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Senior Field Officers at Innovations for Poverty Action

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary: 00

Innovations for Poverty Action


POSITION : Senior Field Officers

DEADLINE TO APPLY : June 9, 2024

START DATE : July 12, 2024

LOCATION : Based in Lilongwe

REPORTING TO : 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:

Reporting to the Field manager, the Senior Field Officer will primarily be responsible for managing the teams collecting data for this study. He/she will be predominantly based in the field.


  1. Plan and schedule interviews with study participants.

  2. Ensure that all the teams have all necessary materials/tools required for data collection. These must be made available on time.

  3. Ensure completion of scheduled activities each day in a timely manner including keeping logs of work accomplished while rigorously following the study protocol with minimal supervision.

  4. Complete data collection and data quality checks by sitting in interview sessions and ensure that data integrity is always maintained and minimize errors in data collection and transmission.

  5. The SFO will provide feedback on SurveyCTO programming, assist in troubleshooting issues related to the questionnaire and other survey tools as they arise, assist in survey translations, overseeing, monitoring, and conducting data collection.

  6. Solicit appointments and do follow up for scheduled interviews with local officials and community members.

  7. Work closely with staff to develop work schedules before any activities begin. Discuss and seek the approval of the project management team on work schedules, make changes/adapt if necessary, following the outcomes of these discussions.

  8. Communicate arising challenges/concerns/emergencies promptly to the project management team to complete the assigned task in a timely manner.

  9. Interacting with respondents with the highest level of integrity and understanding.

  10. Conduct spot checks, back checks, sit-ins, listen to audio audits, and give feedback to the field officers and management team that will inform and monitor improvements.

  11. Human resource management which includes supervision, monitoring, and appraisal of FOs.

  12. Complete interviews and collect data with respondents, community leaders and partners whenever necessary.

  13. Other tasks as assigned by the project management team.



  1. A bachelor’s degree or a diploma recognized in Malawi with two years’ experience.

  2. Excellent oral and written communication in English and Chichewa.

  3. Prior work experience in data collection using SurveyCTO and managing electronic data collection systems.

  4. Prior experience leading data collection teams

  5. Demonstrated ability to manage data collection at various levels (planning, collecting, backchecking and reporting)

  6. Flexible, self-motivated, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently and a team player.

  7. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word) and google sheets.


  1. Experience in conducting data quality checks for quantitative and qualitative surveys.

  2. Experience leading teams, developing work plans, survey tracking and reporting.

  3. Local knowledge of the study areas.

Method Of Application

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

DISCLAIMERThe above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Senior 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 applicants.

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