• Research Associate, PrEP

    Country
    Eswatini
    City
    Mbabane
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
  • Overview

    The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

     

    In collaboration with the Eswatini National AIDS Program (ENAP) and the University of Heidelberg Institute of Public Health, CHAI launched a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) demonstration project in August 2017 to assess the operationalization of PrEP in Eswatini as an additional HIV combination prevention method among population groups and individuals at high risk of HIV infection. Evidence gathered through this demonstration project will inform the Ministry of Health about acceptability, feasibility and cost for a National roll out of PrEP. In that context, CHAI Eswatini is currently seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials.

     

    The Research Associate will work closely with the Research Manager to support the implementation of the PrEP study. This is a short term position with an expected end date of March 2019.

    Responsibilities

    • Coordinate all PrEP study activities including facility-based feedback sessions, quantitative and qualitative data collection
    • Address major implementation challenges or any other concerns raised by health care workers and/or data assistants
    • Maintain the mobile data collection system including updating and deploying data collection forms and overseeing use of tablets by field team
    • Maintain an Excel-based study dashboard and joint Ministry of Health study dashboard
    • Export and clean PrEP data in preparation for analysis
    • Produce Stata error reports and coordinate with the field team to address data errors in a timely manner
    • Serve as the point of contact for PrEP data and the data system with co-investigators and partners
    • Support in the preparation of strategic documents to inform programmatic interventions
    • Lead the collection and collation of data to inform roll out of interventions and to facilitate evidence-based decisions across HIV prevention programs
    • Participate in working group(s) to support evidence generation and use for PrEP and other combination prevention implementation
    • Assist in the preparation of progress reports, abstracts, manuscripts and other study documents and publications as required
    • Additional tasks and duties as are reasonably and lawfully incidental to the above

    Qualifications

    • MSc, MA, MPH or equivalent in epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, or related field preferred
    • Minimum work experience of 3 years
    • Good understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methodology in field of public health research
    • Exceptional relationship building and interpersonal skills, and an ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of partners and stakeholders in a culturally diverse environment
    • Highly developed strategic analysis, problem solving and quantitative skills with ability to create tools to address specific challenges and improve working practices
    • Strong project management skills, including demonstrated ability to think independently, be flexible and balance multiple priorities under tight deadlines
    • Ability to mentor and lead teams to perform at a consistently high level in high-pressure situations and ambiguous circumstances
    • Ability to work independently in unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges
    • High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Stata

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