Chitungwiza x 2; Masvingo x 2; Ngundu x 2; Beitbridge x 2; Bulawayo x 2; Plumtree x 2
26 January 2023
Pangaea Zimbabwe is an independent Zimbabwean entity registered as a local PVO in Pangaea Zimbabwe strives to transform the lives of underserved populations by working to increase access to quality, responsive, evidence based, client-centered comprehensive health services through facility and community engagement and policy advocacy.
The CATALYST Study (Catalyzing access to new prevention products to stop HIV) is a multi-year, multi-country study seeking to understand the feasibility and acceptability of providing new options for HIV prevention. The study involves both quantitative and qualitative methods. This posting is for a qualitative data collector who will conduct interviews with the range of study participants: people using HIV prevention methods, health facility staff offering HIV prevention options, community members in neighborhoods near study sites, and health officials responsible for HIV prevention.
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.
One year renewable upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
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.
Skills knowledge and abilities
Qualifications, experience and competencies required
Bachelor’s degree or International Equivalent in Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Nursing or Related Field
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: firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on 26 January 2023. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
NB: Young women are encouraged to apply.