NGO Jobs in Kenya - IPA


Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Position: Field Officer – EMERGE – Storybooks for Promoting Early Literacy Project
6 Positions
Reporting To: Senior Field Officer/AFM
Deadline to Apply: 28th February 2019
Start Date: 25th March 2019
Location: Ahero with frequent travel throughout Nyanza region.
Eligibility: Position open to Local Kenyan hires only (External advert)
Duration: 3 Months
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: EMERGE is a randomized control trial which aims to improve early childhood literacy and school readiness. In Kenya and throughout sub-Saharan Africa, many primary school children read below grade level. While there are many causes of low literacy in primary school, a key contributing factor to the widespread lack of literacy is low level of child readiness for primary school.
Our research focuses on an innovative, light touch early childhood intervention to improve school readiness and classroom-level pedagogy through the provision of children’s books, in local language as well as English, and dialogic reading training to parents of children between 2 and 6 years of age in rural, Western Kenya.
This impact evaluation measures the impact of distributing children’s storybooks and supporting family reading on a range of child, household, and school-level outcomes. We seek: first, to quantify the effects of inexpensive literacy interventions on learning outcomes; second, to quantify parent behavioral responses to the availability of the new educational materials; and third, measure the change in classroom environment brought about by improved student preparation before school age.
About the Position: The Field Officer, under the supervision of Senior Field Officers and Associate Field Manager, will be primarily responsible for field data collection activities, including interviews and observations of children and caregivers. In addition, the field officer may be involved in community entry activities, including meeting with area leaders, or participating in presenting the project and answering questions about the project at community barazas.
The Field Officer will also be expected to assist with office tasks such including translations and data entry.
Duties and Responsibilities:
·         Prompt arrival at work and completion of scheduled activities each day
·         Conducting surveys in EMERGE evaluation sites throughout Nyanza
·         Visiting and tracking of survey respondents to administer questionnaires
·         Data collection prep work, including translations, pretesting, and piloting
·         Diligent completion of checklists and other means of monitoring data
·         Data entry tasks as assigned by the Project Management
·         Helping organize materials in readiness for field work and for data processing and organizing data collected from the field
·         Ensuring high data quality (low error rates)
·         Proper use and maintenance of project equipment (phones, GPS machines, headphones, etc.)
·         Successfully working in a team and avoiding/minimizing conflicts with the rest of the team members.
·         On non-field days, conscientious performance of office work (respondent phone calls, translations, photocopying, organizing data, etc.)
·         Positive, hard-work attitude, with the aim of individually and helping the team complete the work.
·         Other tasks as assigned by Project Management
Qualifications and Experience:
Required:
·         Diploma in relevant field (social sciences, development studies, early childhood education, or community development)
·         Excellent oral and written communication in English, Kiswahili, and Dholuo
·         Excellent management and organizational skills
·         Computer literate.
Preferred:
·         Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (social sciences, development studies, early childhood education, or community development)
·         Experience working with children and mothers
·         Experience with child education research, or conducting child observational measures
·         Experience working on health, education, or early childhood development projects
·         Experience in data collection and survey administration, preferably using CAI (SurveyCTO).
How to Apply
CLICK HERE to apply online

