RCTP Nyanza Qualitative Research Assistant (Suba, Mbita, Rongo and Uriri) Job Vacancy
SEARCH is a community cluster randomized trial in Uganda and Kenya of widespread early community wide antiretroviral therapy (ART) vs. standard of care, where primary endpoints will include both community health and community economic status.
Position: Qualitative Research Assistant
- Minimum: Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in the Social Sciences, Public Health, Medicine, Nursing, Agriculture, Nutrition or other relevant field. Master’s degree a plus.
- Prior work experience on a research study, preferably as research assistant
- Excellent typing and literacy/written communication skills; prior work experience with preparing transcriptions of recordings strongly preferred.
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills, including the ability to maintain frequent contact using cell phone, email, and internet-based phone (i.e. Skype).
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in English, Kiswahili, and Dholuo.
- Interest in working in an innovative and demanding environment, with extensive travel within rural sites in southern Nyanza Province.
- Enthusiasm for rural health and/or development work.
- Ability to multitask, problem solve, and work with others to resolve challenges.
- Excellent interpersonal skills to build positive relationships.
- Demonstrated ability to establish rapport with people of diverse cultural backgrounds including rural residents of Nyanza Province.
- Competent with computer software applications including Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and web-based applications (Skype)
- Experience with qualitative data management software (Atlas Ti, NVivo, other) advantageous but not required.
- Motorcycle driving experience advantageous but not required.
- Assist with the implementation of the SEARCH qualitative evaluation in line with Kenyan/KEMRI and US/UCSF regulations and standards.
- Assist with the conduct and coordinating of qualitative research study activities including the recruitment, screening, and data collection for qualitative research study participants according to the study protocol and standard operating procedures.
- Adhere to the principles of ethical research according to human subjects review protocols.
- Scheduling and assisting as needed with the conduct of in-depth interviews of study participants and key informants at SEARCH study sites in Nyanza Province.
- Assisting with the conduct of participant observation at selected SEARCH Community Health campaigns and other community settings as needed.
- Serving as recorder/note taker for focus group sessions with Community Health Campaign participants; serving in facilitation role as needed.
- Carry out administrative duties as needed under the supervision of the Qualitative Research Coordinator.
- Other duties as specified by the investigators.
- If time and budgeting allow: code transcripts and participate in analysis of qualitative data in conjunction with UCSF and KEMRI investigators and project coordinators using Atlas.ti qualitative research software.
- A cover letter with current position and salary (if applicable), and date available
- A current CV
- At least two letters of recommendation
- Copies of official certificates
- Copy of the latest pay slip
- Names and telephone contacts of at least 3 referees
- An email address and a telephone number (land line or mobile)
- 3 writing samples, representing original work of the applicant (i.e. no co-authorship)
KEMRI – RCTP/ FACES Program
P. O Box 614-40100