Knowledge Management and Research Advisor

Organization Name: Voluntary Service Overseas
Location: Kigali, Rwanda

Role Overview

The Knowledge Management and Research Advisor shall work closely with the adolescent sexual reproductive/health team to research and document ongoing initiatives to promote adolescent sexual reproductive health (SRH) information services. The Advisor will contribute to developing age appropriate SRH content, and designing materials and methodologies that are suitable for young adolescents age 10-14. The Advisor will lead systematic data collection about relevant activities. S/he will also support VSO partners in program design and delivery. The Advisor will work out of the office of VSO’s community partner, Uwezo Youth Empowerment.


Eligible Citizenship: Rwanda
Role Code: R14-Nat
Role Function: Data Analysis / Statistics, Program Design / Program Planning, Research
Issue Area: Health System Strengthening, Sexual and Reproductive Health


Voluntary Service Overseas is a leading international development organization to fight poverty. VSO Rwanda is part of VSO International, which has a field presence in 23 countries in Asia and Pacific. We have been in Rwanda since 1998. Since then VSO has increased its footprint and now has a presence in all 30 Rwandan Districts. Our global programs are in Health, Education, and Secure livelihoods. We believe that people are the best agents of change and we mobilize national and international volunteers and other resources to create transformative and sustainable change through volunteerism. In Rwanda, we anticipate growing to a staff of 60 and of more than 100 volunteers by February of 2018. Our current programs focus on inclusive education, adolescent sexual reproductive health, and empowering youth for enterprise and employment.



  • Lead systematic documentation of all adolescent sexual reproductive health initiatives in VSO Rwanda
  • Implement a comparative longitudinal study of sets of SRH interventions targeting young adolescents
  • Support the team in the production of the most appropriate approaches to influence young adolescent behavior 
  • Promote application of research findings in decision-making processes at national, regional, and international levels
  • Contribute to SRH content development, approaches, and material development appropriate for young adolescents
  • Lead initiative to improve program delivery with VSO partners
  • Contribute to proposal writing
  • Lead participatory approaches to engage teachers and health workers in the delivery of SRH education to young adolescents
  • Support VSO partners in elaborating young people friendly SRH interventions

Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • Bachelor’s degree*
    • Preferred: Bachelor’s or master’s degree in public health, nursing, health information management, or related field 
  • At least one year of experience in public health qualitative research*
  • One year of experience in health system strengthening related work*
  • Experience or familiarity with youth development work* 
  • Excellent written and communication skills*
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, results-oriented*
  • Strong accountability and attention to detail*
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work under pressure*
  • Ability to work in low resource countries*
  • Understanding of interface between social inclusion and gender dynamics in development*
  • Demonstrated experience in use of scientific software (Endnote, SPSS, Stata, Nvivo) for data analysis and management
  • Experience designing or delivering youth friendly services
  • Additional official language such as French is an added advantage
  • Ready to adapt to and work with indigenous people’s culture and customs
  • Analytical and critical thinking

Stipend, Benefits, and Logistics

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