Size Estimation Study – CeSHHAR Zimbabwe – NGO Jobs


CeSHHAR Zimbabwe is an organization that specializes in sexual health, HIV and AIDS research in Zimbabwe. CeSHHAR in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care is implementing a National Sex Work Programme aimed at reducing HIV acquisition and transmission among sex workers thereby reducing HIV transmission and acquisition to and from their clients. We are recruiting staff for a research study in Harare, Bulawayo, Mazowe and Shamva


Size Estimation Study

RTI international is partnering with the Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Research (CeSHHAR) Zimbabwe, with technical support from the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to estimate the population size and systematically assess engagement along the HIV continuum of prevention, treatment and care for SW in Harare, Bulawayo and Mashonaland Central.


This project will build on existing research among female SW in Zimbabwe, by estimating the size of the SW populations in Harare, Bulawayo and two communities in Mashonaland Central, Shamva and Mazowe, where population-based data on SW are sparse.


We are therefore looking for passionate people who are committed to this objective to work in the following roles.


  1. Project Coordinator (1) 6 months

The project Coordinator will be overally responsible for the management of day to day project activities. Specific duties will be:

  • Processing of approval applications to all local and international IRBs
  • Recruitment, training and supervision of research team (nurse counselors, surveyors, and drivers)
  • Ensure implementation of the project as per protocol and timelines
  • Ensure accurate and valid data collection and processing in accordance with good clinical practice.
  • Work closely with the communities, district and provincial officials and other stakeholders at all stages and  keep them informed of progress
  • Provide regular and timely research updates to funders and the Director
  • Make presentations on research design, implementation and findins as and when required.
  • Provide oversight of project finances including management by project staff (eg petty cash, field allowances).


Essential and desired qualifications

A degree in Social Sciences or related field, with a Masters level degree that has a strong focus on health research. At least 2 years’ experience working in a similar position. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Computer competency particularly with Microsoft Office packages. Commitment to working as part of a multidisciplinary research team. Ability to work with people from various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Possession of certificates in GCP and Research Ethics will be an added advantage.

  1. Nurse Counselors (4)2 months

The Nurse Counselors will be responsible for performing all clinical procedures required by the study protocol including HIV testing and counseling, syphilis testing and counseling, specimen collection for CD4 count and viral load testing, sexually transmitted infection testing. Specific duties will be

  • Performing clinical examinations
  • Performing HIV and syphilis rapid testing and treatment (for syphilis)
  • Collecting clinical samples for sexually transmitted infection testing and ensuring safe transport to the laboratory
  • Any other duties as required by the Project Coordinator


Qualifications and experience

An experienced clinician with a Degree/Diploma in nursing. Experience working in a research setting and dealing with research participants. Experience and knowledge of STI treatment and management. Counseling diploma and experience in HIV/AIDS counseling. Certified by HPC to perform rapid HIV testing and DBS testing. Current GCP and Ethics training certificate an advantage. A current certificate in Good Clinical Practice and Ethics. Experience working with vulnerable populations (sex workers) an added advantage. Fluency in English, Shona (and Ndebele for Bulawayo and Hwange positions)


  1. Survey Assistants (16)2 months

The survey assistants will be responsible for identification and recruitment of initial survey participants (seeds) as well as collection of sensitive and crucial data from the participants. Specific duties include:


  • Working with sex worker peer educators to identify all the various communities working in a given geographic location
  • Working with the sex worker peer educators to identify and recruit sex workers seeds for inclusion in the survey according to GCP and Ethics guidelines.
  • Screening and checking in of participants into the survey using the Respondent Driven Sampling method (training will be provided)
  • Conduct the informed consent process to all eligible participants
  • Administer questionnaires using tablets (training will be provided).
  • Ensure high quality data are collected.
  • Any other duties as required by the Project Coordinator


Qualifications and experience

A degree in social sciences with a counseling diploma and experience in HIV/AIDS counseling and added advantage. Demonstrable experience and interest in community outreach work, ability to do community mobilization, create rapport with personnel from collaborating or associate institutions and work independently but within a team framework. Current and valid certificate in GCP and Ethics an advantage. A current certificate in Good Clinical Practice and Ethics. Experience working with vulnerable populations (sex workers) an added advantage. Fluency in English, Shona (and Ndebele for Bulawayo, Hwange and Victoria Falls).


  1. Drivers (4)2 months

The drivers will be mainly responsible for driving the survey teams and ensure safe passage/travel to the survey sites. In addition, make sure their vehicles are in proper working order and report any faults to the office administrator or team leader when in the field.  Specific duties include:


  • Driving the project vehicle for the survey team on a full time basis.  This will include travelling from Harare to the field on a regular basis.
  • Transporting survey specimens to and from the survey sites to the lab
  • Driving the survey team around the communities during survey preparation.
  • Taking note of any faults that may develop on the vehicle and bringing them to the attention of the office administrator and project site leader as soon as possible.
  • Ensuring that the vehicle has the necessary accessory tools as should be equipped, e.g. jack, wheel spanner and spare wheel
  • Maintaining the project vehicles including oil and water checks, tyre checks, service checks, and any other duties that will ensure a smooth project flow.
  • Maintenance of vehicle log book


Qualifications and experience

A mature person, who is well organized; ability to work independently but within a team framework with a clean class four driver’s license. Experience of working in a research environment and driving survey teams is an added advantage. Experience working in a reproductive research environment and working with vulnerable populations (sex workers) is an added advantage. Fluent in English, Shona and Ndebele.



If interested either email or drop off your CV , application letter ,certified copies of certificates with three references stating clearly which position you’d like to be considered for, at number 9 Monmouth Road, Avondale, Harare. Indicate on the envelope the position you are applying for. Deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday 20th September 2016.

Only short listed applicants will be contacted.