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Social Science Research Assistant – MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

The Unit 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. The Unit is now seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to fill the following position:

Social Science Research Assistant (01 Position)
Position Code: SSRAE -1120
Reports to: Project Leader
Station: Entebbe
Duration: 6 months

Job Purpose:

This position is for contributing to the social science team under the supervision of the
designated Project team leader and/or project leader.

Roles & Responsibilities

 Contribute to study design and implementation. This includes taking an active part in
testing, piloting and undertaking design of research tools and associated activities;

 Undertake mobilization for studies;

 Undertake data collection in consultation with the Project team leader and Project leader, as appropriate;

 Contribute to management of data, including the checking of data, logging and data entry and archiving of scripts (where appropriate);

 Undertake data analysis in consultation with the Project team leader and Project leader;

 Contribute to the preparation of manuscripts for publication and presentations of study
data for conferences and workshops. This includes actively participating in the writing of

 Participate in the dissemination of results at the local and national level, including to study participants; and,

 Work in close collaboration with external researchers/staff from other programmes, as
may be appropriate.

Person Specification

 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 in a clinical research setting, preferably including experience in social and behavioural science research and participants;

 Prior interviewing and facilitation experience;

 Good verbal and written communication skills;

 Good command of both English and Luganda; and,

 Proficiency in computer use (MS word, Excel, Access, Nvivo).

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. Deadline for application is 2nd December 2020,
5:00pm. 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 considered.

The applications should be addressed to:

The Head of Human Resources,
MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,
P.O. Box, 49,
Entebbe, Uganda.

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.

MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda research Unit is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse work force and does not ask for money at any stage of recruitment.


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