Location: Ebonyi State


Essential Health Network for Rural Dwellers is a non-governmental organization committed to ensuring healthy people, sustainable environment and better community through awareness creation, equity, participation and inclusiveness. EHN has been engaged as local partners to implement the USAID-funded Momentum Country & Global Leadership (MCGL) Project which is targeted at preventing and mitigating the consequences of violence against women and girls (VAW/G) and possible drivers of child early and forced marriage (CEFM), Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Sexual Violence (SV), and Family Planning (FP).

Essential Health Network for Rural Dwellers will lead MCGL’s Social Norms Exploration Tool (SNET) exercise in three LGAs in Ebonyi State using the Social Norms Exploration Tool (SNET) and hence, will require qualified and experienced Research Assistants to carry out the assignment.

Scope of Work and Responsibilities:

The Research Assistants will work with EHN – MCGL to unpack, understand and analyse the various social norms that influence the adoption of family planning among adolescents and youth, prevention of gender-based violence (GBV), child early and forced marriage (CEFM) and meet the specific norms, context and needs in the communities using the participatory, qualitative approaches outlined in the Social Norms Exploration Tool (SNET).


The scope of work and responsibilities include:

General Administration:

  • Participate in Community Sensitization and recruitment of participants
  • Provide updates to EHN-MCGL implementation team throughout the period of performance.

Training and meetings

  • Attend Social Norms Workshop
  • Attend SNET Training
  • Attend Participatory Data Analysis Workshop

Data Collection Preparation:

  • Ensure required tools, consent forms are complete
  • Participate in community sensitization activities and advocacy
  • Participate in the recruitment of respondents
  • Prepare and set up venues for KIIs and FGDs in the community

Data Collection:

  • Travel to LGA of assignment and work in specific community over a cumulative period of two weeks.
  • Conduct Rapid Interviews
  • Conduct FGDs using vignette
  • Take notes during the rapid interviews and FGDs

Data Analysis:

  • Attend participatory data analysis workshop
  • Deliver notes taken to EHN-MCGL Study Team in a secure manner
  • Translate, Transcribe KII and FGD notes

Key deliverables:

  • Audio recording of completed interviews uploaded in a designated Google drive
  • Transcribed and typed FGD notes submitted via email.
  • Daily report of activity submitted

Duration of Assignment:

The duration of the work will be for 15 to 20 days from 10th May 2021 in non-consecutive days. Research assistants will be required to submit audio recording of conducted interviews, prepared FGD notes from the transcription and activity reports daily.

Required Qualifications

  1. BSc/HND in Health or Social Sciences or its equivalent
  2. Minimum of 2-3 years working experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection as it relates to KIIs and FGDs.
  3. Working knowledge of Ebonyi State and the LGAs
  4. Skills in conducting interviews and ability to probe for cleaner answers
  5. Excellent communication, reporting and writing skills in English and Igbo languages.
  6. Ability to work under pressure with minimal supervision
  7. Ability to understand some local dialects of Ebonyi State communities.
  8. Conversant with gender issues, GBV, IPV and FP will be added advantages
  9. Effective team working.


Method of Application:

Interested candidates should submit an application letter and a CV as a single word document to: not later than 4pm, 9th May 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. For more information please visit our website: EHN is an equal opportunity employer