IPA ESTH Project Associate Field Manager Job in Nairobi, Kenya 2019

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Position: Associate Field Manager – Environmental Surveillance for STH (ESTH) Project

1 Position

Reporting To: Research Associate

Deadline to Apply: 5th March, 2019

Start Date: 1st April, 2019

Location: Nairobi

Eligibility: Position open to local Kenyan hires only

Duration: 1 Month

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: Environmental surveillance for Soil Transmitted Helminths (ESTH) project seeks to develop, validate, and field test a standardized protocol for employing molecular-based
assessment methods to detect and quantify soil transmitted helminth (hookworm, Trichuris, and Ascaris) material in soil, water, animal feces and assess its ability to predict community level
human infection for STH control programs.

Studies have shown that environmental surveillance has been successfully used as a tool for monitoring transmission of poliovirus and has been integrated into surveillance guidelines by the
World Health Organization’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Despite strong evidence that STH are commonly found in the environment, little work has been done to explore the role of environmental sampling in STH surveillance. Environmental surveillance of STH could serve as a low-cost tool for monitoring STH human infection prevalence levels or transmission break within populations.

About the Position: The Associate Field Manager will be expected to manage data and samples collection and delivery to KEMRI, Field Supervision of field officers during data and samples collection with strict adherence to the SOP. Ensure data collected is of high quality and standard.

Offer support in supply inventory management and to ensure that samples are delivered at KEMRI at the end of each day. Liaising with local county and provincial administration and local
leadership before and during data collection. Work closely with our collaborators KEMRI lab staff with utmost professionalism

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supervise collection of data related to stool, soil, water and domestic animal fecal samples at households on survey CTO platform with strict adherence to the SOP and ensure data collected is of high quality.
  • Offering support in getting the approvals from the study Counties and national governments and liaising with local provincial administration and local leadership before and during data collection
  • working closely with our collaborators KEMRI lab staff and therefore is expected to be always professional.
  • Developing and implementing data and sample collection field work plans and logistics through consultation with the project staff.
  • General supervision of field staffs during data collection and carrying out performance evaluation of field officers and submission of timesheets.
  • Explaining study objectives and obtaining informed consent from all respondents before data and sample collections.
  • In the morning, organize all the equipment needed for sample collection as per field checklist and accompanying the field work team daily to the field and collect drinking water, soils, stool samples from all eligible study households.
  • Ensuring samples are collected handled aseptically according to the SOP during transport to the lab without cross contaminations or loss.
  • Maintaining the daily sample logs from the field to the KEMRI lab by keeping electronic logs of all the samples collected and ensuring that all samples collected are delivered, received and logged at KEMRI lab every evening.
  • Maintain and update daily the supplies and equipment inventory log of the project to minimize stock outs, loss and wastage of field supplies. Liaise with KEMRI lab personnel to ensure that materials, such as icepacks, are sufficient for the next day’s exercise.
  • Ensure that at the end of field work, all used cooler boxes and ice packs are returned to KEMRI and sterilized, ready for use the following morning.
  • Take part in training and re-training, as necessary, administrative tasks such as printing, data entry, and filing, as needed.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Public Health/Environmental Health or Biological Sciences.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervision and managing data, water, stool and soil sample collection.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in both English and Swahili
  • Excellent management and organizational skills
  • Flexible, self, motivating, and able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, a team player.
  • Computer literate
  • Previous experience in data collection and survey administration

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 Associate Field Manager-ESTH 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 or request any form of payment for any document processing from an applicant. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA.