NGOs / Research, teaching & training

Research Assistant

Contract

RTI International is an independent, nonprofit research institute dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. The organization provides research, development, and technical services to government and commercial clients in more than 75 countries.

RTI International is planning to conduct an in-depth study to examine the national size of the renewable energy industry investments in Kenya, estimated resultant green jobs and provide informed projections of the potential for creating more green jobs. The 9-12 months research study expects to identify and utilize a clear methodology for development practitioners and donors to measure the potential job creation impacts of investing in clean energy.

RESEARCH ASSISTANT – KENYA (9-months fixed term contract)

RTI International seeks to recruit a Research Assistant, to be based in Nairobi, Kenya under Green Jobs Research Project.

Job Summary

The Research Assistant will work closely with the technical teams in conducting literature review, developing interview tools, data management, recruiting participants, supporting key informants’ interviews, obtaining consents, maintaining files, scheduling and conducting interviews, assisting with data analysis and generating correspondence, reports and graphics. She/he will support the successful delivery of a research project to be implemented by RTI International in Kenya.

Specific Responsibilities

Support the lead researchers in conducting literature review and synthesis secondary data.
Work with technical teams to design research instruments.
Work with the technical teams to execute a survey by administering questionnaires, conducting physical and follow-up phone interviews with study participants, as per the set guidelines and procedures.
Work with the research firm and technical teams to ensure consistency of data parameters and adherence to the survey guidelines and instruments.
Liaise with research firm and technical teams to perform appropriate data entry quality checks to ensure accuracy.
Liaise with researchers to ensure accurate and detailed data transcription.
Work with the research firm and technical teams to coordinate data collection and clean various datasets.
Coordinate with the survey team and notify the core team of any misinformation or feedback.
Liaising with RTI Nairobi regional office, RTI home office in the US, the research firm and Strathmore University to support coordination of project meetings and dissemination of research findings to various stakeholders.
Inform the core team of any mistakes or lack of details with the proposed questions or questionnaires.
Closely adhere to protocols regarding data quality, sampling, information management and protection of study participants.
Maintain accurate records of interviews, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary.
Provide ready access to all experimental data for the lead researcher/supervisor.
Prepare, maintain, and update website materials.
Attend project seminars and other meetings as necessary.
Prepare progress reports, articles and presentations.
Monitor the project budget.

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in economics, engineering, energy, environment, development public policy, law, statistics, communication or a related field.
Detail oriented and able to work independently.
Strong written and verbal communications skills required, including excellent editing skills.
Excellent research and analytical skills required.
Ability to plan effectively and meet tight deadlines.
Ability to manage and monitor a budget
Fluency in English is required.
Skills and abilities

Ability to multi-task
Ability to work well with others
Ability to listen and communicate well both verbally and in writing
Ability to work independently
Attention to detail and accuracy

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