Senior Field Officer

Senior Field Officer

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Position Summary

IPA is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual with outstanding data collection, people management, and communication skills as a Senior Field Officer to support a Price Elasticity of Demand for Mobile Money Services Project in Tanzania. This project aims to estimate consumers’ willingness to pay for mobile money in Tanzania. The main objective of this study is to estimate consumer price elasticity for common mobile money (MM) transactions, with respect to (a) decision to use MM, and (b) intensity of mobile money use. ​

The Senior Field Officers will be responsible for supervising a data collection team. He/she has direct contact with field officers and responsible to provide support to the field officers as well as the Field Manager to ensure that the field activities are implemented with efficiency. Below is a list of some of the general duties and responsibilities of the Senior Field Officers, to be carried out under discretion of the Field Manager and/or Research Associate.


1. Lead and manage field team, providing guidance, support, and supervision to ensure the successful implementation of the project at hand.

2. Oversee and coordinate data collection activities in the field, ensuring that data is collected accurately, consistently, and in accordance with project requirements.

3. Communicate regularly with the Field Manager. Provide updates on project progress, challenges, and achievements.

4. Address challenges and unexpected issues that arise during data collection. Implement effective solutions to ensure project goals are met.

5. Uphold ethical standards in data collection and field operations.

6. Manage and monitor project funds related to field activities.

7. Identify and assess potential risks associated with field operations. Develop and implement risk mitigation strategies to minimize the impact on project outcomes.

8. Foster positive relationships with communities involved in the project, ensuring effective communication, understanding, and cooperation.



1. Bachelor's degree in economics, sociology, community development or other related fields.

2. Experience working in a similar role is required. This may include experience in field operations, data collection, project management, or related areas.

3. Ability to lead and manage a team of field officers, provide guidance, and ensure the successful execution of field operations.

4. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written in Swahili and English.

5. Ability to identify and handle challenges that may arise during data collection.

6. Ability to build and maintain positive relationships with team members, stakeholders, and community members.

7. Ability to adapt to changing circumstances, unforeseen challenges, and evolving project requirements.

8. Ability to organize proper transport for the team to access the study areas and meet the minimum targeted surveys daily


1. Ability to work in a diverse, and multi-cultural environment.

2. Proactive and well-organized to meet deadlines.

3. Confident, trainable and adapt very quickly.

4. Should be smart and updated on all the moving pieces all the time.

5. Previous experience with SurveyCTO

6. Must be digitally literate and have some experience in using tablets in data collection

Reports to

Field Manager 



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About IPA 

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy nonprofit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence of which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to a tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 600 leading academics to conduct over 900 evaluations in 52 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide. 

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As an organization, IPA is dedicated to improving the lives of the world's most vulnerable populations through evidence and policy. We also recognize how important it is for our staff to reflect the diversity of the places where we work and the communities we work with. As such, IPA is committed to hiring from a diverse pool of candidates, from a range of backgrounds, beliefs, experiences, and perspectives. We know that this makes our work stronger and more responsive to the challenges faced by those we work with and for and we encourage people from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Click here to learn more about IPA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Innovations for Poverty Action is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other protected class. IPA will endeavor to make a reasonable accommodation to a qualified applicant with a disability unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the operation of our business. If you believe you require such assistance to complete this form or to participate in an interview, please contact us at or via phone at 1-202-386-6200. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work to be performed by the specified position. 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. Applicants are encouraged to confirm the information listed above with IPA prior to releasing any extensive personal information to the organization. Please direct questions to Please note that only qualified applicants will be contacted by the hiring manager.