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School of Public Health
College of Health Sciences, Makerere University

Qualitative Research Assistants/Data collectors (8)

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Vacancy Details

Makerere University College of Health Sciences, School of Public Health (MakSPH), and the Guttmacher Institute, Inc, a New York based non-for-profit corporation, are collaborating on a research component of the Global Affairs Canada-funded "Stand Up for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) project." The research component aims to generate evidence that contributes to the increased enjoyment of SRHR by a diversity of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), other women of reproductive age, and men and boys in strategically selected Ugandan and Mozambican districts. In Uganda, the Stand-Up project is being implemented in the eastern districts of Namayingo and Mayuge, and in the refugee settlement districts of Madi-Okollo and Terego. The proposed study will inform ongoing project activities by investigating the barriers and facilitators to access and utilisation of Sexual and Reproductive Health services among vulnerable/marginalized adolescents and young people in project areas. Based on this background, MakSPH seeks to recruit, experienced, responsible, qualified, and competent qualitative research assistants/ data collectors. 

Reports to: Study Coordinator 

Key duties and responsibilities 

  • Introduce yourself to the camp commandants in the refugee settlements and the District Health Offices of Mayuge and Namayingo 
  • Work with district leadership and community mobilisers such as community health workers to recruit study participants 
  • Obtain informed consent from prospective respondents and adhere to the project data management protocols 
  • Carry out data collection in accordance with the study protocol 
  • Answer questions that the respondents may ask during the course of data collection 
  • Participate in data validation to ensure that quality data are collected 
  • Transcribe qualitative research interviews and participate in qualitative data analysis 
  • Provide daily updates on fieldwork including interviews completed and any other important information on field data collection 
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the study coordinator 

Minimum qualification and experience 

  • Possess a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline such as Environmental Health, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health OR Social sciences, Anthropology, Demography, and Population studies or humanities. 
  • Possession of a Master's degree will be an added advantage. 
  • Must have a certificate of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) or Human Subjects Research Proven experience in working with young and marginalized populations is desirable Should have at least three years of experience in qualitative data collection, analysis, and report writing 
  • Proficiency in English and at least one of the local languages (Lusoga, Juba Arabic, Kiswahili, and Lingala is an added advantage 
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and problem-solving skills are required 
  • Must be willing to work beyond official working hours in the field 

Terms of service: This is a short-term position not exceeding 2 months 

How to apply: Interested persons should send on email their applications, via scanned copies of their academic documents with a current Curriculum Vitae (C.V) to the Dean, School of Public health on, indicating the language of preference, two referees, and their actions (24-hour) phone contacts. 

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