Research Assistant – Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) Vacancy Announcement

Research Assistant – Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) Vacancy Announcement, February 20 2024

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Organization: Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI)

Position: Research Assistant

Location: South Wollo and Dessie

Employment: Contract

Salary:

Date of Announcement: February 20 2024

Deadline: February 25, 2024

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Job Description

 

Research Assistant

Job Description

AHRI, SHARP project

Skin Health Africa Research Program (SHARP) is a collaboration between the Armuaer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI) and Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia, the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) in Tropical Medicine of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in the UK. The collaboration aims to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to improve access to quality care for those living with skin Neglected Tropical Diseases (skin NTDs), with a specific focus on improving early diagnosis and ensuring better, affordable facility-based care and self-management strategies. In Ethiopia, this project is carried out by a team of researchers from AHRI in collaboration with AAU and LSHTM. As part of the project, data will be collected to evaluate the process of community engagement through moderated regular dialogues to improve awareness of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) or other skin NTDs, co-create health messages, and produce Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC) educational materials.

Purpose of the position and organizational position

To ensure the effective implementation of the intervention, under the SHARP project, we will conduct a study to assess the feasibility and acceptability of community dialogue for raising awareness of CL and to explore the processes of community dialogue used for co-creation of SBCC materials and strategies, which consists of qualitative data collection and analyses. Additionally, we planned to engage CL champions to improve service uptake, referral, and support for CL suspect patients. To collect data for the indicated research projects, data collectors who are experienced and competent in qualitative data collection are needed. The data collectors are responsible for fieldwork, scheduling interviews, enrolling participants, obtaining informed consent, and keeping both electronically recorded and paper-based collected data safe until reported to the local researcher or PI. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be collected. Knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) assessment will be conducted before and after community dialogues. Furthermore, the data collectors will perform focus group discussions (FGDs) with CD participants, and in-depth qualitative interviews (IDIs) with CD facilitators and CL champions. Moreover, the data collector with assist in taking filed notes for participant observation. Data will be collected over at least six months at the study site (Kalu district) for the study.

The interviewer also works closely with the researchers from SHARP and a PhD student. He/she is also responsible for maintaining data quality in the field, and daily collected data reporting.

The Role of the Research Assistant

Assist in the SHARP Community Dialogue intervention at Kalu District, South Wollo Zone, Ethiopia.

Duties and responsibilities

Data Collection     

·         Identify participants based on eligibility criteria, and obtain consent from study participants

·         Organize, coordinate, and schedule interviews

·         Enroll participants in the study following Community Dialogue (CD) sessions.

·         Assign a participant identification number (PIN).

·         Fill in KAP questionnaires with CD participants and their family members before and after CD.

·         Arrange a convenient setting for interviews and focus group discussions.

·         Moderator and conduct in-depth interviews with Community Dialogue facilitators.

·         Moderator and conduct focus group discussions with Community Dialogue participants.

·         Moderator and conduct in-depth interviews with CL champions and suspect CL patients.

·         Ensure that all sessions are audio recorded (preferably) in English or otherwise the local language.

·         Maintain respectful interactions with participants and participant confidentiality.

·         Audio record all interviews, properly manage audio records and send it to the central server.

·         Transcribe/translate interviews verbatim and upload/send to the server.

·         Maintain all procedures of data quality and ethical requirements

·         Hand over the audio recorders and all related documents to the research coordinator when the interview is completed.

·         Complete missed or incomplete interviews (if any)

·         Additional tasks as directed by the researcher or study investigators.

Daily debriefing

·         Participate in daily debriefing meetings (maybe every evening after interviews/FGDs) to discuss with researchers to discuss challenges and possible solutions for next-day activity.

·         Involve in peer checking meetings for discussion.

Terms and conditions

·         Salary: As per organizational Scale.

·         Working place: Base at study area South Wollo and Dessie

·         Hours of work: are governed by the laws of Ethiopia. However, the nature of the work is such that it might require working overtime and weekends, with due financial compensation.

·         Holidays: are governed by the rules of AHRI for project workers.

·         Length of contract: this is six months subject to few-month contract renewals.

·         Probationary period: there is a 45-day probationary period for this role.

Terms of employment

·         Full-time, short-term contract (four to six-month), post subject to 45-day probation.

Number Required: 2 (Two)

Duration: March 1, 2024 – September 30, 2024

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Job Requirements

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Job Requirement

Qualifications and experience:

·         MPH/MSc with health-related background or other related fields (Public Health, Nursing or MA Psychology, anthropology, or sociology from an accredited higher education institution.

·         Preferably, who knows the culture of the Kalu community or ingrown/grew up in Wollo

·         Strong computer literacy and knowledge.

·         Strong administrative and field coordination.

·         Excellent experience in conducting qualitative research/studies.

·         Excellent experience in transcribing qualitative interviews/data.

·         Training in good clinical practice (GCP), Research ethics, and data quality control/assurance (preferred).

Personal attributes

·         Well-organized and passionate about conducting qualitative research.

·         Excellent communication and organizational skills.

·         Excellent oral and writing skills in a local language (Amharic) and English.

·         Ability to follow deadlines, accuracy, documentation, and attention to detail.

·         Ability to work with others/teamwork, including collaborators.

·         Willingness to take up additional responsibilities and orientation training as needed.

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How to Apply

 

How to Apply

Interested applicants who fulfill the above requirements should send their CV/resume through ethiojobs.net and to facilitate the screening process, applicants should also fill the online application form at the following website:  https://ee.kobotoolbox.org/x/zFAhrlf1

Please note that this online application form is mandatory and applicants who fail to fill the online form will not be considered for screening. Multiple submissions for this job post is not allowed.

NB: Applicants from local area (South Wollo) can submit their CV and credential in person at the Dessie site office of (AHRI’s) SHARP Project which is located (around shell fuel station, behind Ayteyef Hotel, in the building formerly Abdulaziz clinic was there).

Only shortlisted applicants will be addressed for written exam and next assessment.

 

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