Brief Background of the Study


The Families Matter! Program (FMP) is an evidence-based intervention designed to promote positive parenting practices and effective parent-child communication about sexuality and sexual risk reduction for parents and other caregivers of children aged 9-12 years. FMP recognizes that many parents may need support to effectively convey their values and expectations about sexual behavior and to communicate important messages about HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pregnancy, child sexual abuse, and gender-based violence to their children. The ultimate goal of FMP is to reduce sexual risk behavior among adolescents, including delaying sexual debut, by providing parents and caregivers with the knowledge, confidence, and parenting strategies to deliver primary prevention messages to their children and protect them from child sexual abuse and harmful gender norms that may lead to violence.




NOTE TAKER (1) 2 months

During the pilot study in Chitungwiza, data collection will be done by means of focus group discussion with parents and preadolescent/adolescent to determine the awareness and perception of child abuse (physical, sexual, and emotional abuse), identify factors influencing the use of child sexual abuse support services, understand prevailing gender norms and community perceptions of these norms and their influence on adolescents’ HIV and GBV risk etc. The note taker will be present during all the sessions to note down major themes, ideas and comments during the focus group discussions.



  • Assist in the preparation for and facilitation of focus group discussions
  • Assist on recruiting and consenting participants according to GCP guidelines
  • Note taking of observations regarding group dynamics and recording major themes, ideas, non-verbal cues, and comments made during the discussion.
  • Assist in the proper documentation of all program forms
  • Any other duties as needed by the program



Required Qualifications and Skills


  • Degree in Social Sciences
  • Certificate in GCP and Ethics, sound knowledge of the Zimbabwean regulations and ethical standards
  • Experience in conducting interviews in a research setting
  • Experience working with vulnerable populations
  • Ability to work with people from various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal and organizational skills
  • High level of professionalism and customer service orientated, non-judgmental and ability to pay attention to details 



DRIVER (1) 12 months

We are seeking (1) driver to work with the study team. The post will be based in Harare but will involve a lot of traveling to the study sites in Chitungwiza, Mufakose and Glenview.

The successful candidate will have previous experience working as a driver.  The driver should ensure that their vehicle is in proper working condition and should report any faults to the office administrator or project coordinator when in the field.  Drivers will be responsible for the safe passage/travel of the project team.


Reporting to the Team leader and project coordinator the following will be the driver’s core duties:-

  • Driving the project teams to the various communities. This will include travelling from the office to the study sites.
  • Driving the project team around the communities during survey.
  • Taking note of any faults that may develop on the vehicle and bringing them to the attention of the project coordinator as soon as possible.
  • Ensuring that the vehicle has the necessary accessory tools as should be equipped, e.g. jack, and wheel spanner and spare wheel.
  • Maintaining the project vehicles including oil and water checks, tyre checks, service checks, and any other duties that may be assigned by the office administrator from time to time to ensure a smooth project flow.
  • Maintenance of vehicle log book.

Required qualifications and skills


  • A clean class four driver’s license
  • A current certificate in Good Clinical Practice and Ethics as required by the Medical Research Council of Zimbabwe.
  • Experience working in a research environment is an added advantage.
  • A mature person, who is well organized and who has the ability to work independently but within a team framework; fluent in English and Shona
  • Good time keeping



Applicants wishing to be considered for these positions should submit full curriculum vitae with a cover letter stating clearly which position you’d like to be considered for, certified copies of certificates and the names/contact information for three referees by the 20th of May 2016


The Project Coordinator

9 Monmouth Road




Only short listed applicants will be contacted. 

Application deadline is Friday 20 May 2016