Field Officer Job in Kenya

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics

Aspirations Project
Job Title: Field Officer
Application Deadline: 10th June 2015
Start Date: 15th June 2015
Location: Homa Bay County

Eligibility: Open to local Kenyan hires only, preferably from Homa Bay County

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics is a research organization that seeks to improve the understanding of how people living in poverty make decisions and to leverage that knowledge to produce better social outcomes.

It enables researchers to conduct rigorous laboratory-based studies in behavioral economics in a developing country and applying the outcomes of research to real-world problems.

About the project: This is a study that seeks to identify the effect of combination of psychological interventions alongside financial interventions to alleviate poverty. 

The psychological intervention is set to boost poor people’s sense of self-efficacy and alter their understanding of their opportunities, encouraging poor people to set and pursue their own goals without directing their choices. 

This study will examine if such interventions can enhance the already-known benefits of cash transfers

General Field Officer Duties
  • Prompt arrival at work.
  • Administer household surveys
  • Completion of scheduled activities each day in a timely manner.
  • Successfully working in a team.
  • Organizing data collected from the field.
  • On non-field days: conscientious performance of office work (such as matching IDs, translation of work, photocopying, etc.)
  • Assist in daily survey organization and storage
  • Ensure data integrity is maintained at all times and minimize errors in data collection
  • Maintaining high standard of professional integrity in all activities.
  • Providing the Project Lead with daily feedback regarding surveying activities.
Key Requirements:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in Dhuluo (must), English and Kiswahili
  • Experience with qualitative data collection through household surveys, in-depth-interviews
  • Ability to recognize when questions are difficult or unclear to subjects
  • Excellent note taking ability during interviews
  • Experience in conducting qualitative research is a plus
  • Comfortable with conducting interviews with Luo respondents
  • Basic computer knowledge and skills (mandatory)
  • Bachelors’ degree or college diploma in social sciences, economic, development studies and/or business administration
  • Past experience in qualitative data collection- show proof of this in application
  • Experience  using computer assisted interviewing or ODK is a plus
To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter to and ensure that the subject line reads: “Aspirations F.O: REF NO: BU-2015-05-26”. 

Only online applications shall be considered.