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Job Opportunities

Research Assistants – Amend, Tanzania

 

Context

Road Traffic Injury (RTI) is the leading cause of death and disability for children over age five in Africa. Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the most dangerous roads globally and has the world's highest rates of RTI. It is estimated that the situation in sub-Saharan Africa will become worse in the coming years. By 2050, the population of Africa will grow by more than a billion people. Africa's motorisation rate is one of the fastest globally, with thousands of vehicles added to the roads every day. Amend conducts a variety of activities relating to road safety in Africa, some of which are: scientific studies, advocacy for road safety, its School Area Road Safety Assessment and Implementation (SARSAI), the production of road safety events, road safety media campaigns, road safety education, the social marketing of reflector-enhanced schoolbags, project design and management.

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that "the interventions promoted by Amend.org are perfectly in line" with those promoted by the WHO.

 

More information about Amend's work can be found at www.amend.org  

 

Position

Job title: Research Assistant Safe Journeys Study (8-10 positions available)

Time: 8 to 12 weeks from mid-January to March/April 2022. The exact dates of employment will be discussed upon hiring. Applicants must be available for the entire project period.

Location: Tanga District, Tanzania

Reporting: Report to the Study Manager and ultimately the Country Manager – Amend Tanzania

As part of the Botnar Child Road Safety Challenge (BCRSC) funded programs in Tanga, Amend is undertaking a cross-sectional household survey to describe the modes of transportation used by children and adolescents and their experience of Road Traffic Injuries (RTIs). The study is a collaboration between Amend, Urban Planning for Community Change (UPC) in Tanzania (a local NGO), and the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (SPH).

 

Amend is seeking eight (8) to ten (10) individuals with research experience to assist as Research Assistants (RAs) in data gathering for this project.

 

The survey will collect information via door-to-door questionnaire interviews about how children and adolescents travel and measure the 12-month incidence and lifetime prevalence of RTIs experienced by those less than 18 years of age from households in Tanga District. Research Assistants will be given thorough training in the methodology and execution of the study.

 

The Research Assistants' responsibilities will include:

 

     Daily reporting to study manager in charge of study in Tanga

     Attending training and team meetings

     Walking to different households in fourteen (14) wards to interview willing adult/head of household (18 and above) members 

     Understanding and following the criteria for household selection, recruitment of participants, and conducting of survey using an electronic tablet

     Upload survey data to the server

     Care for and secure the tablets according to the Project Equipment Storage and Care Guidelines

     Report and record issues with tablets

     Report incidents experienced in the field, including unanticipated problems and adverse events

     Adhere to Good Clinical Practice guidelines and human subjects' protection

 

NOTE: 

   


This position involves being outside all day with extensive walking. Candidates should understand this when applying.

       Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the research team would like to ensure your and the recruited survey respondents' safety against the pandemic during the data gathering process. Hence, this job will require the Research Assistants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before the commencement of the study in Tanga.

 

Qualifications & Qualities

Successful applicants will have:

     Minimum educational background of Tertiary level (or currently enrolled in a tertiary institution)

     Excellent grasp of English and Swahili

     Excellent communication skills

     High standard of integrity and trustworthiness

     Positive, friendly, and enthusiastic attitude

     Professionalism and an interest in public health

     Ability to accurately follow instructions and protocols

     Good record-keeping abilities and attention to detail

     High energy and the ability to be on one's feet for a full workday

     Flexible work schedule and commitment to punctuality

     Ability to be a team player and put team needs above individual needs

 

 

Remuneration

The pay for RAs is Tsh 50,000 per day. Amend will cover transportation, accommodation for those who do not reside in Tanga and telephone costs related to the study. RAs are expected to cover their food and incidental expenses.

 

Amend will provide RAs with uniforms, which the RAs may keep at the end of the project.

 

Additionally, after the project, RAs will receive a certificate of service.

 

Application Instructions 

To apply for the position of Research Assistant, please send an e-mail of interest to:  AmendTZjobs@amend.org putting 'Safe Journeys Study- Application for Research Assistant [YOUR NAME]' in the subject/ title box.

 

This e-mail must include the information below. This information should be in the body of the email (do not put the information in a separate document as an attachment)

     Your name

     Your mobile telephone number

     Your highest level of education attained, in what subject, and at which institution

     Your last or current place of employment

     250 words or less explaining why you are interested in the Research Assistant position

     Where you heard about the Research Assistant position

     Contact details of one (1) academic or professional referee (someone not related to you)

 

Do not send a CV, certificates, or any form of attachment with the e-mail. You may be asked to send a CV at a later time.

 

Applicants who do not follow these instructions exactly will not be considered.

 

The deadline for sending the e-mail of interest is 6 pm on Tuesday 30th November 2021.

 

After submitting the e-mail of interest, short-listed applicants will be contacted with further information. Depending on the volume of applications received, not short-listed applicants may or may not be contacted about the outcome of their application.

 

Short-listed applicants from Dar es Salaam should plan on attending an assessment and interview in Dar es Salaam between the first and second weeks of December 2021. At the same time, short-listed applicants who reside in Tanga will be provided with a choice of having the interview via an online call within the same mentioned period.