Position: Associate Field Manager – Environmental Surveillance for STH (ESTH) Project
1 Position
Reporting To: Research Associate
Deadline to Apply: 5th March, 2019
Start Date: 1st April, 2019
Location: Nairobi
Eligibility: Position open to local Kenyan hires only
Duration: 1 Month
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: Environmental surveillance for Soil Transmitted Helminths (ESTH) project seeks to develop, validate, and field test a standardized protocol for employing molecular-based
assessment methods to detect and quantify soil transmitted helminth (hookworm, Trichuris, and Ascaris) material in soil, water, animal feces and assess its ability to predict community level
human infection for STH control programs.
Studies have shown that environmental surveillance has been successfully used as a tool for monitoring transmission of poliovirus and has been integrated into surveillance guidelines by the
World Health Organization’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Despite strong evidence that STH are commonly found in the environment, little work has been done to explore the role of environmental sampling in STH surveillance. Environmental surveillance of STH could serve as a low-cost tool for monitoring STH human infection prevalence levels or transmission break within populations.
About the Position: The Associate Field Manager will be expected to manage data and samples collection and delivery to KEMRI, Field Supervision of field officers during data and samples collection with strict adherence to the SOP. Ensure data collected is of high quality and standard.
Offer support in supply inventory management and to ensure that samples are delivered at KEMRI at the end of each day. Liaising with local county and provincial administration and local
leadership before and during data collection. Work closely with our collaborators KEMRI lab staff with utmost professionalism
Duties and Responsibilities:
·         Supervise collection of data related to stool, soil, water and domestic animal fecal samples at households on survey CTO platform with strict adherence to the SOP and ensure data collected is of high quality.
·         Offering support in getting the approvals from the study Counties and national governments and liaising with local provincial administration and local leadership before and during data collection
·         working closely with our collaborators KEMRI lab staff and therefore is expected to be always professional.
·         Developing and implementing data and sample collection field work plans and logistics through consultation with the project staff.
·         General supervision of field staffs during data collection and carrying out performance evaluation of field officers and submission of timesheets.
·         Explaining study objectives and obtaining informed consent from all respondents before data and sample collections.
·         In the morning, organize all the equipment needed for sample collection as per field checklist and accompanying the field work team daily to the field and collect drinking water, soils, stool samples from all eligible study households.
·         Ensuring samples are collected handled aseptically according to the SOP during transport to the lab without cross contaminations or loss.
·         Maintaining the daily sample logs from the field to the KEMRI lab by keeping electronic logs of all the samples collected and ensuring that all samples collected are delivered, received and logged at KEMRI lab every evening.
·         Maintain and update daily the supplies and equipment inventory log of the project to minimize stock outs, loss and wastage of field supplies. Liaise with KEMRI lab personnel to ensure that materials, such as icepacks, are sufficient for the next day’s exercise.
·         Ensure that at the end of field work, all used cooler boxes and ice packs are returned to KEMRI and sterilized, ready for use the following morning.
·         Take part in training and re-training, as necessary, administrative tasks such as printing, data entry, and filing, as needed.
Qualifications and Experience:
·         Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Public Health/Environmental Health or Biological Sciences.
·         Demonstrated experience in supervision and managing data, water, stool and soil sample collection.
·         Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Swahili
·         Excellent management and organizational skills
·         Flexible, self, motivating, and able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player.
·         Computer literate
·         Previous experience in data collection and survey administration
How to Apply
CLICK HERE to apply online’

Position: Field Officer – Environmental Surveillance for STH (ESTH) Project
4 Positions
Reporting To: Research Associate
Deadline to Apply: 5th March, 2019
Start Date: 1st April, 2019
Location: Nairobi
Eligibility: Position open to local Kenyan hires only
Duration: 1 Month
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: Environmental surveillance for Soil Transmitted Helminths (ESTH) project seeks to develop, validate, and field test a standardized protocol for employing molecular-based assessment methods to detect and quantify soil transmitted helminth (hookworm, Trichuris, and Ascaris) material in soil, water, animal feces and assess its ability to predict community level human infection for STH control programs.
Studies have shown that environmental surveillance has been successfully used as a tool for monitoring transmission of poliovirus and has been integrated into surveillance guidelines by the World Health Organization’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Despite strong evidence that STH are commonly found in the environment, little work has been done to explore the role of environmental sampling in STH surveillance. Environmental surveillance of STH could serve as a low-cost tool for monitoring STH human infection prevalence levels or transmission break within populations.
Duties and Responsibilities:
·         Explaining project objectives and obtaining informed consent from all respondents before data and sample collections.
·         Assist with translations, pretesting and piloting surveys, providing feedback during debriefs on field operations and survey instruments that will inform and monitor improvements in survey tools.
·         In the morning, collect all the equipment and supplies needed for sample collection as per field checklist.
·         Administer samples collection survey tool and collect drinking water, soils, stool samples from all eligible study households using survey CTO.
·         Ensuring samples are collected handled aseptically according to the SOP during transport to the lab without cross contaminations or loss.
·         Ensure that samples collected from the field are timely delivered, received and logged at KEMRI lab every day at the end of field work.
·         Ensure that all the supplies and equipment are returned to the lab at the end of field work and liaise with supervisors to ensure that materials, such as icepacks, gloves, stool, water and soil sampling containers are enough for the next day’s exercise.
·         Ensure that at the end of field work, all used cooler boxes and ice packs are returned to KEMRI and sterilized, ready for use the following morning.
·         Maintain professionalism when working with the collaborator (KEMRI)
Qualifications and Experience:
·         Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Public Health / Environmental Health or Biological Sciences.
·         Diploma or bachelor’s degree in biological or social sciences with previous field experience in sample collection preferred.
·         Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Swahili
·         Excellent management and organizational skills
·         Flexible, self, motivating, and able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player.
·         Computer literate
How to Apply
CLICK HERE to apply online
Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Field Officer-ESTH 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 or request any form of payment for any document processing from an applicant.. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA.

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