Aquaya Recruiting Field Enumerators

The Aquaya Institute (Aquaya) is a non-profit research and consulting organization dedicated to expanding safe water and sanitation access in developing countries through science and innovation. Our mission is to improve public health by reducing the burden of waterborne diseases.

With the REAL-Water program we strive to improve the evidence base for policies and interventions that increase access to safe, affordable, and sustainable rural water.

The program is supported by a 5-year USAID grant from the US Agency for International Development (USAID). We are recruiting enumerators for our baseline data collection efforts for the Assurance Fund evaluation.

We’re looking for highly motivated, visionary thinkers to join our mission.

If you value significant challenges, taking action, and want to help advance global health through universal access to safe water and sanitation, see our open jobs.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Field Enumerator will be responsible for surveying households using a household survey
questionnaire with a mobile-based platform, testing water physical-chemical parameters on site,
collecting water samples, and conducting qualitative interviews.

Specific duties of the field enumerators include:

  1. Travel to the study areas and locate sites for data collection (households and/or water
    points) according to the study protocol.
  2. Determine respondent eligibility and collect written informed consent.
  3. Perform household survey and record data on mobile phone.
  4. Perform water physical-chemical testing on-site. This may include measurements of pH,
    electrical conductivity, turbidity, and free chlorine residual.
  5. Collect and transport water samples from households and communities to the field lab
    for microbial analysis.
  6. Conduct qualitative interviews with local government officials, water system operators
    and managers, and/or community leaders. This may include taking notes, submiting
    report summaries, and transcribing the interviews into English.
  7. Assist with calibrating field equipment, as needed.
  8. Participate in data quality assurance procedures.
  9. Perform other tasks related to the fieldwork that may be assigned by the Research


  1. Fluency in at least one of the following languages: Kikuyu, Luhya and Kalenjin.
  2. Fluency in English and Swahili.
  3. Previous experience using a phone-based data collection platform.
  4. Ability to conduct household surveys and key informant interviews
  5. Experience working on previous sanitation research will be an added advantage

Being a field-based activity, it is expected that the research assistants will navigate field
situations and difficulties such as long walks, difficult terrain, and changing weather, among
others, where field transport means may not be able to reach.


The field enumerator will be paid at a competitive daily rate and a per diem for days worked.

How to apply

Send a cover letter (not longer than one page) and a one-page CV to [email protected] with the email subject “Field Enumerator – Assurance Fund Kenya.”

We will recruit on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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