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School of Public Health
College of Health Sciences, Makerere University

Research Assistants (126 Positions)

Date of Validity

Vacancy Details

Makerere University School of Public Health is a partner in a consortium of Institutions/Organisations that is implementing a 5-year program entitled Reducing High Fertility Rates and Improving Sexual Reproductive Health Outcomes in Uganda (RISE). The consortium, which is led by Mariestopes International as the Prime Grant holder, is funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) of United Kingdom. As part of its monitoring and evaluation role in the consortium, Makerere University School of Public Health is conducting a midline evaluation in the program regions of Central 1, Central 2, East Central, Eastern, Karamoja, West Nile and Western. We are therefore seeking suitable persons to fill the positions of Research assistants, Supervisors, IT manager and Data manager for a period not more than one month.

Key responsibilities

  • Attend all training and pretesting activities
  • Conducting mapping and listing of selected enumeration areas
  • Perform household data collection activities including administering informed consent, conducting and completing interviews in accordance with the study protocol
  • Ensure safe custody and institute quality checks of the data being collected
  • Answer study-related questions that the respondents may ask before or during the course of data collection.
  • Ensuring data collected from the field is correctly saved in the existing databases on the allotted server
  • Provide the research supervisor with daily field updates on data collection and participate in the development of daily field report
  • Perform any other duties relevant to this position as may be assigned from time to time


  • Suitable applicants MUST possess a relevant Bachelor's Degree or equivalent from a recognized higher institution of learning.
  • Applicants   should   have   demonstrated   experience   with   collecting   health-related   data using tablets/phones uploaded with the ODK system
  • Experience in conducting household interviews, mapping, and listing selected enumeration areas. Having participated in RISE baseline study will be an added advantage.
  • Should be fluent in reading, writing, and speaking any of the following languages: Ateso, Ngakarimojong, Luganda, Lugbara, Luo, Runyankole-Rukiga, Runyoro-Rutoro, Lugisu, and Lusoga
  • Having worked on at least one research project as a research assistant in the last two years.
  • A valid certificate in Good Clinical Practice and or Human Subject Research is an added advantage. One of the sites that test and give a valid certificate is:


  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Must be willing to work beyond official working hours
  • Having participated in the data collection of the baseline evaluation of the RISE program is an added advantage

Application procedure:

Interested persons should submit their application to the link below indicating what they have in regard to minimum qualifications/requirements, and proficiency in any of the local languages prevalent in the study area. These are Ateso, Ngakarimojong, Luganda, Lugbara, Luo, Runyankole-Rukiga, Runyoro-Rutoro, Lugisu, and Lusoga. In addition, they should attach, official copies of academic transcripts/certificates and updated curriculum vitae stating at least two referees.  

Please provide reliable 24-hour phone contact and WhatsApp line if different. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Interested applicants should submit their applications via the links below not later than 5 pm Wednesday 17th February 2021, Ugandan time

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Research assistants’ Link:

Terms and conditions: Only shortlisted people will be called for interviews.