AMI Project Field Manager Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Career Opportunity: Field Manager – AMI Project

1 Position

Reporting To: Research Associate

Start Date: ASAP

Location: Nairobi

Duration: 3 Months

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Eligibility: 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 solutions to 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 scale.

About the Project: This study aims to understand the impacts of a light touch management training on small firms in Kenya.

We are working with the African Management Initiative (AMI) to conduct a Randomised Control Trial on one of their management training programs.

Understanding the impacts of this program on not just management practices but also firm size, revenues and profits could be key to understanding low-cost ways of improving firm outcomes in the developing world.

About the Position: The Field Manager under the general supervision of the Research Associate and within the limits of Innovations for Poverty Action-Kenya policies and procedures supervises data collection.

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

Duties and Responsibilities

Survey Preparation

  • Help in preparing and reviewing study materials.
  • Assist in pre-testing survey tools prior to planned fielding and provide constructive feedback on how to improve the survey tools and protocols.
  • Helping with survey software programming on SurveyCTO.

HR and Finance

  • Request and manage funds for the team.
  • Manage staff appraisal and provide feedback as necessary to the RA/SRA and the enumerators.
  • Report field staff hours any other necessary information to IPA HR for payment.
  • Promptly report any performance or other HR issues to the RA and HRM.
  • Assist with training and capacity building for enumerators and other field staff including leading portions of training.


  • Schedule, prepare and assign work, in consideration to timelines.
  • Helping in piloting and pretesting the survey instruments.
  • Supervise enumerators conducting phone data collection and provide feedback to enumerators, and the RA/SRA.
  • Participate in developing data quality assurance tools including back checks, high frequency checks, and spot checks.
  • Review high frequency checks on collected data and provide feedback that will inform training and
  • Manage compensation for respondents.
  • Coordinate with RA/SRA to improve skills of data collection staff and the clarity of data collection.
  • Develop reporting tools with the project team and to daily update the RA/SRA on the progress of data collection.
  • Maintain updated project inventory records, assigning to staff and coordinating with the procurement office for necessary action like insurance.
  • Managing the team day-to-day data collection activities.
  • Assist in training teams on electronic survey implementation and ensure that enumerators adhere to training they received on data collection.
  • Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Bachelors’ degree in social sciences or related discipline or a Diploma with at least 2 years’ experience in field management.
  • Excellent supervisory and management experience (2-4 years) managing data collection teams.
  • Knowledge of quantitative or/and qualitative research methods.
  • Ability to train field teams on the survey and data collection processes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Kiswahili.
  • Experience conducting and reviewing data quality control including back checks and High Frequency Checks.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite Especially MS Word and Excel.
  • Excellent organizational and coordinating skills, including ability to cope under pressure while maintaining a high level of accuracy and level headedness as well as attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and under supervision, as appropriate, assessing priorities and managing workload effectively.
  • Flexible, committed, reliable and enthusiastic approach with ability to work as part of a team with staff at all levels.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • The ability to use initiative and creativity to resolve problems and identify and assess practical options.
  • Self-motivated with a proactive and flexible approach to work and a willingness to learn and develop


  • Knowledge in SurveyCTO is an added advantage
  • Some experience designing survey forms.

How to Apply

Please CLICK HERE to apply online.

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 Manager- AMI 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.