RESEARCH ASSISTANT

  • Full time
  • 4 weeks ago
  • Salary MWK 000 / Monthly

Job Description

Compelling Works is a digital health development consultancy firm promoting health and wellbeing through innovative digital health solutions. Core services include strengthening digital health governance; conceptualization, design, and deployment of digital health solutions; and building capacity of the digital health workforce.

Compelling Works in partnership with Cooper/Smith are supporting the implementation of data-related activities of the Blantyre Prevention Strategy project of the Ministry of Health Malawi, a project aiming to reduce HIV incidence in Blantyre district through innovative prevention strategies, interventions, and approaches. Part of this effort requires obtaining a good understanding of network organizations engaged in HIV prevention in Blantyre and the delivery channels in place. This will help in the identification of opportunities and gaps in prevention service delivery.

Compelling Works is looking to hire the services of a Research Assistant to support with different research undertakings over a 7-month period effective 1st December 2020. In the first undertaking, the Research Assistant will support with the following:

Scheduling and conducting interviews
The Research Assistant shall work with the Research Coordinator and Research Team Lead to identify and agree on the individuals to be interviewed, questions to be asked, and content of the questionnaire. The Research Assistant will also support with the development of the questionnaire and related materials and activities. During execution, weekly meetings will be convened by the Research Team Lead to update the research team on the progress and outputs.

Fill in data collection tools
The Research Assistant shall conduct key informant interviews in Blantyre district per the direction of the research team and fill in all data collection tools during interviews as directed by the Research Team Lead. While conducting the interviews, the Research Assistant shall work closely with the research team to ensure that the data collection tools developed (questionnaires, interview guides etc.) are of good quality and meet expectations of the research team.

Report drafting
The Research Assistant shall work with the Research Team Lead to draft reports and other outputs as agreed upon with the research team.

Required Qualifications, Competencies and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health or other related Social Sciences
  • At least 2 years of work experience preferably in the health sector of Malawi or in a research setting dealing with the analysis of public health related data
  • Competence using digital tools for data analysis, interpretation, and use, such as SPSS, SAS, Tableau, DHIS2 etc., is an advantage
  • Organized and able to manage schedules and timelines both personally and within a team structure
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Strong technical and writing skills
  • A team player driven by passion and desire to deliver quality products and services.
  • Flexibility to work on an ad-hoc basis as and when needed by the research team.

Engagement period and location
The engagement period will start on 1st December, 2020 and end on 30th June, 2021, in an ad-hoc arrangement, calling for the services of the Research Assistant as and when needed.

The first assignment will run from 1st December 2020 to 15th January 2021. Field work for the first assignment will take place in Blantyre District, so the applicant should be able to work from Blantyre during the execution of this assignment.

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should submit their application with a one-page cover letter demonstrating their competence, along with a detailed CV by email to: [email protected]

The Job Title “Research Assistant” should be clearly mentioned in the subject line.

Closing date for applications is Thursday, 12th November 2020. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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