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 Training: XLS forms and KoBo Toolbox- Online via Zoom – Hargeisa, Somaliland

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 Training: XLS forms and KoBo Toolbox- Online via Zoom


QARAN Research and Training Center is established to offer the best research and training service and aspires to be a leading institution in manpower empowerment through continuous quality capacity development trainings.


To deliver capacity building programs for the labor force with the aim of maximizing their chances of achieving their career aspirations.


The Qaran Research and Training Center   is a professional institution created to support research and quality practical trainings that improve the employability of the workforce in Somaliland and other resource-limited settings across the greater of Horn of Africa. We achieve this through designing and implementing innovative and well-informed trainings; ranging from M and E, Project management, HR and logistics and Research processes. We aspire to reduce high unemployment in the region through high quality mentoring, rigorous interventions and strong collaborations.

Currently, we are offering professional short courses which are great eye-opened opportunity for wide range of audience including NGO staff, government officials and unemployed persons and fresh graduates   willing to advance their sought-after skills or looking decent and deserved jobs. As part of this programme, our Training on Mobile Data Collection: Kobo toolboxwhich is first of its kind in Somaliland-were scheduled to kick off in the first week of May  in 2021.Around 462  trainees have already benefited from our previous various trainings both in class and online classes (about of these 20% females). Some of these former trainees have landed decent jobs at INGOs due to knowledge and skills gained from our trainings. Please see below the complete training outlines.


KoBoToolbox is a suite of tools for field data collection for use in challenging environments. The software is free and open source. It allows data collection using Android enabled mobile devices and data submission to an online server. This training will equip the participants with skills to develop, implement and manage mobile data collection platform using Kobo Toolbox


The course facilitator   has around 9  consecutive years of Monitoring and Evaluation, Data analysis and Research experience at different organizations including Save the Children International, World Vision International, Health Poverty Action (formerly known as Health Unlimited) and Caritas Switzerland and Luxemburg among others. His primary area of focus revolves around: development and implementation of the project Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) systems; taking the  lead on the compilation and analysis of program data and learning; designing and conducting research; Setting-up and implementing accountability mechanism. In addition to his hands-on experience on this field, he is the only known well-versed practitioner in Somali speaking countries pursuing his final dissertation on Master’s Degree Programme in Monitoring and Evaluation at Mount Kenya University. He also did his Bachelor of degree in Statistics and Mathematics with distinction at University of Hargeisa.


This course primarily targets at MEAL managers and E officers and MEAL Assistants with limited mobile data collection skills. In addition, another target group of this training are researchers and project staff with good exposure to data and development practitioners who are involved in field data collection activities.


This is a 5-day-long training with 3 hours of 50% theory and 50% practical sessions for each day with following details: Course registration deadline is on 16th of October 2021. We have also flexible and self-paced classes for the online trainees with recorded course lectures and live sessions through zoom that last for one full month.


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be issued with a participatory and completion certificate.


The training will enable participants to:

  • Create survey forms using Build or XLSForms
  • Set up Form Builder, Kobo Collect and KoboToolbox
  • Upload forms to KoboToolbox server
  • Load forms into Kobo Collect on an Android device
  • Use Kobo Collect to fill out forms with field participants
  • Upload survey data from Kobo Collect to KoboToolbox server
  • Analyze and export data to excel for customized analysis 


 Module one:  Introduction to Mobile Data Collection

  • Intro to  merits mobile data collection system
  • The most common data collection platforms: KoBO toolbox collect and ODK
  • demystifying question type styles  forming a questionnaire

Module two:  Introduction to Kobo Toolbox and Set up

  • Components of KoboToolbox
  • Kobo Form builder
  • KoboToolbox server
  • KoBoCollect Installation from google play to your device
  • Manual installation of KoBoCollect
  • KoBoCollect Menus and Settings
  • Designing forms online using Formbuilder
  • Uploading forms to KoboToolBox  Server

Module three: Designing and Creating form using XLS form

  • Introduction to XLSForm
  • Components of XLSForm
  • Question types
  • Form Logic, styling, language
  • Form operators and functions
  • Constraints, Skips, repeats,appearance and Required
  • Form validation criteria
  • Uploading form to KoboToolBox  Server

 Module four: Using Kobo Collect for field data collection and Data Management

  • Filling forms in KoBoCollect
  • Managing forms in KoBoCollect
  • Collecting different types of data
  • Submitting data to KoboToolBox  Server
  • Downloading data in XLS
  • Formatting data for further analysis using statistical applications

  Module five: Visualizing Geographic Data

  • Exporting GPS Coordinates to Google maps 
  • Understanding basic analysis done by kobo tool box
  • Analyze and export data to excel for customized analysis 


  1. We have also flexible and self-paced classes for the online trainees with recorded course lecture and live session through Zoom/ teams
  2. We charge 45 dollars covering (facilitator fee, course completion certificate and training materials-presentations and rich reading materials with linked videos) to the participants who attend in class trainings.
  3. For the online trainees, they just need to pay 45 dollars and get course completion certificate and training materials-presentations and rich reading materials with recorded video lecture in Somalia by our facilitators together with regular mentoring and coaching for minimum of 30 days including free job application guidance.
  4. The offline will be held in Hargeisa Training Hall(North of Hayat Diagnostic Center) while the online classes will be open to all interested participants who have internet access in the greater Horn of Africa (Somalia, Somaliland, Kenya and Ethiopia among other countries).
  5. Discounts: A group of at least three persons registering at time will have a discount (35 US). This same discount is   also offered to an individual making an early registration(9th October)
  6. Duration and Deadlines: the deadline is on   16th October 2021 and course training
  7. The online classes will take one month starting from 17th August and trainees will access to recorded video lectures, assignments including data sets and live sessions through zoom.
  8. Payment modes: deposit at ZAAD/Edahab: 0633499969 or Dahabshil account Hargeisa 32342 before respective courses deadlines.
  9. In case you need further details about this course or any other information kindly feel free to reach us at +252633499969 or WhatsApp texts.
  10. Registration: Click this link to register: https://ee.kobotoolbox.org/x/gLlDKeTy

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