The Makerere University, School of Public Health, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN) in partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin plans to carry out a qualitative study on Differences in the Formation and Development of Informal Settlements and their Effects on Residents’ Health and Safety in Kampala City. The study will explore challenges of informal settlements in Kampala City by assessing vulnerability and health risks faced by dwellers in the selected study areas. Therefore, RAN seeks to hire suitably qualified and experienced qualitive researchers for the positions of Research Assistants who will work in the 6 informal settlements of Kawempe, Nakawa, Lubaga and Makindye divisions. Successful candidates will report to the study supervisor. 

Roles of Research Assistants

The overall duty of the research assistants will be to collect qualitative data and submit them  to the study supervisor. Specifically, research assistants will be required to perform the following tasks:

  • Work closely with settlement field guide of selected zones.  
  • Perform field data collection and management activities following the study protocol including consent process and confidentiality requirements.
  • Build rapport with the study participants before conducting any interviews. 
  • Take notes and record the interviews.
  • Transcribe all the completed interviews into verbatims.
  • Review the transcripts before submitting them to the study supervisor. 
  • Maintain confidentiality and security of all data.
  • Keep the audio recorders safe and secure.
  • Report to the immediate supervisor any issues that affect the study
  • Provide the supervisor with daily updates including interviews completed, and any other important information. 
  • Participate in study team meetings throughout the study period.
  • Execute any other duties assigned by the study supervisor and the study investigators

Education Qualifications

Must hold a post-graduate degree in Health Services Research or Public Health or Disaster Management or Social Sciences and a background in social science or public/environmental health is an added advantage. 

Other requirements

  • Prior experience in qualitative interviews (Key Informant Interviews, Focus Group Discussions and In-depth Interviews). 
  • Proficiency (both spoken and written) in English and Luganda
  • Knowledge of working with urban refugees is an added advantage 
  • Familiarity with the informal settlements of Kampala City 
  • Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to adhere to COVID19 Standard Operating Procedures 
  • Ability to work under stringent deadlines and independently with minimum supervision

How to apply: Interested persons should send their applications with a typed cover letter, current CV with 2 referees and their contacts; copies of academic certificates addressed to: The Chief of Party, Makerere University, School of Public Health, ResilientAfrica Network (RAN), Upper Kololo Terrace, Plot 28, Kampala Uganda. Apply on info@ranlab.org or use the form below not later than Friday 7th May 2021. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.