MRC/UVRI Jobs 2021 – 2 Social Science Research Assistants

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Job Title: 2 Social Science Research Assistants – MRC/UVRI Jobs 2021

Organization: MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda

Reports to: Hub Coordinator

Position Code: SSRA -1221



MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit Profile

The MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research 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.



Job Summary:

The Social Science Research Assistant will co-ordinate project activities for the Young Africa Works: Disability Inclusion Research Partnership study. Factors influencing the inclusion of young people with disabilities in education and employment are multi-faceted and influenced by context and culture. Understanding of this is important to inform contextually appropriate and effective strategies aimed at promoting disability inclusion. This research aims to explore the experiences of young people with disabilities and the individual, social and policy level factors influencing access to education and employment in Uganda and six other countries in Africa (Rwanda, Ethiopia, Senegal, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria). Phase 1 will include a desk review and semi-structured interviews with up to 15 key informants (e.g. representatives from government, Organizations of Persons with Disabilities, employers) to explore the context, policy environment and opportunities around inclusive employment and education. Phase 2 will involve semi-structured interviews, using interview guides, with up to 30 young (12-35 years) men and women with disabilities to explore their experiences with a focus on education and employment. Interviews will be audio-recorded, transcribed and thematic analysis of the data will be undertaken. There will be an emphasis on engaging with young disabled people throughout, not only as study participants, but also as researchers and as part of Youth Advisory Groups, to ensure their voices are central to the research.



Roles and Responsibilities:

Principal Responsibilities

  • Carry out in-depth qualitative interview with key informants and young persons with disabilities;
  • Translate and transcribe interviews;
  • Code interviews as per study protocol / interview coding matrix;
  • Translation of study documents;
  • Carrying out field activities;
  • Undertakes any other duties as may be assigned by Supervisor

Financial Management

  • Provide participants with stipulated reimbursements after the interview and submit accountability to the hub coordinator on the same



Minimum Qualifications

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social sciences, Public Health Disability Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, or Educational Sciences;
  • Short courses on research methods and GCP training are an added advantage;
  • At least three years’ experience in an international Organisation or research based institute;
  • Should possess two years’ experience in conducting qualitative interviews;
  • Prior interviewing experience with persons with disabilities;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Fluency in English and relevant local research centre language;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to maintain effectiveness during changing conditions;
  • Non-judgemental attitude;
  • Ability to work well as a member of a team;
  • Experience with coding transcripts in NVIVO;
  • Knowledge of qualitative research;
  • Knowledge of disability youth research;
  • Proficiency in computer use (MS Word);
  • Basic knowledge on design of qualitative research tools, data collection, handling and reporting;
  • Living with a disability or having a close relative living with a disability;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal);
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Proven ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines;
  • Proven interest in disability and youth research; and,
  • Integrity and dedication



How To Apply for MRC/UVRI jobs 2021

Follow the link below to fill a form and submit your application documentation:

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  • 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.
  • 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 through the link provided will be accepted. You will receive a notification in your email if your application and documentation have been successfully received. In the event you are selected as the best candidate for the job, it will be a requirement to present certified copies of academic documents prior to contracting.

The applications should be addressed to:

The Head of Human Resources,

MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,

P.O. Box, 49,

Entebbe, Uganda.

Deadline: 19th December 2021