Research assistants for IMPAACT4TB Project (4 positions)

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a fulltime:

Research assistants for IMPAACT4TB Project (4 positions)

Duty Station: Mzimba North and Mulanje, Malawi – 2 in each district

Background

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a global health problem with an enormous burden of disease estimated at 10.4 million new cases in 2015; 11% were HIV co-infected and 1 million occurred among children. Whereas in Malawi, 15,892 TB cases were notified (Global Tuberculosis Report, 2019) with 48% HIV co-infection. Latent TB infection (LTBI) is the reservoir of the TB epidemic. The goal of the I4TB project is to reduce TB incidence among PLHIV and child contacts living in low- and middle-income countries by contributing to the sustainable scale up of 3HP preventive therapy.

I4TB is delivered by a consortium of partners funded by Unitaid and led by the Aurum Institute. KNCV is the partner responsible for Malawi, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Indonesia. The John’s Hopkins University (JHU) is leading an implementation research study in Malawi called “Choice Architecture Based TB Preventive Therapy Prescribing”. The primary objective of this study is to use a feasible, low-resource strategy to achieve levels of 3HP delivery substantially higher than routine implementation in primary care public clinics. The study protocol received conditional approval from the WHO ERC in January, local IRB approvals are underway.

Position in the organization

The Research Assistant will collect data and lead monitoring and evaluation of Choice architecture based TPT Study activities. He/she will report directly to the Study Coordinator and will maintain close communication and coordination with the IMPAACT4TB Project Manager. The positions are available at the district level with frequent visits to the assigned study sites in the district. The positions are expected to be filled soon after approval of the protocol by ERB.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Supervise and train the health care workers responsible for collecting and recording the data in the study sites and ensure accurate data is captured and recorded into the respective data collection tools in a timely fashion;
  • Conduct in-depth interviews with clinic staff to assess the acceptability and clinic flow integration of the choice architecture approach, after undergoing an in-person two-day training conducted by the study coordinators.
  • Gather and enter data from the study sites/clinics and share with the Study Coordinator as required;
  • Ensure timely and complete reporting from all sites implementing activities in accordance with approved reporting formats;
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in existing data collection and management system and propose solutions;
  • Assist the Study Coordinator and other technical personnel in clarifying study information needs;
  • Assist in developing, adapting and implementing tools and techniques to improve the quality and use of data for decision making;
  • Participate in joint supportive supervision visits within the Choice architecture based TPT study sites;
  • Perform data audits to ensure data quality and integrity
  • Coordinate periodic visits by the Project Manager and M & E Officer and other senior study team from national level
  • Assist in verifying the accuracy of reported data from the study sites in the district;
  • Compile information on lessons learned and success stories from the study sites;
  • Ensure that data queries from the Choice architecture based TPT study staff and other stakeholders are addressed in an accurate and timely manner.

Education

  • A diploma or degree in any health-related field such as clinical medicine, social science, biomedical science, public health research, statistics or epidemiology.

Knowledge/Experience

  • At least 1 years of health information and data management experience;
  • Demonstrated experience (at least 1 years) working in communicable disease program/research projects and interventions
  • Proficiency in using data management platforms, such as ODK, REDCap, or Epi-info preferred;
  • Conversant with different M & E tools, surveys, evaluations and surveillance systems.
  • Experience in qualitative research and conducting in-depth interviews preferred
  • Familiarity with DHIS2 will be an added advantage
  • Experience in working in a non-governmental health project is an added advantage;
  • In depth knowledge of TB and LTBI from clinical and programmatic perspectives based on local NTP and WHO policies preferred;

Behavioral competencies and skills

  • Quick to learn different data collection tools;
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor and build capacity of others;
  • Data-driven
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Chichewa;
  • Ability to work independently and with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to cope with a demanding work environment and to organize and prioritize workload.
  • Willingness and ability to travel around the study sites (Mzimba North and/or Mulanje district) regularly for patients tracking

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A fixed-term contract for a year with a possibility for extension depending on availability of funds;
  • An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where a pro-active mentality is appreciated;
  • A highly motivated team of experienced, self-driven colleagues;
  • The salary is dependent upon education and relevant working experience;
  • KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has its own Employment Conditions Scheme;
  • Full-time employment consists of 40 hours per week.

Application and information

You can apply for this position by submitting your CV, including a motivation letter and 3 professional references, before March 8th, 2020. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our team in Malawi via +265 992 891 646; +265 999 585 042 or +265 996 208 768 or send an email to recruitmalawi@kncvtbc.org.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled person.