RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITION @ MAKERERE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH-MONITORING AND EVALUATION TECHNICAL SUPPORT (METS) PROGRAM.

 

 Background

Makerere University School of Public Health-Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) Program is a collaboration between Makerere University School of Public Health and the University of California San Francisco with funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The program has received funding and approval to conduct an Evaluation study titled; “Evaluation of the impact of the Uganda TB/HIV collaborative policy on TB Treatment Outcomes in Patients with TB/HIV Co-infection: An analysis of routine programmatic data and qualitative interviews on provider experiences”.  The study will be conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in all the 12 health regions in Uganda. The METS Program now invites applications for the following job position:

 

Job Position: Research Assistant, TB/HIV evaluation (60 positions)

Reports to: Survey Investigators

 

Job Summary: The research assistant will complete data collection tools and provide field reports for the evaluation study.

 

Key duties and responsibilities

  • To collect quantitative data on TB/HIV collaborative services in 12 health regions of Uganda.
  • To moderate and record Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and In-depth Interviews (IDIs)
  • To edit collected data to ensure accuracy, consistency and completeness of the data collected
  • To conduct preliminary translation and transcription of qualitative data (FGDs and IDIs)
  • To ensure safe custody, integrity and confidentiality of the collected data

 

Education Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in humanities, public health, statistics, and any other related discipline or a Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Training in research methods is an added advantage.

 

Experience and Exposure

  • Experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.
  • Experience in translation and transcription of qualitative data (FGDs and IDIs)
  • Experience in compilation of field reports.

 

Specific Knowledge and skills

  • Knowledge on TB in general and TB/HIV co-infection in particular
  • Qualitative data transcription skills
  • Ethics related to data collection and management
  • Excellent Communication skills
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Team work
  • National legislations and policies relating to TB/HIV.

 

Duration of Job:

  • The whole exercise will take a period of 30 days including the 5day training.

 

Details of the job

  • The job will require full time deployment to the field for the duration stated; including weekends.

 

How to apply

A letter expressing interest and providing a brief education background, and research experience, personal research interests, names of two referees. Please attach your latest curriculum vitae.

 

Applications should be delivered to MaKSPH METS program addressed to the following Address:

 

The Principal Investigator

MaKSPH METS Program

Plot20A, Kawalya Kagwa Close Kololo,

NB Indicate on the envelope: “TB/HIV Evaluation”

 

 

For more information you can contact

Ms. Sharon Katunguka

Human Resource and Administration Manager, MAKSPH/METS Program

Email: skatunguka@musph.ac.ug

 

Deadline for receiving applications: 24th October 2017

 

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Call for TDR International Postgraduate Scholarship on Implementation Science for 2018

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Call for TDR International Postgraduate Scholarship on Implementation Science for 2018
Academic Year
Application deadline for Masters Degree Programme: 31 July 2017
Application deadline for PhD Degree Programme: 31 August 2017
Application deadline for TDR scholarship: 31 August 2017

DESCRIPTION
The University of the Witwatersrand’s School of Public Health announces a call for full-time Master and Doctoral Degree Programmes in the field of Implementation Science. The award for the programmes is provided by TDR, the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases hosted at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland.
The degree programmes are open to candidates from a range of disciplines including Clinical and other health-related fields; Statistics and other quantitative fields, as well as Demography and Social Sciences. The degree programmes should also appeal to candidates who want to become more involved in research in health-related fields.
Training will be focused on courses relevant to a career in implementation science.
Implementation science is a growing field that supports the identification of health system bottlenecks and approaches to address them, and is particularly useful in low- and middleincome countries where many health interventions do not reach those who need them. The goal of this scheme is to strengthen capacity in implementation science and research on infectious diseases of poverty (in particular, the neglected tropical diseases) and to boost the number of researchers and practitoners in low and middle-income countries. Further information on implementation research is available from: http://www.who.int/tdr/publications/topics/ir-toolkit/en

DEGREE PROGRAMMES ON OFFER
 MSc Epidemiology in the field of Implementation Science (18 months full-time)
 PhD in Implementation Science within the Interdiscipinary PhD Programme in Public
and Population Health (36 months full-time). Applicants into this PhD programme are
required to sit for and pass the five Implementation Science core courses.
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ELIGIBILITY
 The scholarship is open to nationals of low and middle income countries in the WHO
African Region that are resident in the region. (http://data.worldbank.org/about/countryand-lending-groups#Sub_Saharan_Africa)

