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Position: Field Officer - MAICE Project (2 Positions)
 
Deadline to Apply:Rolling Basis
 
Start Date: ASAP
 
Location: Meru
 
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: Chronic exposure to aflatoxin, a fungal byproduct commonly found in maize, has been linked to liver cancer and suppressed immune system function. 

Non-experimental evidence suggests exposure to the toxin could also negatively impact children’s development.

In Kenya, where maize is a staple in the diet, estimates of aflatoxin contamination vary by site and year, with various studies showing between 16% and 65% of maize exceeds the allowable limit. 

MAICE is a randomized controlled trial being undertaken by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to better understand the effect of aflatoxin consumption on stunting in children. 

Currently in the Endline, IPA seeks qualified applicants for the position of Field Officers - Implementation for the MAICE Project to support an implementation partner in continued implementation and monitoring of an intervention to reduce aflatoxin exposure among households assigned to the treatment group, and result dissemination in the study villages. 

The project is based in Meru and Tharaka-Nithi Counties, Kenya.
 
Responsibilities:
 
The implementation Field Officer (FOs) will work closely with the data collection team’s management to perform a variety of tasks but not limited to:
  • Identifying and confirming eligible study respondents;
  • Get informed consent from study participants;
  • Collecting data and samples from respondents with strict adherence to the SOP;
  • Ensure proper storage and handling of field equipment such as rapid test kits, tablets, GPS machines etc.;
  • Serve as team leader: Communicating with local administration (village elders), stockists, mobilizing guides, filling data forms and uploading data onto the server;
  • Assist in monitoring and maintenance of various study inventory;
  • Any other duties assigned by the Field Manager/Associate field manager.
Qualifications:
  • University degree in social sciences, agriculture, economics, community development or its equivalent.
  • Minimum 2 years’ field experience in community research and development programs.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills in both English and Kiswahili.
  • Experience conducting quantitative data collection, including experience in conducting surveys. Use of CAI and SurveyCTO desirable.
  • Well organized, flexible, detail-oriented, excellent listening skills, and willing to spend up to 80% of time in the field.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Job Title: Policy Associate for IPA Kenya
 
Reports to: Deputy Country Director, IPA Kenya
 
Location: Nairobi, Kenya
 
Deadline to apply:31st July 2016 (applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis).
 
Desired start date: As soon as possible
 
Length of Commitment: 2 years’ commitment is required for this position
 
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.
 
Job Purpose: Contribute significantly to the design and execution of IPA Kenya's policy outreach work.

Responsibilities:
  • Engagement and advocacy: In coordination with the Country Management team, meeting with and building relationships with key partners in the national and county governments, non-profit organizations, foundations, multilateral aid agencies, and the private sector across Kenya. Work with the Country Office Management and the Projects Management team to perform stakeholders’ mappings and build project and Country Office policy development plans. Represent IPA-Kenya in working groups with government and other partners.
  • Policy outreach and events: Work with Project management staff to identify dissemination needs and, with the support of the operations team, lead and coordinate the organization of policy dissemination events and other conferences. Give presentations on IPA Kenya's work, disseminate research findings to policymakers and the media, and encourage the scale-up of evidence-based policies.
  • Research relationships: Build and maintain strong relationships with researchers working on randomized evaluations in Kenya. Serve as a resource for IPA-Kenya affiliates interested in conducting randomized evaluations. Maintain strong and effective relationships between IPAKenya and IPA Global and other regional offices, especially in Africa, to ensure that IPA-Kenya uses and contributes to the research generated by IPA international network.
  • Communications: Work with IPA’s Global Policy & Communications team to create policy memos and publications that 'translate' IPA’s research into policy lessons for dissemination to policy makers around the world. Coordinate communication within the Country Office and with external stakeholders through the regular publication of the IPA Kenya newsletter and other relevant materials.
  • Organizational: Help recruit, supervise, and mentor junior staff, and support IPA Kenya's policy capacity building courses and resources.
Qualifications:
  • Education: Bachelor's degree in public policy, political science, economics communications, or a closely related field. A good understanding of rigorous evaluations and/or economics is required. Strong interest in Kenya’s domestic policy, preferably in the education sector, as demonstrated by coursework and/or professional experience is strongly preferred.
  • Experience: At least two years of relevant experience in a research or policy organization. The ideal candidate for this position will be very knowledgeable about domestic public policy issues in Kenya. Interest in international development issues is required to better understand the work of other IPA centers worldwide.
  • Communication: Attention to detail and advanced writing and presentation skills for communicating policy lessons from academic papers in ways that policymakers understand. This requires clear, precise, non-technical writing, and confident, effective public speaking skills.
  • Time Management: Proven ability to multitask and successfully complete projects on tight deadlines with little supervision. A willingness to work hard, be self-motivated, and learn will be essential for doing well in this position.
  • Ability to manage projects independently while constructively working within a team.
  • Willingness to travel mostly within Kenya, but sporadically also internationally.

Position: Field Officer - M-Shwari Project (Several Positions)
 
Deadline to Apply:Rolling Basis
 
Start Date: ASAP
 
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 M-Shwari study aims to rigorously measure the effect of the M-Shwari loan on borrowers in Kenya. The data collected for this project will be via phone surveys, and the surveys will be standard household surveys, on observable characteristics.

There will be only one round of surveys, carried out for 4000 respondents all over Kenya. This project will be based at the Nairobi office.
 
The project is hiring Field Officers to assist in data collection of household surveys. The Field Officer will work closely with fellow Field Officers, and with the management team.
 
Work Duration: Successful applicants will initially be hired for one month. Those who demonstrate consistent exceptional abilities and performance may be considered for a longer term placement with the same project.

Responsibilities:
  • Arrive at work on time;
  • Complete scheduled activities each day in a timely manner;
  • Demonstrate integrity and understanding during interaction with respondents and partner organization staff;
  • On some 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;
  • Provide the SFO/FM with daily feedback regarding surveying activities.
Qualifications:
 
Required:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Kiswahili;
  • Fluency in other languages commonly spoken in Kenya;
  • Experience with data collection through household surveys and phone surveys;
  • Ability to recognize when questions are difficult or unclear to subjects;
  • Excellent note taking ability during interviews;
  • Basic computer knowledge and skills (mandatory);
  • Ability to comfortably work with groups and within groups.
Desired:
  • Bachelors’ degree or college diploma in social sciences and education;
  • Past experience in data collection – show proof of this in application;
  • Experience in data collection using Open Data Kit (ODK) / SurveyCTO.

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

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