TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Background

The AfriChild Centre together with Raising Voices and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are conducting research on the Good School Toolkit for secondary schools. The Good School Toolkit for secondary schools is a program developed by Raising Voices to improve the environment in secondary schools, prevent violence and promote young people’s wellbeing.  The AfriChild Centre is therefore seeking to recruit 20 research assistants to support in the implementation of this project.

Overall Objective of the study

The overall aim of this pilot trial is to determine whether progression to a Phase 3 cluster randomized controlled trial to deliver the Good School Toolkit-Secondary Schools intervention to prevent violence in Kampala/Wakiso District, Uganda, is justified in terms of pre-specified acceptability and feasibility criteria.

Specific aims

Specifically, the pilot study aims to:

  1. Refine and finalize the GST-S intervention, ensuring acceptability and understanding and resonance.
  2. Understand feasibility of delivery of the intervention.
  3. To explore design parameters for a subsequent phase 3 trial.
  4. Scope of work

The research is to be conducted in secondary schools in Kampala and Wakiso for a period not exceeding one month. Successful applicants will attend a three weeks’ mandatory training to prepare them for field work.

Responsibilities of the Research assistant

The Research assistant shall perform the following core functions in the implementation of this evaluation assignment:

  1. Attend all days of the interviewer training.
  2. Participate in pretest exercise.
  3. Screen eligible participants for the study.
  4. Conduct all interviews that have been allocated for the selected district.
  5. Transcribe all audio recording allocated by the Study Manager.
  6. Provide progress updates to the study manager/designate.
  7. Reporting

The consultant(s) will be supervised by the Research Manager or his designate at AfriChild Centre.

The consultant

 The desirable candidate for this position should possess the following skills and experience: 

  1. At least a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, public health, education or any other related course.
  2. Experience conducting research studies focused on Violence Against Children (VAC) in Uganda.
  3. Experience using electronic data collection platforms such as Open Data Kit or Survey CTO.
  4. Knowledge and solid understanding of mixed methods research.
  5. Proficiency in both written and spoken English and Luganda.
  6. Demonstrate a solid understanding of child protection issues, social-cultural context and Uganda policy environment.
  7. A proven competency in child-focused research methods and ethics.
  8. Experience in audio transcription for qualitative research.

Application procedure: Interested candidates should submit their CVs and cover letter to info@africhild.or.ug  not later than 7 August 2019

TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR RESEARCH ASSISTANT-COGNITIVE INTERVIEWER

Background

The AfriChild Centre together with Raising Voices and The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are conducting research on the Good School Toolkit for secondary schools. The Good School Toolkit for secondary schools is a program developed by Raising Voices to improve the environment in secondary schools, prevent violence and promote young people’s wellbeing.  In order to ensure that the measures used for the main pilot trial are accurate and that the intended respondents easily interpret questions, the AfriChild team plans to conduct interviews with selected respondents in the pilot schools.  The AfriChild Centre is therefore seeking to recruit a Research Assistant to conduct cognitive interviews to refine measures for the main pilot trial.

Overall Objective of the study

The overall aim of this pilot trial is to determine whether progression to a Phase 3 cluster randomized controlled trial, to deliver the Good School Toolkit-Secondary Schools intervention to prevent violence in Kampala and Wakiso Districts, is justified in terms of pre-specified acceptability and feasibility criteria.

Specific aims

Specifically, the pilot study aims to:

  1. Refine and finalize the GST-S intervention, ensuring acceptability, understanding and resonance.
  2. Understand feasibility of delivery of the intervention.
  3. To explore design parameters for a subsequent Phase 3 trial
  4. Scope of work

The measure development work will be conducted in secondary schools in Kampala and Wakiso for a period not exceeding 8 days. The successful applicant will attend mandatory training to prepare them for field work.

Responsibilities of the Research Assistant

The Research assistant shall perform the following core functions in the implementation of this evaluation assignment:

  1. Attend all days of the interviewer training
  2. Conduct all interviews that have been allocated for the selected district
  3. Transcribe all audio recording allocated by the Study Manager
  4. Write a report on the cognitive interview process
  5. Reporting

The consultant(s) will be supervised by the Research Manager or his designate at AfriChild Centre.

The consultant

 The desirable candidate for this position should possess the following skills and experience: 

  1. At least a bachelor’s degree in anthropology, public health, education or any other related course.
  2. Experience conducting research studies focused on Violence Against Children (VAC) in Uganda.
  3. Experience conducting cognitive interviewing is desirable.
  4. Knowledge and solid understanding of mixed methods research.
  5. Proficiency in both written and spoken English and Luganda.
  6. Demonstrate a solid understanding of child protection issues, social-cultural context and Uganda policy environment.
  7. A proven competency in child-focused research methods and ethics.
  8. Experience in audio transcription for qualitative research
  9. Report writing experience.

Application procedure: Interested candidates should submit their CVs and cover letter to info@africhild.or.ug  not later than 7 August 2019

For enquiries email info@africhild.or.ug

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