Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health (MakSPH) with support from the World Bank Group is coordinating the Operations Research Program on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) in Uganda for a period of one (1) year. RMNCAH seeks to recruit Research Assistants (RAs) and Research Officers (ROs) to support data collection for the different Operations research studies.
Study Reference No. 0071 No. of RAs needed and Period 14 RAs for 2 months Reports to: The Study Principal Investigator (PI) Location: Kampala Job purpose:
The Research Assistants will be responsible for field data collection for the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) operations research project. The RAs should be able to think creatively, have excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills.
The position holder shall be responsible for; Data collection o Take part in the pre-test of data collection tools o Review of the data collection tools after pre-test o Actively participate in actual field data collection exercise – They will administer study tools and accurately record and take notes during field interviews and ensure highest level of data quality during the study o Produce accurate data from the respondents Required Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in any health or social science related field • Previous experience in Reproductive, Maternal, New Born, Child and Adolescent Health research • Experience in qualitative research especially conducting focus group discussion and key informant interviews • Minimum of two (02) years relevant working experience as a research assistant Skills • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal • Ability to document and produce concise, informative and appropriate written documentation
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• Computer skills in M/S word
Study Reference No. 0050 No. of RAs needed & period 16 RAs for 3 months Reports to: The Field Supervisor Location: Hoima, Jinja, Kampala, Kasese, Katakwi, Lira, Luwero, Moyo
The Research Assistants will be responsible for scheduling and facilitating data collection through Focus Group Discussions; and transcribing complete verbatim records for all FGDs facilitated. The RAs shall also conduct and transcribe Key Informant Interviews and In-Depth Interviews, as assigned by the Field Supervisor.
The position holder shall be responsible for; Identifying respondents o Work with the respective district stakeholders to identify the appropriate respondents for inclusion in the FGDs, KIIs and IDIs. o Find the necessary contact details for identified respondents, to use in reaching them to schedule the planned data collection events. Scheduling data collection activities o Contact the respective respondents to schedule the relevant data collection events. o Identify and secure the appropriate venue for hosting FGDs, and communicate the address clearly to all invited FGD participants o Organize the venue for FGDs – ensure adequate and appropriate provision for seating of all participants and facilitators o Be present at the FGD venue in time to welcome all participants, and to ensure departure of all participants Collecting data o Facilitate the assigned data collection process to ensure participation and in-depth discussion by all the respondents present o Keep a verbatim written record of the data collection proceedings o Capture a complete and clearly audible audio recording of the entire data collection proceedings Transcribing data o Transcribe all collected data in MS-Word in line with the templates provided o Review and refine transcribed data to ensure full alignment with the audio record of respective data sets Ensuring data safety o Keep all data collected safe from any form of damage, and from access by any unauthorized persons o Submit all collected and transcribed data copies, including hand-written field notes; audio recordings and transcribed soft and hard copies; to the Field Supervisor Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the Field Supervisor from time to time. Required Qualifications: • Formal education to a minimum of Advanced Level or its equivalent • Experience in collection and transcription of qualitative research data – with
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evidence of products from past such exercises • Written recommendation from at least two Researchers or Research Supervisors that attest to your experience in collection and transcription of qualitative data Skills • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal • Ability to produce concise, informative and appropriately written documentation • Ability to capture detailed and clear field notes for data collection events • Ability to capture audio recordings and to transcribe them out as written/typed notes • Fluent in the respective local language of study respondents • Effective functioning in a team context
Study Reference No. 0044 No. of ROs needed & period 3 Research Officers for 1 month Reports to: The Study Principal Investigator Location: Kampala, with frequent travel to the field
The research officer will be responsible for both quantitative and qualitative data collection and management at district, health facility and community levels
The position holder shall be responsible for: Quantitative data collection o Conduct structured interviews with In-Charges of Health Center IVs o Conduct a retrospective review and abstraction of data from health facility records o Make observations and documentation of specific health facility logistics, equipment, infrastructure, etc using a structured check list Qualitative data collection o Conduct key informant interviews (KIIs) with members of the District Health Teams, In-Charges of HC IVs, members of Health Unit Management Committees and local leaders o Management and transcriptions of qualitative data Required qualifications and skills • Master’s degree in public health or health services research • Bachelor’s degree in a health related field (medicine, nursing, public health, social sciences, etc) • Vast expertise in both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods • Previous experience in conducting health facility assessments in both private and public health sector • A good understanding of the national and district health care system, particularly, functionality of HC IVs will be an added advantage
Study Reference No. 0003 No. of RAs needed and period 10 RAs for 3 months Reports to: The Study Principal Investigator Locations: Masaka, Tororo, Lira, and Kabale
The research assistants are primarily responsible for collecting field data and transcribing their interviews. They will have direct contact with respondents and have a great bearing on the quality of data collected and ultimately on the quality of data output. They will also collaborate with other research teams for successful completion of data collection.
