Dec 2017 Innovations for Poverty Action Jobs for Senior Field Officer – Medicine Access Project in Kenya (7 Jobs)

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Job Title: Senior Field Officer – Medicine Access (NAP) Project
7 Positions
Reporting To: Field Manager
Start Date: 8th January, 2018
Location: Kakamega / West Pokot / Samburu / Narok / Nyeri / Embu / Kwale / Makueni
Duration: 1 Month
Deadline to Apply: 5th December, 2017
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: Medicine Access Project that aims to evaluate the impact of a new non-communicable disease medicine access program on the availability and price of the new medicine included in the program portfolio at health facilities and households in 8 counties targeted by the program in Kenya using a cluster-randomized trial design. Access to medicine in Kenya is via public, non-for-profit.
In the private sector patients pay the price of the medicines out-of-pocket; in the public and not-for-profit sector – Ministry of Health facilities or facilities affiliated with faith-based organizations – patients may be charged either the full price or a partial cost-recovery fee. Out-of-pocket spending can result in catastrophic health expenditure and increased poverty.
A household survey conducted in 2008 indicates that 82% of patients pay out of pocket for their Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) medicines.
About 33% of respondents who reported being diagnosed and prescribed an NCD medicine had that medicine available in their house at the time of the survey.
We seek to evaluate the impact of the new medicine access program on the availability and pricing of the new medicine in the program at the facilities and households in target counties.
Data for the evaluation will be collected at two levels: health facilities and households. We are preparing for midline data collection, the third of five phases of data collection, after the program implementation.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Data collection management which includes: Assisting in survey translations, overseeing, monitoring conducting data collection and survey field work, planning field work and field logistics, organizing data collected from the field, and providing feedback on field operations and survey instruments that will inform and monitor improvements, conducting back checks.
  • Human resource management which includes: Assisting in training, monitoring staff attendance and updating attendance records including leave forms and to enforce all human resource policies and procedures in coordination with IPAK’s Human Resource Manager and the Field Manager (FM)/Research Associate (RA)
  • Operations management which includes: taking and updating inventory of all project items, participating in general procurement and logistics for the project and liaising with the operations department for necessary action
  • Financial management which includes: working with IPAK financial staff to keep detailed accounts of all project activities and to monitor project field expenses
  • Public relations which includes: building and maintaining relationships with civil administrators and community officials and representing IPAK at stakeholder meetings. The SFO will identify and network with representatives from all relevant projects operating in the same areas as the NAP Project, to avoid/inform decisions where contamination of results is concerned.
  • Communication and reporting: The Senior Field Officer will be expected to report to the FM on activities and plans. The SFO will also be communicating directly with the RA and will be required to participate in weekly calls with the RA and/or RM.
  • Organization of Field Activities: The SFO will help organize field activities and implement field plans among his/her team. We expect the SFO to work on the following specific areas with regard to field activities together with the FM.
  • Work closely with field staff to develop work schedules before any field activities begin. Discuss and seek the approval of the FM/RA on the work schedules make changes/adapt if necessary following the outcomes of these discussions.
  • Develop and discuss a supervision plan with the team leaders and other field staff.
  • Ensure that all the field teams have all necessary materials/tools required for the data collection. This must be made available on time.
  • Other tasks as assigned by the FM/RA/RM.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public/Community Health Science, Pharmaceutical Technology, Social Science and any other related disciplines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Swahili
  • Excellent management and organizational skills
  • Flexible, self-motivated and able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player
  • Computer literate
  • Previous experience in data collection (qualitative & quantitative) and survey administration
  • Experience with position responsibilities listed above
  • Experience managing a team
  • Previous electronic data collection experience
  • Over 2 years of experience in supervising field officers during data collection
  • Experience using Process Maker and Replicon systems
  • Experience in conducting data quality checks for qualitative & quantitative data
  • Experience in developing work plan, survey tracking and reporting.
  • Fluent in local language(s) of the areas of operation
  • Candidates with public health or community health background
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 Senior Field Officer- Medicine Access(NAP)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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