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Field Officer / Survey Associate

Closing: Jun 15, 2024

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Published: Jun 3, 2024 (12 days ago)

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  • Educate! is seeking a driven, organized, and collaborative Field Officer with outstanding data collection, people management, and communication skills to support data collection and management of evaluation projects in its Kenya office. The Field Officer will be responsible for supervising data collection teams. He/she has direct contact with enumerators across multiple sites and is responsible to provide support to the enumerators as well as the Evaluation team to ensure that the field survey activities are implemented with efficiency. In ten years of operating in East Africa, one of Educate!'s differentiating factors has been our commitment to impact evaluation and learning, and we believe that continuing to invest in research & development is a key component of continued growth and innovation. As Field Officer, you'll work closely with our Senior Evaluation Associates and Evaluation Specialists, as well as with our programs, design, and innovation teams, to implement our evaluation activities in Kenya.

The right person for this role will:

  • Have at least 1 year of work experience and a bachelor's degree in a field like economics, M&E, research methods, public policy or a social science.
  • Be an ultra-organized and self-motivated planner, capable of keeping multiple balls in the air with limited supervision, and a collaborative team player who can build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders and engage team members over whom you won't have direct authority.
  • Be fluent in Microsoft Excel and any mobile data collection platform (e.g. surveyCTO, ODK etc.) and bring strong skills in research and large-scale data collection.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in economics, statistics, public policy, M&E, or other social science
  • Minimum of 1-2 years work experience including internships and fellowships
  • Experience working in a similar role is required. This may include experience in field operations, data collection, project management, or related areas.
  • Ability to lead and manage a team of enumerators, provide guidance, and ensure the successful execution of field data collection
  • Fluent in Excel, PowerPoint, mobile data collection tools e.g. ODK or surveyCTO
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, and meticulous with a strong commitment to rigor. Capable of identifying and addressing challenges that may arise during data collection. Skilled in building and maintaining positive relationships with team members, stakeholders, and community members.
  • Passionate about working with youth to promote entrepreneurship, adept at thriving in diverse, multicultural environments, proactive and well-organized to meet deadlines, confident, quick to adapt, and open to learning.
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and unforeseen challenges, with excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills in both Swahili and English.
  • Willing to travel frequently and/or for significant time periods within product operation sites in Kenya, with up to 25% of time spent outside of the main duty station
  • Fits our Five Cultural Tenets (see What is Educate! About? below); Learn more about Educate!'s culture here.

Terms

  • The position will be based in Nairobi with frequent travel within program implementation sites
  • Compensation will be competitive and based on experience.
  • The position reports to the Evaluation Specialist.
  • Shortlisting and interviews will be on a rolling basis with a goal to fill the position as soon as possible.


Responsibilities
  • Educate! is seeking a driven, organized, and collaborative Field Officer with outstanding data collection, people management, and communication skills to support data collection and management of evaluation projects in its Kenya office. The Field Officer will be responsible for supervising data collection teams. He/she has direct contact with enumerators across multiple sites and is responsible to provide support to the enumerators as well as the Evaluation team to ensure that the field survey activities are implemented with efficiency. In ten years of operating in East Africa, one of Educate!'s differentiating factors has been our commitment to impact evaluation and learning, and we believe that continuing to invest in research & development is a key component of continued growth and innovation. As Field Officer, you'll work closely with our Senior Evaluation Associates and Evaluation Specialists, as well as with our programs, design, and innovation teams, to implement our evaluation activities in Kenya.

The right person for this role will:

  • Have at least 1 year of work experience and a bachelor's degree in a field like economics, M&E, research methods, public policy or a social science.
  • Be an ultra-organized and self-motivated planner, capable of keeping multiple balls in the air with limited supervision, and a collaborative team player who can build relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders and engage team members over whom you won't have direct authority.
  • Be fluent in Microsoft Excel and any mobile data collection platform (e.g. surveyCTO, ODK etc.) and bring strong skills in research and large-scale data collection.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in economics, statistics, public policy, M&E, or other social science
  • Minimum of 1-2 years work experience including internships and fellowships
  • Experience working in a similar role is required. This may include experience in field operations, data collection, project management, or related areas.
  • Ability to lead and manage a team of enumerators, provide guidance, and ensure the successful execution of field data collection
  • Fluent in Excel, PowerPoint, mobile data collection tools e.g. ODK or surveyCTO
  • Self-motivated, highly organized, and meticulous with a strong commitment to rigor. Capable of identifying and addressing challenges that may arise during data collection. Skilled in building and maintaining positive relationships with team members, stakeholders, and community members.
  • Passionate about working with youth to promote entrepreneurship, adept at thriving in diverse, multicultural environments, proactive and well-organized to meet deadlines, confident, quick to adapt, and open to learning.
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and unforeseen challenges, with excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills in both Swahili and English.
  • Willing to travel frequently and/or for significant time periods within product operation sites in Kenya, with up to 25% of time spent outside of the main duty station
  • Fits our Five Cultural Tenets (see What is Educate! About? below); Learn more about Educate!'s culture here.

Terms

  • The position will be based in Nairobi with frequent travel within program implementation sites
  • Compensation will be competitive and based on experience.
  • The position reports to the Evaluation Specialist.
  • Shortlisting and interviews will be on a rolling basis with a goal to fill the position as soon as possible.


Performance Objectives

Enumerator management

  • Lead and manage teams of enumerators, providing guidance, support, and supervision to ensure the successful implementation of the data collection at hand.
  • Maintain a database of enumerators, coordinating recruitment, documenting performance across multiple rounds of data collection and updating the database accordingly
  • Manage large qualitative and quantitative data collection, including training and supervising teams of enumerators or Educate! staff

Field survey planning

  • Work with Sr. Evaluation Associate and other team members to prepare various requisitions related to data collection and field team management
  • Identify and assess potential risks associated with field data collection and enumerator management. Develop and implement risk mitigation strategies to minimize the impact on product evaluations.

Survey management

  • Oversee and coordinate data collection activities in the field, ensuring that data is collected accurately, consistently, and in accordance with product evaluation requirements.
  • Communicate regularly with the Evaluation team and leadership Provide updates on data collection progress, challenges, and achievements.
  • Address challenges and unexpected issues that arise during data collection Implement effective solutions to ensure project goals are met.
  • Uphold ethical standards in data collection

Support to Evaluation Associates

  • Support the development of survey tools e.g. Focus Group Discussion guides, structured questionnaires, Key Informant Interviews guides, Observation tools etc.
  • Support survey programming on mobile data collection platforms e.g. surveyCTO, google forms, Open Data Kit (ODK)
  • Support data quality assessment and preliminary analysis as necessary. This is an area that the Field Officer can grow into


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