Project Lead

at Samuel Hall
Published April 6, 2022
Location Nairobi, Kenya
Category Management  
Job Type Full Time  


We are seeking an experienced and professional Resilience (Pillar 2) Project Lead (PL) to join its team for a full-time position based in our Nairobi office. Samuel Hall's Resilience Pillar covers a wide range of topics on economic inclusion and integration, social protection, food security, gender, labour markets, resilience to climate change, sustainable and efficient energy use, as well as urban and rural vulnerabilities.


The PL is in charge of the timely delivery of the research project(s) they manage and of all the associated organisational responsibilities. Their role is essential to the effective operationalising of a research project and ensures clear leadership to the various team-members involved. The Project Lead is also Samuel Hall’s focal point with the client and ensures a smooth and considerate relationship throughout the duration of the research.


Who We Are

Our research connects the voices of communities to changemakers for more inclusive societies. Samuel Hall is a social enterprise that conducts research, evaluates programmes and designs policies in contexts of migration and displacement. Our approach is ethical, academically rigorous, and based on first-hand experience of complex and fragile settings. With offices in Afghanistan, Germany, Kenya, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, we are based in the regions we study. We have over ten years' experience in 70+ countries and have become a trusted partner and leading voice in the field of migration and displacement research, working with governments, donors, multilateral organisations and NGOs, as well public and private sector entities. It's an exciting time for Samuel Hall – we were recently selected by Stanford University as one of the Global South's high-potential, fast-growth social enterprises. For more information, please visit

WORK ENVIRONMENT: We work in a fast-paced, demanding, and challenging environment – you will be expected to grow with us and carve out your own spot in the team. We look for proactive, creative individuals who find opportunities to make their mark and identify solutions to problems. We look for strong leaders and reliable team-players who can add value from the very start,expand our knowledge and help us to maximise our social impact.

Tasks & Responsibilities

Objective 1 - Team Management and Coordination


Enact the timeline implementation and execution of the RM’s vision for the project

Head all research and internal communications processes

Accountable of all project finances, reporting, liaison with finance and admin teams

Manage project team members both in office and field locations

Train national and international teams

Produce, review and approve key project documents

Oversee fieldwork authorisations processes under the responsibility of the area coordinators

Coordinate activities with relevant partners

Responsible for timely submission of deliverables and timely invoicing

Objective 2 - Client Management and Communications

Manage day-to-day client requests and all day-to-day internal/external interfacing for the project

Prepare and lead presentations for stakeholders (internal and external)

Maintain and coordinate an efficient system of data sharing and data uploads of all project-related data

Objective 3 - Research

Lead Research and Planning Teams

Manage mixed methods fieldworks in multiple countries

Produce the design of research tools, research methodologies and outputs

Manage, train and task research assistants and area coordinators

Execute the quality and timeliness of the collected data

Contribute to analysis, report writing and dissemination

Opportunities for Growth

Working at Samuel Hall means that you are contributing to ground-breaking, innovative, and rigorous work that bridges research,

implementation and policy. Most of our training happens on the job, but as part of our investment in learning and development,

everyone is encouraged to apply for up to five days of paid professional development leave and financial resources to enable

them to acquire new skills and knowledge.


Vacancy Requirements



A Master's degree in a related field (Economics, Political Science, International Development)


A minimum of 4 years of relevant experience of research in contexts of migration, economics, and international



Proven experience in writing research papers, consultancy reports, evaluation assignments and policy briefs


Proven experience in project management and leading teams


Proven expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and tools (for example, R, SPSS, NVIVO)


Knowledge of key institutional frameworks and stakeholders


Excellent verbal and written skills in English


Keen attention to detail


Ability to be patient and to work well within a global team


Ability to cope well under pressure, occasionally work irregular hours and meet tight deadlines




French, Arabic, Dari, Pashto and/or additional languages


Past experience specific to the East and Horn of Africa, Central/South Asia, and/or the Middle East and North Africa


How to apply

All applicants should send their cover letter and CV in separate PDF files; each labelled: "CL/CV – Full name of Applicant" with the email subject line clearly expressed: "Name – Project Lead – Resilience Pillar"  by email

Three samples of relevant work and three references should also be included.

Please provide current or previous salary information.

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