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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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

MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS TECHNICAL ADVISOR @ METS

The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) Program of Makerere University School of Public Health seeks to recruit two people for the position of Management Information Systems Technical Advisors. See Job Description below. Interested applicants should deliver hard copy applications to the address below, not later than 5.00pm February 10th 2016.

 

Office of the Dean

Makerere University School of Public Health

New Mulago Complex Road

P.O. Box 7072, Kampala.

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

 

Position Title         : Management Information Systems Technical Advisor

Reports To            : Management Information Systems Manager

Liaise With           : Coordinators, Deputy Program Manager, Program Manager, METS staff

Number of Posts: Two

 

BACKGROUND

The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) program is a five year CDC-funded collaboration between the Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). The overall program purpose is to promote evidence-based decision-making for an AIDS free generation by supporting the alignment of the USG supported Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting systems with the national M&E framework resulting into a fully functional one M&E system.  In this regard, METS is seeking to recruit competent, self driven and hard working individuals to fill the position of MIS Technical Advisor to support and provide technical, program monitoring and evaluation.

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The incumbent will serve as subject matter specialist for Strategic Information (SI) related tasks pertaining to HIV/AIDS activities.  Bringing his or her specialized technical knowledge and work experience in public health data management, surveillance, evaluation strategies and research methodology. s/he will be responsible for the collection and ensuring data quality assurance of HIV/AIDS related data.

The incumbent will focus on monitoring implementing partner reporting requirements, using PEPFAR data management systems such as Site Improvement through Monitoring Systems (SIMS), and Data for Accountability Transparency and Impact (DATIM) (online platform), and Expenditure Analysis (EA) as well as national systems (DHIS2). Furthermore, the incumbent will provide technical guidance to 1) Improve the capacity of all CDC supported implementing partners to be able to report reliably; 2) ensure all data reported to CDC is of high quality.

As a METS staff, the MIS Technical Advisor will work closely with all other METS team members in a coordinated, collaborative and cooperative manner to ensure realization of program objectives

 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

In consultation and collaboration with the CDC Strategic Information team and implementing partners, the incumbent responds to all MIS related activities, such as developing strategies for improved data management Information Systems, data collection, cleaning, aggregation, analysis and dissemination especially for purposes of reporting on PEPFAR indicators to CDC Uganda, USG agencies and other national stakeholders

 

Project Implementation and Management

 

  1. a) Participates in the planning, designing, and implementing data quality processes aimed reviewing, and improving data.
  2. b) Works with CDC supported implementing partners to provide technical and program support to the collection, cleaning, aggregation, analysis and submission of the quarterly, Semi-annual (SAPR) and Annual reports (APR)
  3. c) Works with the various program teams to ensure activity work plans and monitoring plans are properly implemented and results documented.
  4. d) Participates in data collection and analysis, training of staff and CDC implementing partners in PEPFAR M&E protocols and tools and assists in the dissemination of information for timely utilization by OGAC, PEPFAR related USG agencies, implementing partners, and key stakeholders.
  5. e) Guides efforts to streamline and standardize CDC Implementing partner reporting efforts through dialogue on reporting processes and routine monitoring of the quality, accuracy, and consistency of reporting.

 

Data Management Systems

  1. a) Supports the CDC Strategic Information teams to build capacity and utilization of key Information Systems including SIMS, DATIM and the National DHIS2
  2. b) Utilizes appropriate data management systems to monitor indicators for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care activities.
  3. c) Analyzes quarterly programmatic data entered by implementing partners into PEPFAR’s

Data for Accountability Transparency and Impact (DATIM) online platform.

  1. d) Provides assistance to the PEPFAR team in interpreting data on indicators, targets and results.
  2. e) Responds to requests from CDC Strategic Information teams, Implementing partners and national stakeholders for information and technical assistance on strategies for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care activities.
  3. a) Responds to other program related duties as assigned by the Program Manager and/or the Deputy Program Manager.

