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Research Manager at Jacaranda Health

Jacaranda Health is a social enterprise and operates as a 501(c)3 in the US. Our mission is to transform maternal health care in East Africa and make pregnancy and childbirth safer for women and newborns. If you are interested in donating or partnering with Jacaranda Health, please visit our Donate page. Jacaranda’s staff is made up of professionals from diverse backgrounds in business and healthcare, supported by a network of advisors around the globe.

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

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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.

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