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Data Collection Coordinator Job in Western Kenya

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Benefits Project

Position: Data Collection Coordinator

Deadline to Apply: Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis, final deadline Feb 28th 2014

Start Date: April 1, 2014

Location: Western Kenya

Eligibility: This position is open to all applicants

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks a qualified applicant for the position of Data Collection Coordinator for the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Benefits Project.

Currently in the midst of a five-year study, WASH Benefits is collecting rigorous evidence on the health impacts of improved water, sanitation and hygiene practices, alongside improved nutrition in rural Kenya.

Low-cost technologies and behavior change communications strategies are being implemented to promote drinking water treatment, good sanitation practices, handwashing with soap and improved nutrition.

The position offers an opportunity to help design and manage several facets of data collection in an organization undertaking cutting-edge public health and development research.

This position is located in Western Kenya, and the principal investigators (PI) are Clair Null and Michael Kremer.


  • The Data Collection Coordinator will work closely with senior project management and staff to perform a variety of tasks across two offices (Kakamega and Bungoma) including, but not limited to:
  • Develop and supervise implementation of systems to ensure data collection of the highest quality, including; development/modification of data collection instruments (including piloting), standard operating procedures (SOP), process documentation, tracking systems, and monitoring of staff performance
  • Keep senior management (managers, directors and PIs) appraised of all key developments related to data collection activities, including provision of written reports
  • Directly supervise two Data Collection Project Associates and provide mentorship to all staff involved in data collection activities, including holding regular meetings and coordinating trainings (this will necessitate an average of one night per week spent in project-provided accommodation at the other office)
  • Coordinate and oversee logistical planning for data collection by tracking enrollment & follow-up targets, and working with supervisors to determine when corrective action is needed in order to ensure that data collection is consistent with approved SOPs and project objectives
  • Liaise with data management team to interpret analyzed data and revise protocols and instruments accordingly
  • Provide projections, and basic oversight of financial accounting related to data collection activities.
  • Participate HR oversight process and provide recommendations to senior management on all aspects of HR for the data collection team
  • Closely coordinate with Data Management and Lab personnel
  • The WASH Benefits project will be spread over a relatively large geographic area, so willingness to travel and ability to manage across project sites is essential. The Data Collection Coordinator will be based in Kakamega.

Required Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor's or Master’s Degree in a relevant field such as Public Health, Nutrition, Economics, or other Social Sciences
  • Minimum of two years of experience in quantitative/qualitative research methods and data collection
  • Excellent management, organizational, critical thinking and interpersonal skills
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, and team player
  • Demonstrated experience with quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Knowledge of STATA or other data analysis software such as SPSS, EpiInfo, SAS, etc
  • Proficiency in other computer programming languages (SQL, Blaise, Java, etc.)
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and complete fluency in English is required. Kiswahili proficiency is preferred.
  • Experience working on WASH and/or nutrition issues in developing countries (particularly sub-Saharan Africa)
  • Familiarity with randomized controlled trials

To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and detailed CV, 3 references, daytime phone number(s), and email address.
Applications must be submitted by email to  

Please ensure that the subject line reads: “Data Collection Coordinator” REF NO.

Wash B-2014-02-04. 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 Data Collection Coordinator.

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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