Jobs – Short Term Field Officers at Innovations for Poverty Action

Job Title:  Several Short Term Field Officers
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), is an international non-profit research organization. Based in New Haven, CT, with offices in Washington, D.C. and worldwide, IPA works with development partners and academic researchers to create and evaluate approaches to solving development problems, to communicate “what works” in development and to scale up successful projects in a variety of fields, including health, education, microfinance, governance and agriculture.
About DSW:
The Dispenser for Safe Water (DSW) Program at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) seeks to fill vacant positions for Short Term Field Officers to support our expansion work in Eastern Uganda. This is in an effort to achieve our program’s medium-term goal—providing 5 million people with sustained access to safe water, which will prevent 2.3 million cases of child diarrhoea and avert over 2,200 child deaths each year.
Job Summary: The Short Term Field Officers will primarily play critical roles in interfacing between DSW and communities and steer the setting up and running of the chlorine dispenser system in targeted communities in Eastern Uganda.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Take lead in community sensitization and education meetings;
  • Steer meetings with community leaders and with other local officials;
  • Field execution of dispenser related activities, including water point nominations and verifications, dispenser installations, supplying chlorine to promoters and dispenser maintenance;
  • Act as the primary point of contact for promoters to answer questions and concerns about dispensers;
  • Work on collecting data for monitoring and evaluation surveys;
  • Field data administration for various activities through smart phone technology;
  • Report on a regular basis to the Associate Area Coordinator and Area Coordinator;
  • Perform any other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Associate Area Coordinator and Area Coordinator.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The applicants should possess bachelor’s degrees or Diplomas in management, community work, project management or equivalent;
  • At least a year to two years’ experience working with communities, social enterprises or NGOs;
  • The Short Term Field Officers should be highly motivated by the opportunity to expand a programme with proven impact, potential to improve the health of millions and save thousands of lives.
  • Good language skills in English both spoken and written;
  • Good motorcycle riding skills or willingness to learn and ride a motorcycle;
  • Extensive knowledge Eastern Uganda – living or having lived there is an advantage as well as willing to relocate;
  • Language skills i.e. Proficiency in speaking Lugisu, Lugwere and Luganda.
  • Embraces team work;
  • Exhibit passion to work and support in rural communities in Uganda;
  • High degree of integrity and stewardship;
  • Self driven and highly motivated to deliver results within tight deadlines;
  • Possess the ability to communicate well within the organization and with the rural communities and local leaders;
  • Basic leadership skills in managing people, working with communities and teams;
  • Good computer skills and comfort to advance the skills in a dynamic IT field;
  • Highly proactive and ambitious to support innovation and change in a dynamic working environment;
  • Positive attitude to work and to develop in a fast paced work environment.
How to Apply for the job:  
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications via email to and copy with the subject line “Short Term Field Officer” or bring a hard copy to DSW Office on Plot 12 Kolonyi Close, Half-London, Mbale. Uganda. For complete applications, please attach the following documents:
  • Cover letter explaining interest in the position and fit for the role
  • Updated CV/Resume
  • Salary Expectations
NB: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by email for an interview.

Deadline: May 2, 2014 by 17:00 Hours

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