Qualitative Research Specialist At EnCompass

Position Description

EnCompass LLC seeks an In-Country (KEN based) Qualitative Research Specialist who will provide support to an evaluation of the Community Mobilization portfolio administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) Office of Global Programs (GP). Particularly, the support will be for a case study within the overarching evaluation focused on projects employing community mobilization approaches towards Freedom of Assembly and Association (FOAA) goals. The Qualitative Research Specialist will conduct virtual and in-person data collection in Kenya, with virtual data collection in Uganda and Tanzania, manage field logistics for data collection, support the finalization of data collection instruments, and participate in data analysis and interpretation as required. This is a 3-month consultancy position with an approximate commitment of 20 days.

EnCompass LLC is collaborating with The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor on an evaluation to understand the effectiveness of community organizing and mobilization in varying contexts through a series of three targeted case studies. The objectives of this evaluation include: (a) understanding the factors that contribute to effective community organizing and/or mobilization in democracy and rights-based programming in the following spaces: i) freedom of assembly and association (FOAA); ii) labor rights; iii) offshore programs in closed and closing operating environments; (b) determining the results and objectives realized by activists and mobilized groups and; (c) exploring whether programmatic approaches led to sustainable effects. The FOAA case study focuses on a sample of projects from the COMB portfolio, including project(s) implemented in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. This position involves virtual work in Kenya with a possibility of some local travel.

This position is a local position. Only candidates residing in Kenya and with existing work authorization will be considered.

Position Duties and Responsibilities

Essential functions:


  • Coordinate and prepare for qualitative data collection under the guidance of Case Study Lead and Evaluation Specialist
  • Become familiarized with assigned projects, including background documents, data collection tools, and data collection guide
  • Support identification of respondents
  • Arrange all (virtual) logistics for data collection for assigned respondent categories
  • Schedule and confirm interviews (complete pre-calls)
  • Provide input to data collection instruments, field guide, and other data collection related materials and processes to fit local context
  • Conduct qualitative data collection that may include interviews, focus group discussions, and other methods
  • Administer informed consent processes and follow ethical and trauma-informed data collection protocols, as outlined by Encompass
  • Complete the reflection questions for each interview carried out
  • Translate/transcribe only interviews that were done in local language
  • Type notes when consent for audio recording is not given
  • Follow all the processes in the data collection guide
  • Collect and manage data files according to EnCompass policy
  • Carefully record interviews/notes, and submit all items to the Evaluation Specialist
  • Participate in the analysis and interpretation of qualitative data as needed
  • Participate in all EnCompass trainings related to data collection and follow all EnCompass policies and approaches to evaluation

Position Requirements


Academic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher relevant to public policy, international development, social science, or another related field

Experience and Skills

  • At least five years of experience in conducting field research including conducting interviews and applying other qualitative data collection methods
  • Experience / demonstrated expertise in the areas of community mobilization or FOAA in relevant country/region, including familiarity with the legal framework, human rights, socio-political issues, and government processes/mechanisms related to community mobilization in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
  • Highest ethical standards conducting evaluations involving vulnerable populations
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite programs and common virtual calling platforms (such as Zoom and Signal)
  • Fluency in English and Swahili required.
  • The consultant must be based in Nairobi or the surrounding region.

How to Apply

Please submit CV and cover letter.

EnCompass LLC is a progressive Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote, celebrate, and support a diverse and inclusive organizational culture and workforce. We are committed to providing all of our employees with an environment free from discrimination and harassment, where all are treated with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate, and explicitly prohibit, discrimination or harassment of any kind, at any time, in all aspects of employment. This includes recruitment, hiring, promotions, disciplinary measures, terminations, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, and training. EnCompass also does not tolerate retaliation against individuals who report discrimination or harassment. Our continuing commitment to the principle of Equal Opportunity Employment for all means all employment decisions are based only on the job requirements, the candidate’s qualifications, and the needs of EnCompass as a business—not on race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, belief, sex (including pregnancy and related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability status, veteran status, genetic information, HIV status, family/marital/parental status, or any other status protected by the laws and regulations in the jurisdictions where we work.

For US based positions: The employer will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.

The incumbent must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and demands and to seek supervisory assistance as appropriate.

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