Fresher UK NGO Jobs – Social Science Research Assistant – Medical Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit


Job Title:   Social
Science Research Assistant

Organization: Medical
Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Duty Station: Masaka, Uganda

Position Code: SSRA

Reports to: Project


About US:

The Medical Research
Council (MRC UK) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with
dominant research themes in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines
and immunity, and chronic diseases and cancer. Through a multidisciplinary
approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research, social-behavioural
research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies, the Unit
contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of
innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of
health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide. Following the signing of
strategic transfer agreements between the London School of Hygiene &
Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit
formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018. The exciting new partnership will
boost research capacity into current and emerging health issues in Africa and
throughout the world. The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with
established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts.


Job Summary:  The Social Science Research Assistant will
assess the feasibility of conducting COVID-19 vaccine trials among healthcare
workers in Uganda (COVAP). The position holder will collect accurate data under
standard ethical procedures for field studies through the conduct of
participant interviews.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

and assist with administering of Socio-behavioral data collection instruments
in the study.

non-biased, consistent, complete and accurate data collection across all study

and assist with interviewing study participants and conducting in-depth

the translation and transcription of interviews.

to data queries.

of study documents.

any other duties as may be assigned by Supervisor.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the Social Science Research Assistant job placement must
hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social sciences or related.

in health education/health promotion, GCP, counselling, research methods are an
added advantage.

At least
two years of experience carrying out similar work in a medical research
setting, preferably including experience in social and behavioural science

interviewing and facilitation experience is desired.

In depth
knowledge on SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19, especially on prevention and

with discussing topics related to COVID-19 on an individual as well as a group

knowledge on design of qualitative research tools, data collection, handling
and reporting.

in supervision and training of members of a team, including ability to motivate
and mentor, maintain positive interpersonal relationships is an added

Good presentational

motivated and team oriented, but also able to work independently.

command of both English and Luganda.

knowledge in computer applications.


How to Apply:

Follow the link
below to fill a form and submit your application documentation:


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 shortlisting.


The applications
should be addressed to:

The Head of Human

Uganda Research Unit,

P.O. Box, 49,

Entebbe, Uganda.


Deadline: 21st August 2020 by 5:00pm.


Consider your
application unsuccessful if not contacted within eight (8) weeks after the
closing date of the advert. Any form of lobbying at any stage will lead to
automatic disqualification. By submitting your personal information, you
consent to the MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit holding and using it in
accordance with its recruitment policy and procedure. The Unit reserves the
right to verify documents attached with the relevant awarding institutions to
authenticate their validity.


NB: Only shortlisted
candidates will be contacted for interview. This position is open to Ugandan
nationals only. Strictly follow the application procedure as failure to do so
will lead to automatic disqualification.


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