Fresher Data Jobs – Qualitative Research Assistant at Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC)

Organization: Infectious
Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC)
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
The Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC) is a non-profit
research organization. IDRC conducts research in infectious diseases including
Malaria, HIV and Tuberculosis. Our studies have led to over 150 publications
and have impacted on the management of infectious diseases in Uganda. IDRC currently
manages over 41 grants with an annual budget of $11 million. IDRC was
established in May 2008 by Ugandan health scientists from Makerere University
College of health sciences, University of California, San Francisco and the
Uganda Ministry of health.
Job Summary: The Qualitative
Research Assistant will participate in recruitment of study participants, data
collection and analysis and community engagement for the SEARCH study in Mbale
with frequent travel to the sites.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Study Recruitment:
  • Work
    in liaison with the Study Coordinator in identifying, tracking, and
    scheduling interviews for all potential study participants.
  • Screen
    and recruit qualitative interview and focus group participants through phone
    calls, home visits, and attendance at health campaigns
  • The
    incumbent will recruit and obtain informed consent from all potential
    study participants.
  • Explain
    to the consenting participants, the procedures for data collection.
Data Collection and Analysis:
  • Collect
    qualitative data through the use of focus groups, interviews and
    other qualitative data collection methods.
  • Ensure
    quality field collected qualitative data including the completeness of
    data, recordings, and field notes.
  • The
    incumbent will transcribe and translate (into English), interviews
    and focus group discussions conducted in the local languages
  • Carry
    out qualitative data analysis including thematic coding of data through
    the use of qualitative software such as Atlas.ti, Nvivo, and/or Dedoose.
Community Engagement:
  • Participate
    in community sensitisation and stakeholders consultative meetings as
  • Maintain
    positive relationships with community members.
Administrative Duties:
  • Attend
    and participate in team meetings and trainings, including qualitative data
    analysis and coding workgroups.
  • Support
    and provide administrative assistance to the Qualitative Coordinator as
  • Follow-up
    with study participants who are not available at the time of the visit.
  • Generate
    and maintain a daily summary report for the assigned participants,
    including participants visited, consents obtained, interviews completed,
    and any other important information about study progress.
  • Maintain
    confidentiality of all study procedures.
  • Adhere
    to professional code of conduct and research ethics.
  • Manage
    and account for allocated resources in the field.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    ideal candidate should preferably hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities
    or preferably a Health related field
  • One year of relevant post-qualification experience in one of the research
    projects within IDRC.
  • Good
    Clinical Practice (GCLP) certification would be an added advantage
    Prior Work
  • Candidates
    with a Research background are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Prior
    qualitative research experience (collecting data through key
    informant interviews, focus groups, and observations) is a must.
  • Prior
    experience in administering informed consent form, conducting field data
    collection and transcribing/translating materials to English and
    local languages is required
  • Ability
    to work under stringent deadlines, independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong
    work ethic and sense of responsibility is required.
  • Good
    interviewing and data collection skills
  • Individuals
    with a valid motorcycle-riding license are encouraged to apply
  • Excellent
    interpersonal and communication skills:
  • Maintain frequent contact using cell
    phone, email, and Skype
  • Diplomatic with strong leadership skills.
  • Organized
    and keen to detail
  • Enthusiasm
    for community-based development work
  • Natural
    ability to multitask, problem solve, and work with others to resolve
  • Competent
    with computer software applications including Microsoft Office programs
    (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and internet-based applications
  • Interest
    in working in an innovative and demanding environment with extensive
    travel to rural sites
  • Must
    be fluent in Lusoga/Lugwere; additional languages a plus.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send the
  • A
    typed cover letter, a current CV with your email address and a telephone
  • At
    least two letters of recommendation from IDRC supervisors
  • Academic
    certificates, copies of relevant certificates (including GCP)
  • Names
    and telephone contacts of at least 3 referees
These should be delivered to:
The Human Resource Manager
Infectious Diseases Research Collaboration (IDRC),
2C Nakasero Hill Road, P. O Box 7475, Kampala, Uganda
OR IDRC Tororo office at the Tororo District Hospital
OR IDRC Mbarara Office opposite Lake View Hotel
OR IDRC Mbale office on Plot 35 Masaba Road
OR IDRC Busia Office at Masafu General Hospital
E-mail to
Deadline: 31st March
2017 by 5:00pm
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