Fresher Data Jobs – Qualitative Research Assistant at Johns Hopkins University/Center for Communication Programs (CCP)

Organisation: Johns
Hopkins University/Center for Communication Programs (CCP)
Kampala, Uganda
The Johns
Hopkins University/Center for Communication Programs (CCP) is a pioneer in the
field of strategic, research based communication for behavior change and health
promotion that has helped transform the theory and practice of public health.
Center for
Communication Programs (CCP) is working with the Ugandan Ministry of Health
(MOH), Uganda Cancer Society, American Cancer Society, and other organizations
working in cancer prevention, detection, treatment and support to develop
communication materials for cancer patients and their caregivers.  American Cancer Society has developed
materials for North American audiences, but they need to be adapted to the
Ugandan context and the communication needs of Ugandan cancer patients.  As a first step, we would like to learn more
about the cancer communication needs of patients, caregivers, community
volunteers and health workers and the types of communication materials that they
prefer. To do this, CCP will conduct 16 in-depth interviews and 3 focus group
discussions with cancer patients, their family members, counselors/outreach
workers, and health workers providing cancer treatment and palliative care
 The Qualitative Research
Assistant will support the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
(CCP) in conducting qualitative research in Luganda and English. The Research
Assistant will be on a short term basis and will conduct and transcribe focus
group discussions and in-depth interviews with health workers, patient care
volunteers, patients and their family members concerning cancer. The
qualitative research assistant will conduct Luganda-language interviews and
facilitate Luganda language focus group discussions. All interviews and
discussions will be audio recorded. Following the discussions and interviews,
the research assistant will prepare verbatim word-for-word transcripts.
Duties and Responsibilities:  
Regularly review the research methodology and
tools and participate in a one-day training session to prepare for the
Screen focus group discussion and in-depth
interview respondents using a screening check list and informed consent form
prior to interviews and ensure that only qualified and consenting respondents
The incumbent will also facilitate 3 focus group
discussions and approximately 8 in-depth interviews, following the methodology
and discussion guide, and utilizing interpersonal communication techniques that
encourage equitable participation of all participants.
Ensure that tape recording devises are functioning
properly, and have working batteries.
Record all interviews and discussions on audio
Prepare verbatim word-for-word transcripts in
English of all of the approximately 8 in-depth interviews and 3 focus group
Actively participate in debriefing meetings
following interviews and focus group discussions to share any challenges and
interesting findings.
Report for work punctually, according to the
schedule worked out together with his/her supervisor.
Assist with other activities necessary for the
smooth operation of the formative assessment.
Skills and Experience:  
The ideal candidate for the Qualitative Research
Assistant vacancy should hold a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences,
communication or related field and experience conducting qualitative research
in Uganda.  
Fluent in Luganda and English.  Fluency in other Ugandan languages is an
added advantage.
Possess good people skills and writing skills;
Computer literacy with proficiency in MS Word
Remuneration and Duration: CCP will pay
a daily rate commensurate with the research assistant’s past salary or income
history and the current market rate for research assistants.  CCP will provide transportation between its
office and the venues for interviews and focus group discussions.  All other expenses will be the responsibility
of the research assistant. This
assignment will take place during January and February, 2016, for a total of 20
8-hour days, over a 4 – 5 week period.
to Apply:  
All suitably qualified
and interested candidates should send a cover letter, updated CV, and three professional
references addressed to:  HR
Administrator at  In the
subject line of your email, please indicate “Cancer Research Assistant”.  
15th January, 2016 by midnight

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