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Organization: Africa's Voices Foundation
Closing date: 1 Dec 2020

Position Type: Consultancy contract

Duration: Approximately 4 months with possible renewals

Application deadline: 1st December 2020, 5.00 pm, East Africa Time (EAT)

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Nairobi, Kenya | (remote working)

Languages: Amharic and English

Daily Rate: USD 40 - USD 60 per day, 5 days a week, (7.5 hours per day)

Start Date: Immediately


AVF is a fast-growing organisation, capitalizing on interactive media and digital communications to curate and spark engaging discussions that convene citizens’ voices as evidence and elevate them to the level of decision-making. We equip development, humanitarian and governance organisations with unique capabilities to listen intelligently to the citizens they serve. Spun out of cutting-edge research at the University of Cambridge in 2015, we have an established presence in East Africa and beyond with a vibrant growing core team in Nairobi. Our clients include UNDP, UNICEF, the European Union, ICRAF, Somalia Stability Fund, and the MasterCard Foundation.


  • Perform literature reviews to inform project design
  • Coding, tagging and analysing local-language data
  • Qualitative analysis of local-language data
  • Support overall programme and research design
  • Drafting reports as required.
  • Assist with other tasks as and when necessary, including survey and questionnaire design and translation

Selection Criteria:


  • Diploma or Undergraduate degree in a relevant social science discipline (such as sociology, political science, international development, public health, social psychology)
  • One year professional experience working as part of the design and implementation of research and analysis/monitoring and evaluation projects
  • Experience in qualitative research methods such as content analysis, thematic analysis and grounded theory.
  • Excellent Amharic and English language skills, with understanding of other languages within Ethiopia highly desirable
  • The ability to transfer style, tone and cultural elements accurately from Amharic to English and English to Amharic.
  • Extremely high attention to detail
  • Ability to learn quickly and actively, seeking to continuously improve skills and knowledge
  • Proven ability to perform tasks for tight deadlines and under pressure


  • Knowledge/experience of working in social/behaviour change campaigning or public opinion research or humanitarian programming
  • Knowledge and experience of quantitative research methods
  • Experience designing and conducting field research, especially focus group discussions and semi-structured interviews
  • Experience in English-Amharic translation for development programmes
  • Experience in survey/questionnaire design

How to apply:

To apply, please send your CV and a supporting cover letter to careers@africasvoices.org, by 5pm, East Africa Time (EAT) on 1st December 2020.

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