IPA CATARACT Project Field Officers Jobs in Nairobi Kenya

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Job Vacancy: Field Officer – CATARACT (CAT) Project

8 Positions

Reporting To: Field Manager

Start Date: 16th July, 2018

Location: Nairobi

Duration: 1 Month

Deadline to Apply: 20th June, 2018

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: Despite a growing availability of quality cataract eye surgery in developing countries including Kenya, demand for this care in some settings remains low.

Low demand is likely attributable to multiple factors, including low perceived value of improved visual acuity, uncertainty about quality and benefit, lack of financial decision-making power among patients, and credit constraints that limit the capacity to pay.

There is a limited empirical evidence on how free services and anchoring price affects the demand for cataract surgery in developing contexts.

The project will conduct a randomized household-based stated preference study in the peri-urban area surrounding Nairobi to address the following research aims;

1. Identify how anchoring to a price of zero or non-zero via an audio-visual information tool affects maximum stated willingness to pay for cataract surgery among household decision-makers.

2. Identify how price anchoring to zero or non-zero affects the elasticity of demand for cataract surgery among household decision-makers.

3. Identify how the availability of immediate consultation and surgery affects stated willingness to pay among household decision-makers and examine possible modification of this effect by price anchoring.

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 will assist to coordinate and facilitate survey field activities and functions.

Below is a list of 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.

This position will be based in Nairobi, County and with up to 90% of field travel within larger Nairobi cosmopolitan area.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Data collection on SurveyCTO: Assist with translations, piloting surveys and actual data collection.
  • Ensure proper respondent screening for eligibility and administration of informed consent.
  • Providing feedback during debriefs on field operations and survey instruments that will inform and monitor improvements in project operations.
  • Ensure data integrity is maintained always and minimize errors in survey administration
  • Completion of scheduled activities each day in a timely manner including keeping logs of work accomplished and call backs as assigned by SFO and CAT management.
  • Interact with community members with the highest level of integrity and understanding.
  • Assist in daily electronic devices maintenance and storage
  • FO will be required to attend an intensive one-week training prior to data collection.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the SFO/FM/RC.

Qualifications and Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in public health, social sciences, public policy, or related fields.
  • 2-3 years of field research experience. Extensive experience in implementing data collection.
  • Previous experience in translation and survey administration.
  • Demonstrated experience in data collection at various levels (planning, piloting and collecting)
  • Excellent management and organizational skills.
  • Flexible, self-motivating, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and team player
  • Effective communication skills with fluency in English and Swahili
  • Previous tablet-based survey experience / computer literate.


  • Experience in conducting data collection in slums in Nairobi.
  • Experience in developing work plan, survey tracking and reporting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in demanding environment including weekends.

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-Cataract (CAT) 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.

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Updated: June 15, 2018 — 9:19 am