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Field Assistant Job in Kenya

Demand for Sanitation in Kenyan Urban Slums (DSKUS)

Field Assistant

Deadline To Apply: 31st March 2014

Start Date: 1st May 2014

Location: Nairobi

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.

About the project:

The primary research objective is to evaluate the effect that connection subsidies and a hygiene awareness campaign have on demand for sanitation in the informal settlement of Kayole Soweto, Kenya.

Other barriers to connection take up, such as collective action issues in multi-household compounds and resident versus non-resident landlords will be studied. Results of this study will be used to inform pricing of subsidy schemes for sewer connections globally.

Combined with added knowledge about the effect of information and awareness campaigns, the goal of this study is to determine cost-effective policies to improve connectivity and usage of sewage systems in the developing world.

Work duration: Successful applicants will initially be hired for one month on a casual basis. Those who demonstrate consistent exceptional abilities and performance may be considered for a longer term placement with the same project.

Tasks, Duties, and Responsibilities:

  • Arrive at work on time
  • Complete scheduled activities each day in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate integrity and understanding during interaction with community members and partner organization staff
  • On non-field days, perform office duties with care (for instance translation work, which will be taught as needed)
  • Assist in daily survey organization and storage
  • Ensure data integrity is maintained at all times and minimize errors in data collection
  • Administer household surveys
  • Distribute vouchers
  • Provide the PM/APMs with daily feedback regarding surveying activities


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Kiswahili.
  • 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
  • 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 in data collection using Open Data Kit (ODK)
  • 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, 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 by email to If you submit by email, please ensure that the subject line reads: “Field Assistant” REF No: DSKUS-2014-03-02. 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 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

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