Laterite Senior Field Supervisor Jobs in Ethiopia

Laterite Senior Field Supervisor

Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 211314

Category: Management, Research and Development
Location: Addis Ababa
Career Level: Junior Level (1+ - 2 years experience)

Job Description

About Laterite

At Laterite, we transform the way development research is done. Our mission is to deploy the most innovative research methods and the latest academic thinking to design effective responses to development issues.

We provide three types of services to clients: i) comprehensive data collection and data processing solutions; ii) research services, from the design of large-scale research projects through to analysis; and iii) strategic and technical research advice to public and private sector clients.

Laterite currently operates in Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, India and the Netherlands. Our offices bring together more than 40 full time local and international staff, who work with a team of over 400 enumerators.

In the last few years, we have successfully completed over 100 projects, working with internationally recognized universities, global think tanks, international NGOs, multilateral donor organizations and several Government ministries and agencies.

The Laterite Model

1. We believe that impact is a long-term endeavor that requires being embedded in the local context: In order to achieve policy impact through research it is important to establish a strong local presence.

Delivering high quality research and advice requires building a local team and data collection systems, understanding the context, establishing close working relationships with key players and understanding their constraints and motivations. We only conduct research where we have a local presence.

2. We are rigorous and structured, but not rigid in our choice of analytic methods: Our mission is to deploy the most innovative research methods to design effective responses to development issues.

We do not define ourselves by a particular method or approach (e.g. RCTs), but by our ability to embrace and deploy new technologies and research methodologies in our project work. We work in an anti-disciplinary way, by borrowing methods not only from econometrics but other fields as well.

3. We innovate with every opportunity: With every new challenge and opportunity we try to innovate, always with the objective of creating new and better ways of conducting research in low-resource country contexts.

The Laterite Lab, our internal research development arm, catalyzes our research efforts and aims to equip our teams with new research methods and 2 techniques. Our aim is not only to acquire and implement new methods, but to create new methods.

You can find out more about Laterite on our website at:
Who We Are
Laterite is led by a team of entrepreneurial professionals who strive to transform the way development research is done. Our research team has degrees from some of the world’s top universities and vast experience delivering research projects in emerging markets.

Our data collection team is recruited from the best local universities and are rigorously trained. We are proud to be a culturally diverse organization.

We are also very proud of our office culture that is hard working, but relaxed, non-hierarchical, and fun!
Description & Key Responsibilities
Laterite is hiring for a Senior Field Supervisor to be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Senior Field Supervisor (SFS) assumes a key role for project implementation within the data team.

The SFS supports in-office preparatory activities for projects and assumes in-field supervision and monitoring of surveys to ascertain that field research is implemented according to client’s requirement and adhere to highest standards of quality.

The SFS further ascertains that performance and expenses reporting is
done with integrity.

i. Project-based responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the Data Operations Associate, the SFS contributes to planning training activities including the production of training material such as field protocols, training presentations and training manuals.
  • Assumes responsibility for contacting and communicating to the field team assignments and timelines of projects.
  • Manages admin tasks ascertaining that all required materials are printed, and packs are made.
  • Organizes field team deployment, ensuring that they have fulfilled all administrative requirements (attended training, obtained valid contracts and health insurance).

    Implements field surveys:
  • Ensuring deployment is effectively done,
  • Monitoring all surveying activities while based on the field with teams of
  • Engaging in physical audits of surveys by sitting-in surveys and providing
  • Engages in daily debriefs with the field team,
  • Ensures that teams’ days worked are logged on appropriate trackers,
  • Ensures that field supervisors provide appraisals on their respective teams
    and provides appraisal for FSs,
  • Submits daily reports to the management team in Addis Ababa, to inform of
    field activities progress and challenges, 3
  • Organizes in collaboration with the DOA mop-up activities and recommends
    procedure for those,
  • Checks field team expenses reports for accuracy and integrity.
  • Provides record of the field team’s days worked as well as consolidate appraisals for the smooth processing of salaries.
  • Contributes to field reports
  • Provides key information to guide project debriefs from the field perspective and recommendation for further practice

    ii. Data-team based responsibilities

  • Contributes to recruitment and the establishment of team processes and systems as advised by line supervisor.
  • Assists in other admin, accounting and HR-related tasks pertaining to the smooth operations of the data team.

    Job Requirements

  • Country national with at least 1 year of experience leading field operations of medium scale research projects.
  • Excellent people management and communication skills.
  • Bachelor's degree in any field.
  • Fluent in English, Amharic (any local language is a plus)
  • Excellent management and organizational skills; must be detail-oriented, able to manage multiple tasks efficiently, independent and motivated self-starter
  • Must thrive in a growing organization setting, and be able to adapt to dynamic growth and change


  • Competitive with similar roles in other social enterprises and research firms. Benefits include generous leave, health insurance, and individual/team bonuses.


    This position is offered on a 4 to 6 months-contract basis, renewable upon employer’s satisfaction.

    How to Apply

    Please complete the following application, including a CV and cover letter.
    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis so we encourage you to apply ASAP.
    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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