Innovations for Poverty Action Office Support Assistants Jobs in Nairobi and Busia – Kenya Life Panel Survey Project

Position: Office Support Assistant, Kenya Life Panel Survey Project
Deadline to Apply: 15th August 2012
Start Date: 10th September 2012
Location: One position available in Busia and one in Nairobi
Innovations for Poverty Action is a nonprofit Organization in Kenya that innovates and evaluates approaches to solving development problems, and disseminates information about what works and what does not to policy makers, practitioners, social entrepreneurs and donors around the world
The Job
The Office Support Assistant will serve as a key member of the IPA-K research project entitled the “Kenya Life Panel Survey”. 
He/she will be responsible for functions associated with general project management including but not limited to general office administration tasks, data entry, procurement, logistics and human resources assistance.
We are looking for two Office Support Assistants: One to fill a position in Busia and one in Nairobi.
Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities
Key Responsibilities:
  • Complete general office tasks and ensure proper functioning of project office;
  • Take lead role in recording project activities;
  • Ensure proper management and storage of project documents and equipment;
  • Assist in data entry related to project activities;
  • Secure appointments for surveys by reaching out to project respondents by phone;
  • Assist project leaders in the procurement of goods and or documents, including sourcing for quotations, purchasing of the office supplies and verifying the delivery of goods;
  • Receive vehicle requests from project leaders and liaise with the logistics officer to ensure that vehicles are assigned to projects as required;
  • Assist project leaders in survey management by compiling field officer activity records and cross-checking this information with project records;
  • When needed, travel in field with project team;
  • Other functions as may be specified in the JD.
Note: this position is office based, but has the potential to grow into both an office and field based position if the right candidate is available and interested. Field activities would include, but are not limited, to data collection and survey administration.
  • University Degree / Diploma in Business / Office Administration or any related social sciences;
  • At least one year working experience in a national or international NGO in an administrative capacity;
  • Demonstrate ability in Microsoft office computer packages;
  • Organized, strong attention to detail, efficient and capable of handling detailed work assignments;
  • Positive and professional attitude; team player.
General Skills/Interest required:
  • Excellent writing and communications skills; great attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently, make decisions without close supervision; self-motivated person.
  • Interest in development-related research projects.
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 our Busia or Nairobi branch offices, 
or by email to ,
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: “OFFICE SUPPORT ASSISTANT”, REF NO. KPLS–2012-07-01

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Office Support 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. 
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