STRIP Project Field Assistant Job Vacancy at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)  in Busia Kenya December 2013


Vacancy: Field Assistant – Selective Trials for Agricultural Technology Evaluation and Adoption (STRIP) Project
Deadline to Apply: 6th December 2013
Start Date: January 2014
Location: Busia
About Innovations for Poverty Action: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a non-profit research organization that creates and evaluates approaches to solving development problems and disseminates information about what works and what does not to policymakers, practitioners, investors and donors around the world.

Description of Work: The Field Assistants will be working on a project with agricultural technologies aimed at farmers. Primary activities for the Field Assistants include administering surveys to individual respondents, both on the phone and in person, completing village listings for sampled villages, as well as assisting in information and promotion sessions for our sampled farmers.

The majority of the work in this project will be based in Busia, specifically in Butula, Matayos, and Nambale, with limited travel to the surrounding areas.
Visiting these respondents can include taking public transport, bodaboda, and walking long distances.
Working outside of standard business hours either in the morning or evening or on weekends is sometimes necessary as well.
Other tasks include leading information sessions, organizing data in the field, translation between Kiswahili and English and any other tasks needed to make the project run effectively or assigned by a supervisor.
Work Duration: Successful applicants will initially be hired for month on a casual basis. Those who demonstrate consistent exceptional abilities and work performance may be considered for a more long term placement, with the same project.
Academic Qualifications: It is preferred that candidates have obtained a college diploma or university degree, preferably in sociology, statistics, economics, education, development studies, social sciences, health, or related fields.
Candidates must have completed secondary schooling.
Professional/Technical Skills: Skills in data collection and survey administration; ability to work with local administrators. Computer knowledge and familiarity with Android OS helpful.
Other Qualities and Attributes: Most importantly a positive attitude towards the position; able to work in informal settlements; comfortable interviewing people in their homes; comfortable traveling in the surrounding areas of Busia; well-organized; ability to work independently and in a team in the field; promptness; attention to detail; initiative. Candidates must be fluent in Kiswahili and English.

To apply:

Please send a cover letter and detailed CV, 3 references, daytime phone number(s), and email address.
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 to any of our branch offices,
or by email to BOTH AND
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: STRIP-2013-11-01.
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.
Disclaimer: 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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