Fresher Psychologist Research Assistant NGO Jobs – Medical Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI

Organization: Medical
Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI 
Duty Station: 
Entebbe, Uganda
Reports to: Head
of Mental Health Section
Position Code: PRA719
About US:
The MRC/UVRI Uganda
Virus Research Unit on AIDS was established following a request in 1988 from
the Uganda Government to the British Government for collaboration on the
research of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection and AIDS (Acquired
Immunodeficiency. The Unit is a center of excellence in HIV/AIDS related
research. It conducts large-scale epidemiological and intervention studies,
clinical trials, virological and immunological research and behavioural
studies, and has generated a wealth of research results that have been used to
inform policy and practice that have led to a large number of scientific
publications in peer reviewed journals over time.
About the Study:
The Mental Health Section
of the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit is undertaking a pilot study
to develop and validate a model for the integration of depression management in
adult HIV care in the district of Mpigi. This project involves either assigning
additional responsibilities to health workers or training a new cadre of health
providers (community health workers) and deploying them to contribute to the
mental health care of persons living with HIV. The activities of this study
therefore involve either giving additional responsibilities to already serving
health workers or giving new skills and responsibilities to a new cadre of
health providers (community health workers). Studies undertaken elsewhere have
noted that caring for other human beings undergoing suffering has been known to
lead to psychological distress and at times secondary traumatisation. This
phenomenon has variously been described as compassion fatigue, secondary
traumatic stress, vicarious traumatisation, burnout or work related stress
(WRS). If not attended to WRS can lead to reduced work performance due to poor
concentration, loss of motivation, reduced job satisfaction, absenteeism and
work conflict. Inattention to health worker mental wellbeing can have
catastrophic consequences including suicide. 
The Mental Health Section therefore plans to undertake a pilot study to
investigate the feasibility and acceptability of studying work related stress
among health workers and community health workers involved in the HIV+D
formative study in Mpigi district. To undertake this study, the Mental Health
Section will partner with the Human Resource Department of Makerere University
Business School.
Job Summary:  The Psychologist Research Assistant will
support the implementation of the research project.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Support the study collaborators in putting together the study
    protocol and assessment instruments
  • Ensure that the study obtains and complies with national science and
    ethical requirements
  • Supports the implementation of the study in the four health units of
    Nkozi Hospital, Buwama Health Centre III, Butoro Health Centre III and
    Mpigi Health Centre IV in Mpigi district.
  • Participates in collection both quantitative and qualitative study
  • Ensure that the collected data is properly stored and archived at
    the Data Management Section of the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM
  • Support communication and collaboration between the study partners

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Medical Research Council
    (MRC) UK / UVRI) Psychologist Research Assistant job must hold a
    Bachelor’s Degree in psychology with course units in work related stress.
  • A post graduate degree is desired.
  • Should have experience working in a medical research setting.
  • Should have prior experience of supporting studies in the areas of
    psychology or psychiatry.
  • Should have knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research
    methodologies in psychology
  • Ability to undertake preliminary analyses of quantitative and
    qualitative data in psychology or psychiatry is desired.
How to Apply:
Fill an online form
accordingly by following the link below and there after submit your application
documents to the e-mail below:
Click Here. Filling the
form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of
integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during
Please email your
application to
Applications should include academic documents, a cover letter, CV, daytime
telephone contact and three traceable professional references. Combine all
application documentation into one PDF document.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. Note that academic
qualifications will be subjected to verification by the issuing institutions.
This position is open to Ugandan nationals only.
Please quote the
following position code in the subject line of the email: Psychologist Research
Assistant: PRA719
The applications
should be addressed to:
The Human Resource
and Administration Manager,
Uganda Research Unit,
P.O. Box, 49
Entebbe, Uganda
Deadline: 26th July 2019 by 5:00om
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