 

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

Education: A Master’s degree in one of the following disciplines: Health Sciences; Social Sciences; Applied Mathematics, Information Science or a strongly related discipline is required.

Prior Work Experience: The incumbent should have at least five years of progressive and responsible experience in public health at the local, national, regional or international levels that entailed responsibility for public health project activities.  The incumbent should also have experience working with U.S. Government agencies, international development organizations on PEPFAR-funded projects.  Expertise in supporting health projects related to HIV or health systems strengthening would be an asset.

Required Knowledge and skills

  1. a) Strong knowledge of Health Information Systems, data quality assurance, analysis reporting and best practices in data dissemination and usage is required.
  2. b) High level of competency in managing data information and evaluations of large scale health or HIV/AIDS activities is required.
  3. c) Knowledge of public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results of development projects is required.
  4. d) Knowledge of data management processes and tools, including web-based database systems is required.  Strong skills in project monitoring, interpretation and evaluation of data are required.
  5. e) Strong oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with implementing partners and both national and international working partners to prepare required reports.
  6. f) Strong computer literacy especially with Word and Excel software to create and edit charts, tables, graphs and presentations, in addition to the effective use of email and the Internet are required.
  7. g) Ability to use survey indicators, monitoring systems and evaluation designs.
  8. h) Ability to effectively gather, interpret, and report on data obtained from a variety of sources, including competent use of reliable and valid instruments.
  9. i) Ability to facilitate training workshops and present technical Strategic Information data in a clear and concise manner to audiences with varying degrees of knowledge/experience in the area of M&E.
  10. j) Ability to operate successfully in a team environment and to work independently.
  11. k) Excellent interpersonal skills.

Data Supervisor (3 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  candidates  for  the  positions  of  Dat a supervisor  who will be based in three regions (Central, Eastern and Northern) supervising data collection in  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/ Co-Principal Inverstigator.

Position description

The overall duty of the data supervisor will be to ensure that field research assistants follow the study operating procedure in data collection.  Specifically data supervisors will be required to perform the following task;

  • Work closely  with  resident  Village  health  team  members   and  research assistants
  • Receive electronic data from research assistants
  • Review electronic data and then discuss with the relevant research assistants in case of some data queries.
  • Receives data queries from the study coordinator and  handle them together with the respected research assistants
  • Supervises field  data  collection  and  management  activities  following  the evaluation protocol including consent process and confidentiality requirements.
  • Uploads all the data from that specific region.
  • Secure storage of data according to study protocol procedures
  • Maintains confidentiality and security of data
  • Keep the tablet safe and secure
  • Reports to the study coordinator  any issues that may affect the study
  • Provides t h e  c o o r d i n a t o r       with d a i l y  u p d a t e s  i n c l u d i n g  c l i e n t recruited,  interviews  completed,  and any other  important  information  about assigned clients from that region.
  • Participate on study team meetings throughout the study period.
  • Maybe asked in data collection as needed
  • Execute any other duties assigned by the coordinator and the study investigators

Education Qualifications

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

Other requirements

  • Prior knowledge in data collection and management
  • MUST possess a personal laptop computer
  • Proficiency (both spoken and written) in English.
  • Knowledgeable about   common local languages spoken in that region.
  • 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 region  for the entire study period
  • Willing to make regular trips to health facilities in the survey districts
  • 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, and 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

r e g i o n     to  work  in  during  this  survey;  o n l y  short  listed  candidates  will  be contacted.

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.

Job Advertisement for Research Assistants (40 Positions)

The ResilientAfrica Network (RAN)  seeks to hire suitable candidates for the positions of Research Assistants who will be field based in the 4 districts of Hoima, Bududa, Amuria and Lamwo.

The successful candidates will be reporting to the Field Team Supervisors.

