over ten years’ experience in 70+ countries and have become a trusted partner and leading voice in the field of migration and displacement research, working with governments, donors, multilateral organisations and NGOs, as well public and private sector entities. It’s an exciting time for Samuel Hall – we were recently selected by Stanford University as one of the Global South’s high-potential, fast-growth social enterprises. For more information, please visit
WORK ENVIRONMENT: We work in a fast-paced, demanding, and challenging environment – you will be expected to grow with us and carve out your own spot in the team. We look for proactive, creative individuals who find opportunities to make their mark and identify solutions to problems. We look for strong leaders and reliable team players who can add value from the very start, expand our knowledge and help us to maximise our social impact.
Tasks & Responsibilities
Objective 1 – Team Management and Coordination
– Enact the timeline implementation and execution of the RM’s vision for the project
– Head all research and internal communications processes
– Accountable of all project finances, reporting, liaison with finance and admin teams
– Manage project team members both in office and field locations
– Train national and international teams
– Produce, review and approve key project documents
– Oversee fieldwork authorisations processes under the responsibility of the area coordinators
– Coordinate activities with relevant partners
– Responsible for timely submission of deliverables and timely invoicing
Objective 2 – Client Management and Communications
– Manage day-to-day client requests and all day-to-day internal/external interfacing for the project
– Prepare and lead presentations for stakeholders (internal and external)
– Maintain and coordinate an efficient system of data sharing and data uploads of all project-related data
Objective 3 – Research
– Lead Research and Planning Teams
– Manage mixed methods fieldworks in multiple countries
– Produce the design of research tools, research methodologies and outputs
– Manage, train and task research assistants and area coordinators
– Execute the quality and timeliness of the collected data
– Contribute to analysis, report writing and dissemination
Opportunities for Growth
Working at Samuel Hall means that you are contributing to ground-breaking, innovative, and rigorous work that bridges research, implementation and policy. Most of our training happens on the job, but as part of our investment in learning and development, everyone is encouraged to apply for up to five days of paid professional development leave and financial resources to enable them to acquire new skills and knowledge.
Vacancy Requirements
– A Master’s degree in a related field (Economics, Political Science, International Development)
– A minimum of 4 years of relevant experience of research in contexts of migration, economics, and international development
– Proven experience in writing research papers, consultancy reports, evaluation assignments and policy briefs
– Proven experience in project management and leading teams
– Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and tools (for example, R, SPSS, NVIVO)
– Knowledge of key institutional frameworks and stakeholders
– Excellent verbal and written skills in English
– Keen attention to detail
– Ability to be patient and to work well within a global team
– Ability to cope well under pressure, occasionally work irregular hours and meet tight deadlines
– French, Arabic, Dari, Pashto and/or additional languages

Method of application

All applications should be sent in the following format, unless stated otherwise:

  • Cover letter describing how your skills and experience would match Samuel Hall’s vision and strategy (please attach cover letter in a separate PDF file labelled ‘CL – Full name of applicant’). All applications for current and on-going recruitment should be sent in the following format, unless stated otherwise:

  • CV in a separate PDF file labelled ‘CV – Full name of applicant’

  • Three relevant writing samples

  • The subject line should clearly express which position you are interested in and the country (especially for current vacancies)

  • Email:

We have tried to make the recruitment process as transparent as possible. For more information, please read here.

Samuel Hall is an equal opportunity employer. Applications that do not follow the required format will not be considered. If you have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date, you have not been shortlisted for the position.





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