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Research Coordinator – TOPOWA Project

The TOPOWA Project is Hiring!

The project, led by Dr. Monica Swahn (PI) at Kennesaw State University in the USA, has an exciting opportunity in Kampala, Uganda for a Research Coordinator to work closely with our implementing partners and the project implementation. The position will support the development and implementation of a five-year NIH study. The project aims to understand and address the link between poverty and mental health disparities of disadvantaged adolescent girls and young women in the urban slums of Kampala, Uganda. The project includes an evaluation of a community-based intervention program comprised of vocational training, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, team building through sports, and psycho-social support.

The project also focuses on community engagement and capacity building with long-established NGO community-partner, the Uganda Youth Development Link (UYDEL) in the Kampala slums led by Mr. Rogers Kasirye. UYDEL’s mission is to enhance socioeconomic transformation of disadvantaged young people through advocacy and skills development for self-reliance.

TOPOWA is a multicomponent study that will examine the structural drivers of poverty and mental illness through focus group discussions, PhotoVoice, use of wearables, two prospective cohort studies, the collection of biomarkers (saliva) a laboratory test, and through GIS mapping of the Kampala slums. The project will also apply interdisciplinary research methods, translational neuroscience, sleep science and data analytics to collect a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data to provide program strengthening and pathways to improve mental health and outcomes for young women in the slums of Kampala. We are seeking a strong and experienced research coordinator to manage the day-to-day operations and study implementation. Anticipated start date is September 1, 2022. The Research Coordinator will report daily to the Research Manager at UYDEL, the implementing partner and hiring organization for the position. For more details about Dr. Swahn’s research and the TOPOWA project, please visit the INTEGHRAL Lab website: https://www.drswahn.com

Location: Kampala, Uganda

Job Responsibilities: We are looking for a candidate with experience in day-to-day research project coordination in Uganda who would be willing to work full-time for an exciting, fast-paced, interdisciplinary multi-component project for the next five (5) years. We will expect the candidate to:


1. Plan, coordinate and oversee the day-to-day operations of the research project with all project partners, manage the project timeline, project team meetings and project laboratories.

2. Support the Principal Investigator (“PI”), Project Director and Research Manager in the

implementation of the data collection tools and standard operating procedures. Prepare weekly progress reports for Project leadership.

3. Support the research teams at the study sites during data collection including biospecimens and project implementation and identify/troubleshoot issues to be addressed including staff assignments.

4. Support the translation, back-translation and document preparation into “Luganda” (from English).

5. Get trained in all study tools to be administered as part of the study. Support training of social workers and research assistants on all study tools and the research protocol.

6. Be CITI-certified, and ensure fidelity of the study protocol, human subjects protection and data confidentiality.

7. May perform duties such as: leading qualitative collection and analysis efforts, developing protocol manuals and data collection instruments, recommending additional equipment/tools and resources for the study.

8. Report to the PI, Project Director and Research Manager and provide regular feedback on all activities.

9. Any other project-related duties as assigned by the PI, Project Director or Research Manager.



1. Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred (equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered)

2. Prior research project coordination experience required.

3. Fluency in English and Luganda with demonstrated experience of writing research materials in plain English

4. Strong computing skills

5. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

6. Demonstrated leadership ability

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of position requirements. Knowledge of all applicable requirements, regulations, and laws. Skill in effective use of applicable technology/systems. Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts. Ability to work cooperatively with others and independently.

How to apply

Apply via email, to Dr. Jane Palmier, TOPOWA Project Director (jpalmier@kennesaw.edu) by July 1, 2022 and include the following:

· Cover letter that includes a statement about the fit for the position with past experience and training and also salary history,

· Resume/CV,

· Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.


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