 Applicants should normally be under 35 years for the Master Programme and under 40
years for the PhD Programme. Women candidates are encouraged to apply.
 Applicants must meet the University’s requirements for the level of degree applied for.
SCHOLARSHIP PACKAGE
The scheme will provide full scholarships for limited number of Masters and PhD Fellows in the
2018 academic year and the scholarship covers the following:
 Return economy air fare
 Tuition fees and basic medical and accident insurance
 A monthly stipend to cover living expenses.
 Support for the Masters or PhD research project expenses
Further, recipients’ careers will be tracked with the new TDR Global alumni and stakeholder
platform that will monitor the impact of the programme, as well as networking and increased
visibility opportunities for the Fellows.
HOW TO APPLY
The application process is two-fold.
1. Application to the University of the Witwatersrand
Apply for the desired level of study by completing a Wits postgraduate application form online
at: http://www.wits.ac.za/postgraduate/applications/ Application fee is R200 for both
international and local applications. Applicants should note to apply for accommodation also.
Application deadlines are:
31 July 2017 for the MSc Programme
31 August 2017 for the PhD Programme and
30 October 2017 for Accommodation
For more information on applications, please go to:
http://www.wits.ac.za/askwits for general application queries or
Mrs. Gloria Bowe (Gloria.Bowes@wits.ac.za) for the MSc Programme related queries and
Mr. Paul Bohloko (Paul.Bohloko@wits.ac.za) for the PhD Programme related queries.

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2. Application for the TDR scholarship
The application for the TDR scholarship should be made separately in writing and should include
the following documents:
a. A letter of motivation
b. A certified copy of the bio-data page of the passport
c. Evidence of application to study Implementation Science as the field of study in the MSc
Epidemiology Programme at the University of the Witwatersrand or the Interdisciplinary
PhD Programme of the School of Public Health commencing in the 2018 academic year
d. A comprehensive curriculum vitae including a description of relevant research and work
experience
e. Two confidential referee reports should be sent directly by the referees to Mrs. Gloria
Bowes (Gloria.Bowes@wits.ac.za).
The application deadline for TDR scholarships is 31 August 2017 for both the MSc and
PhD Programmes.
Scholarship applications should be sent to: Mrs. Gloria Bowes (Gloria.Bowes@wits.ac.za) and
copied to Dr. Latifat Ibisomi (Latifat.Ibisomi@wits.ac.za).

Research Administrator @ MakSPH-CTCA

MakSPH-CTCA is searching for an Administrator for a research project Administrator on TB- Tobacco integration using mHealth approach. This position serves as the key link for the project team and project partners. This position will provide the research Team administrative support to ensure smooth implementation of the research project.

 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

 

  1. Provide overall administrative support to the project, working closely to support the project coordinator
  2. Arrange and secure logistics for project activities
  3. Monitor the budget expenditure in close collaboration with the project coordinator
  4. Ensure proper accountability of all funds dispatched.
  5. Support the research team in undertaking procurements, contract drafting, MoU drafting and other financial modalities.
  6. Draft project financial requests in time
  7. Ensure logistical preparation and readiness of research team in case of field activities.
  8. Work with the FMU to draft financial reports as required by the accounting cycle.
  9. Support the coordinator in communication of related activities.
  10. Lead the organization of team meetings and workshops as requested by the coordinator.
  11. Maintenance of proper study accounts and records (computerized and manual) related to budget, receipts and payments.
  12. In collaboration with the Principal Investigator, ensure reconciliation of the expenditures and budget lines on a quarterly basis
  13. In collaboration with the Principal Investigator, ensure that all services provided to the study are paid for.
  14. In collaboration with the Principal Investigator, ensure inventory and supplies control.
  15. Ensure high degree of confidentiality as regards research records

 

  1. Ensure that all project properties are secure, in good condition and used only for project work
  2. Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications

The required candidate should have the following qualifications:

 

  1. Minimum of a University degree from a recognized university
  2. At least 2 years of work experience in a similar organization.
  3. Experience in working with a research organization for at least 2 years
  4. Experience in basic financial accounting, human resource management, procurement, research and records keeping.

Remuneration

An attractive salary commensurate to the experience and qualifications will be offered

Research Project Overview

MakSPH-CTCA in collaboration with Ministry of Health Uganda, East Tennessee State University and WHO are implementing an implementation Science Research project to integrate tobacco cessation services into TB programs using mHealth specifically text messages. The goal of the project is to use mHealth solutions to integrate tobacco control into TB programmes to improve TB treatment outcomes in Uganda. The primary objective is to support TB patients to quit tobacco use. The secondary objectives are: a) To train health workers on mHealth solutions for TB-Tobacco integration; b) To assess the period that participants take to quit tobacco use; c) To support TB patients to adhere to TB treatment. This is a 3-year project that will be implemented in hospitals in Uganda.

