Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
EMERGE – Storybooks for Promoting Early
Vacant Positions: Field Officer
Reporting To: Senior Field Officer
Deadline to Apply: 30th January, 2018
Start Date: 22nd February, 2018
Location: Ahero with frequent travel throughout Nyanza region.
Eligibility: Position open to Local Kenyan hires only
Duration: 2.5 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 and dialogic reading training to parents of children between 2 and 6 years of age in rural, Western Kenya.
We will work in partnership with a local NGO, Maria’s Libraries, to distribute storybooks in official and local languages.
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 Field Managers, will be primarily responsible for field data collection activities, including interviews and observations of children, mothers, and other household members.
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. The Field Officer may also play a role in delivering the intervention training to caregivers and will be expected to learn and practice the training script in advance of
delivering the intervention.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- 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
- Assisting with community engagement, including meeting local leaders (e.g. chiefs), and presenting and answering questions on the EMERGE project at barazas
- Assisting with intervention training delivery, including prep and practice
- Diligent completion of checklists and other means of monitoring data
- Data entry tasks as assigned by the Project Management
- Helping to have materials organized 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.
- Prompt arrival at work and completion of scheduled activities each day
- Successfully working in a team and avoiding/minimizing conflicts with the rest of the team members
- Participating in staff trainings and making efforts to improve one’s capacity
- On non-field days, conscientious performance of office work (respondent phone calls, translations, data entry, photocopying, organizing data, etc.)
- Other tasks as assigned by Project Management
- Positive, hard-work attitude, with the aim of individually and helping the team complete the work
Qualifications and Experience:
- Diploma in relevant field (social sciences, development studies, early childhood education, or community development)
- Excellent oral and written communication in both English, Kiswahili, and Dholuo;
- Excellent management and organizational skills;
- Computer literate.
- Should be willing to work on Saturday and Sunday
- Must be able to carry weight of up to 10 kilograms.
- 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
DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Field Officer-EMERGE 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.