Programme Quality Assurance Internship Opportunities in Turkana County, Kenya

Mary’s Meals

Position Title: Programme Quality Assurance Intern

Mary’s Meals (MM) is a global movement supported by people from all walks of life and we are focused on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education. We continue to change the lives of over 2 million children who today will receive Mary’s Meals. We offer more than just a job; we offer the opportunity to support our global movement in a dynamic and inclusive environment with a real focus on personal development. Mary’s Meals Kenya (MMK) operates a Primary School and Early Childhood Development Centres Feeding programme in Kenya. Some of our core values are Confidence in the innate goodness of people, Respecting the dignity of every human being and family life, and good stewardship of resources entrusted to us.

In addition to these values, safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults is at the heart of how we work. We desire that all who are part of Mary’s Meals should embed our 3 values, Simplicity, Service, and Stewardship”.

Applications are invited from qualified and experienced candidates for the below post:

We are delighted to offer an exciting opportunity for a talented Intern to join our team in Lodwar, Turkana County, Kenya. Reporting to the Programme Quality Assurance Manager, the successful candidate will play a crucial role in reviewing and validating data provided by the Delivery team. S/he will ensure the accuracy, reliability, and verification of the data, while also addressing any existing gaps. In addition, the intern will be responsible for identifying data trends and issues within our esteemed school feeding programme. The role presents a unique chance to contribute to our mission and make a meaningful impact.

Key duties & responsibilities for the role include:

  • Support the implementation of the Programmes Quality Assurance strategies and systems for collecting, tracking, analysing, and reporting on key data within programmes in support of the Programme Quality Assurance Manager
  • Effectively implement field data assessment tools for data quality assurance for quality compliance checks, including documenting lessons learned, best practices, and training needs for the programme field teams.
  • Support the Programme Quality Assurance team in conducting desk reviews on all key programme data.
  • Conduct checks to ensure that School Feeding Officers are following data collection SOPs and processes.
  • Use CRM Salesforce to detect and flag anomalies in data quality through to the Data Quality Assurance Manager
  • Collaborate with Programme Operations and Procurement Office to ensure process compliance in Warehouse Operations.
  • Routinely liaise with Programme Delivery to support in cleaning and validation of all programme data reported by School Feeding Officers.
  • Liaise with the Programme Delivery team and the Programme Development team to identify key programme development issues and trends.


  • Represent Mary’s Meals externally as required, and appropriate, with communities, schools, and other stakeholders.
  • This role undertakes regulated work with children and is required to adhere to MM Safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Any other duty as assigned from time to time.

Essential Qualifications, skills, and experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree in either Statistics, Mathematics, Data Science, Business Analytics, or Monitoring & Evaluation.
  • A citizen of Kenya.
  • A recent Graduate having graduated no earlier than 2021 from a recognized University.
  • Advanced practical knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Excel.
  • Knowledge or ability to learn how to use CRM Salesforce for data analysis and reporting.
  • Strong communication skills and cultural sensitivity with an ability to work well with a wide range of people.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to focus on and prioritize key tasks and effectively drive forward and implement agreed actions
  • Well-developed, interpersonal skills, with the ability to network widely, persuade and influence others
  • Ability to work independently, under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Experience working with the R statistical programme will be an added advantage.
  • Ability to think critically, analyse complex information and supply practical and effective solutions.
  • Highly resilient, self-reliant, motivated, and highly attentive to detail.
  • Proactive, flexible and results-driven approach
  • Experience of monitoring and reporting against the agreed strategy
  • Experience with a flexible approach to managing and prioritizing a high workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines
  • Previous experience in a data management role is a plus
  • Strong commitment to Mary’s Meals vision, mission, and values

Desirable experience

  • Experience working with the R statistical programme will be an added advantage.
  • Experience of a flexible approach to managing and prioritizing a high workload and multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines
  • Previous experience in a data management role is a plus.

This is a fantastic role where you combine learning and daily work that has a real impact. If you are looking for more from your role and our mission, vision, and values resonate with you, then we would love to hear from you.

Applications stating the expected stipend and CV (including contacts for three referees) should be e-mailed to indicating the position title and applicant’s name in the subject line. All attached files should be saved under the applicant's name. The deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 26th September 2023 at 16:30 hours. Early application is encouraged as we will review applications on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Mary’s Meals never asks candidates to pay any money or pay for tests at any stage of the interview process.