USAID Project Careers – Research Specialist at RTI International

Job Title:    Research Specialist  
Organization: RTI
Project Name: USAID/Uganda
HIV/Health Initiatives in Workplace Activity
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Senior
Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Research Advisor
Job ID: 16438
About RTI:
International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to
improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of
more than 3,700 provides research and technical services to governments and
businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals,
education and training, surveys and statistics, advanced technology,
international development, economic and social policy, energy and the
environment, and laboratory testing and chemical analysis.
About USAID Project:
The Global
Health Division will be implementing the USAID/Uganda HIV/Health Initiatives in
Workplace Activity, a five-year Cooperative Agreement – led by World Vision
with RTI as a consortium partner – that will support delivery of comprehensive
HIV/AIDS and health services at the workplace. This activity’s target
population is the Uganda Police Force, private guards from security companies
with a national coverage, Uganda Wild Life Authority Staff including game
rangers and park wardens, other national park staff, staff in selected hotels
under Uganda Hotel Owners Association, their families and surrounding
communities. The project will also target selected hotels in high prevalence
regions of the country under the guidance of Uganda Hotel Owners Association.
The activity is purposed to reduce the incidence of HIV and other communicable
diseases and improve the quality of care of those infected/affected through
increased access to and use of comprehensive HIV/AIDS and other health
Job Summary: The Research
Specialist will provide technical support in the design and implementation of
project quantitative and qualitative research activities. S/he will provide
guidance to consortium partners’ data collection and analysis activities and
will support the interpretation and communication of project data for internal
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Significantly contribute to the preparation of study
protocols, research tools, guides, and manuals, for quantitative and
qualitative research activities;
Carry out qualitative data collection, coding,
analysis and reporting;
Conduct field tests and pilots for various
quantitative (e.g. survey questionnaires) and qualitative (e.g. structured
interview tools) and guidelines;
Develop codebooks for data entry of primary data collected
from the field;
Offer technical support to consortium partners with
statistical data analysis;
Support the communication of Activity findings for
stakeholder and/or consortium partner to promote organizational/Activity
Support various duties as assigned which may include
Activity performance evaluation and other operations research and development
Undertake literature reviews and summarize them in a
format that is relevant to the Activity and can be readily shared with its
consortium partners and stakeholders, as needed; and
Perform any other tasks as assigned by the Senior
M&E and Research Advisor.
Qualifications, Skills and
The Research Specialist should hold a Master’s
degree in Public Health, or related field, with a strong focus on applied
At least three years’ experience in research and
evaluation, or a Ph.D. in the above mentioned discipline plus 1-2 years of
experience would be desirable;
Demonstrated experience in the design,
implementation, analysis and reporting of quantitative and qualitative research
activities using methods such as health facility exit interviews, focus group
discussions, in-depth interviews;
Prior exposure and experience handling large scale
and/or small scale surveys in public health, and large scale secondary data
sources like the Health Management Information System (HMIS) and Demographic
and Health Surveys;
Previous experience with data analysis software
(e.g. STATA, SPSS, Nvivo and Atlas TI, etc.);
Ability to assess the quality of data and
statistical information collected in an M&E system, i.e., have an
understanding of reliability and validity;
Ability to produce thorough, high quality work
within a tight timeframe;
Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and
work collaboratively within a matrix-oriented environment;
Publications in peer reviewed journal preferred;
Excellent skills in oral and written communications
in English; and;
Broad working knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention, care
and treatment preferred.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the USAID RTI project in
the aforementioned capacity should apply online at the weblink below.

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