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  • Company: MicroSave
  • Deadline: Friday 2nd August 2013
  • Location: Nairobi
Job Description


MicroSave is a world class consulting firm specializing in financial inclusion with ten offices in eight countries around the world. MicroSave intends to recruit a Senior Research Manager to join its team in Nairobi, Kenya to manage a cutting edge research project already underway in eight different countries across Asia and Africa.

The candidate will be responsible for supervising and conducting rigorous research into the functioning of agent network managers in selected countries around the world. The focus of the position is to manage the research particularly the data collection activities across the different countries, ensuring adherence to best practices. The candidate will also be expected to support other research projects that arise from time to time.

The successful candidate must have 3-6 years of project management experience in the developing world with a strong theoretical understanding of both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

More specifically, the major responsibilities will include:

 Ensure that sampling methodologies and tools are tailored to specific country demographics effectively, while also preserving enough uniformity across countries for comparative analysis.

 Plan logistics for data collection teams in each of the countries, manage their progress, and ensure the highest quality of delivery of data.

 Recruit and manage firms and consultants brought in for specialized tasks like secondary research, enumeration, data cleaning, and external quality control and other related tasks.

 Communicate effectively and regularly with both the project manager and the data analyst to report any irregularities from planned activities, and provide sophisticated advice on any augmentations that may be needed to existing plans.

 Prepare progress reports for donors, and other communications for the Research Advisory Committee, and other events as needed.



 Interested persons should have three to six years of project management experience supervising the implementation of both quantitative and qualitative research projects, ideally in the developing world.

 Experience with data analysis using statistical packages or working with mobile money projects is an advantage.


 A minimum of a master’s degree (or equivalent) in Research, Economics, Management, Science, Policy or a related field.

Knowledge/Technical Skills

 An excellent understanding of academic methodologies for quantitative research and statistical analysis, including randomized controlled trials, and quasi-experimental techniques.

 Demonstrated ability to managing teams, ideally multiple teams in developing world environments conducting research

 Sophisticated planning, organisational and time management skills, including flexibility, attention to detail and the ability to work under pressure to meet changing deadlines

 Analytical and problem solving skills of a high order, including the ability to formulate recommendations and advice

 Highly developed computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

 Excellent quality English speaking and writing ability and a professional demeanour.

Personal Skills

 Proven ability to work effectively in other cultures, communities and project teams

 A high degree of self-drive, enthusiasm, flexibility and ability to work with minimal supervision

 Strong communications skills, specifically presentation skills, training skills, and the ability to facilitate groups.

 Comfortable working in unstructured environments with high levels of uncertainty

 Ability to work under pressure yet deliver on time with attention to detail and accuracy

 Flexibility and willingness/ability to travel if necessary


Start date: ASAP

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Travel: A willingness and ability to travel locally, regionally and internationally


Contract: Open Ended

Probation: Six months

How to apply


Your CV (no more than 4 pages) and cover letter which should detail your knowledge, skills and experience and how they relate to the job profile, should be emailed to MicroSave HR:, quoting “ref: International Research Manager” in the email subject line.

Your letter should also include your current salary, your salary expectations and notice period/available start date.

Closing date: 4pm on 2nd August 2013

Applications not meeting minimum requirements will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted