Assistant Project Manager for East Africa Region

Afrobarometer (AB) is a pan-African, nonpartisan, nonprofit research network that measures the political, economic, and social atmosphere prevailing in African countries. Guided by the vision that African societies thrive when African voices count in public policy and development, Afrobarometer provides high-quality data and analysis on citizens’ evaluations and experiences of democratic governance and quality of life. This is provided as a public benefit and is free to policymakers, policy advocates, civil society organizations, academics, news media, donors and investors, and ordinary Africans.

Launched in 1999 in 12 countries, Afrobarometer has completed more than 325,000 interviews in seven survey rounds in up to 38 countries. Round 8 surveys were completed in 18 countries between August 2019 and March 2020 before fieldwork was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Round 8 surveys started up again in October 2020 and are expected to cover a total of at least 35 countries. Afrobarometer currently conducts face-to-face computer-assisted interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice with nationally representative samples. Effective communication of survey findings and capacity building for survey research, analysis, communications, and management are integral parts of Afrobarometer’s work.

Among Afrobarometer’s key achievements are proving that citizen research can be conducted even in fragile, post-conflict, and closed political environments in Africa; legitimating public opinion as a pillar of African democracy; and building a network of researchers that has earned the reputation as the go-to source for reliable data on what Africans are thinking.

Afrobarometer’s institutional values are independence, excellence, collaboration, and commitment. Afrobarometer individual values are integrity, respect, responsiveness, cooperation, and fairness. Funders and other stakeholders are treated as partners in the advancement of Afrobarometer’s endeavors. Relationships, non-partisanship, trust, and accountability are at the core of our work. Afrobarometer staff and network members appreciate benefiting from colleagues’ creativity, diligence, and enterprise, and value the ability to work individually and as part of a team. The qualities of leadership, initiative, and excellence are nurtured and rewarded. In pursuance of these values, all staff are required to abide by the Statement of Personal and Professional Standards of Conduct.


Role Overview

The Afrobarometer Assistant Project Manager for East Africa region, to be based at the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi, Kenya, will assist the Afrobarometer Project Manager (East Africa) in managing Afrobarometer survey research activities in the East African region under the Directorate of Surveys. The support to PM will include among other responsibilities, the oversight of survey scheduling, budgeting, sampling, questionnaire design and translation, training, fieldwork management, data management and communication functions. 


How to apply
Interested candidates are asked to express interest by COB Friday 16 April 2021. PLEASE READ THE SELECTION CRITERIA CAREFULLY BEFORE APPLYING.

Please send your application to Include your name and position title in the subject field of your email. Example: “Subject: [YOUR NAME] ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER”

Documents to include:

1. An up-to-date curriculum vitae with contact details (your email, phone, postal and Skype address)

2. A personal statement describing:
a. Your interest in the job and why you should be considered for the role.
b. Specific and detailed evidence of how your skills, experience and knowledge meet the

Selection Criteria. If you lack experience or evidence in any area listed, please state how you would gain the knowledge or competency needed to succeed in the role.


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