Friday, September 21, 2012

Qualitative Research Interviewer

Program Description: The Research Care and Training Program (RCTP) is a collaboration between the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and University of Washington (UW). 
RCTP leads the Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) program, a comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment program working in 83 clinics in Nyanza Province, Kenya.
 
RCTP is seeking 2 motivated, proactive individuals (one male and one female) who have research experience, preferably with qualitative interviews to fill the following vacancy:
 
Qualitative interviewer for a research project known as “Shamba Maisha,” a pilot agricultural intervention focused on improving food security and HIV health outcomes through microfinance loans, water pump provision, and agricultural and financial training. 
Shamba Maisha offers FACES patients the ability to improve their household nutrition and health through a farming intervention. 
The vacant position being filled is that of a qualitative interviewer who will conduct in-depth interviews with the participants of Shamba Maisha.
 
Position: Qualitative Research Interviewer 
Vacancy No. FN-025-2012
 
Location: Migori and Rongo District Hospital – Nyanza Province
 
Job Summary: The Qualitative Research interviewers are responsible for conducting interviews; overseeing recruitment and data collection and management, coordinating the transcription and translation of interviews; ensuring that the recruitment and retention goals of the study are met; and if skills and interests align, participate in data analysis and manuscript development.
 
Key Requirements:
 
Education
 
Preferred: Masters of Science or Advanced Degree in the Social Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Agriculture, Nutrition or Public Health or other relevant field.
 
Prior Work Experience:
 
Experience conducting qualitative interviews, 2-3 years of experience strongly preferred.
 
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills, including the ability to maintain frequent contact using cell phone, email, and internet-based phone (i.e. Skype).
  • Ability to monitor, gather and evaluate information of broad scope and complexity
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in English, Kiswahili, and Dholuo.
  • Ability to translate Dholuo and Kiswahili into written English proficiently
  • Interest in working in an innovative and demanding environment, with extensive travel to rural sites in southern Nyanza Province.
  • Enthusiasm for rural agricultural, health, and/or economic development work.
  • Ability to multi-task, problem solve, and work with others to resolve challenges.
  • Ability to follow-up on tasks and follow through on deadlines are critical skills in this position
  • Strong communication, training, leadership skills.
  • Open-minded and willing to learn new skills and approaches to research
  • Competent with computer software applications including Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Some experience with qualitative data management software (Atlas Ti, NVivo, other), and web-based applications (Skype) would be preferred but is not required.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Manage the implementation of the Shamba Maisha qualitative research study in line with Kenyan/KEMRI and US/UCSF regulations and standards.
  • Conduct and coordinate qualitative research study activities including the recruitment, screening, and data collection for qualitative research study participants according to the study protocol and standard operating procedures.
  • Adhere to the principles of ethical research according to human subjects review protocols
  • Conducting in-depth interviews of study participants and key informants at Migori and Rongo District Hospitals.
  • Manage financial resources with support from FACES staff.
  • Provide monthly reports on the qualitative study progress and regularly communicate with the Study Investigators at UCSF, KEMRI, and UC Davis.
  • Act as liaison between the Principal Investigators in Kisumu, Nairobi, and San Francisco as well as other Institutional officials and committees for the Shamba Qualitative Study.
  • Other duties as specified by the investigators.
  • If time and budgeting allow for it: analyze qualitative data in conjunction with UCSF and KEMRI investigators and project coordinators using a qualitative research software such as Atlas Ti or NVivo
Applications should include the following:
  • A cover letter with current position and salary (if applicable), and date available
  • A current CV and at least two letters of recommendation
  • Copies of official certificates
  • Copy of the latest pay slip
  • Names and telephone contacts of at least 3 referees
  • An email address and a telephone number (land line or mobile)
Applications should be sent electronically to the email addresses below by 2nd October 2012 and followed with hard copies of the same to the address below. HR@kemri-ucsf.org
 
Human Resources Manager,
KEMRI-RCTP
P.O. Box 614, Code 40100
Kisumu.
 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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