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Field Managers

Job Description: Field Managers (2 positions)
Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
As part of the
Promoting Agriculture, Health, and Alternative Livelihoods Program (PAHAL)
Implemented by Mercy Corps International
Location: We are advertising for two separate positions to be based in Far West Nepal. One will be in based in a VDC of Doti District and the second in Maulali VDC, Bajhang District.
Background on the Program:

The Promoting Agriculture, Health, and Alternative Livelihoods Program (PAHAL),funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP), is a five-year program that commenced in November 2014.  It seeks to strengthen livelihoods, improve nutritional status and increase the capacity of vulnerable households to mitigate, adapt to and recover from shocks and stresses in communities with deep poverty and high rates of malnutrition in critical zones of the Mid- Western and Far-Western Regions of Nepal.

Mercy Corps has formed a dynamic consortium of local and international partners that combines extensive experience and knowledge of the communities in rural Nepal, strong relationships with local organizations and structures, and evidence and learning from global contexts. Together, Mercy Corps, Plan International USA (Plan), International Development Enterprises (iDE), Tufts University’s Feinstein International Center (FIC), and Nepalese partners NTAG, Rupantaran, RIMS-Nepal and SAPPROS, will work at a systemic level to address both the symptoms and root causes of food insecurity in order to build community resilience. The consortium has designed an intervention strategy based on its members’ proven ability to achieve lasting results in Nepal, and on extensive and on-going assessments of key food security constraints.

The Feinstein International Center of Tufts University is an academic research center dedicated to improving the lives and livelihoods of marginalized and crisis-affected communities through evidence-based research geared towards informing policies and programming. As part of the PAHAL program in Nepal, FIC will be designing and leading research to investigate the social, economic and political factors contributing to resilience and vulnerability at the community, household and individual level. The FIC team will coordinate research activities with the monitoring, evaluation and learning activities of Mercy Corps and partners, and will seek to provide evidence to inform and improve on-going and emerging programs.

Objective and Scope of Engagement:

The full-time Field Manager will manage the Tufts portion of the PAHAL project in the assigned VDC (more details below). This person is expected to live full-time in the rural location.

This position is for one year from the date of hire with the possibility for renewal. Salary is inclusive of living costs. Travel expenses as required and approved by the program will be covered.

The Field Manager will report to the Tufts Researcher working with PAHAL, Mr. Poshan Dahal.

This position will be paid as a consultant. This is not a Tufts University employee position, and hence does not include university benefits such as insurance (health, life, medevac, or disability) or pensions.

Responsibilities:

The Field Manager will have a variety of responsibilities related to managing the field team. These include (but are not limited to) the following:
  • Oversee teams of 5-8 enumerators in the rural VDC, including assisting with hiring, engaging in training, and routine and consistent personnel management.
  • Conduct initial census mapping of all wards.
  • Mobilize local communities to participate in the data collection.
  • Manage community expectations.
  • Liaise with local and VDC leaders.
  • Troubleshoot technical problems.
  • Oversee incentive program for households.
  • Represent FIC to government bodies and other actors as needed.
  • Report regularly to Tufts Researcher.
  • Arrange local logistics as required for other members of the Tufts and/or PAHAL team. 
Qualifications:
  • Applicants will be judged against the following list of ideal qualifications:
  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences.
  • A minimum of 2 years supervisory experience, particularly of enumerators in rural settings.
  • A minimum of 1 years of field work in rural areas in data collection or other research-related tasks.
  • Some experience with tablet or smart-phone based data collection a plus but not essential, though it is essential that the successful candidate be confident using and trouble-shooting technical issues.
  • Proficiency in relevant local language (i.e. Doteli or Bajhangi).
  • Familiarity with and sensitivity to issues of rural exclusion, including those based on caste and gender.
  • Ability to work well independently, to take initiative, and to problem solve.
  • Good organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills.
As a university we are committed to learning and personal development. Applicants who are strong in some of the above areas and have a willingness to learn in others will be considered.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae, including contact emails for two references, via email to dposhan@gmail.com by December 26, 2015.

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