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Data Collection Jobs - Field Study Clerk – Census Taker - MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Organization: Medical Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit
Duty Station: Uganda
Position Code: SCCT -720
Reports to: Survey Coordinator

About US:
The Medical Research Council (MRC UK) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with dominant research themes in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases and cancer. Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies, the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide. Following the signing of strategic transfer agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018. The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health issues in Africa and throughout the world. The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts.

Job Summary:  The Field Study Clerk - Census Taker will be tasked with collecting data in the GPC Kyamulibwa demographic survey. The GPC is a rural based platform for conducting research on both communicable and non-communicable diseases in adults and children in Kyamulibwa sub county Kalungu district. The hired individual will collect accurate data under standard ethical procedures for field studies, participating in mobilization and awareness raising as required.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
·        Administer study questionnaire/other study tools (as may be required) to study participants
·        Update village maps annually using GPS to document changes over time and feed data into census and survey data bases.
·        Contribute to effective mobilisation of the study population and provide feedback to communities on study results.
·        Ensure full understanding of objectives, procedures, risks and benefits of participation by volunteers
·        Assist in generating appointment schedules for volunteers
·        Obtain consent/assent from volunteers
·        Supervise village recorders
·        Ensure proper documentation and adherence to the study protocol
·        Perform any other duty assigned by the PI or the survey coordinator.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·        The applicant must hold a Bachelor's degree in Social sciences or related.
·        Certificate in health education/health promotion, GCP, counselling, research methods are an added advantage.
·        At least 3 years' experience carrying out similar work in a medical research setting.
·        At least 3 years' experience in data collection and or entry.
·        Experience in mobilisation and community engagement for research.
·        Experience riding motorcycles with class A riding Permit.
·        Good command of both English and Luganda.
·        Working knowledge of using GPS, Arch GIS and drawing maps.
·        User knowledge in computer applications.
·        Good communication and interpersonal skills.

How to Apply:
Follow the link below to fill a form and submit your application documentation:

Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during shortlisting.

The applications should be addressed to:
The Head of Human Resources,
MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,
P.O. Box, 49,
Entebbe, Uganda.

Deadline: 13th August 2020 by 5:00pm.

Consider your application unsuccessful if not contacted within eight (8) weeks after the closing date of the advert. Any form of lobbying at any stage will lead to automatic disqualification. By submitting your personal information, you consent to the MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit holding and using it in accordance with its recruitment policy and procedure. The Unit reserves the right to verify documents attached with the relevant awarding institutions to authenticate their validity.

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. This position is open to Ugandan nationals only. Strictly follow the application procedure as failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification.

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