Application submission

To apply for this position please submit in confidence a resume and a cover letter that details why you are a good fit for this career position to bakairak@ctc-africa.org, copy nyamurungik@ctc-africa.org

Timelines: Deadline is March 27th, 2017

Curriculum Writer @ Bridge International Academies

Description

Overview

Bridge International Academies is transforming education by attacking one of the emerging world’s biggest problems: inadequate access to and quality of education for the children of families living on less than 180 Ksh/day.

Bridge has 63 academies in Uganda educating 12,000 children. Bridge utilizes a research-proven, scripted-learning education methodology coupled with big data (all teachers have tablets for instruction, assessment, and data-gathering) to profitably deliver high quality education at less than 540 Ksh per child per month.

Bridge is a for-profit company that deeply believes that financially sustainable solutions are the long-term answer to development in emerging countries. The company is backed by top-tier, global venture capital firms.

About the Position:

We have a small Boston office and a large Nairobi office with expert curriculum writers in math, science, English, social studies, and early childhood education. Our Ugandan academic team needs a dedicated individual with experience in primary education in Uganda to help adapt our current Kenyan curriculum for use in Uganda.

Imagine you’ve compiled a four months of fantastic science curriculum. We receive data that suggests we should cut 20% of our content across the board. You now need to figure out a way to make this happen for your science curriculum that’s efficient, consistent, and, most importantly, preserves the instructional quality of your work. If this puzzle excites you, read on.

What will this job involve?

  • Combing through our current textbooks and lessons from a Ugandan perspective
  • Writing new content for textbooks, scripting objective-driven lessons, and creating aligned and rigorous assessments. This could involve working on curriculum for English, math, science, social studies, and/ or religious education depending on your skills and experience
  • Getting into the field once per week to test samples of our curriculum in our current Bridge academies

Besides the above, what would make you a good fit? 

  • A commitment to expanding educational quality and access in East Africa and a belief in the effectiveness of scripted curriculum
  • 3 – 5 years’ experience working in primary education in Uganda
  • Fluency in English (Luganda and other local language a plus)
  • Excellent communication skills – this position will involve daily remote collaboration with our Boston office
  • Flexibility, ability to process and respond to new information quickly, and excellent attention to detail

APPLY HERE

Research Manager – Planned CDC Study

Location: Jinja, Uganda

Key responsibilities:

  • Manage day-to-day operations of the Study Management Center.
  • Work closely with the co-Principal Investigators to ensure that the study is conducted according to the established Research Protocol.
  • Work with the Biostatistician to coordinate recruitment and activities of the data collectors on the study.
  • Manage and coordinate the activities of health workers who will collect the biological samples.
  • Ensure that all completed questionnaires, data collected through other methods and biological samples are securely stored.
  • Supervise Biostatistician, Referrals & Linkages Officer and Finance & Administration Officer.
  • Supervise and coordinate that activities of short term consultants recruited to perform specific tasks as part of the study.

Desired qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Public Health or related field like Epidemiology, Demography, Population Studies or Statistics.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience in conducting population-level research.
  • A competent manager who is comfortable working with minimal supervision and with multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural teams.
  • Good team player who has experience supervising teams.
  • Knowledge about HIV programming with a good understanding of the ‘continuum of care’ so as to appropriately refer clients is desirable.
  • Excellent computer skills. Knowledge of common statistical packages such as STATA and SPSS is an added advantage.
  • Ability to frequently travel to the field sites to supervise research activities.

Send CVs and application letter to: allenka79@yahoo.com

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship program is looking for interested applicants for 2016 and 2017.   The program offers graduate studies (3-year PhD, 2-year MSc or MLitt, or 1-year postgraduate course MPhil, MBA) where financial costs are fully covered.  The program awards around 90 new scholarships every year and has over 1,500 active alumni.

 

As they’ve only been able to award 5% of the scholarships to people based in Africa, they are looking for new ways to get the message out and encourage more Africans to apply.

 

The selection criteria includes intellectual ability, leadership capacity, and a commitment to improving the lives of others.  The application deadline to be selected for October 2017 entry is 7 Dec 2016 – and likely a similar deadline for 2017/2018.

 

Below is some of the criteria

  • All citizens are eligible except UK citizens
  • Must gain admission to one of the following full-time graduate programs at Cambridge:
  • PhD (three-year research)
  • MSc or MLitt (two-year research)
  • One-year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, MBA, Diploma – (taught/research)
  • No age limit

 

Full details about the program and how to apply can be found at www.gatescambridge.org.