06 Mar Careers: Research Assistant
Job Title: Research Assistant
Organization: LifeNet International (LN)
Duty Station: Masaka, Rakai, Sembabule, Bukomansimbi, and Kalungu Districts, Uganda.
Issue Area: Health Systems Strengthening / Healthcare Access
Number of Positions: 10
Employment date: May 2018 – Mid-July 2018
About LifeNet International (LN)
LN is a nonprofit organization that creates innovative solutions for the everyday health challenges facing East Africans. In 2012, LN launched a conversion franchise network in Burundi, East Africa to build to capacity of 10 local faith-based clinics and hospitals through nurse training, management training, growth financing and medicine supply. We have rapidly expanded upon this foundation and have increased our partner network to 125 partner facilities in Burundi, Uganda, Malawi, and the D.R. Congo, together serving more than a million patients annually. Our goal is to improve clinical performance 50% within 24 months of partnership, but we regularly see performance double in that time. In addition, LN aims to help clinics achieve financial sustainability through our medicine supply and equipment financing. By 2025, we plan to double the quality of care received in 20,000,000 patient visits to 1,000 franchised clinics operating in 10 East African countries.
In 2016, LN partnered with the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University to launch an impact evaluation of LN training at health facilities in Uganda. The resulting research study examines quality of care and maternal and neonatal health outcomes at six partner health facilities in Masaka, Rakai, Sembabule, Bukomansimbi, and Kalungu Districts in the western central region in Uganda. The primary role of the Research Assistant will be to carry out data collection, including through direct observation of maternal deliveries (i.e., births), and patient follow up to support the study.
The Research Assistant will be committed to our partner health facilities and responsible for both qualitative and quantitative data collection. The position holder shall be based in the field for the entirety of their tenure. Much of the job will require direct observation of healthcare providers during maternal deliveries, thus, would require one comfortable collecting data in an intense medical setting. The employment contract will last approximately 2.5 months, requiring approximately five 12-hour shifts each week. It is important to note, the employee will often be required to be on-call during overnight shifts; candidates must be willing to be on-call during overnight shifts to be considered for the position.
This job requires strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to build rapport and make others feel at ease and interested in talking to you. These attributes will be necessary for the day to day work environment and responsibilities, as the position holder will be working in a health centre setting with a continuous patient flow. The employee shall be responsible for conducting medical observations, key informant’s interviews, capturing and recording data from medical charts and maternal registers, and patient follow-ups via telephone.
All interested candidates should submit their applications, including detailed curriculum vitae, cover letter, copies of academic transcripts and certificates, and daytime telephone contacts for at least three references sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Research Assistant Uganda” in the subject line.
Candidates are also required to complete the online recruitment form by clicking the link here or copying and pasting the following address in your browser: http://bit.ly/2E6CL3k. Please submit the form only once.