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    Research Assistant

     

    Job Details

    Social Network of Youths after HIV Seroconversion in the Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health (SEARCH) Study will compare the social networks of youth before and after seroconversion and evaluate the association of the network changes with clinical outcomes. Youths who were 15-24 years old and HIV uninfected during the baseline year and seroconverted prior to follow up year three will be involved in this cross-sectional survey.

    Global Programs for Research & Training is seeking to employ one (1) Research Assistant. The position will require a 5 months commitment.

    The Research Assistant will work under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator.

    Roles & Responsibilities:

    • Conduct recruitment, screening, and informed consent activities for the study
    • Timely Data entry of study information collected from participants
    • Conduct interviews at the clinic and participants’ homes using tablet PCs
    • Respond to data queries
    • Work with Clinicians to ensure accurate data collection and entry
    • Understand the study design and objectives to assist n the successful implementation of the study
    • Screen, recruit and consent study participants
    • Communicate with study coordinator, data manager and other HODs regularly on study data progress
    • Ensure compliance to protocol and procedures for the study
    • Ensure accurate and timely reporting as per study protocol
    • Works in a professional and ethical manner with competence, accountability and integrity

    Required Qualifications

    Diploma in IT, computer science, community development or related field required

    Required Experience

    • Must have at least 2 years’ experience in data entry
    • Knowledge of computer packages such as MS Word, Excel, Access and databases such as Kenya EMR, Open MRS and comfortable working with computers
    • Familiarity with using Android tablets to collect survey data and troubleshoot tablet malfunctions

    Other Required Skills

    • Good understanding of HIV data collection tools such as Blue (Green) cards, MOH registers
    • Experience with questionnaire implementation on tablets and data abstraction
    • HIV research experience strongly preferred
    • Experience with research studies in community and/or HIV care settings
    • Excellent communication and organizational skills; detail oriented
    • Independent judgement and resourcefulness, understanding of the local social and geographical landscape as well as the community required
    • Fluency in English, Kiswahili and Dholuo required
    • High level of integrity
    • Ability to travel to study sites and participant homes on a regular basis
    • Ability to ride a motorbike (with a valid driving license) will be an added advantage

     

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    Study Coordinator

     

    Job Details

    Social Network of Youths after HIV Seroconversion in the Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health (SEARCH) Study will compare the social networks of youth before and after seroconversion and evaluate the association of the network changes with clinical outcomes. Youths who were 15-24 years old and HIV uninfected during the baseline year and seroconverted prior to follow up year three will be involved in this cross-sectional survey.

    Global Programs for Research & Training is seeking to employ one (1) Study Coordinator. The position will require a 5 months commitment.

    The Study Coordinator will work under the direct supervision of the Principal Investigator.

    Roles & Responsibilities:

    • Maintain daily oversight of study implementation within timelines
    • Coordinating the study team to ensure proper implementation of the study activities
    • Working collaboratively with ART clinics to identify and track youth seroconverts for survey implementation
    • Evaluates patients for inclusion/exclusion in the study according to the study protocol
    • Oversee and actively participate in data collection for the study
    • Works with site ART clinicians and nurses to ensure timely reporting of visit schedules for the identified youth seroconverts
    • Takes lead in training and supervising the functions for the Research Assistant(s) and other applicable facility personnel supporting study activities
    • Ensures participant privacy and confidentiality are maintained
    • Mentoring and supervising clinic staff members in the sub-counties on understanding the role of social networks on success of HIV care/treatment
    • Compiling study recruitment progress and regular reports and updates
    • Reporting suspected or confirmed protocol variances with support from the regulatory team
    • Developing and review of applicable Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to be used in the study while consulting with the PI
    • Oversee and monitor study budget expenditure
    • Maintain relationship with collaborating partners and the Ministry of Health
    • Works in a professional and ethical manner with competence, accountability and integrity
    • Required Qualifications.
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Health or Social Sciences or equivalent from a recognized training institution.
    • Diploma in Clinical Medicine and Surgery or Nursing with at least 5 years relevant working experience
    • Master’s degree will be an advantage

    Required Experience

    • At least 3 years’ experience within a busy HIV prevention/care program, preferably in a supervisory role
    • Some clinical research experience with adults and young children strongly preferred

    Other Required Skills

    • Be duly registered by the relevant professional body where applicable
    • Hold a valid practicing license where applicable
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: Effective in both oral and in written communication and reporting
    • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with staff members across all cadres
    • Natural ability to multitask, problem solve and work with others to resolve challenges
    • Ability to develop and in depth understanding of study goals and its implementation
    • Strong self-motivation and ability to work in a team, with good interpersonal skills
    • Independent judgement and resourcefulness, understanding of the local social and geographical landscape as well as the community required
    • Must be willing to work in rural remote settings of Suba, Mbita, Uriri and Rongo sub- counties with extra hours and long-distance travels
    • Computer literacy a must
    • Ability to ride a motorbike (with valid driving license) will be an added advantage

    Method of Application

    Qualified Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.

    All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed in the minimum requirements above with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item. All applications must include the following:

    • Cover letter
    • Current CV with names and telephone numbers for three referees
    • Copies of academic and professional certificates
    • Salary history

    Applications must be sent by email to HR.Kenya@ucglobalprograms.org with the email subject Research Assistant by end of day Friday, July 26, 2019.

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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