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, 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.
Job Title: Field Assistants, Escaping Poverty Project
- Reports to: Project Coordinator
- Location: Project sit specified, Ghana
- Deadline to apply: 26th October, 2016
- Duration: 24 months (maximum)
- Desired start date: 14th November, 2016
- Job code: EP-IMPL-02
An International Non-governmental organization, dedicated to working with resource-constrained communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth seeks to employ 16 FIELD ASSISTANTS for a project in 14 districts namely:
- Savelugu-Nanton, Kumbungu, and Tolon in the Northern region;
- Talensi, Kassena-Nankana Municipal, and Nabdam in the Upper East region;
- Kintampo North, Wenchi Municipal, Techiman Municipal, and Techiman North in the Brong-Ahafo region;
- Offinso North, Offinso Municipal, Afigya Kwabre, and Sekyere South in the Ashanti region
Overall objective of job
To plan, direct and coordinate work with project participating households so as to ensure that specific project interventions are moving in the right direction and resources are applied in a judicious and accountable manner. The Field Assistant will perform the duties mentioned below and report to the Project Coordinator.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities.
- Provide weekly coaching services to households within the designated project operational area.
- Provide technical backstopping and supervision to all the project households within the designated operational area so as to ensure that all planned activities are undertaken in a timely and impactful manner.
- Track project performance indicators and provide the relevant and essential input for addressing any challenges that may affect progression towards the project objectives.
- Work with the designated Project Coordinator to plan and execute the yearly calendar of activities, in line with established organizational procedures and objectives.
- Document project outcomes, best practices and lessons learned for sharing with stakeholders.
- Prepare and submit periodic reports (as may be required by a supervisor) on all the household project activities and related matters in a timely manner.
- Carry out or liaise with other project staff to provide capacity development trainings to the project beneficiary households.
- Carry out any other duties that may be assigned to you by the designated Project Coordinator.
- Understanding of participatory approaches.
- Understanding of gender considerations.
- Strong writing and oral communications skills.
- Demonstrated skills and experience in training, including sound understanding of adult learning principles.
- Excellent coordination and facilitation skills
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
- Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors.
- Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure.
- Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view.
- Self-starter, and self-motivated to work under minimum supervision.
- Preparedness to work with farmers in rural settings and especially with women.
Required Skills or Experience
B.Sc. degree or equivalent in Agriculture, Animal Science, Social Science, Rural Development or Veterinary Science.
- A minimum of 2 years’ practical experience in rural development work
- Computer literate in MS Excel and MS Word.
- Ability to ride a motor bike in rough and challenging terrains.
Fluency in English, and Kasem, Frafra, Dagbani, Dagare or Twi.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified applicants who meet the requirements should complete the online application form using the link below
Please take note of the following instructions:
Deadline for submitting applications is 28th October, 2016.
Applicants who are selected will be contacted by email or phone.
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.