Enumerators, field supervisors & data operations associate - laterite

Job Summary

Enumerators, Field Supervisors and Data Operations Associate to manage and conduct large-scale data collection projects

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description


Positions:              Enumerator, Field Supervisor (FS) & Data Operations Associate (DOA)

Duration:              On Project-Basis, Project duration varies 2-12 weeks.

Education:            Bachelor’s degree related to economics, business, public policy or statistics & related field

Experience:         1-2 years of relevant work experience for Enumerators & FS. 2+ years for DOA.

Organization:      Laterite Ltd, Uganda

Languages:          English and Luganda or Runyoro; other languages are a plus.

Pre-requisites:    Experience in collecting quantitative data, data collection experience using Electronic data collection instruments, strong communication skills and team player.



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 advice to public and private sector clients.

Laterite currently operates in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, India and the Netherlands. Laterite brings together more than 40 full time staff. In the last few years, we have successfully completed over 100 research projects, working with internationally recognized universities, global think tanks, international NGOs, multilateral donor organizations and several Government ministries and agencies.

You can find out more about Laterite on our website at: www.laterite.com


Working at Laterite will provide you with the opportunity to develop operational and research skills, whilst gaining first-hand experience working on priority development challenges and opportunities. Laterite offers:

  •  The opportunity to work with a highly skilled and diverse team of very friendly people
  •   A youthful and dynamic environment, that constantly focuses on learning and innovation
  •   A company dedicated to ensuring growth and personal development for all its staff
  •  A chance to make a difference on relevant policy and development issues


Laterite is led by a team of young entrepreneurial professionals who see the opportunity to transform the way research is done. The research team has degrees from some of the world’s top universities, including Harvard University, Columbia University, University of California - Berkeley, MIT, London School of Economics, and Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) with vast experience working in development research in several countries. Our entire data collection team is recruited and trained from the best local universities in the countries we operate. Laterite is proud to be a culturally diverse organization with permanent staff from Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Greece, US, UK, France and Spain.

Position Description

Laterite is looking for brilliant and highly-motivated young people to assist with our fieldwork activities in Uganda. The position in Kampala, Uganda but project locations will be finalized depending on project area, place of residence and language ability of applicants. Enumerators will attend Laterite training sessions, conduct surveys, and collect data using pre-designed data collection instrument.

This position is offered on a project-basis. Successful candidates will be added to our database and be contacted based on availability of positions. Enumerators will also benefit from training sessions aimed at improving their professional development.


Enumerators and Field Supervisors*

Ideal candidates have experience in collecting quantitative data using electronic data collection instruments, ability to ask the questions exactly as they appear in the questionnaire, keep a neutral attitude with the respondents, good understanding and skill of properly managing respondents, interview locations and maintain the pace of interview. And, they have the appropriate skill and methods to implement in the data collection process to maintain high data quality. They are excellent communicators in English and Luganda/Runyoro, have excellent interpersonal skills, team players and can effectively solve problems and adapt to changing situations.

They have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree related to economics, business, public policy or statistics and at least 1-2 years of relevant professional experience. They are willing to develop their professional skills and lead the growth of an organization dedicated to social and economic development.

* Based on interview assessment and relevant experience, Laterite will select candidates to serve as Field Supervisors.

Data Operations Associate**

In addition to above, candidates are eligible for a more senior position if they have 2 or more years of experience managing large-scale field research projects and training enumerator teams on survey instruments. Strong knowledge of development research (e.g. implementing RCTs) and running complex and large data collection projects are a pre-requisite.

** Based on performance, this can be converted to a full-time position with Laterite


Enumerators and Field Supervisors

·         Attend training sessions

·         Conduct interviews in the field using survey instruments and electronic tablets

·         Test questionnaires designed by Laterite in the field

·         Travel to different locations to conduct field preparation, contacting local authorities and identifying potential research participants

·         Document issues that arise during fieldwork and communicate them to the supervisor

·         Keep track of expenses

·         Transmit data collected on a daily basis

·         Assist in any other tasks related to the delivery of the project at hand

Data Operations Associate

·         Design the strategy of field preparation and data collection activities for research studies, with support of management team

·         Draft training manuals for the field team

·         Draft budget and field plans and ensure they are logistically and financially efficient

·         Train enumerators on project specific information, protocols and instruments

·         Leads pilot activities and debriefing sessions

·         Monitor field activities during field preparation and data collection. Implement survey monitoring tools, spot-check visits and generate regular progress reports

·         Engage in feedback session with the field team during the project and upon its completion

·         Manage transcription and translation of qualitative data and ensure quality of final qualitative dataset.

·         Assist in any other tasks related to the delivery of the project at hand

·         Engage with client with support of management team


  • Pre-requisites for Enumerators & Field Supervisor positions:
  •  Experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative data collection in Uganda
  •  Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Statistics, Business Admin, Social Science or related field.
  •   Excellent verbal and written proficiency in English and Luganda/Runyoro and interpersonal skills
  •  Good computer skills – especially the ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel
  •  Willingness to work in rural areas and on weekends, if required
  • Willingness to travel for long periods of time, usually up to 60 days
  • Sharp problem-solving skills
  • Consistent punctuality
  • Effective team-player
  • Quick learner

Pre-requisites for Data Operations Associate positions (in addition to pre-requisites above):

  •  2+ years of experience in leading and managing large data collection teams
  •   Excellent MS Excel skills and attention to detail
  •   Experience leading survey training sessions, managing large budgets and field plans
  •   Knowledge of socio-economic research and RCTs


Competitive with similar roles in other social enterprises and research firms in Uganda. Benefits include individual/team bonuses.


Please click on the apply button to access the application form. Candidates must complete the form in order for their applications to be considered.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply ASAP.

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