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ICTs and governance project assistant1

  • Company: Frontline SMS
  • Deadline: Sunday 10th July 2011
  • Location: Nairobi, Nakuru
Job Description

We are looking for a creative and passionate researcher who will support the joint effort of Internews, Frontline SMS, and the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) at the University of Cambridge to study the role of new communication technologies in developing innovative forms of governance in Kenya. The successful candidate will work part-time, between 2 and 3 days per week for one year, participating in a variety of research activities, including: 

  • Assisting the research team while conducting fieldwork in Kenya (mostly in Nairobi and in Nakuru) during a first visit from a CGHR researcher in July and August and a second visit in April and May. The fieldwork will focus on two or more local radio stations, on their interactions with audiences through mobile phones and on the implications these interactions have on governance processes.

Specific duties: 

  • Setting up and coordinating focus groups among radio audiences and mobile phone users;
  • Developing creative strategies to assess the use of mobile phones, especially in combination with radio, for governance related purposes;
  • Writing up reports, providing translations, and transcribing interviews, when necessary. 
  • Participating in the interview process of a variety of actors (members of donors organizations, of NGOs, local officials, journalists), who are promoting the use of new media, looking in particular at the convergence of different media; 
  • Providing remote assistance to the research team (June 2011; September 2011 to April 2012).
  • Maintaining regular contact with the radio stations, visiting them and facilitating the communication between radio stations and the research team;
  • Setting up and conducting additional interviews and focus groups, when needed;
  • Write regular reports and provide assistance in the data collection and data analysis. 

Education and qualification

  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant subject area within the social sciences (political science, social anthropology, development studies, sociology). The ideal candidate would be conducting related research at the doctoral level. 

Specialist knowledge and skills 

  • A clear understanding of issues of public participation and governance;
  • Evidence of an understanding of issues related to ICTs and governance;
  • Understanding of media, communications, and information challenges in developing contexts 
  • Demonstrated research abilities and familiarity with the methods employed in the research process (focus groups, interviews, field-experiments);
  • Proven ability in qualitative analysis
  • Experience with quantitative data analysis is preferred;
  • Evidence of experience undertaking collaborative and applied research;

Interpersonal and communication skills

  • Strong collaborative skills for working with academic and non-academic research partners;
  • Proven ability to take initiative and work unsupervised, if required.


  • Position is based in Nairobi with occasional travel to other areas of Kenya
  • The position will be paid at the daily rate of 2500 KES per day. Travel and accommodation outside of Nairobi will be reimbursed.

How to apply

Applicants should send their applications via email to by 10 July 2011 (but we will welcome and appreciate early applications). Applications should include: 

  • A covering letter highlighting the research interests and motivation for participating in the project and a brief statement indicating how you fit the specification for the position;
  • A detailed curriculum vitae, indicating at least two referees that will be contacted if shortlisted.