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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Benefits Project 

Position: Behaviour Change Communications Program 

(Field Assistant level-Mutiple positions) 

Deadline to Apply: June 12 (applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis and positions may be filled prior to the application deadline) 

Start Date: June 2013 

Location: Kakamega and Bungoma

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a U.S. non-profit organization dedicated to creating, evaluating, and replicating innovative solutions to poverty and policy problems worldwide. 

IPA’s WASH Benefits project aims to evaluate the impacts of water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition interventions, in combination and separately, in Bungoma and Kakamega counties. 

IPA’s WASH Benefits Project seeks Behaviour Change Communications Program Field Staff who will lead community meetings and Supervise promoters. . 

The main duty/duties for the Behaviour change Program field staff will be to Lead Community meetings where IPA and the promoters will be introduced to the Community and study particiants, supervise the promoters as they motivate behavior change in the study compounds and villages where WASH Benefits is working. 

The Field staff will be based in the either Kakamega or Bungoma, and the position will require travel in Western region. 

Responsibilities: 

The Behaviour Change Communications Field Staff will work closely with managers and other field staff to perform a variety of tasks including, but not limited to the following:
  • Work with one other field staff to lead community meetings to introduce IPA and a promoter to the community and study respondents.
  • Supervise promoters as they deliver lessons to study to study participants
  • Effectively communicate to the community about randomization and respondent selection criteria
  • Share challenges and discuss solutions with relevant supervisors
  • Incorporate and implement feedback from managers in a timely manner
  • Assist with preparation for promoter supervision and/or community meetings, including developing materials, translating English materials to Swahili, and compiling materials to be used during promoter supervision and community meetings.
Qualifications and Experience: Required
  • Diploma or degree in communications, social sciences, community health and development, or other related field
  • One year previous experience leading community trainings and promoter supervision.
  • Knowledge of behavior change communication
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to simplify information and communicate it to a diverse audience
  • Demonstrated positive attitude and commitment to work
  • Well organized, detail-oriented 
  • Strong oral and communications skills in both English and Kiswahili.
Desired: 
  • Experience working with community health promoters 
  • Previous experience leading community meetings
  • Out-going, engaging, energetic and patient personality 
  • Previous experience related to water, sanitation, hygiene and/or nutrition 
  • Ability to communicate in Luhya
If you are interested, please follow the instructions below:

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 our Busia or Kakamega/Bungoma branch offices, or by email to jobs-kenya@poverty-action.org , 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: “Behaviour Change Communications Field Assistant” REF NO: WASH B -2013.05.01.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Field Assistant.

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 jobs-kenya@poverty-action.org.

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