Aquaya – Research & Program Manager.

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About the Research & Program Manager position

We are recruiting a Research & Program Manager for a full-time position based in Nairobi, Kenya. This position will require international travel within sub-Saharan Africa and will report to Aquaya’s Director of Research & Programs. The Research & Program Manager will be responsible for managing research activities, including

Specific activities include:

  • Develop data collection tools and research protocols
  • Write literature reviews and research briefs
  • Manage project budgets and timelines
  • Manage datasets and conduct basic statistical analysis
  • Contribute to publications, reports and dissemination materials

The Research & Program Manager will contribute to Aquaya’s new initiatives:

Rural Evidence and Learning for Water (REAL Water) Program. Funded by USAID and led by Aquaya, the REAL Water program will evaluate strategies for expanding access to safe, equitable, and sustainable rural water across the developing world. The REAL Water program will conduct research on three primary topics:

  • Professionalization of rural water service delivery
  • Strengthening of water quality monitoring in rural areas
  • Improved planning for water resource

Urban Resilience by Building partnerships and Applying New evidence in WASH (URBAN WASH) Program. Funded by USAID and led by Tetra Tech, the URBAN WASH program will generate and promote evidence for more sustainable, equitable, and climate-resilient WASH and water resources management (WRM) policy and programming in urban and peri-urban areas. The URBAN WASH program will conduct research on three primary topics

  • Professionalization of rural water service delivery
  • Institutional frameworks for city-wide access to safe water and sanitation
  • Water safety management among small-scale providers
  • Targeted subsidies for water and sanitation

Criteria for the Program Officer position

The following qualifications are necessary for this position:

  • Master’s degree – preferably in engineering, science, environmental science, or related field.
  • 4+ years of relevant work experience OR PhD in related field.
  • Demonstrated technical experience in water engineering (drinking water treatment and/or drinking water supply) or related field.
  • Previous international work experience in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Ability to conduct quantitative data analysis in Excel, R, or Stata.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Commitment to living in Kenya on a full-time basis.
  • Fluency in English.

We are also looking for the following skills and attributes:

  • Good problem-solving and time management skills.
  • Strong work ethic and a commitment to delivery.
  • Outstanding organization and time management skills, with an attention to detail and an ability to establish systems to manage constant flows of information and deliver on deadlines.
  • Proven ability to work closely with a small team and to successfully manage multiple and changing priorities in a fast-paced, dynamic environment, while maintaining a positive and productive attitude and a good sense of humor

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time position, with an initial 3-month probationary period. Aquaya offers competitive salaries that are commensurate with experience. Benefits include medical insurance and enrollment in a pension plan.

To apply for the Program Officer

Please submit your resume via e-mail to along with a thoughtful cover letter. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2021 or until position is filled. There will be an additional screening survey and activity once your resume is received.

In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in Aquaya’s mission and activities. Please also tell us why your skills, background, and accomplishments make you the ideal candidate for this position, specifically highlighting your experience.

Please note that we will not consider applications without a cover letter. In your e-mail subject line, please specify “Research & Program Manager Kenya 2021”. No phone calls please.




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