Research Field Manager Non-profit Careers – International Lifeline Fund (ILF)

Job Title:       Research
Field Manager
Organization: International
Lifeline Fund (ILF)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to:
Country Director
Salary: Gross
3,000,000 UGX
About US:
Lifeline Fund (“Lifeline”) is an entrepreneurial non-profit organization that
practices pragmatic community-led development to spark catalytic change that
can profoundly improve the quality of human life. Lifeline engages deeply with
communities and local partners  bring
long-term solutions to clean water and basic amenities that are key to building
healthy communities. Lifeline believes communities can create lasting change
harnessing the untapped energy of local leaders, women and small business
entrepreneurs as drivers of this change.
About Project:
The project, which
is being carried out in partnership with university researchers from the US,
focuses on the EverFlow enterprise of the nonprofit international Lifeline Fund.
To meet this objective, the project team will collect data from up to 150 community
water committees, their water sources, and 1500 households in three rounds of
data collection rounds starting in June 2019..
Job Summary:  The Research Field Manager will supervise data
collection staff and manage day-to-day activities, logistics, and key
interactions with local government and other stakeholders for a large,
multi-year research project about drinking water supply in northern
Uganda.  A successful project manager
will effectively manage up to 20 data collectors (enumerators) so as to meet
overall project objectives and ensure data quality. S/he will also deploy
people, vehicles, and technical equipment strategically in a fast-paced
environment, and effectively troubleshoot challenges that arise in the field.
S/he should have excellent communications skills and enjoy interacting with
many different kinds of people, including rural residents, local government
officials, nonprofit staff, and university researchers. S/he should be
comfortable with data collection on tablet computers, as well as computing,
information, and communications technology and software packages
generally.  The research project will
generate new knowledge about a promising solution to the widespread problem of
rural water sources falling into disrepair.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Successfully complete all trainings (e.g., in research ethics)
    deemed necessary for the project.
  • Help organize and execute training for enumerators. Serve as the
    enumerators’ first-in-line supervisor for technical questions, logistical
    needs, and quality assurance/quality control measures.
  • Create and execute a plan and support logistical arrangements for
    the collection of ‘survey data from water committees, households, and
    water sources in Apac and Kwania districts in the Langi language using
    tablet computers. Track progress against data collection targets; report
    to US university research partners and to international Lifeline Fund
    management on an agreed upon schedule.
  • Troubleshoot technical and human resources challenges that emerge,
    during fieldwork. Engage with supervisors at international Lifeline Fund
    and on the US research team as needed to ensure that project objectives
    are met and data integrity is maintained.
  • Treat all research stakeholders, including rural residents, local
    government officials, nonprofit staff, collaborators, and research team
    members with equal respect and fairness

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s or master degree in a field
    related to data collection and management, including but not limited to
    social sciences, economics, international development, or public health.
  • A minimum of five years’ experience with data collection,
    particularly in a research or monitoring and evaluation (M&E) setting,
    is an added advantage.
  • Previous experience in aging teams of 10 or more people, including
    quality assurance/quality control management.
  • Fluent in spoken and written Langi and English.
  • Be highly proficient working with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.
  • Have experience with survey data collection on tablet computers that
    use software such as SurveyCTO or Preference given to candidates who have
    survey coding experience as well.
  • Ability to learn new software and technology quickly.
  • Be physically and emotionally able to work 5 days per week in rural
    areas where many office comforts are not available.
  • Respond to challenges effectively and with good judgment.
  • Communicate effectively and quickly using email and other software.
  • Be honest, fair, and sensitive to people from all walks of life.
  • The Research Field Manager must have a high degree of integrity and
    honesty, unquestionable character, and a commitment to good governance.
How to Apply:
All candidates
should send their updated CVs, cover letter, academic credentials, and the
names and contact information for up to two references who are not relatives to
both of the following email addresses: and 
Deadline: 17th May 2019
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