Jacaranda Health

Job Title: Research Manager 

Background: Jacaranda Health is a non-profit organization focused on ensuring that all women and their families have access to affordable, high quality and patient-centered maternal and newborn healthcare. Our maternity hospital serves women peri-urban Nairobi, and has achieved international recognition as a provider of high-quality care.

Jacaranda Health’s non-profit arm, however, partners with government facilities to adapt tools for impact in the public sector. Our program partnerships with mission and public facilities have grown from 3 facilities in 2015, to 150 facilities serving over 100,000 women and babies across 5 counties in 2019.

We currently run two large programs which focus on increasing health-seeking behavior amongst pregnant women/new moms and improving provider knowledge and skills to handle emergency obstetrics, with integrated research and design projects within each.

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

Please visit www.jacarandahealth.org for more details.

Job Summary: Jacaranda Health is seeking a Research Manager to oversee high-quality project implementation, management of team resources, and provide leadership on utilization of incoming data. The manager will be a key focal point for program teams, making sure all parties stay up to date on the project, have efficient and quality processes, and have input into design and implementation.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide coordination and oversight for a 3-year USAID-funded implementation research project, including managing activities in two informal settlements, recording implementation learnings, and liasing with external partners (i.e. county government, USAID, and sub-contractors)
  • Manage a randomized control trial testing the effect of SMS on exclusive breastfeeding rates in Kiambu County Study. Oversee external evaluation, data quality, contribute to publications, and create recommendations for next steps
  • Actively participate in the leadership team of Jacaranda Health, providing informed opinions for strategic direction, internal culture-building, and operations
  • Oversees data collection, analysis (using statistical software), and monitoring for his/her programs, and providing key insights and reports for donors
  • Contributes to grant-writing, fundraising, and program expansion


  • Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH, MSC) or related field
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in project management including supervising teams
  • Proficient in computer skills including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Drive
  • Experience with statistical data analysis in STATA or similar program
  • Experience working with the Kenya MOH and/or county governments
  • Experience with grant-writing and reporting to international donors/funders
  • Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills including reports and advice for key internal and external partners.

What would get us excited?

  • Fluency in Kiswahili
  • Experience working with NGOs implementing health programs
  • Data analytics skills and ability to utilize data for decision-making
  • Knowledge or experience of mobile health programs
  • Experience with research design, analysis, and publishing in academic journals
  • Experience working in informal settlements

Contract Period: This position is expected to be a contract of 12 months, based in Nairobi with up to 20% travel

To Apply:

Interested candidates should apply through this link: https://my.hirehive.io/jacaranda-health/jobs/56135/research-manager-nairobi

No hard copies required or accepted.

Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.