Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Field Officer (Phone Survey)
– UBI Project
4th November, 2019
Deadline to Apply:
27th October, 2019
Position open to local Kenyan hires only
About Innovations for Poverty Action:
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is an international
non-profit research organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective
global poverty problems.
IPA works in partnership with
development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches
potential solutions to poverty problems using randomized evaluations in the
fields of health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.
We also mobilize and support these
decision makers to use these solutions to build better programs and policies at
About the Project:
A universal basic income (UBI) is a recurring,
unconditional cash transfer sized to meet basic needs and paid to all members
of a society. Proponents argue that a UBI has
the potential to eliminate extreme poverty and to counteract the harmful
effects of rising inequality in wealthier countries.
The objective of the project is to
test the hypothesis that a universal basic income is an effective way to
eliminate extreme global poverty. This is a central policy question currently
being debated in several emerging markets, both in developed and developing
countries, and is also highly relevant for foreign aid policy.
In addition to informing policy
debates over the adoption of a UBI, our study design will also let us address
two deeper conceptual questions about the design of social protection in the
IPA is partnering with Give Directly
which is already involved in delivering cash transfers as part of two
large-scale randomized controlled trials – one on the general equilibrium
effects of cash transfers, and one on the role of aspirations.
About the Position:
Reporting to the Field Manager, the Senior Field Officer
will primarily be responsible for managing the team collecting data via phone
surveys. He/she will be predominantly based in IPA Siaya office.
Below is a list of some of the
general duties and responsibilities of the Senior Field Officer, to be carried
out as needed according to the determination of the Field Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities
Data collection management which
includes leading a team conducting phone surveys and provide feedback on
SurveyCTO programming, assist in survey translations, overseeing, monitoring
and conducting data collection.
Work closely with staff to develop
work schedules before any activities begin. Discuss and seek the approval of
the project management on the work schedules, make changes/adapt if necessary,
following the outcomes of these discussions.
Ensure that all the teams have all
necessary material/tools required for data collection. This must be made
available on time.
Ensure completion of scheduled
activities each day in a timely manner including keeping logs of work
Organizing data collected and
providing feedback on operations and survey instruments.
Conduct spot checks, back checks,
sit-ins and give feedback to the Field Officers and management team that will
inform and monitor improvements.
Human resource management which
includes: supervision, monitoring and appraisal of FOs.
The SFO will be expected to report to
the FM on activities and plans and will be required to participate in weekly
meetings with the FM and the rest of the project team.
Other tasks as assigned by the
project management team.
Qualifications and Experience:
A bachelor’s degree or a diploma with
one years’ experience
Excellent oral and written
communication in English and Swahili. Language skills in Luo and Kipsigis is an
One year of data collection
management experience with extensive experience supervising and implementing
data collection and managing Field Officers.
Prior work experience in data collection
using SurveyCTO and managing electronic data collection systems.
Excellent management and
Demonstrated ability to manage data
collection at various levels (planning, collecting, backchecking and reporting)
Flexible, self-motivated, able to
manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player
Advanced user of Microsoft Office
suite (Excel, Word)
Experience in leading a team
Experience in conducting data quality
checks for quantitative data.
Experience in developing work plans,
survey tracking and reporting.
Demonstrated ability to work in
demanding environment including weekends.
Prior experience managing teams
conducting phone surveys is very desirable
The above statements are intended to describe the general
nature and level of the work being performed by the Senior Field Officer-UBI
Project. 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
at any recruitment stage.