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12 Field Officers- Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Field Office Kenya

Vacant Positions: Field Officers (12 Positions)

Reporting To: Field Manager

Start Date: ASAP

Location: Ndaragwa

Duration: 3 Months

Deadline: 6th June 2023

Eligibility: Position open to local Kenyan hires only

About Innovations for Poverty Action: 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: Expanding household and business access to finance is a central topic in development economics. We will evaluate financing contracts which may lead to both high demand and successful completion of contracts. We focus on loans where the asset being financed is used as collateral.

These New Asset-Collateralized Loans (NACLs), such as mortgages and car loans are uncommon in the developing world.

Our study will explore the mechanisms by which NACLs encourage take-up and repayment, so that better policy decisions can be made regarding programs to expand their use.

It will compare NACLs both to standard collateralized loans (SACLs, where the collateral is an existing asset already owned by the borrower) and to layaway savings plans and a hybrid layaway-loan plan.

The objective of this project is to understand whether and why new asset-collateralized loans—loans where the very asset being purchased is used as collateral— increase loan take-up while controlling default.

About the position: The Field Officer under the general supervision of the Field Manager within the limits of Innovations for Poverty Action-Kenya policies and procedures will primarily be responsible for collection of high-quality in the field.

Below is a list of some of the general duties and responsibilities of the Field Officer, to be carried out as needed according to the determination of the Field Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participating in staff training and making efforts to improve on one’s capacity.
  • Data collection which includes conducting in-person with randomly selected respondents and providing feedback on Survey CTO programming, assisting in survey translations if needed.
  • When not conducting interviews: conscientious performance of other duties (interview debriefing, daily update reports, following up on scheduled appointments, etc.)
  • Completion of set target interviews each day in a timely manner.
  • Ensure respondents feel comfortable and safe, and that their confidentiality is protected.
  • Ensure data integrity is always maintained and strict adherence to the data quality protocols.
  • Networking with the different components of the project and reporting appropriately.
  • Ensure that the different interventions and incentives are delivered to the respondents.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Education: Diploma in social sciences or related field; university degree is an added advantage.
  • Experience: At least 2 years of relevant experience in conducting quantitative data collection; Prior experience conducting phone surveys is desirable.
  • Basic computing knowledge and skills – Mandatory.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • High level of understanding and integrity.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English, Swahili and Kikuyu.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.

Locals are encouraged to apply.

IPA’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with.

As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives.

We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

LEARN MORE about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

How to Apply

Apply online HERE.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a ROLLING BASIS.

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

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