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Multiple Use Water Systems Project

Position: Field Officers (30)

Deadline to Apply: December 24th, 2013

Start Date: January 13th 2014

Location: Ndaragwa- Nyahururu

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.

About the MUWS project: In collaboration with a number of academicians in North America, and with a Dairy Cooperative, Innovations for Poverty Action has been undertaking a research project on water access, agricultural profitability and productivity in Nyandarua and Laikipia districts.

IPA is working on a water project with a dual use nature, i.e. that it will support water both for agricultural (irrigation for crops, drinking water for livestock) as well as domestic purposes.

The project has been running for the last close to 4 years.

At the moment IPA wants to undertake several follow up surveys on farmers recruited under Phase I and Phase II respectively and wish to recruit qualified persons to complete these tasks.

We are seeking Field Officers (FO) to help on conducting in person interviews with households in the catchment areas covered by Nyala dairy which include Ndaragwa, Shamata, Nogoka, Gwakungu, Kariguini etc., help refine and test survey instruments both for flow and appropriateness of the language use and ability to capture relevant data, organizing and translating survey instruments to different languages local languages.

The Field Officers will be based in Ndaragwa and will require travel in the region .He/she will work closely with fellow Field Officers, Project Manager (PM) and Project Coordinator (PC). The FO will spend approximately 90% of his/her time in the field and 10% of his/her time in the office

Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prompt arrival to work
  • Completion of scheduled activities each day in a timely manner
  • Interact with community members and partner organization staff with the highest level of integrity and understanding
  • On non-field days, conscientious performance of office work for instance translations, per training/learning
  • Assist in daily survey organization and storage
  • Ensure data integrity is maintained at all times and minimize errors in data collection and transport
  • Administer household surveys
  • Visit households
  • Networking with the different components of the project and reporting appropriately


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Kiswahili. Knowledge of local languages (Kikuyu and Kalenjin added advantage)
  • Experience with data collection through household surveys, academic tests, exit interviews, focus groups or observations
  • Ability to recognize when questions are difficult or unclear to subjects
  • Excellent note taking ability during interviews
  • Willingness to travel within the region we are working in
  • Comfortable with interviewing individuals within their homes
  • Basic computer knowledge and skills (mandatory)
  • Ability to comfortably work with groups and within groups

  • Bachelors’ degree or college diploma in social sciences, health and /or business administration- these must be genuine - reserve the right to countercheck
  • Past experience in data collection – show proof of this in application
  • Experience with pilot studies, especially related to improving data collection tools
  • If worked with the project in the past added advantage but no guarantee of being selected - please indicate clearly on application

To apply:

 Please send a cover letter and detailed CV, 2 references, daytime working 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 and languages spoken fluently

Applications can only be sent by email to

Please ensure that the subject line reads: “FIELD OFFICER”REF NO: MUWS -2013-12-1.

Any evidence of canvassing would lead to direct disqualification.

Disclaimer: 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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