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Field Assistant Job in Kenya

Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Nutrition (WASH) Benefits Project

Field Assistant (Multiple Positions)
Deadline To Apply:August 16th 2012
Start Date: Late August 2012

Location: Bungoma, or Kakamega with flexibility to travel to other locations especially in Western Region
Eligibility: Position open to local Kenyan hires only

IPA’s WASH Benefits Project is a five year study that evaluates the health benefits of sanitation, hygiene, household water treatment and nutrition, using a large-scale, randomized evaluation that is taking place in Western province. 

We are currently seeking Field Assistants (FAs) to focus on the different areas of WASH project activities including but not limited to: Collecting and organizing data, supporting the Behavior Change Program, intervention delivery, and biological specimen collection. 

The Field Assistant will be based in the Western region, and will require travel within the region. 

He/she will work closely fellow Field Assistants/Officers and with WASH Benefits management team, including Project Coordinators (PCs), Project Associates (PAs), and Project Managers. 

The FA will spend approximately 90% of his/her time in the field and 10% of his/her time in the office.

Tasks, Duties, And Responsibilities:
  • Completion of scheduled activities each day in a timely manner
  • Interact with community members with the highest level of integrity and understanding
  • On non-field days, conscientious performance of office work, for instance translations, peer training/learning
  • Assist in daily netbook maintenance and storage
  • Maintaining high standard of professional integrity in all activities
  • Help in mentoring fellow staff and community members who are directly linked to an activity
  • Successfully complete all tasks assigned by the WASH Benefits management team
Specific, depending on specialization
  • Ensure data integrity is maintained at all times and minimize errors in data collection
  • Survey and monitor communities’ water treatment, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition practices
  • Administer household questionnaires and collect anthropometry measurements
  • Biomarker specimen collection, transportation and safe delivery to processing centers
  • Further development and training of behavior change messaging content and supervision of project-community link persons
  • Networking with the different components of the project and reporting appropriately
  • Install, monitor and retrieve where necessary project items including data monitoring devices, hardwares and instructional materials
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Kiswahili
  • 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
  • Experience with position responsibilities listed above
  • Post-secondary diploma/certificate
  • Computer literacy
  • Fluent in Luhya
To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and detailed CV including daytime phone number, an email address, and 3 professional references. 

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 in person at any of our branch offices, or by email to, 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: “FIELD ASSISTANT” REF NO: WB-2012-08-01”. Shortlisted candidate 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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