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Field Officer Job in Kenya

Position: Field Officer
Deadline to Apply:June 3, 2012
Start Date: Mid-June 2012
Location: Nairobi and Central Province
Eligibility: Position open to local Kenyan hires only
About Innovations for Poverty Action: 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a non-profit research organization that creates and evaluates approaches to solving development problems. 

IPA disseminates the results of its evaluations to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors around the world.
Field Officers will work with IPA to assess data collection tools for clarity and usefulness. 

To accomplish this, Field Officers will work with the Project Associate to test surveys in non-study areas. 

Field Officers will also work with the Project Associate to conduct focus groups in order to further refine these surveys and data collection tools. 

Field Officers will then work with the Project Associate to refine and improve these data collection tools.
Field Officers will be based in Nairobi or Central Province and will be required to travel within and between these regions. 

Overnight trips are possible. Field Officers will work closely with one another and will be accompanied by the Project Associate for the purpose of piloting work and focus groups. 

FOs will spend approximately 90% of their time in the field and 10% of their time in the Nairobi office.

Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be at work on time and do not miss days
  • Work in non-study areas to test surveys for clarity among respondents
  • Take careful notes in order to improve data collection tools
  • Work with the Project Associate to implement improvements to data collection tools and methods
Data Collection
  • Pilot questionnaires in outdoor settings and within households
  • Facilitate focus groups in order to refine data collection tools and gather community opinions
  • Take clear and careful notes during focus groups to record relevant information
  • Must be comfortable surveying individuals and must treat them with the upmost respect
  • Exceptional skills in English and Kiswahili, both written and spoken
  • Experience collecting data from individuals in crowded settings and within households
  • Experience testing data collection tools to improve their clarity and usefulness
  • Ability to take careful notes while simultaneously conducting questionnaires
  • Willingness to travel within Nairobi and Central Provence
  • Bachelors’ degree or college diploma/certificate
  • Experience with providing feedback to improve and refine data collection tools
To Apply: 

Please send a cover letter and detailed CV, 3 references, daytime phone number(s), and email address. 

Your CV should include your scores or grades and other measures of academic achievement, and details about any relevant work experience. 

Applications can be submitted to any of our branch offices, or by email to , or by post office using P.O Box 373, Busia area code 50400 Kenya. 

If you submit by email, please ensure that the subject line reads: “FIELD OFFICER”REF NO: HP-2012-05-01. 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by email for an interview. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the (Field Officer). 

The statements are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all possible duties, tasks, and responsibilities. 

Management reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet organizational needs as necessary. 

Please note that IPA will never request any form of payment from an applicant. 

Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. 

Please direct questions to

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