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Research Assistants X 12 || Pangaea Zimbabwe Aids Trust (PZAT)

Pangaea Zimbabwe Aids Trust (PZAT)

DUE : 26 JAN 2023

Bulawayo x 2
Masvingo x 2
Chitungwiza x 2
Beitbridge x 2
Ngundu x 2
Plumtree x 2

Working under the supervision of CATALYST Site Study Coordinator/Program Officer, the Research Assistant will be responsible for collecting qualitative and quantitative data for 3 years in a-multi-national research study (CATALYST). They will also be responsible for recruitment and consenting of eligible CATALYST Study participants, conducting face-to-face and remote interviews and record reviews, transcribing interviews, and supporting the data analysis processes to inform report writing, tracking study participants over time, and following all study procedures to ensure accurate data and ethical treatment of study participants. This position will be based at a study site for the duration of the data collection for the study.

The incumbent will:
Participate in study training; participate in the translation, testing and review of interview guides; work with the site-based study team and healthcare providers to identify and recruit study participants; schedule interviews with study participants
Conduct and document informed consent processes; securely store all informed consent documents per study procedures.
Conduct face-to-face and phone-based quantitative interviews with participants (people interested in HIV prevention and site staff), enter data on electronic devices
Conduct in-person in-depth interviews, key-informant interviews, and focus group discussions with study participants; adapt to phone interviews if required due to external circumstances

Tracking study participants over time; identify participants that have missed study appointments; telephone them to conduct follow-up interviews.
Upon learning of any serious adverse event or social harm, complete required forms, enter them in electronic database, and immediately inform Supervisor.
Obtain study forms from health care providers and enter them into electronic database; review health facility registers, and capture required information into an electronic system
Provide and document participant reimbursement per study protocol

Accurately complete and maintain all field logs to track study progress and other files, whether computerized or manual.
Securely handle and store data collection forms per study procedures; work with the Data Manager and Site Study Coordinator to resolve data queries
Consult and communicate in a timely manner any challenges encountered during data collection with the Site Study Coordinator.

Transcribe recorded interviews into a standard Word template
Support data analysis; organize data, create initial codes, respond to queries from qualitative analysis team.
Flawlessly maintain study participant confidentiality
Adhere to the study protocol and all study procedures and implement quality control process throughout the conduct of the study.
Share written interview notes and full transcripts on time, as agreed with Study Coordinator.
Participate in regular team debriefing meetings.
Perform any other related duties.

Bachelor’s degree or International Equivalent in Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Nursing or Related Field
At least 2 years of experience conducting quantitative and qualitative interviews (in-depth interviews and focus group discussions) for a research study.
Experience interviewing adolescent girls, young women, and/or trans populations is preferred.
Experience in taking notes during in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.
Experience with quantitative data collection using tablets.
Experience working with electronic data collection forms in ODK, RedCAP, KoboCollect, SurveyCTO or similar.

Nursing experience an added advantage
Must reside near a study site (Harare – Chitungwiza CiTi Med Hospital; Masvingo – Runyararo Clinic; Ngundu Rural Health Centre, Beitbridge Wellness Clinic; Bulawayo – Cowdray Park Clinic; Plumtree District Hospital)
Good knowledge of spoken and written English and {Ndebele for Bulawayo, Kalanga and/or Ndebele for Plumtree; Shona for Chitungwiza; and Venda for Beitbridge} required.
A good command of a mix of these languages is an added advantage

Excellent communication skills
Ability to quickly establish rapport with wide range of study participants, including community members and Ministry of Health officials.
Ability to effectively work as part of a team.
Nonjudgmental attitude, humanitarian values and ethics are absolute preconditions.
Energetic, independent, and self-motivated
Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Proficiency in qualitative coding software, such as NVivo, preferred.

Interested candidates should submit their application letter and detailed CV, clearly stating the position being applied for and area (site/location) in the subject section of the email to by close of business on 26 January 2023 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.