Position Title: Research Assistant x 15 (temporary position – 25 days)Location: Mutare, Buhera, Chipinge, Chimanimani,MakoniMutasa, Nyanga
Supervisor: Research Associate
Project Summary The 5-year USAID funded Mhuri / Imuli program’s goal in Zimbabwe is to improve maternal, youth and child health and survival in beneficiary communities and populations. The geographic focus is the seven districts of Manicaland Province, focusing on activities to increase the demand and supply of integrated, quality MNCH-FP services as well delivery of family planning services through outreach in all 10 provinces of Zimbabwe. This project will provide Technical Assistance (TA) to the MOHCC in Manicaland for MNCH and direct service delivery for Family Planning through outreach services. The Mhuri/Imuli project is embarking on a baseline survey and seeks the services of suitably qualified and interested candidates as Research Assistants for the survey tools.
Basic Function The Research Assistant collects, processes, and coordinates research data in support of Mhuri/Imuli project. Arranges and conducts field interviews as appropriate to the study, and records research data in accordance with specified protocol and procedures. Travels to various sites within a specified geographical area, as appropriate to the objectives of the study.
Duties and Responsibilities • Participate in training and briefing sessions in preparation for the fieldwork • Identifies and compiles lists of potential research subjects in accordance with study objectives and parameters, as appropriate to the individual position.• Conduct tablet-based interviews strictly in accordance with predetermined interview protocol, data collection procedures, and documentation standards• Upload completed interviews to server • Reviews and edits data to ensure completeness and accuracy of information; follows up with subjects to resolve problems or clarify data collected.• Strictly observe all FHI360 Research Ethics requirements • Ensure the accurate recording and transcribing of interviews • Report regularly on progress and challenges during fieldwork • Perform other duties as assigned.
Required skills, knowledge and abilities • Be based in any of Manicaland districts• Fluency in English and any of the two languages: Shona and Ndau. • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and control standards.• Knowledge of planning and scheduling techniques.• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.• Skill in identifying and recruiting research subjects.• Interviewing and data collection skills.• Ability to understand and apply specified field research procedures and protocols.• Computer/tablet data entry skills.• Skill in the use of computer spreadsheet and/or database applications in the compilation of research data.• Ability to evaluate, verify, and edit research data.
Minimum Requirements • A Diploma or bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or Health Sciences • Or an equivalent combination of relevant education and/or experience sufficient to successfully perform the key responsibilities of the job.• Exposure to health / Social Science development work in Manicaland communities is preferred • Experience in research and conducting focus group discussions is an added advantage. Advantageous• Work experience in a gender related and health systems research or public health related environment with experience collecting survey data.• Good interpersonal, supervisory, organizational, communication, facilitation and report-writing skills.• Ability to work independently as well as in a team.• Strong numeric skills, excellent attention to detail and ability to detect errors.
Short-listed applicants must be willing to undergo a competency exercise as part of the selection process. Individuals who successfully complete a pre-screening competency exercise and interview will be invited to participate in a 3-day training programme in Mutare. Only candidates who successfully complete the training will be considered for a short-term contract with FHI360.Please note that successful completion of the training will not automatically qualify a candidate for a position.
*Candidates should be based in the locations they are applying for.
To apply send your CV and cover letter to [email protected] or drop hard copies at the nearest FHI360 Offices including your preferred area in the subject line. Closing date for applications is 27 November 2018.FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Please note that FHI 360 does not charge applicants any fee for their applications to be considered.