Field Officer job at Innovation: Africa (iA)


Innovation: Africa is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is a team of dedicated problem solvers with a mission to bring solutions and know-how to those in need living in rural African villages. We use solar energy to pump clean water and provide schools, orphanages and medical clinics with light and refrigeration to store vaccines and medicines. iA has completed over 1,100 solar, water and agricultural projects, providing light, clean water, food and proper medical care to more than 5.3 million people in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Africa, Malawi, Cameroon, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Job Summary
Innovation: Africa Uganda is seeking a highly trained and qualified individual to join our team as a Field Officer in Mbale, Uganda. The Field Officer is part of the Program Team and is responsible for implementing Innovation: Africa’s field project activities. The Field Officer works under the supervision of the Country Manager and will support activities related to the identification and implementation for new projects in Uganda and shall be responsible for tasks related to selection of beneficiaries, implementation, reporting and liaison with the community. The Field Officer will regularly report progress and weekly activity report, share the number of beneficiaries reached and actively engage in community mobilization, coordination and sensitization. The Field Officer should expect to travel to the field to search for new projects, mobilize and ensure the communities foster responsibility and ownership in ongoing and completed projects, as well as monitor projects already established.

Reports To
Country Manager

● Oversee all operations in-field throughout the project’s lifespan: prospective project search, project implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.

● Appropriately sensitize the communities, establishing steering committees, coordinating the establishment and management of income generation activities for the sustainability of the projects, as well as effectively coordinating an efficient training program for the elected committee and ensuring that hygiene and sanitation is achieved in communities.

● Support the Country Manager in managing relationships with government and district stakeholders

● Send updates and reports to the management team of implementation for ongoing projects and monitor projects already established
● Participate in beneficiary selection processes
● Organize community meetings with the targeted communities, training and sensitization
● Track the progress of ongoing field activities, including conducting community mobilization and overseeing the technical implementation of iA’s projects

● Conduct Monitoring and Evaluating (M&E) of completed projects, according to the Country Manager’s working plan
● Develop weekly, monthly and quarterly implementation work plans and ensure effective implementation and monitoring of all activities
● Office work – filling in forms, submitting reports, taking pictures and uploading them, answering emails and reporting on Slack channels
● Prepare, manage and fully participate in visits from the international team, donors and guests
● Represent Innovation: Africa at the community, district and government level at all relevant forums and meetings
● Respond to any communication such as email or Slack within a timely manner
● Executing any other task required by the Country Manager and according to the work plan in order to contribute to the success of the operation

The ideal candidate is a dedicated team player with community project experience. Detail orientation, problem-solving, and passion for human development are a must.
Individuals with a Bachelor’s Degree in any community-related field such as Development studies, social works and administration, Human Development (Family studies) or any other related are highly encouraged to apply
Additionally, knowledge of software packages such as Microsoft office applications is an added advantage.

Commensurate with experience.

● A minimum of 5 years’ previous experience working in the sector of community development
● Good computer skills, including email and office software
● Driver’s license and off-road driving experience
● Ability to commit to flexible working hours
● High proficiency in English for speaking, writing and reading, mandatory
● Speak the local language(s) of the Mbale Region
● Educational background in international development or community development is a benefit.

As an international organization, our team is spread out between NY, Israel and Africa, and team members are constantly on the move. We strive to use technology solutions to keep our staff in close contact despite our travel schedules, and are all frequently on the phone, on Skype, Whatsapp, Slack and more. This position requires the ability to keep up with this fast-paced environment, and to be comfortable working with colleagues across time zones and continents.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 60

Level of Education: Bachelor Degree

Job application procedure

Please send your cover letter and CV as a single PDF attachment
to . Please make the file name your full name and please specify which job position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.
Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

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