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Cleophas Okundi
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About Cleophas Okundi:

I'm a highly motivated and passionate social research professional with practical hands-on qualitative and quantitative data collection and team management skills with an overall field administration approach that delivers on the best research insights. I have a strong ability to effectively execute qualitative and quantitative data collection and supervision on a wide range of research studies/projects. I have an intrinsic ability to learn new things and take up new challenges with the ability to analyze information, digest facts/figures and quickly grasp complex issues during interviews, and troubleshoot questions to get the best responses from participants. . I have proven ability to manage data collection teams and complete projects to the highest standards with meticulous attention to detail and within agreed deadlines.

Experience

POPULATION SERVICE KENYA

STUDY: HIV, MALARIA & TB SBCC ASSESMENT STUDY

DURATION: FEBRUARY 2014- JUNE 2022

ROLE: FIELD SUPERVISOR/QUALITATIVE MODERATOR

  • Supervised a team of 10 research assistants during HIV/Malaria and TB social behavior change communication assessment study in Siaya Kisumu, Homabay, and Bungoma counties
  • Supervised a team of 10 research assistants for Project Dessip: A study that evaluated the intake of Reproductive Health Services amongst women of reproductive age in Migori, Homabay, and Kisumu Counties
  • Supervised  a team of 5 research assistants during a Cancer awareness study in Kajiado Narok and Kisii Counties
  • Moderated Key Informant interviews among Public and private health stakeholders within Siaya Kisumu, Homabay, and Bungoma Counties
  •  Participated in daily data review of completed interviews during the study period to ensure data authenticity.
  • Scheduled field visits and coordinated team security and safety in collaboration with local administrators in the study areas.
  • Prepared daily and weekly update report to inform study progress and field challenges.
  • Ensured safety and confidentiality of study materials during the study period.

 

AMREF HEALTH AFRICA

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

DURATION: 23rd July 2021-10TH SEPT 2021

  • Moderated 7 Focus group discussions with the project beneficiaries (Persons living with HIV) and program partners to understand the challenges and gaps facing the implementation of HIV interventions in the informal settlements of Kibera, Viwandani, and Korogocho parts of  Nairobi.
  • Facilitated mobilization and scheduling of interviews with survey participants including ART Adherence counselors, Mobilizers, and HIV support groups.
  • Facilitated consenting of survey participants before interviews.
  • Involved in the Study tool translation from English to Kiswahili and Dholuo languages.
  • Participated in the transcription of recorded interview audios into word transcripts and gridding for purposes of data analysis.

 

RESEARCH TRENDS INTERNATIONAL (RTI)

QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

DURATION: 4TH MAY 2021- 28TH MAY 2021

  • Participated in quantitative data collection for Feed the future evaluation study commissioned by USAID and World Bank, a study that supported modern agri-business ventures within Kisumu, Migori, Homabay, Kakamega, Busia, Taita Taveta, and Makueni Counties.
  • Prepared weekly reports to inform challenges and data collection progress.
  • Ensuring submission of quality data. 
  • Taking care of data collection equipment and Study materials

 

 

PATH KENYA

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

STUDY: IMMUNIZATION GAPS IN KENYA

DURATION: 2ND FEB 2021- 26TH 11TH MARCH 2021

  • Worked as a qualitative moderator on a study for an Evaluation of Quality of Child Immunization Services and Missed Opportunities for Vaccination amongst Key Populations within Nairobi Kisumu and Kakamega Counties; a study that was commissioned by GAVI and the County Government of Nairobi and involved focus group discussions with health workers and Clients in both public and private health facilities to inform how best to improve immunization policies in the two respective counties.
  • Participated in the recruitment of study participants as per the study protocol and scheduling KIIs and FGDs.
  • Participated in the transcription of recorded voices into quality notes and word documents before being used during data analysis. 
  • Participated in preparing summary reports during fieldwork progress.

 

 

 

 

MANTARAY RESEARCH PLC

BASELINE EVALUATION OF THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE GENERAL POPULATION IN KENYA

ROLE: RESEARCH FIELD SUPERVISOR

DURATION: 12TH SEPTEMBER 2020 -5TH NOVEMBER 2020

  • Successfully supported quantitative data collection process during the Covid-19 baseline evaluation on the economic impact of Coronavirus on the general population in three major Cities in Kenya namely Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu.
  • Successfully participated in qualitative data collection among emergency response stakeholders. 
  •  Managed and coordinated data collection teams to ensure smooth logistical and quality support during the data collection process.
  • Conducted data reviews and aggregation from collected data before analysis.
  • Acted as the contact point between the field teams and the local administration to facilitate field teams with adequate security and authorization before and during the data collection period.
  • Participated in writing of periodic reports to inform the research findings.

 

 

CORAT AFRICA
QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

STUDY: HEALTH WORKER CAPACITY BUILDING STUDY

 DURATION: 12TH MAY 2020- 27TH JUNE 2020

  • Successfully participated in data collection for a baseline survey for capacity building for faith-based health institutions to prepare health workers in delivering timely and quality health services to the community.
  • Participated in data review during fieldwork to ensure data authenticity
  • Prepared field reports for specific health facilities visited in Marsabit, Elgeyo Marakwet, and Lodwar to facilitate feedback
  • Liaison with local administration on matters of security and safety of research assistants.
  • Preparing and executing work plan for purposes of time management and effective management of project resources including logistics.

