Job Advertisement for Research Assistant (12 Positions)

PATH  a  Washington  non-profit  corporation  is  partnering  with  Makerere  University School of Public Health (MakSPH) in Uganda to implement a prospective study to evaluate the effectiveness of Sayana Press in Uganda after a 4 year pilot phase that was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.  This  evaluation  will  build  the  evidence  base  for  global  decision- making about whether and how to include Sayana Press in family planning programs in the future and will also inform scale up on Sayana Press in Uganda. The evaluation will include use of tablets to administer structure face to face interview within a health facility.

MakSPH  therefore  seeks  to  hire  suitable   female  candidates  for  the  positions  of Research  Assistants  who  will  be  based  in  the  6  districts  of  B u s i a ,  M a y u g e , Mubende, Kayunga, Gulu and Oyam. The successful candidates will be reporting to the Project Coordinator/ data supervisor.

Position description

The overall duty of the research assistant will be to ensure that data is collected appropriately and submitted electronically to supervisor promptly. Specifically research assistants will be required to perform the following task;

  • Work closely with resident Village health team members
  • Receive clients from the Village health teams
  • Perform field data collection and management activities following the evaluation protocol including consent process and confidentiality requirements.
  • Review  data before uploading and proceeding with another interview
  • Secure storage of data according to study protocol procedures
  • Maintains confidentiality and security of data
  • Keep the tablet safe and secure
  • Reports to the immediate supervisor any issues that affect the study
  • Provide t h e  s u p e r v i s o r     with  daily  updates  including  client recruited, interviews completed, and any other important information about assigned clients
  • Participate on study team meetings throughout the study period.
  • Execute any other duties assigned by the coordinator and the study investigators

Education Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, public health, Nursing, statistics and any other related discipline

Other requirements

  • Prior experience in face to face interviews
  • Proficiency (both  spoken  and  written)  in  English  and  a  common  local language spoken in that district
  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills and ability to

follow study specific procedures and guidelines reliably.

  • Ability to spend an extended period of time in rural areas and away from home
  • Willing to reside in the district for the entire study period
  • Ability  to    work    under    stringent    deadlines    and    independently    with minimal supervision

How to apply: Interested persons should send their applications with a typed cover letter, current CV with 2 referees and their contacts; and copies of academic certificates addressed to: The Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health (Room 215), New Mulago Hospital Complex, P. O Box 7072 Kampala Uganda,  not later than Friday 20th November 2015. Indicate on the envelop  the  j o b  a p p l i e d  f o r  a n d  preferred district  to  work  in  during  this  survey;  o n l y  short  listed  candidates  will  be contacted.

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