Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems. In close partnership with decision makers – the policymakers, practitioners, investors, and donors working with the poor around the world – IPA designs and evaluates potential solutions to poverty problems
Field Officers – 35 Positions
About the Position:
The Field Officer, under the general supervision of the Field Manager and within the limits of Innovations for Poverty Action-Kenya policies and procedures, is responsible for collection of high-quality data. Below are of some of the general duties and responsibilities of the Field Officer, to be carried out as needed according to the determination of the Field Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Assist in data collection preparation work, including translations, pretesting, and piloting.
- Diligent completion of checklists and other means of monitoring data.
- Ensure proper use and maintenance of the assigned project equipment (tablets, weighing machines, field gear, DBS equipment etc.)
- Actively participate in staff in-office trainings as well as project discussions and making efforts to improve one’s capacity
- Accounting of field allowances in an honest and accurate manner
- Accurate survey administration with strict adherence to the ethical survey administration guidelines and project specific procedures
- Respondent tracking
- Any other duties assigned by the supervisor.
Dried blood Spot specific Duties
- Collect, dry and store dried blood spots samples.
- Barcoding, and package samples in preparation for shipment to KEMRI Nairobi
- Assist with set-up / maintenance of lab space and respect the shared lab space in KEMRI Alupe
and KEMRI Nairobi
- Keep track of supplies and prompting the supervisors on those that need to be replenished
- Keep daily logs of samples received, processed and results from assays
- Regularly assist with preparations of supplies for field teams (e.g., packing and cleaning field
coolers and field supplies)
- Ensure proper storage and handling of laboratory equipment
- Clearly and regularly communicate issues to the Research Associate and Associate Research
- Observe laboratory biosafety procedures during waste disposal
Qualifications and Experience:
- University degree or college diploma in Social Sciences or related fields from a recognized institution of higher learning.
- Minimum 1 year of experience in household data collection.
- Excellent oral and written communication in both English and Kiswahili or Luhya.
- Experience in both qualitative and quantitative data collection
- Prior experience in phone call data collection and survey administration, preferably using CAI (SurveyCTO)
- Ability to work and interview individuals from all walks of life including rural villages and informal
settlements (slums) while maintaining professionalism.
- Well organized, flexible, detail-oriented, excellent listening skills.
- Strong ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Basic computing knowledge and skills is an added advantage
- Honest, diligent, and self-driven individual
- Comfortable with interviewing individuals within their homes or even their workplaces
- Ability to work in rough terrain and harsh weather conditions in the field
Method of Application
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