Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Mitigating Aflatoxin Consumption for Improving Child Growth (MAICE) Project
Position: Associate Field Manager – Nurse / Phlebotomist (Re advertised)
Deadline to Apply: September 18, 2015 but applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
Start Date: October, 2015
Location: Meru Town
Eligibility: Position open to local Kenyan hires only
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering and promoting effective solutions to global poverty problems.
In close partnership with decision makers – the policymakers, practitioners, investors, and donors working with the poor around the world – we design and evaluate potential solutions to poverty problems using randomized evaluations, the most rigorous evaluation method available.
We also mobilize and support these decision makers to use these solutions to build better programs and policies at scale.
About the Project: Mitigating Aflatoxin for Improving Child growth (MAICE) is a study designed to look at the correlation between the consumption of aflatoxin contaminated grain and flour and child growth between the ages of 0 – 2 years.
IPA-Kenya seeks 6 Associate Field Manager (nurses/phlebotomists) who will assist with a variety of data collection activities.
The position will be based in Meru town, with daily travel to villages in Meru and Tharaka- Nithi counties.
Working outside of regular business hours (in the morning or in the evening) will sometimes be necessary.
Associate Field Manger (Nurse/Phlebotomist) will provide support to the MAICE (Mitigating Aflatoxin for Improving Child Growth in Eastern Kenya) team.
In order to satisfactory complete this assignment, you will be expected to:
- Explaining study objectives and obtaining informed consent from all respondents
- Accompanying the field work team to the field and collect venous blood samples from all eligible children 0-24 months in study households
- Measuring maternal and child anthropometry, observing all required research protocol
- Administering specific endline tool to mothers, with a focus on immunization and anthropometry
- Ensuring safe disposal of all medical equipment such as needles, alcohol swabs, etc.
- Ensuring adequate storage of blood samples while in the field, to avoid any destruction or loss to the sample
- Ensuring that Shorrboards and SECA scales are handled carefully to avoid damage and that all equipment is returned to the office at the end of the day
- Ensure that lab request forms thoroughly for completeness and correctness, with special attention to name of the child, child PID, HHID and barcode ID for the respondent.
- In the morning, organize all the equipment needed for blood sample collection as per field checklist
- Every evening, after fieldwork, ensure blood samples are delivered to the lab for separation together with the lab request form
- Careful record-keeping of surveys completed; children measured; blood samples collected using control sheets
- Liaise with lab personnel to ensure that materials, such as icepacks, are sufficient for the next day’s exercise
- Take part in training and re-training, as necessary
- Administrative tasks such as printing, data entry, and filing, as needed
- Reports to the field manager and research associate
Skills / experience
- Valid phlebotomy license or nurse license (must be valid through to November 2015)
- Demonstrated experience with phlebotomy
- Demonstrated experience working with young children
- Adaptability in challenging situations and a team player
- Flexibility with work hours
- Interest in research
- Previous work experience in rural areas
- Past work experience with household-based survey desirable
- Previous research experience
- Basic understanding of or conversant in Kimeru
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter and detailed CV including daytime phone number, an email address, and 3 professional references with telephone numbers.
Your CV should include your scores or grades and other measures of academic achievement, and details about any relevant work experience.
Working with the project in the past is an added advantage but no guarantee of being selected – please indicate clearly on application
Note: The position has been re-advertised and we would advise all applicants who had applied during the initial advertising not to re-apply.
Applications can be submitted by email to [email protected], please ensure that the subject line reads: “Associate Field Manager-Nurse/phlebotomist REF NO: MAICE-2015-09-01”.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.