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Research Training Manager

Research Training Manager


This is a key position in RVI. The Research Training Manager (RTM) will work closely with the Executive Director and those who manage RVI’s Courses, public Forums, the South Sudan Women Researcher Network project and other training initiatives.

The Research Training Manager will lead RVI’s strategy on training African researchers. The role holder will manage the Research Communities of Practice Programme. This will include designing a professional development programme for early career researchers in eastern and central Africa, convening and cultivating research communities of practice to bring change across east and central Africa, and generate original research publications that amplify the voices of African scholars and researchers. The role will work closely with RVI colleagues engaged in research, education, and training to ensure coherence, high standards, synergies and learning in order to deliver the Institute’s 2020 to 2023 Development Strategy.

The Role

Key Responsibilities

  • Programme Development & Delivery:  Provide strategic leadership for the programme, ensuring all those who collaborate with it have a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities, as well as managing the Research Communities of Practice programme in line with the implementation timeframe agreed with the donor.  The role will continue to implement blended and innovative learning programmes for early career researchers, participate in the delivery of training and learning initiatives, establish performance metrics for monitoring, evaluating, learning, as well as fulfil donor reporting requirements.


  • Strategic Leadership:   Lead RVI’s strategy to invest in the professional development of African researchers and advise on and support the development and delivery of the Institute’s other in-person and online educational and training programmes.  The role will expand RVI’s networks of local, regional, and international research partners to build sustainable relations with African and non-African research and academic institutions, ensuring that RVI’s programme is aligned with its core principles and policies and supports the strategic development of the organisation.


  • Partnerships, Public and Donor Relations:  Cultivate and broker relationships with academic and learning institutes, represent the programme and RVI with national and international counterparts and funders as well as publicise and disseminate the project’s work, maximising the influence of programme trainees with a view to increasing funding and achieving sustainability and long-term impact.

The Person

Knowledge and Qualifications

  • Social Science Master’s degree in a relevant field, such as political science, development studies, anthropology is essential, with a PhD a distinct advantage.
  • A qualification in training and educational approaches, and an ability to teach others.
  • A broad knowledge of applied research methodologies.
  • Demonstrable interest in local knowledge production, equity and social inclusion.
  • Understanding of the research and policy environment in eastern or central Africa.
  • An understanding of tertiary education in eastern or central Africa.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English. Spoken and written knowledge of a second language spoken in the region (French, Arabic, Somali, Kiswahili) is desirable.


  • Significant experience in tertiary level teaching methods, adult learning, and mentorship.
  • Experienced in designing and implementing blended training courses in applied research methodology, including online.
  • Experience of organising and facilitating learning events (such as conferences, seminars and workshops).
  • A track record in designing and undertaking research in Africa and applying qualitative research methods (such as oral history, participant-led, community drama and other forms of action-research techniques).
  • Experience of creating communities of practice an advantage.
  • Experienced in programme leadership and management, including monitoring and evaluation, financial management, and risk management.
  • Experience of developing effective project partnerships with institutions and individuals inside and outside Africa.
  • Experience of working with governments and international funders.
  • Experience in successful fundraising.
  • Experience of living and working in east or central Africa.

Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional facilitation and training skills and the ability to teach and transfer knowledge.
  • Strategic and adaptative thinking.
  • Excellent project management and planning skills and an ability to design and lead work plans.
  • Excellent written and public communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.


Job Title: Research Training Manager

Location: Eastern or Central Africa (negotiable based on RVI office locations), with a minimum expectation of 30% travel.

Employment type:  Full-time, one-year contract, renewable subject to funding

Start date: As soon as possible.

Salary:    Circa $50,000 USD commensurate with skills and experience.

Benefits:   28 days annual paid, health insurance, pension, and travel allowances

How to apply:

Please apply online here:

Download the full recruitment pack which includes a detailed job description below.

 Applications must include the following:

  • A full CV (no more than three pages)
  • A cover letter supporting your application outlining your motivation, experience, and knowledge relevant for the position (no more than two pages)
  • The name, email address and telephone numbers of two professional referees
  • Candidates must have Kenyan resident status or the right to work in Kenya.

Only applications from candidates who fulfil all the above criteria will be considered for the position.  You will only be contacted if you are invited for interview.

Application closing date:  Friday, 12 December 2022.  However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and qualified applicants may be invited for interviews before the deadline.  We encourage interested applicants to apply early.

For further information please download the full recruitment pack which includes a detailed job description below. You can find the download link at the bottom of this page. For further information see or write to Amleset Tewodros, Head of Organisational Development at