 

OXFORD POLICY MANAGEMENT (OPM)

PERIOD: 24th FEBRUARY 2020 – 11th APRIL 2020

STUDY: DISCOVERY LEARNING MIDTERM EVALUATION

ROLE: RESEARCH ASSISTANT

  • Successfully participated in Qualitative and Quantitative data collection among primary school pupils for the mid-term evaluation of the Discovery Learning Assessment project; EGRA and EGMA programs in selected primary schools in Nairobi, Machakos, Wajiir, and Kajiado counties.
  • Successfully able to conduct early reading (literacy) and (Numeracy) Math assessments amongst cohort girls and boys in grades 5&6 in selected schools.
  • Successfully collected data and submitted daily evaluation reports for conducted interviews to the field coordination teams.
  • Ensuring safety and integrity of data and data collection materials as per the study protocols.
  • Shared daily data collection challenges with the supervisors and coordinators for purposes of debriefs and action.     

 

INFINITE INSIGHTS RESEARCH

PERIOD: 2019 SEPTEMBER- DECEMBER 2019

ROLE: QUALITATIVE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

  • Worked as a qualitative moderator for an awareness study for men at risk of HIV infection, a study that informed barriers to uptake of HTC/ HTS by men from regions most affected by HIV infections including Turkana, Kilifi, Homabay, Busia, and Turkana Counties.
  • Moderated 8 focus group discussions of 10 participants each with teenagers and youths living with HIV in Kilifi, Turkana, Homabay, and Busia Counties.
  • Participated in screening and consenting of study participants.
  • Participated in the transcription of audio voices into word documents.

 

PERIOD: JUNE 2019- JULY 2019

  • Participated in Moderation of 6 FGDS with Youths and Stakeholders in the Communication industry to understand the Challenges of Media and Communication and Cyber Security on behalf of DW International News Agency.
  • Participated in Transcription of Audio voices into a word document for purposes of data analysis.
  • Participated in Data gridding for transcripts before data analysis. 

 

 

 

STAN CONSULTING GROUP (SCG)

PERIOD: 2016 &2017

RESEARCH FIELD SUPERVISOR

  • Successfully participated in the Supervision of 10 data collection teams during an employee satisfaction survey for Kenyatta National Hospital.
  • Successfully participated in the Supervision of 10 research assistants during the Workplace safety preparedness Assessment for KENGEN at Olkaria-Naivasha, Sondu Miriu-Kisumu, and Turkwel-Turkana.
  • Conducted Key informant interviews with senior Management Staff at KENGEN sub stations to inform the challenges of implementing the organization's workplace safety policies.

 

IPSOS RESEARCH LTD

PERIOD: 20TH NOVEMBER 2018- 24TH DECEMBER 2018

QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

  • Participated in quantitative data collection for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) study for Adolescent and Reproductive Health Education to understand the causes of teenage pregnancies in Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River Wajir, Garissa, and Homabay counties of Kenya.
  • Moderated FGDS and KIIs with stakeholders in the Education, Local administrators, Parents, and Religious leaders for Sexual and Reproduction Health Education.
  • Participated in transcribing audio voices into word documents.
  • Participated in writing a topline report for the above study.

 

KANTAR GROUP

QUALITATIVE RESEARCH ASSISTANT

DURATION: 22 N FEBRUARY 2022-30TH APRIL 2022

  • Worked as a qualitative moderator where I conducted 4 FGDs with respondents drawn from Special groups of Youth (Homophiles and Lesbians) Within the Coastal region of Mombasa County.
  •  Managed and scheduled interviews with survey participants during the study period
  • Participated in preparing summary reports to inform fieldwork progress
  • Participated in the transcription of recorded voices into quality notes and word documents for purposes of data analysis
  • Support in ensuring that questionnaires/data collection forms have been thoroughly checked and completed.
  •  Conducting data reviews to identify problems and provide useful feedback from data collection activities.

 

KANTAR GROUP/MILLWARD BROWN

PERIOD: APRIL 2014 –JULY 2018

ROLE: FIELD SUPERVISOR/MODERATOR

 

  • Participated in the supervision of data collection teams for various social and market research projects including Household surveys, retail audits, Central location tests, and FGDS.
  • Participated in Moderation of FGDs and KIIs for various projects commissioned by various clients in the Retail and Health Sector.
  • Prepared field plans/itineraries for data collection during field projects
  • Conducted data quality checks including Accompaniments and callbacks to ensure data authenticity and quality.
  • Prepared field reports during and after completion of projects including efficient and accountable field expenditure reports/reconciliations.

 

 

Education

  • The University of Nairobi-BSc in Psychology & Counselling-2015-2018
  • Kenya Institute of Management-2009; Diploma in Business Administration
  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education-1996

 

AFFILIATIONS

  • Marketing and Social Research Association of Kenya; Field Supervision Certification Course 2014- Continuing membership and training.
  • Research Ethics Certification 2022
  • Johnsons and Johnson’s human research ethics certification. 2022

 

 

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