The International Training and Education Centre for Health (I-TECH)
Position Title: Research Assistant
Position Reference: 0001
Number of positions: 1
Period of employment: On appointment – 30 June 2016
Section: Strategic Information
Organizational Background: The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a United States of America federally-funded project which supports the development of HIV/AIDS care and treatment training initiatives in 25 developing countries acutely impacted by the global AIDS epidemic. I-TECH is an initiative of the University of Washington Schools of Medicine and Public Health & Community Medicine. Its Central Office is headquartered in Seattle, Washington and it currently supports over 10 international offices, including one in Pretoria, South Africa.
I-TECH South Africa Goal: I-TECH South Africa’s goal is to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of South African national HIV, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis response.
Brief Summary of Position
The assistant will play an active role in the research activities implemented by I-TECH across the nine provinces in South Africa. Duties of the position include: support in data collection and assuring data reliability and quality assurance checks; assistance with compiling reports and coding.
General support (15%)
- Provide administrative support to the research team and serve as a point of contact for internal research staff
- Assist with preparation for field work
- Liaise with programme staff on research and data related issues
- Perform other tasks as instructed
Study Data Collection (50%)
- Conduct data collection
- Assure data reliability
- Provide assistance in conducting situation analysis and other field work as required
- Coordinates the provision of support services to investigators and researchers
- Provide assistance in coordinating research trainings as required
- Report adverse events to study team
Study Coordination (25%)
- Identify obstacles to and find solutions for proper study implementation, conduct, and closeout
- Coordinate the provision of technical support in implementation of evaluation activities.
- Provide documentation of best practices, conducting case studies, and other research to support the programme
- Assist with the smooth and efficient day-to-day operation of the study and data collection activities;
- Supports the day to day activities of any technical support staff specifically engaged in the carrying out of research
- Coordinate submission of research data and support production of reports for internal use.
- Coordinate compilation, production and submission of research reports and presentations to donors and other key stakeholders;
- Diploma combined with relevant experience in research, monitoring and evaluation in an NGO environment.
- Demonstrated experience with coordinating research activities which may include training workshops, data form designing, data collection and data entry and management
- Previous experience in providing technical assistance to improve data quality management in research
- Demonstrated experience in data entry and analysis using software such as SPSS, MS Access, MS Excel, etc.;
- Ability to work independently, efficiently, and to assess priorities with a high level of accuracy.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including the ability to present materials in meetings
- Strong written and oral communication skills with a demonstrated ability to review, synthesize research information
- Demonstrated ability to work within a results-oriented team.
- Willingness to travel to remote areas if required
- Experience in working with PEPFAR or other donor-funded projects desirable.
- Driver’s License
- Bachelor's Degree combined with relevant experience.
Conditions of Employment:
This position is 1.0 FTE, is based in Pretoria, South Africa with occasional travel to other provinces. Complex deliverables on short timelines may require work in excess of 40 hours.
Applicants are required to quote the relevant Position Title and position reference mentioned above when submitting their applications via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to (+27) 86 750 2630 before the 31St of October 2015. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Preference will be given to South African applicants.