In partnership with the National Department of Health and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), we propose to conduct a program evaluation focused on the intensification of support for existing Ward Based Primary Health Care Outreach Teams (WBPHCOTs) in South Africa.
The overall goal is to describe the implementation of these activities, and to assess whether they were delivered as planned, what worked well, and what was challenging. As part of this project, a process evaluation of the expanded WBPHCOT activities in South Africa will be conducted to 1) identify barriers, facilitators, and key lessons and 2) assess the extent and fidelity of the project implementation and identify best practices and barriers to implementation.
The evaluation will use both quantitative and qualitative methods including a survey, key informant interviews (KIIs), focus group discussions (FGDs), a structured health facility assessment, a knowledge, attitudes and practices (KAP) survey, and field-based observation of the WBPHCOT team.
Job Title: Research Assistants
Job Location: South Africa
Roles and responsibilities
- Participate in pre-implementation activities including engagement of health facility leadership, staff, and study stakeholders in order to sensitize them to the project and their potential role as a participant.
- Recruit and screen potential participants and conduct informed consent among those eligible to participate in the project, per protocol
- Conduct data collection activities per protocol at selected facilities
- Conduct quality control/assurance procedures to ensure complete and accurate data collection/entry
- Ensure that relevant project materials (tablets, forms, computers) are stored and maintained in a secure and effective manner
- Communicate progress on field activities between data collection team and Evaluation Coordinators.
- Assist in the interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data collected via focus group discussions and surveys
- Participate in the development of reports related to project progress and activities
- Perform any other duties as assigned
Desired experience and qualification
- Bachelor’s degree in social science or related field
- Demonstrated experience with data collection as part of programmatic evaluations and/or research studies
- Strong numeric skills, excellent attention to detail and ability to detect errors
- Willingness to travel within the district and work flexible hours
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills
- Excellent report writing and editing skills
- Fluent in written and spoken English and isiZulu
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively independently as well as with a team
- Valid driver’s licence
- Knowledge and practical experience in health-related research, including adherence to research protocols, data collection procedures and ethical requirements of human subjects research
- Previous experience in qualitative data collection and conducting KIIs and/or FGDs
- Experience with tablet-based data collection (SurveyCTO, RedCap)
- Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office suite applications
Interested applicants should send their comprehensive CV’s and letter of motivation to [email protected] with the job tittle in the subject line on or before 23 June 2019.
NB: Successful candidate will be placed anywhere in South Africa and should it be that it is out of their geographical location, relocation arrangement and cost will be the incumbent’s responsibility
Application Deadline: Sunday, 23 June, 2019