The position holders shall be responsible for; Field work preparation duties o Attend a two weeks training workshop for research assistants o Receive data collection tools (questionnaires) and equipment. o Conduct piloting of the data collection tools. o Establish contact with study districts, facilities and key informants Field work and data collection o Schedule time(s) with participants to complete the assessment tools o Respond to questions the participants may have about the assessment o Perform day-to-day data collection activities: travels to districts, health facilities and key personnel offices to collect data o Review and edit data to ensure completeness and accuracy of information o Receive data queries from the Data Manager and resolve them or clarify data collected if needed o Report/send summary data collected to the Principal Investigator at the end of each day o Comply with the requirements necessary for conducting a successful participant interviews. o Abstract data from databases and health facility records o Conduct Key Informant Interviews and Focus Group Discussions After field visits o Ensure that all questionnaires are complete, and all data captured is kept secure at all times o Ensure that all equipment is accounted for o Attend daily meetings with the Principal Investigators after field work to discuss any challenges, solutions and experiences o Transcribe the interviews that they have collected Financial Accountability o Keep all participant signature forms and a detailed account of spending while in field Required Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Economics or equivalent • A certificate or training in qualitative and/or quantitative research is an added advantage • Previous experience with data collection and qualitative transcribing will be an added advantage • Minimum of two (02) years relevant working experience as a research assistant or related position • Previous experience with abstracting health facility and database records is an added advantage Skills • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal • Computer literate • Ability to produce concise, informative and appropriate written documentation • Ability to work independently as well as an effective team player
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• Experience working in rural settings for extended periods of time • Ability to speak native languages in the area (Luganda, Rukiga, Japhadola, Ateso (from Tororo), Lango, English). • Ability to abstract data from records and information databases Application procedure • All suitably qualified and interested candidates should complete and submit a one page filled form (Accessed via https://forms.gle/JuKfPiX582iM8Kdd6). • All candidates should upload their necessary documents (application letter, CV and academic documents) in the provided sections • Incomplete applications will not be considered • Only successful applicants will be contacted for face-to-face interviews
Please note that for this particular study reference no. 0003, applications will be submitted online only using the following link: https://forms.gle/JuKfPiX582iM8Kdd6
Study Reference No. 0023 No. of RAs needed & period 12 RAs for 3 months Reports to The Study Principal Investigator Location Kisoro, Kween, Karenga
The research assistants will be primarily responsible for data collection and associated activities.
Participate in pretesting and updating of tools Administer informed consent and conduct interviews in line with the study protocol. Verbatim note-taking and audio recording of interviews Ensure completeness and accuracy of the information provided by the research participants. Follow up with subjects to resolve problems or clarify data collected Perform other duties related to data collection and management. Required Qualifications • Degree or its equivalent in social sciences, public health and other related disciplines. • Experience in data collection using qualitative techniques (at least three studies). • Experience in verbatim notetaking, audio recording and transcribing. • Language proficiency in English and one of the following languages(preferably with the Batwa, Benet and Ik dialects): o Kifumbira o Kuksabiny o NgaKarimojong Desirable: • A Mutwa. Benet or Ik by ethnicity. • Prior research experience among the Batwa, Benet and Ik people. Skills • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills • Good teamwork attributes • Attention to detail • Good time manager
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• Ability to deliver outputs under minimum supervision • Must be ethical in conducting research.
Study Reference No. 0033 No. of RAs needed & period 6 RAs for 1 month Reports to: The Study Principal Investigator Location: Kampala, Mukono, Gulu, Lira, Mbale, Kyenjojo
The research assistants will carry out qualitative data collection in the health facilities from health workers, patients and administrators.
The position holder shall be responsible for; Data Collection o Work with the PI & Co-PI of the study to collect qualitative data from the respondents that will be identified. o Keep the collected data safely and any recordings confidential Data Transcription o Transcribe the data that has been collected and present it for analysis in English
Required Qualifications: • Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, public health, any health science field or equivalent • A postgraduate qualification in public health or Social Sciences or Health Promotion • Previous experience with qualitative data collection will be an added advantage • Minimum of three (03) years relevant working experience in research. • Should be proficient in speaking Acholi, Langi, Lunyoro, Gishu, Luganda
Skills • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written and verbal • Ability to collect qualitative data and use of electronic recordings • Ability to transcribe the data that will be collected
How to apply: Interested persons should send their application, academic transcripts and updated CV stating at least two referees and their contacts to: The Dean, Makerere University School of Public Health, P. O. Box 7072, Kampala Uganda. Please quote the Study Reference Number in your application (on the envelope for hand delivered applications and in the subject for email applications). Applications without this the Study Reference Number will not be considered.
Candidates may submit electronic versions of their application to firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for submission of applications is Thursday, March 26, 2020 by 5.00 pm. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted