Qualitative Data Collectors – Program for Appropriate Technologies in Health (PATH) Vacancy Announcement, May 12 2023
Organization: Program for Appropriate Technologies in Health (PATH)
Position: Qualitative Data Collectors
Location: Addis Ababa
Deadline: May 19, 2023
PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.
Since 2007, PATH has been working to improve health systems and services to create healthier futures for Ethiopians. PATH in Ethiopia is currently implementing various high impact, evidence based, sustainable programs with the aim of saving and improving the lives of the most vulnerable and underserved women and children in the country in collaboration with Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health, Regional Health Bureau, community groups, and other partners.
About the post
The Ethiopia Ministry of Health (MoH), along with several other countries, are considering how to sustain the COVID-19 response efforts by integrating epidemic management systems into the general health system of the country. However, the risk of resurgence of new strains of the virus poses a major challenge, and adaptations to the general health system are also warranted to prevent or mitigate the impact of new risks. To that end, PATH with grant from USAID and in collaboration with MoH will conduct a National Assessment on COVID-19 response in Ethiopia. The aim is to document the experiences and lessons over the last three years, and to provide recommendations for future directions.
As part of the assessment, PATH Ethiopia seeks to recruit qualified and experienced qualitative data collectors. Data collection will be done through interviews with national and subnational key stakeholders. There are two study questionnaires: one for the quantitative (health facilities) and another for the qualitative. The qualitative data will be collected using Key Informant Interviews and Focus Group Discussions. Note taking and audio recording will be used to capture all information. The interviews will be conducted in local languages and the transcripts will be back translated to English. The data collectors will receive didactic and field-based training before conducting the data collection. After training is completed, the data collectors will be deployed for the data collection activities in one of the study regions: Addis Ababa, Amhara, Oromia, Somali and Gambella. A vehicle will be provided to each team to facilitate travel between data.
collection sites. A deployment plan will be given to each team before leaving to conduct the interviews.
PATH will cover the costs during data collection days including the training days. Data collectors will be responsible for arranging their own accommodation during field data collection, using allowances that will be provided by PATH.
PATH will also ensure data collectors have technical support for the use and maintenance of the devices being used for data collection, including backup battery packs and IT support via mobile phone or in-person if practical. PATH will create a WhatsApp group to facilitate communication with the data collection team and the study supervisor and investigators.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
- Attend each day of the data collector training session, including the practical training component. The training will be conducted over a minimum of 3 days and up to a 5-day period in Late May to early June 2023.
- Before the start of data collection, familiarize yourself with the data collection tools to be used for the study and be clear about the expected data for each question and questionnaire. Seek the needed clarifications from the study supervisor and other study investigators.
- Travel to the specified data collection sites in the assigned region and conduct the interviews for the study, working with another assigned data collector in accordance with the study protocol and interviewer guide.
- Ensure proper and ethical execution of the study as per the defined methodology, including obtaining and documenting informed consent from all study participants prior to each interview.
- Ensure timely completion of data collection in assigned region in accordance with the interview/study schedule.
- Collect high quality, complete and accurate data for the study.
- Record the interviews using an audio recording device.
- Take notes and capture the context and unanticipated occurrences during interviews.
- Maintain regular contact with study supervisor and at a minimum provide updates every two days via the WhatsApp group on the status of data collection and to inform the supervisor of any problems or difficulties related to the research.
- Transcribe the audio data and submit to assigned supervisors.
- At the end of the data collection period, draft a report with the assigned data collector to summarize the progress and challenges and other relevant contextual factors related to the data collection activity in the assigned region.
Duty station: At woredas in Addis Ababa, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, Gambella,
Number of Positions: 5
Duration of employment: 30 days with possibility of extension
Qualification and Experience
- Data collector must have at least second degree in health sciences
- Direct experience on COVID-19 responses and vaccine programs
- Hands on experience on qualitative data collection, note taking and transcription.
- Able to speak local languages.
- Able to travel to data collection sites.
- All applicants should submit their CV and cover letter with daily rate quoted in Birr for the required service.
- Licensed applicants should be able to present renewed business license and TIN certificate.
- If license is not submitted 30% withholding tax will be deducted from the total fee. For those with license 2% withholding tax will be deducted from the total fee.
- Please note applicants not fulfilling the requirement will not be considered.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should submit in person a hard copy of their CV in a sealed envelope on or before May 19th , 2023; 4:00 P.M to the following address: PATH Ethiopia Country Program, Bole Sub-city, Woreda 03, 711 MOENCO Road, P.O. Box 493 code 1110, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or please use the following e-mail to send out your application: email@example.com.
Application deadline is on Friday 19th, May 2023. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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