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  • Posted: Mar 16, 2023
    Deadline: Mar 25, 2023
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    The MENTOR Initiative saves lives in emergencies through tropical disease control and then stays to help people recover from crisis with dignity, working side by side with communities, health workers, and health authorities to leave a lasting impact.
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    Data Assistant - Maiduguri

    General information
    Duration:  Projected contract duration is up to October 2023
    Start Date: Soon as possible

    Reporting to:  Local Operational Research Officer

    Job requirements:

    • A Bachelors Degree / Higher Diploma.   
    • Significant NGO and/or work experience related to Data entry and compilation/ data management.
    • Able to work as part of an established team with excellent communication skills, team builder, flexible, adaptable.
    • Reporting skills and use of KOBO Software.
    • Good oral/written comprehension: English and local language(s)
    • Maiduguri indigene and resident preferred

    What We Offer

    • Salary + Transport & National housing fund contributions + Social benefits (medical coverage, 24 days of Annual leaves per year, compassionate leaves, public holidays as announced by government)
    • The Mentor Initiative applies a zero-tolerance approach to sexual exploitation, abuse, mistreatment or harassment, and other types of unethical behaviour including fraud. The Mentor Initiative will contact previous employers of applicants to determine if they have any history of violating international standards and codes of conduct relating to such matters.
    • To apply, please send; CV including 3 references (not more than 4 pages) and a letter of motivation to:  before 25th March 2023.  
    • As position is required as soon as possible, interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. MENTOR reserves the right to select a candidate and finalize the recruitment before the application close date

    The context:

    The MENTOR Initiative is an international NGO, which directly assists developing countries in their fight against malaria and other vector borne disease. The MENTOR Initiative provides support in the fight against malaria and other vector borne diseases through three key activities: intensive development of the technical capacity of humanitarian organizations and national partners, technical support for in-country programs, and operational research for the development and evaluation of innovative and context-specific tools for improved vector borne disease control. The MENTOR Initiative works in collaboration with various international agencies and governments including the United Nations, the Ministry of Health, and other Humanitarian Organizations. In close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, MENTOR is implementing large scale Indoor Residual Spray (IRS) and community mobilization on malaria and hygiene promotion campaigns in the conflict affected areas of Borno state of Nigeria. In addition, MENTOR is conducting a research study to evaluate the protective efficacy of a novel tool in humanitarian crisis settings: a spatial repellent tool called Mesh which provides long-lasting protection to users, with predicted efficacy of 6 months. We are planning to assess the efficacy of Mesh in reducing malaria cases in displacement camps near Maiduguri.

    Overall, Job Purpose:

    Under the direct supervision of the Operational Research Officer/ Operational Research Manager, the Data Assistant is responsible for cross check all the research activities data with the Research team and ensure the accurate data is computerized and to properly file all the hard copies of the program data.

    Summary of duties and responsibilities

    • Working as part of a research team, the Data Assistant will be responsible for managing the research data, including the following:
    • Receive training from MENTOR on data collection forms (entomological data forms, epidemiological data forms, community survey data forms), data collection method (digital KoBo App), data cleaning and development of databases
    • Development and management of data collection forms in KoBo (translation English, Hausa, other local languages)
    • Supporting the field teams in accurate and reliable data collection in the field as well as timely and completely data reporting, in line with programme planning
    • Overviewing the reported data, reliable cleaning of the data according to research aims, development of accurate and complete databases, efficient data management
    • Responsible data management according to ethical research guidelines, including data confidentiality and password locked storage of data
    • Regular communication between the field team, the local Operational Research Officer and the Senior Operational Research Officer/Manager, including progress and problems of the data management (translation English, Hausa, other local languages)

    Project support

    • Assist the Operational Research Officer/ Operational Research Manager in the day-to-day activities’ implementation of the research.
    • Participate in training sessions and meetings


    • Provide regular updates to Operational Research Officer/ Operational Research Manager on the progress of all field activities.
    • Periodic reporting of the research activities.


    • Work as part of an established team with excellent communication skills, team builder, flexible, adaptable and willing to work and travel to other field locations when required.
    • All other tasks asked by the Senior Operational Research Officer/ Operational Research Manager if needed.
    • Adhere to the agreed MENTOR Code of conduct on Ethics and Integrity and safeguarding including Whistle blowing policy.
    • As the MENTOR Initiative is working in a constantly changing humanitarian aid environment, reasonable specific work duties may be requested that may not fit into the above job description, but which will help promote over all programs goals and aims. Similarly, while work on weekend will not normally be required, requests to do so should be regarded as falling within the 40hr working week stipulated within the MENTOR-Initiative’s standard working contract, of which this job description forms a part. 

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