8 Data Collection Jobs - Research Assistants - Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP)

8 Data Collection Jobs - Research Assistants - Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP)
Organisation: Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP)
Duty Station: Kampala metropolitan area, Kyotera / Mbarara Districts, , Amuru or Gulu Districts, and Mbale or Hoima Districts (candidates should select their preference failure to do so will lead to disqualification), Uganda

About US:
Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP) is a collaborative bio - medical research and service delivery organization.  RHSP strives to improve the quality of life of the local population through a combination of community-based research, curative services and prevention strategies in the districts of South-central Uganda.

About Program:
Rakai Health Sciences Program (RHSP) in partnership with Africa Medical and Behavioral Sciences Organization (AMBSO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Uganda (CDC Uganda), Makerere School of Public Health, the Uganda Ministry of Health, the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Public Health Uganda, the Uganda Prisons Service, and the Uganda Virus Research Institute will over the next 6-12 months implement a countrywide study comparing the outcomes of COVID-19 infection among persons with pre- existing infections, including HIV and TB, and persons without these co-infections (Uganda COVID-19 HIV and TB study; U-CHAT). The study will involve the recruitment of approximately 400 persons with confirmed COVID-19 infection and their household members and following them for up to six weeks to assess clinical outcomes and transmission to household members. We are recruiting for the following positions to set up our study team.

Job Summary:  The Research Assistants will consent and enroll participants, conduct health education of study participants, collect data, potentially conduct pre- and post-HIV test counselling, and collect biological samples and rapid point-of-care tests. The research assistant will also be responsible for ensuring that high-quality data are produced in a timely manner. Travel within Uganda will be required.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·        Proper identification of study participants and households as per study protocol
·        Reading, explaining and administering the consent form to the study participants.
·        Accurate completion of study questionnaires and/or forms/GIS data in accordance with protocol and checking for validity/consistency of the information collected
·        Answering questions that the respondents may ask before, during and after the interviews.
·        Ensuring availability of sufficient supplies and logistics to perform the day’s task (SELF AND TEAM PREPARATION). Respectful handling of and dealing with study participants and other community members
·        Confidential handling of participants’ data and other study information
·        Maintaining regular contact with the team leader and handing over completed study tools to the team leader as soon as they are ready.
·        Collecting, labelling and temporary storage of biological specimens and handing them over to the designated laboratory contact person(s) for proper storage as specified in the training; and ensuring sterility of equipment used for specimen collection as well as ensuring proper bio-hazard disposal.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·        The applicant must hold a Diploma in Registered Nursing with emphasis in Paediatric Nursing or diploma in clinical medicine and community health from a reputable institution.
·        One year of experience in a reputable health organization
·        Valid practicing License from the Nurses Council or Allied Health council
·        Good interpersonal and organizational skills.
·        Ability to work under minimum supervision.
·        Ability to use a computer/tablets to collect data
·        Experience in Human Subjects research with a certificate in GCP is an added advantage
·        Knowledge of local languages (Luganda, Swahili, Runyakitara, Luo, Alur, Lugbara)
·        Valid certificate in counselling from an accredited institution such as TASO, Ministry of Health, or others
·        Hold a valid riding permit

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates possessing the above attributes can send their; applications including a cover letter, updated CV with 3 referees, and copies of academic qualifications/certificates (One document), addressed to the HR Manager to jobs@rhsp.org. Kindly indicate the job title in the subject line of the email. Only online applications will be considered.

Deadline: 10th July 2020

NB: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Any form of lobbying and canvassing will lead to disqualification

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