Program Research Assistant Job at Mercy Corps

Program Research Assistant Job at Mercy Corps… See details on how to apply for the opportunities available at Mercy Corps.


Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian aid agency engaged in transitional environments that have experienced some sort of shock: natural disaster, economic collapse, or conflict.


  • Work with the PMU Manager to support the teams in implementing the program’s strategy following the donor and Mercy Corps standards.
  • Contribute to preparing the global level reports by collating information from the country level reports and providing the gaps to PMU Manager for follow up with the countries.
  • Support the PMU team in administering the program budget by preparing procurement and expense requests, following up with relevant departments, and tracking expenses at the PMU level.
  • Schedule, organize, and document minutes for PMU-led meetings and events. The person will also follow up with respective staff on specific action points.
  • Working with the PMU team, organize and maintain the program filing system under the guidance, ensuring a clear trail of versions and appropriate filing.
  • Support the PMU Manager in tracking and reporting on the status of deliverables as per the PMU and Country Workplans, sending advance reminders to the responsible staff for upcoming deliverables.


  • Provide administrative support to the MEL Manager to prepare various research protocols for ethical approval in Kenya, Uganda, Haiti, and Nigeria.
  • The PRA will track deliverables expected by the ethical approval body.
  • The PRA will schedule, organize, and document Research, Monitoring, Evaluation, & Learning (RMEL) related meetings and events.
  • Provide administrative and quality control support for RMEL activities led by PMU, e.g., baseline survey, midline assessment, end-of-project evaluation, ad-hoc research, and dissemination, among others.
  • Support in data collection activities such as desk research and key informant interviews to address specific research questions defined by the MEL Manager.
  • Support the MEL Manager in collating data from various countries to feed into; the global program log frame and periodic donor reports.
  • Provide support in implementing quality assurance and control for all program and research data collection/collation activities as guided by the MEL Manager.
  • Provide support in developing various data collection tools addressing adhoc research questions and problems under guidance from the MEL Manager.
  • Support in testing electronic data collection scripts prepared for various research and monitoring activities.
  • Support in various components of program implementation within the countries.
  • Other duties as assigned by the PMU

Minimum Qualification & Transferable Skills:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree with at least three (3) years cumulative experience working as an assistant in a program and research environment within the development sector
  • Experience in supporting multi-country program management in a program or research environment is desired
  • Experience in supporting/implementing quality assurance and control for programs and research activities
  • Ability to develop and manage work plans for complex multi-country programs within the development sector
  • Effective written and oral communication in English
  • Qualification in project or program management will be an added advantage
  • Proficiency in MS Office specifically in MS Excel and MS PowerPoint are required
  • Knowledge of an analysis software is an added advantage e.g. SPSS, STATA or R Protection Status