Job Summary

Are you someone who likes “new”, “Innovative” and “challenging”? Well, we are looking for join us in our early stage as we grow in Turkana County. WSV are hiring a full-time Field Officer in Kakuma Town with very good business skills to support our entrepreneurs and partners.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 4 years

Job Description/Requirements

Are you someone who likes “new”, “transformative” and “challenging”? Well, we are looking for join us in our early stage as we grow our presence in Turkana County.


Our purpose

Over the next 5 years, we aim to sustainably improve the lives of 1 million people living on less than $5 per day.


WSV brings people and ideas together in radical ways to create and scale community business which remove barriers to development. Our mission is to ensure people in communities have long-term access to affordable products and services with the dignity and empowerment of consumers and entrepreneurs, as opposed to beneficiaries. We do this in two ways, through:

  • a portfolio of proven and branded community businesses and products which local people can run/distribute that also address issues in the community;
  • consulting organisations who want to create more sustainable programmes and social enterprises.


Within our portfolio of products, we distribute an innovative technology called DOT Glasses for free eye testing and sale of truly affordable eyeglasses to communities. DOT Glasses will be the focus of your role.


Of the 7.5 million Kenyans who need eyecare, only 1.6 million are able to visit an eyecare provider. As a result, more than 75% of cases of vision impairment in the country are preventable (Ministry of Health). This is made worse as even low-quality glasses can cost 2,000 Ksh. Many people without glasses are no longer able to read at all. A child without glasses is 3x more likely to fall behind at school!


By revolutionizing the design of the eyeglasses and simplifying our lens concept, we're able to provide prescription glasses for 550 Ksh. The testing and assembly for each patient is done on-site within 5 minutes, without needing a vision care specialist. The glasses are sold through local entrepreneurs who can be trained within hours to test eyesight, make and sell the glasses. The entrepreneurs are provided with all the equipment in a laptop bag size kit meaning they are able to move around and provide glasses.


What we are looking for from you

As the Kakuma Field Officer, you will be responsible for managing WSV’s DOT Glasses operations in the Kakuma-Kalobeyei area, Turkana and the surrounding counties. This will involve training, supporting and monitoring WSV’s DOT Glasses partners, entrepreneurs and customers. You will also be responsible for marketing and sales, managing the supply chains and field research. We are looking for someone who not only solves problems for our partner and entrepreneurs, but who will be a leader and represent WSV in the Northwest.


This job might be for you, if you:

  • Enjoy solving problems and finding creative solutions.
  • Would like to revolutionise an industry with a new way of providing eyecare to those left out.
  • Like to travel and meet amazing people!
  • Are looking to develop yourself and face new challenges.

And, are someone who:

  • Has operated a micro-enterprise, worked for or worked with micro-entrepreneurs (must have).
  • Has experience in problem solving in a variety of professional settings (must have).
  • Has or is able to get a driving and motorcycle license (must have)
  • Is very organised.
  • Has experience with logistics
  • Is very good with technology (computers, tablets, smart phones, MS Excel).
  • Is willing and able to travel regularly and for extended periods of time.
  • Has experience and an understanding of the cultural context in the Kakuma-Kalobeyei area and Northwest Kenya.


Does this sound like the job for you? Send us your CV and a one-page cover letter. Explain why you want to work for WSV and why you are perfect for this role and WSV.

If this is not for you perhaps you know someone who this is perfect for. Please send them this job description. Thanks!


For information on WSV, check out our website www.wsv.global and www.DOTGlasses.org


Location: Kakuma, Kenya                         

Salary: 45,000 Kshs pm + commission


Job Specification

Essential

Experience

·       Operated a micro-enterprise, worked for or worked with micro-entrepreneurs

·       Delivering training, particularly business and marketing


Knowledge

·       Business operations, particularly for micro and small businesses

·       Business record keeping

·       Business finance

·       Skilled with Microsoft Excel


Skills & Attributes

·       Persuasion/sales

·       Advanced problems solving skills

·       Strong analytical/evaluative skills

·       Very good with technology

·       Field research


Personal Attributes

·       Very organized

·       Creative, open minded thinker

·       Take the initiative/proactive

·       Cultural intelligence/awareness

·       Fast learner

Special requirements

·       Willing and able to travel regularly and for up to 2 weeks at a time.

·       Able to travel in remote locations which may lack basic amenities and be physically demanding.

·       Has a driving and motorcycle license or can get one before being hired

Additional desirable experience to assist with other tasks

 

Desirable

Experience

·       Health care (e.g. eyecare or working with CHVs)

·       Monitoring and evaluation or similar (highly desirable)

·       Supply chain management

·       Worked in multiple relevant cultural contexts (KK area, Northwest Kenya)


Knowledge

·       Understanding community development programmes

·       Understanding how NGOs operate

·       Understanding of eyecare issues


Skills & Attributes

·       Effective leadership and motivational skills


Personal Attributes

·       Written and spoken languages; Swahili, English, local languages

·       Results oriented

 

Special requirements

 

Additional desirable experience to assist with other tasks

·       Photography

·       Videography/producing

·       Interviewing for marketing stories


We look forward to receiving your CV and cover letter.

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