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Field Manager at Innovations for Poverty Action

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  • Lilongwe
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Innovations for Poverty Action


POSITION : Field Manager

DEADLINE TO APPLY : March 28th 2024

START DATE : April, 2024

LOCATION : Based in Lilongwe

REPORTING TO : Research Associate

LENGTH OF COMMITMENT : 3 months with the possibility of extension

ELIGIBILITY : Position open to local Malawians hires only, women are highly encouraged to apply

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: This project is a randomized evaluation of two interventions targeted at savings groups. These interventions provide treated savings groups with either a loan product paired with financial literacy training, or a mobile application that digitizes group ledgers.

Savings groups typically record their transactions in a physical group ledger or individual passbooks. These paper ledgers are prone to error and damage and often require a lengthy time for verification among group members, including at the groups’ meetings. Digital ledgers, managed via a smartphone application, solve many of these operational challenges and hold promise for improving the availability of quality records to formal credit providers, who often want access to the groups’ activities and finances for purposes of understanding their creditworthiness. 

With this context, we are partnering with World Vision, and their subsidiary VisionFund, to measure the impact of two interventions aimed at savings group participants:

  1. FAST (Finance to Accelerate Savings Groups Transformation)

  2. Digitization of saving groups

World Vision and partners will implement the study interventions—FAST and digitization of saving groups—as part of a broader livelihoods and resilience improvement project—called THRIVE (Transforming Household Resilience in Vulnerable Environment).


  • Overseeing day-to-day project activities including coordinating multiple sites

  • Hiring, training, and overseeing a staff of approximately 12

  • Assistance designing the evaluation and an opportunity to guide project and survey development

  • Ensure data integrity is maintained at all times and minimize errors in recording all data- this includes following up on data integrity of Field Officers and reporting any errors or inconsistencies to the Research Associate

  • Punctuality: in the daily schedule, meetings with partner organization, and appointments with participants

  • Maintain team cohesion and respect among team members.

  • Accurate daily reporting and tracking for oneself and within assigned team.

  • Demonstrate integrity and understanding during interaction with community members/leaders and partner organization staff.

  • On non-field days, accurately perform office duties for instance translation and data entry.

  • Maintaining security and quality of project assets and materials.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree, college diploma, certificate of business, or equivalent experience in business or community development

  • 2-4 years of research experience, preferably with at least two of those years in a management role

  • Excellent verbal communication skills in both English and Kiswahili

  • Well organized, detail-oriented, and excellent listening skills

  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preferred experience with STATA and SurveyCTO

  • A strong interest in the field of impact evaluation

DISCLAIMERThe above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Field Manager-FAST Evaluation. 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.