16 Dec 2016

IPA Jobs : Annual Survey Field Staff – Field Supervisor (FS)

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Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a United States-based non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA designs, rigorously evaluates their impact, and refines these solutions and their applications together with decision-makers to ensure that the evidence created is used to improve opportunities for the world’s poor. Since our founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 350 leading academics to conduct over 450 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.

Job Description

Annual Survey Field Staff, Disseminating Innovative Resources and Technologies to Smallholders (DIRTS)

  • Reports to: Field Manager
  • Location:  Tamale, Ghana
  • Deadline to apply: January 4, 2017
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Desired start date: February 6, 2017
  • Job code: DIRTS-AS-20161512

 

Project Summary:
The Disseminating Innovative Resources and Technologies to Smallholders (DIRTS) project is a follow up study on the Examining Underinvestment in Agriculture (EUI) project which was conducted from 2009-2012 by Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Ghana. The project explored questions on constraints to underinvestment in farming activities in Northern Ghana.

To achieve this study randomly assigned treatment on capital and/or weather-indexed insurance to selected farmers, and measured the impact of these treatments on agricultural investment decisions. The key outcome of this study was that access to insurance led to increased farmer investment in scale of production but not cultivation intensification.

DIRTS project hypothesizes that in addition to drought index insurance, access to extension services and a wide range of agricultural inputs, farmers will adopt intensified cultivation practices and thus improve production and per-acre profitability.

Position Summary
IPA seeks project field staff to perform the roles of Surveyors, Team Leaders (TLs), Auditors and Field Supervisor (FS) in its upcoming Follow up survey on randomly selected respondents in the DIRTS study sample.

This position is temporal and will be based in Tamale but will require extensive travel within and across 13 districts in Northern Region, Ghana.

Field Supervisor (FS) position

Responsibilities:

  • Report to Research Consultant
  • Supervise multiple Surveyors and Team Leaders;
  • Organize overall field logistics;
  • Accompany surveyors; conduct random spot checks; Scrutinize edited surveys; do back-checks as necessary;
  • Ensure survey equipment is managed appropriately by field teams and assist with the preparation of daily work plans
  • Perform other duties related to the project that may be assigned to him/her.

Required Skills or Experience

It is required that potential candidates possess;

  • A university degree in Agriculture, Statistics, Economics or any related field;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Strong oral proficiency and basic grammatical knowledge of Dagbani and/or Konkonba/Likpakpa. Frafra preferable but not required;
  • Good knowledge of basic mathematical computations;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work with little or no supervision;
  • Previous experience (at least one year) in a similar position;
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in MS word and excel;
  • Experience in using android tablets to collect data on the field
  • Experience in plot measurement



How to Apply

Please fill out the online application form by clicking the link below: DIRTS EVAL Field Staff Application Form Timeline 
  • The deadline for applications to this position is January 4, 2017. Applications received will however be reviewed on an ongoing basis.
  • Due to the high volume of applications received by IPA, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted by email or phone for an interview
DISCLAIMER: Please note that IPA will never require monetary compensation as part of its application process. Any requests for monetary compensation by persons claiming to be IPA employees or persons claiming to represent IPA should be disregarded and reported. Please direct questions to [email protected].





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