GENESIS is hiring a Senior Qualitative Researcher-Africa (Global in South Africa, Nairobi or Nigeria): Apply Now!!!

We are looking for an experienced qualitative researcher and project manager to support our growing RME portfolio. 

LOCATION: South Africa, Nairobi or Nigeria. (You should have the legal right to work and live in the location).

About Genesis

In a world undergoing convulsive technological and political change, Genesis partners with key actors to deliver urgent, lasting impact in critical areas.

Genesis, an impact firm founded, incorporated and headquartered in Africa, has worked in 46 African countries and more than 100 countries globally. Uniquely, Genesis is focused on the Young World – the arc of countries with young populations stretching across Africa, the Middle East, South Asia and parts of Southeast Asia.

By 2030 four in five children will be born in the Young World, making this region central to the future. With growing markets and young, productive populations, Young World countries have the most positive potential trajectory in the world. It is here that investments of all kinds will have the highest social and economic returns.

Our job at Genesis is to help societies, governments and businesses across the Young World succeed at three fundamental historic transitions:

  • Reconfiguring economies: creating income for large, rapidly urbanising youth cohorts within a global economy undergoing profound changes
  • A human transition: a fundamental rethink of how societies, governments and markets can ensure the health and cognitive and social well-being of all those young people, including the most vulnerable
  • A just climate transition: both to decarbonise and to manage the human and economic impacts of a global crisis they did not cause

To do this work, we are building a new type of impact firm


The Health Practice, in which this position falls, focuses on building healthier lives for African populations. We do this through our focus on our three main service lines:

  • Research, monitoring and evaluation (RM&E)
  • Health financing and economics (HFE)
  • Large programme implementation support (PIMS)

Cutting across this is the use of behavioural sciences.

Our team has grown rapidly over the last five years and is spread across multiple countries in Africa and elsewhere. Our main clients include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UNAIDS and USAID.


The senior qualitative researcher is a senior-level position within the organisation. This role is pivotal in strengthening our qualitative research and evaluation methodologies and capabilities. The ideal candidate will have substantial experience in project management and a deep understanding of qualitative research and evaluation design and methodologies.

The candidate should have experience in implementing Theory-Based Evaluations, including using contribution analysis, Most Significant Change (MSC) technique, outcome harvesting, and other advanced qualitative methods. You should have extensive experience in designing, conducting, and disseminating qualitative research, including conducting, in-depth interviews, focus groups, and thematic analysis. You should be familiar with management consulting and adept at responding to Request for Proposals (RFPs) or Terms of Reference (TORs). Experience in research/evaluations for organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Global Fund, and UN organizations would be advantageous.

The work will be delivered through:

  • Well-managed consulting projects
  • Designing, conducting, and disseminating robust programme evaluations
  • Ensuring effective working relationships within teams and with clients
  • Growing the client base through developing a network of appropriate relationships

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  • Manage projects, generate sound advice, and provide quality assistance to clients.
  • Support project teams in developing qualitative research frameworks.
  • Design and develop qualitative research protocols and tools, including discussion guides and interview protocols.
  • Lead in collecting, analyzing, synthesizing, and reporting high-quality qualitative data. Demonstrated proficiency in using qualitative analysis software such as Atlas.ti, Dedoose, NVivo, or similar platforms is essential for effective data management and analysis.
  • Apply for and obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) ethics approval for research studies.
  • Work with stakeholders to review and monitor project-based evaluation and learning plans.
  • Mentor junior consultants in qualitative research methods, including training in the use of qualitative analysis software.
  • Prepare well-structured project documents and proposals using MS Word and MS PowerPoint.
  • Contribute to new business development with a focus on qualitative research components.
  • Negotiate with clients and build company intellectual property.
  • Stay updated with industry developments in qualitative research.
  • Demonstrate exceptional writing skills, including preparing and publishing articles in peer-reviewed journals, presenting findings at conferences, and developing conference papers and presentations. Ensure that research outputs meet high academic standards and are suitable for top-tier publications and conferences.


  • Strong academic background – Minimum of a Postgraduate degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, Anthropology, Sociology, or a related field. A Master’s Degree is desirable.
  • 4 – 5 years of experience in management consulting or relevant public health research and evaluation
  • Expertise in qualitative research and evaluation design
  • Expertise in qualitative research and evaluation methodologies, including contribution analysis, outcome harvesting and the most significant change approach
  • Desirable: Relevant experience includes public health research, evaluation, learning, knowledge management, health systems strengthening, AGYW, HIV prevention, SRHR, and behavioural sciences (SBCC)
  • Entrepreneurial in nature- proactive self-starter who is able to be assertive. A confident networker with strong relationship management skills
  • Ability to work as part of a multicultural team – build teams and foster collaboration to achieve project goals, meet milestones and produce high-quality deliverables
  • High level of organisation, attention to detail, professionalism and reliability.
  • Ability to prioritise and manage work in a fast-paced environment across multiple projects and work streams with competing time/ resource demands
  • Proficiency in qualitative data analysis software (e.g., Dedoose, Atlas Ti)
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English
  • Proficiency in French is advantageous for this role


  • Please follow the online application process on the career portal of the Genesis website, we are unable to accept any e-mailed CVs or applications
  • Your application will primarily be considered for this role. If that are multiple roles that you are interested in, please submit your application to each position 
  • Once you have applied via our career portal, you will receive a system-generated confirmation e-mail that your application was received
  • NOTE: Please be advised that uploaded documents/attachments cannot be bigger than 4MB in total, as the system will not accept your application if the uploaded documents exceed 4MB
  • Communication will be with short-listed candidates only – if you do not receive any feedback on your application within 3 weeks, please consider your application unsuccessful
  • Genesis Analytics reserves the right not to proceed with an appointment of any advertised role
  • All appointments will be made in line with Genesis Analytics’ Employment Equity Plan and Transformation Policies
  • All applications will be treated confidentially


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