JOBS: Research Assistant positions available. Find details here

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.

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 the successful completion of data collection.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Fieldwork preparation duties: Attend a two-week training workshop for research assistants
  • Receive data collection tools (questionnaires) and equipment.
  • Conduct piloting of the data collection tools.
  • Establish contact with study districts, facilities, and key informants
  • Fieldwork and data collection
  • Schedule time(s) with participants to complete the assessment tools
  • Respond to questions the participants may have about the assessment
  • Perform day-to-day data collection activities: travels to districts, health facilities, and key personnel offices to collect data
  • Review and edit data to ensure completeness and accuracy of information
  • Receive data queries from the Data Manager and resolve them or clarify data collected if needed
  • Report/send summary data collected to the Principal Investigator at the end of each day
  • Comply with the requirements necessary for conducting successful participant interviews.
  • Abstract data from databases and health facility records
  • Conduct Key Informant Interviews and Focus Group Discussions
  • After field visits, ensure that all questionnaires are complete, and all data captured is kept secure at all times
  • Ensure that all equipment is accounted for
  • Attend daily meetings with the Principal Investigators after fieldwork to discuss any challenges, solutions, and experiences
  • Transcribe the interviews that they have collected
  • Financial Accountability: Keep all participant signature forms and a detailed account of spending while in field

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a 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
  • At least two years of relevant working experience as a research assistant or related position
  • Previous experience with abstracting health facility and database records is an added advantage
  • 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
  • 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

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates should complete and submit a one page filled form at the link below. All candidates should upload their necessary documents (application letter, CV and academic documents) in the provided sections. Incomplete applications will not be considered

CLICK HERE to apply

Deadline: Thursday, March 26, 2020, by 5.00 pm.

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted


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