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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Position: Field Officer - WED Project (Multiple positions)
Deadline to Apply:7th June, 2017
Start Date: ASAP
Location: Kakamega, Kitui, Kisii and Embu
Eligibility: Position open to Local Kenyan hires only

Duration: 1 month
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems. 

In close partnership with decision makers, the policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors working with the poor around the world. 

IPA designs and evaluates potential solutions to poverty problems using randomized evaluations, the most rigorous evaluation method available.

We also mobilize and support these decision makers to use these solutions to build better programs and policies at scale. 

About the project: The Women Entrepreneurship Development (WED) Project is an evaluation of International Labour Organization’s (ILO’s) Gender and Enterprise Together (GET Ahead) package of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Development and Economic Empowerment(WEDEE) Program. 

The GET Ahead element is a business management training suite with a strong gender component offered in over a dozen countries. 

IPA is coordinating an impact evaluation of this programme in Kenya, which aims to measure the causal impact of the training programme on profitability, growth and survival of female-owned businesses, to measure whether this impact is greater when coupled with complementary business support services; and to evaluate whether any gains in profitability come at the expense of other business owners. 

The evaluation is using a randomized control trial (RCT) methodology and endline data collection has been completed. 

The project would now like to do follow-up surveys in about 157 markets spread across 4 counties (Kisii, Kitui, Embu and Kakamega).
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Conducting surveys in WED evaluation sites in four Counties
  • Visiting and tracking of survey respondents to administer questionnaires
  • Data collection prep work, including translations, pretesting, and piloting
  • Assisting with community engagement, including meeting local leaders (e.g. chiefs), and presenting and answering questions on the WED project at barazas
  • Assisting with intervention training delivery, including prep and practice
  • Diligent completion of checklists and other means of monitoring data
  • Data entry tasks as assigned by the Project Management
  • Helping to have materials organized in readiness for field work and for data processing and organizing data collected from the field
  • Ensuring high data quality (low error rates)
  • Proper use and maintenance of project equipment (phones, GPS machines, headphones, etc.)
  • Prompt arrival at work and completion of scheduled activities each day
  • Successfully working in a team and avoiding/minimizing conflicts with the rest of the team members
  • Participating in staff trainings and making efforts to improve one’s capacity
  • On non-field days, conscientious performance of office work (respondent phone calls, translations, data entry, photocopying, organizing data, etc.)
  • Other tasks as assigned by Project Management
  • Positive, hard-work attitude, with the aim of individually and helping the team complete the work.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Kiswahili
  • Certificate/diploma/degree preferably in the social sciences, development studies, business studies, or any applicable course
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Well organized, detail-oriented, able to prioritize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously with minimal supervision
  • Computer literacy
  • Fluent in local languages of the areas of operation desired
  • Previous experience in data collection and survey administration using surveyCTO, ODK, or any other CAIs will be a plus.
How to Apply

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Position: Field Officer – UBI Project (Multiple Positions)
Reporting To: Field Manager
Start Date: ASAP
Location: Bomet
Duration: 2 Months

Deadline to Apply: 11th June, 2017
Eligibility: Position open to local Kenyan hires only
About Innovations for Poverty Action: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is an international non-profit research organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems. 

IPA works in partnership with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches potential solutions to poverty problems using randomized evaluations in the fields of health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture. 

We also mobilize and support these decision makers to use these solutions to build better programs and policies at scale.
About the Project: A universal basic income (UBI) is a recurring, unconditional cash transfer sized to meet basic needs and paid to all members of a society. 

Proponents argue that a UBI has the potential to eliminate extreme poverty and to counteract the harmful effects of rising inequality in wealthier countries.

The objective of the project is to test the hypothesis that a universal basic income is an effective way to eliminate extreme global poverty. 

This is a central policy question currently being debated in a number of emerging markets, both in developed and developing countries, and is also highly relevant for foreign aid policy. 

In addition to informing policy debates over the adoption of a UBI, our study design will also let us address two deeper conceptual questions about the design of social protection in the emerging markets. 

IPA is partnering with GiveDirectly which is already involved in delivering cash transfers as part of two large-scale randomized controlled trials – one on the general equilibrium effects of cash transfers, and one on the role of aspirations.
About the Position: Reporting to the Field Manager, the Field Officer will primarily be responsible for collection of high quality data. 

He/she will spend approximately 95% of his/her time in the field.
Duties and Responsibilities
  • Timely collection of quality data by conducting surveys, interviews and other scheduled activities and by rigorously following the study protocol with minimal supervision
  • Interacting with community members, respondents and project partners with the highest level of integrity and understanding
  • Ensure that data integrity is maintained at all times and minimize errors in data collection and transmission
  • Creating and sustaining a positive relationship with the study respondents.
  • Providing study management team with regular feedback on field activities.
  • On non-field day, performing office duties such as translation work, filing, phone interviews, making of phone calls to identified respondents to schedule visits, and other duties as assigned and directed by the supervisor.
Qualifications and Experience
  • College diploma or university degree in Social Sciences, Education, Economics, Statistics, Business or equivalent qualifications
  • Excellent Oral and written communication in English and Swahili.
  • Ability to handle and speak with people from diverse cultural back grounds
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of the team
  • Willingness to use any means of travel including walking, riding on bikes (Boda boda) and willing to travel to rural parts of Western Kenya.
  • Experience with data collection using both paper surveys and CAI.
  • Ability to be flexible and comfortable interviewing both illiterate and high cadre individuals while maintaining professionalism.
  • Basic computing knowledge and skills – Mandatory.
  • Past Experience in electronic data collection using Survey CTO, ODK or any other CAIs.
  • Knowledge and ability to communicate in local languages spoken in Bomet County.
How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online

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