Key Responsibilities
• To participate in household data collection activities
• Properly sample households and enroll study participants as per study protocol
• Administer informed consent, conduct and complete interviews in accordance with the study protocol, and answer questions that the respondents may ask before or during the course of data collection
• Provide Team Leader/supervisor with updates from the day including households visited, interviews completed, and any other important information about assigned households.
• Be responsible for data collection and data management processes including validation to ensure quality data collection quality of data elements/data editing
• Any other duties assigned by the data collection team leaders

Education Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in Humanities, public health, statistics and any other related discipline
Experience, skills and other requirements
• Prior experience in quantitative data collection methods
• Proficiency  (both spoken and written) in English and at least one of the following languages (Ateso (basic Karamojong), Luo, Swahili, Runyoro/Runyakitara, Lumasaba)
• Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
• Ability to spend an extended period of time in rural areas and away from home
• 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, indicating the preferred district to work in during this survey; current CV, 2 reference letters from past employers, copies of academic certificates addressed to: The Director Eastern Africa RILab, Makerere University School of Public Health-ResilientAfrica Network, Plot 30 Upper Terrace, Kololo P.O Box 7072, Kampala, Uganda. OR email to info@ranlab.org , not later than Wednesday, 9th September 2015. Only short listed candidates will be contacted and field data collection is expected to commence in the month of September.

Social Science Research Assistant

Research topic: Nodding Disease/Nodding Syndrome

Research Context
The research study titled “An interdisciplinary study contributing to the identification of the cause of nodding syndrome in Cameroon, Tanzania and Uganda” will be conducted in Northern Uganda as a collaboration between the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp, Belgium (ITM) and Makerere University. Makerere University is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Africa that is well known for its high standard of education and research. The Institute of Tropical Medicine is internationally recognized as a centre of excellence for education, research and service delivery in the field of tropical medicine, HIV/AIDS as well as, medical anthropology, health policy and management of health services.
This interdisciplinary study will be taking place in Tanzania, Cameroon and Uganda and will have three components, anthropology, epidemiology and entomology. We are looking for a social scientist who wishes to be a research assistant to a PhD candidate conducting the anthropological and epidemiological component of the study in Northern Uganda. The research assistant will be working on an interdisciplinary research project contributing to the identification of the cause of Nodding Syndrome and will be a key person in the data collection of the anthropological component. The research project will collect and analyse data on the socio-demographic, behavioural, environmental and clinical circumstances in which Nodding Syndrome epidemics occur. The outcome of the study combined with the epidemiological and entomological components will eventually contribute to the development of control strategies against Nodding disease.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the PhD candidate to conduct in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, informal conversations and observations in study sites selected in Adjumani, Gulu, Pader and Kitgum districts in Northern Uganda.
  • Translate interviews from Acholi or Madi to English while they are being conducted
  • Transcribe and translate interviews
  • Support PhD candidate in other relevant research tasks.

Profile:

  • A Ugandan citizen
  • Have at least a Bachelors degree in social science and sufficient experience with qualitative research methods (in-depth interviewing and conducting focus group discussions)
  • Have excellent knowledge (written and spoken) of English and Acholi/Madi
  • Willing to live in rural areas in Gulu, Kitgum, Pader and Adjumani (expected 3-4 months total reviewed on basis of need)
  • Experience in community work
  • Good communicator and respect and value people and their differences

We offer:

  • The opportunity to work on a groundbreaking interdisciplinary research project to identify the cause of Nodding Syndrome and contribute to potential disease control interventions.
  • A full-time position starting as soon as possible – up to December 2016, depending on need & availability.
  • Appropriate compensation set according to qualifications & experience
  • An intellectually stimulating, international and socially committed environment, with room for personal initiative.

Interested?
For more information about this position or interest in applying, please contact Julia Irani (jirani@itg.be). Applications should include a motivation letter and CV. Please apply before August 10th 2015.

– See more at: http://musph.ac.ug/index.php/abt-us/maksphjobs/395-social-science-research-assistant