Wasafiri is Recruiting for a Part-Time Research & Community Engagement Manager 

We are recruiting for a Research, Research & Community Engagement Manager (Part-Time)

Read on for the full Terms of Reference and how to apply.


Wasafiri is a global think-tank and consultancy dedicated to helping leaders and organisations tackle our toughest challenges. Established in 2010 by a group of Australian, British, Zambian and Rwandan development professionals, we are driven by the opportunity to help people and institutions build a more effective response to a broad range of complex problems such as conflict, inequality, extremism, and economic development.

We are specialists in working in complex environments, and our services form vital components of longer change processes and programmes. We act as trusted advisers, facilitators and managers in roles spanning single interventions or multi-year partnerships, providing the following services;

Strategy: Research, planning and advisory support
Management: Project design and management services
Learning: Monitoring, evaluation, training and coaching

We operate from offices in the UK, Kenya and the USA, and are currently delivering work in over 10 countries, with clients from across the public and private sectors.


The people of Wasafiri are brought together for their adventurous spirit, understanding of complex problems and track record of delivering change. We share a relentless optimism for Africa’s future, a hunger to move from dialogue to action, and a desire for excellence.

We are in search of a brilliant and professional person able to work with our team as part-time research and community engagement manager. They will be responsible for working across our portfolios as part of project teams conducting high quality primary and secondary research, engaging closely with and amongst the communities with whom we work.

Furthermore, they will help drive Wasafiri’s thought leadership by building upon our practice of navigating complex problems to help our clients more effectively tackle issues such as conflict, extremism and instability. In particular we feel this is an outstanding role for candidates in the early stages of their career with a background in the following;

Institutional: United Nations, international or national NGOs or established development consultancies.
Research: Qualitative and quantitative research design, data gathering, analysis, community and stakeholder engagement and mobilisation, dissemination
Technical: Conflict, community security, governance, countering violent extremism
Geographic: Kenya, East Africa


The value we add is directly dependent upon how well we design, manage and deliver projects for our clients. Every Wasafiri project is led by a Team Leader, overseen by a Project Director and Project Coordinator. It is anticipated that the Research & Community Engagement Manager will work across multiple projects supporting the design, preparation and delivery of research and community engagement activities. Key responsibilities in these roles are likely to include:

Project design and preparation – Contributing to the approach, design and methodology of new projects. Advising on team configuration, monitoring and risk mitigation measures.

Research design – Advising on how the research should be conducted, support for development and testing of research tools and instruments.

Team induction and mobilisation – Supporting induction, training and briefing of project teams.

Data gathering – Advising on respondent selection and identification, conducting key informant interviews and focus group discussions, capturing and reporting research data, developing research reports, contributing to reviews of literature.

Field research support – Working in research teams, supporting and managing other field researchers, advising on quality control and troubleshooting where necessary.

Analysis and reporting – Contributing to the analysis of research data in order to generate summary of findings, conclusions and recommendations. Contributing to the production and presentation of research products.

Community engagement – Working with all levels of local communities to identify priority issues and opportunities, to help identify key trends and dynamics. To assist with the building of capacity, provision of skills and knowledge, strengthening of networks and mobilisation of local initiatives.

Stakeholder liaison – Engaging with project related stakeholders and community (such as Civil Society Organisations), sub-national and national authorities (such as county administrations or line ministries) and international organisations (such as development partners)

Dissemination and uptake – Sharing and presenting research findings, supporting the uptake of recommendations, the facilitation of dialogue with communities, clients and wider stakeholders. Identifying new opportunities and platforms for sharing findings.

We are a fast-growing think tank and consultancy, with an expanding portfolio of impactful work being delivered across the region. As such, no single Terms of Reference can adequately cover the extent of possible responsibilities required of our staff members. We therefore place a premium on the flexibility of staff to proactively seek areas beyond their Terms of Reference to contribute to our growth and community. These might include;

Contributing to developing our practice around tackling complex problems – Wasafiri is committed to deeply learning about how change happens within complex systems and problems. The Research and community engagement manager will play an important role in contributing to our ongoing journey to deepen our thinking, practice and proposition.

Contributing to business development – Contributing to the design of proposals, development of workplans and budgets for new projects.

Who we are looking for

Strong and relevant research experience – The candidate must be able to demonstrate strong technical skills relating to at least some of the following areas; quantitative and qualitative research design and management, data collection and analysis, research report production and presentation.

Relevant technical expertise – The candidate will have a proven track record of working in fields relating to at least some of the following areas; conflict, peacebuilding, violent extremism, stabilisation, security.

Community mobilisation and facilitation expertise in Kenya – The candidate will be able to demonstrate a strong track record of working closely with all levels of communities in Kenya, for example with both formal and informal representatives, facilitating processes around sensitive and important issues which strengthen understanding, capacity and networks.

Outstanding team and people skills – The candidate will be able to demonstrate their experience in working effectively with staff, consultants and institutional partners at all levels and in multinational teams.

Excellent relationship and communication skills – Along with outstanding relationship management skills, the role requires excellent written, oral and presentational skills as a pre-requisite.

Regional expertise – The candidate must have demonstrable knowledge of the customs, culture, history, geography and traditions in Kenya, and at least some knowledge of these in the wider region.

Kenyan citizen – The candidate must be a Kenyan citizen.

Excited to be in an entrepreneurial, start-up environment – This means a willingness to be flexible in the role, do what it takes to get the job done; comfortable negotiating with senior clients, and willing to, when needed, get stuck in with basic tasks.

Proactivity and autonomy – Wasafiri has a culture that values collaboration, relationships and high-quality delivery. As such, the role requires a collaborative style, someone willing to be challenged by anyone in the organisation, able to provide coaching and hold people to account. The candidate will be comfortable in an agile organisational environment not driven by hierarchy.

Focused on community needs – The candidate will be comfortable working directly with communities across all levels of seniority, curious to understand their issues and willing to support them to help create the best possible solutions. The successful candidate will be an ambassador for Wasafiri able to represent the organisation in different forums and with a wide variety of organisations.

A curiosity about Wasafiri’s complexity-based practice – and a willingness to invest in and be a champion of Wasafiri’s approach to delivering change in complex systems- including providing thought leadership and practice support to the Wasafiri team and consultants with whom you work


Location and travel
The role is based in Nairobi.
We expect considerable travel within Kenya (at least 50%) and potential travel across the wider East Africa region.

Contract basis
The role will be contracted as a part-time staff member. This will initially commence at 100 days work per year and may be increased as the need dictates, in agreement with the candidate.

Compensation & Benefits
The position comes with an attractive compensation package based on skills and experience. The role will commence with a 3-month trial period and then an annual review process to ensure performance and remuneration is acceptable to both parties. Based on the above, we anticipate a salary package that will be pro-rata based on a full-time equivalent salary of USD35k-37.5k.

Professional Development
The role will suit someone invested in driving forward their own professional growth and development. We envisage developing a professional development plan with the candidate as the basis for supporting their growth in the role.

Line Management
The candidate will be managed by the Head of Wasafiri’s Conflict Portfolio.

Recruitment Process
Submission: To apply for the post, please send your CV and completed Application Form to Wasafiri’s Operations Manager Scott Hinkle Feel free to get in touch if you require more information about the role.

Please Note: Submissions without a completed Application Form will not be accepted.

Closing date for applications: Monday 17 September. We will be reviewing applications as they arrive and will appoint once a suitable candidate is identified, early applications preferred. Late applications may be considered.