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    MERQ (Monitoring Evaluation, Research and Quality Improvement Service) Consultancy PLC is a consulting firm providing professional services in the areas of public health, monitoring and evaluation, research, organizational capacity assessment, situational analysis, surveys, health informatics, database design, data analysis and interpretation, development of guidelines, SOPs and manuals, and event organization. MERQ has a strong working relationship with government organizations, universities, and local and international non-governmental partners. More information about MERQ Consultancy PLC can be accessed at

    MERQ in collaboration with the Ethiopian Health Insurance Agency and through funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is currently working on a study with a title: “Evidence-Based Insurance Systems in Ethiopia” with the objectives of assessing willingness and ability to pay for community-based health insurance and assessing the impact of CBHI membership on health service utilization and other related outcomes. The study will be conducted in a nationally representative sample of randomly selected woredas/sub cities in the nine Regional States and two City Administrations of Ethiopia, namely: Tigray, Afar, Amhara, Oromiya, Somali, Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples, Benishangul Gumuz, Gambella, Harari, Dire Dawa, and Addis Ababa. Data collection activities will include household consumption assessment, health service utilization assessment, market survey, health facility assessments, and focus group discussions. Training of data collection teams and actual data collection fieldwork is scheduled to be conducted from February to March 2020.

    MERQ is currently seeking to hire experienced and motivated Data Collectors on contractual basis. Interested applicants who fulfill the criteria can apply based on responsibilities and criteria described below.

    Major duties and responsibilities of data collectors:

    • Participate in data collection training and pretesting of data collection tools.
    • Understand the purpose of the data collection and internalize the data collection tools
    • Collect data using tablets/smart phones specifically designed for the data collection that will be provided by MERQ
    • Attend daily debriefs with supervisor to review and discuss potential improvements for field implementation
    • Safeguard the confidentiality of study participants, conducting each interview in a location where participants feel comfortable so they give candid responses
    • Take notes from overall observation during the interview and report to supervisor
    • Make necessary corrections based on feedback provided by supervisors
    • Submit data on a daily basis or immediately after completion as per standard procedures
    • Report challenges faced during data collection to the supervisor immediately and provide input for field report
    • Be responsible for electronic equipment provided for field work until they are returned to MERQ
    • Return data collection outputs and equipment upon completion of data collection fieldwork.


    Job Requirements:

    • Qualification:
      • Certificate, first degree, or above in Statistics, Economics, Sociology, Public health or other related field
    • Experience
      • Experience on data collection using electronic devices (Tablet computers and cellphones)
      • Proficiency in local languages
      • Work experience in pastoralist areas is appreciated.
      • Excellent communication and team work skills
      • Willing to travel to sites assigned by MERQ


    Total Required Number: 165 

    Employment Start Date:        

    •  03 February (Tentative

     Contract Duration:                 

    • An average of 45 days

     Payment and remunerations

    • As per the organization’s scale


    Application procedure:

    Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their application  using the form attached herewith along with their recent CV via Email to with CC to Applicants who would like to submit their applications in person can also drop their applications to MERQ Consultancy PLC office #2 (Data Center) located at Getter building (around 400m past Ras Desta Hospital on the way from Piaza to Enkulal Fabrica) Applications will not be returned and will not be retained for future recruitment efforts.



    • Please make sure you mention the position title in the subject line of your email application.

    Preferred subject “Application for CBHI study data collector position: your name”

    • Applications without the attached application form might not be categorized and could be disqualified.
    • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
    • MERQ Consultancy PLC is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender equity. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

     DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS January 20, 2020/ 5:00 PM

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