Field Officers Job Vacancies in Kenya

Position Title: Field Officers

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)


POSITION: Field Officers (27 positions)

REPORTING TO: Field Manager

START DATE: 12th February 2024

LOCATION: Nairobi and Busia


DEADLINE: 28th January 2024

ELIGIBILITY: Position open to local Kenyan Candidates 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. I

n 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.

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 and underrepresented groups to apply.

Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

About the Project: The Kenya Life Panel Survey is a longitudinal study that seeks to rigorously examine the medium- to-long term impacts of several programs that invested in rural Kenyan youth then (now young adults).

These programs include the Primary School Deworming Project (PSDP), which provided deworming treatment to primary school students in rural Kenya between 1998 and 2002, the Girls’ Scholarship Program (GSP), which provided merit based scholarships to young women in a separate set of primary schools in rural Kenya in 2001 and 2002, and the Vocational Training Voucher Program (VTVP), which provided vouchers to a subset of PSDP and GSP participants allowing them to obtain vocational training between 2009 and 2010 and lastly Start-up
Capital for Youth (SCY) program which subsequently randomly allocated unconditional cash grants to support the start-up or expansion of small businesses, among the same sample of individuals who were part of the TVVP.

The KLPS panel data collection effort seeks to follow recipients of these programs into adulthood and collect information on a range of life outcomes, with particular focus on expenditure, income, health, education, labor market participation, migration, fertility and marriage among others.

We are prepping to start of the second visit of the round-5 of data collection that is focused on the aging of the participants and will have both Dried Blood Spots (DBS), Kids modules components.

About the Position: The Field Officer, under the general supervision of the Field Manager and within the limits of Innovations for Poverty Action-Kenya policies and procedures, is responsible for collection of high-quality data.

Below are 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

  • Assist in data collection preparation work, including translations, pretesting, and piloting.
  • Diligent completion of checklists and other means of monitoring data.
  • Ensure proper use and maintenance of the assigned project equipment (tablets, weighing machines, field gear, DBS equipment etc.)
  • Actively participate in-office trainings as well as project discussions and making efforts to improve one’s capacity.
  • Accounting of field allowances in an honest and accurate manner
  • Accurate survey administration with strict adherence to the ethical survey administration, guidelines, and project specific procedures
  • Respondent tracking
  • Any other duties assigned by the supervisor.

Dried blood Spot specific Duties

  • Collect, dry and store dried blood spots samples.
  • Barcoding, and package samples in preparation for shipment to KEMRI Nairobi
  • Assist with set-up / maintenance of lab space and respect the shared lab space in KEMRI Alupe and KEMRI Nairobi
  • Keep track of supplies and prompting the supervisors on those that need to be replenished.
  • Keep daily logs of samples received, processed and results from assays.
  • Regularly assist with preparations of supplies for field teams (e.g., packing and cleaning field coolers and field supplies)
  • Ensure proper storage and handling of laboratory equipment.
  • Clearly and regularly communicate issues to the Research Associate (RA) and Research Manager (RM)
  • Observe laboratory biosafety procedures during waste disposal.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or college diploma in Social Sciences or related fields from a recognized institution of higher learning.
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in household data collection.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in both English and Kiswahili or Luhya.
  • Experience in both qualitative and quantitative data collection
  • Prior experience in phone call data collection and survey administration, preferably using CAI (Survey CTO)
  • Ability to work and interview individuals from all walks of life including rural villages and informal settlements (slums) while maintaining professionalism.
  • Well organized, flexible, detail-oriented, excellent listening skills.
  • Strong ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Basic computing knowledge and skills is an added advantage.
  • Honest, diligent, and self-driven individual
  • Comfortable with interviewing study participants within their homes or even their workplaces
  • Flexible working and tracking study participants around and in the islands.
  • Ability to work in rough terrain and harsh weather conditions in the field.
  • Capability to exercise honesty, trustworthiness, and HIGH INTEGRITY.


  • Experience in long-term participants tracking.

How to Apply

Please CLICK HERE to apply online.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Field Officer- KLPS 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. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA.