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Field Officers at Innovations for Poverty Action

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary: 00

Innovations for Poverty Action


POSITION : Field Officers

DEADLINE TO APPLY : June 09, 2024

START DATE : July 12, 2024

LOCATION : Based in Lilongwe

REPORTING TO : Senior Field Officer/Field Manager

LENGTH OF COMMITMENT : 1.5 months with the possibility of extension

ELEGIBILITY : Position open to local Malawians 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 and 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:

What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls, locally named “Pamodzi Kuthetsa Nkhanza” (PKN) is a randomized controlled trial aiming to assess the effectiveness of a community-mobilization intervention (SASA! Together) to prevent violence against women in Malawi. The study will evaluate the effectiveness of the PKN program, assessing the effectiveness of the SASA! Together program at shifting individual behavior and reducing violence in intimate relationships while also tackling community norms that drive these forms of violence against women. The cRCT will also assess the added value of combining SASA! Together with a women’s social and economic empowerment program, Moyo Olemekezeka (MO) for most at-risk households.

The program takes a whole community approach and uses gender transformative approaches at different levels of society to address the root causes of IPV. It will draw primarily on two existing, evidence-based prevention models, namely SASA! Together, and Moyo Olemekeza (MO). The program aims to change social norms across the community, impacting how community members think about violence against women and about how they use their power in their intimate relationships and in the broader community. The MO approach is a family-based, women’s economic and social empowerment approach. It has been adapted from Zindagii Shoista, another evidence-based approach implemented and evaluated in Tajikistan, which comprises a combination of gender norm, behavioral change and income-generating activities.

About the Position: The Field Officer, under the general supervision of the Field Manager and within the limits of Innovations for Poverty Action-Malawi policies and procedures, is responsible for collection of high-quality data. He/she will be predominantly based in the field. Below are some of the general duties and responsibilities of the Field Officer, to be carried out as needed according to the determination of the Field Manager.


  1. Attend and actively participate in an intensive field staff training.

  2. Completing required number of interviews with study participants

  3. Ensure data integrity is always maintained and minimize errors in the collection of data both electronically and paper.

  4. Accurately and regularly report progress and challenges to Field Supervisors

  5. Schedule and honor appointments with study participants and other stakeholders

  6. Be a team player: Maintain team cohesion and respect among team members.

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

  8. Punctuality: both to a determined daily schedule, scheduled meetings with local leaders, and any other meetings

  9. Proper management and utmost care of IPA resources, field money, items, and equipment.

  10. Perform other duties as assigned.



  1. At least a diploma from recognized Institution with data collection experience

  2. Excellent verbal communication skills in both English and Chichewa

  3. Well organized, detail-oriented, and an excellent listener.

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


  1. Experience in electronic data collection using Survey CTO, ODK.

  1. Demonstrated ability to work independently and meet targets with tight timelines.

  2. Completed Human Subjects Protection certification by Collaborative Institutional Training Institute (CITI)

  3. Willingness to travel and work in rural parts of Malawi.

  4. Well groomed, well-mannered and cultured individual.

Method Of Application

If you are interested and meet the above requirements, click here to apply

DISCLAIMERThe above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Field Officer-What Works 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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