Fresher Study Counsellor NGO Jobs – Medical Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

 Job Title:    Study Counsellor (Fresher

Organisation: Medical
Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Duty Station:  Masaka,

Reports to: Study

Position Code: SC
– 0321


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


Job Summary:  The Study Counsellor will provide high quality
counselling to the study participants’, parents/ guardians to ensure timely
adherence to the study immunization schedules and study visits.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Assist Provide counselling to study participants, attendants and
  • Counsel parents/ guardians before enrolment of their infants into
    the study;
  • Provide counselling to study parents /guardians before and after
  • Counsel parents/guardians who test HIV positive and link them to
  • Provide continuous risk reduction counselling for HIV;
  • Administer study tools (as may be required) to study
  • Contribute to effective mobilisation of the target 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 participants;
  • Obtain consent from participants/parents and guardians;
  • Ensure proper documentation and adherence to the study protocol;
  • Obtain anthropometric measurements from the children like weight,
    height; and,
  • Perform any other duty assigned by the PI or the project leader.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate must hold a Certificate/diploma in counselling;
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related course is an added advantage;
  • At least two years’ experience working in counselling;
  • Experience of working in a research environment;
  • Proficiency in computer use (MS word, Excel, Access, Nvivo);
  • Good verbal and written communication skills; and,
  • Good command of both English and Luganda.


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.
Combine all your application documentation i.e. cover letter, CV & academic
documents into one PDF document. 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. Only online applications will be accepted.


The applications
should be addressed to:


The Head of Human

Uganda Research Unit,

P.O. Box, 49,

Entebbe, Uganda.


Deadline: 2nd April 2021 by 5:00pm


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