Research Assistant, Tanzania (EFFECT Project)

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PCI is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing diseases, improving community health, and promoting sustainable development worldwide. With support from United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), PCI Tanzania will be implementing the final phase of Food for Education (FFE) programming in the Mara region (2017-2021). The goal of the program is to improve literacy among primary school students, and increased use of health and dietary practices, empower women etc.

In line with programmes objectives, growth and sustainability, PCI wishes to attract talents and professionals to help run the programme.

Project Concern International (PCI) is seeking Research Assistants for the EFFECTS Project (Engaging Fathers For Effective Child Nutrition and Development in Tanzania). PCI is working with partners at Harvard University, Purdue University and the Africa Academy of Public Health in this community-based project to promote fathers’ engagement in nurturing care for their young children with the goal of improving children’s nutritional and development well-being. The project will be implemented in Mara, Tanzania.

The project will involve qualitative research to design our intervention program in Phase I, which is planned for a period of four weeks in February/early March of 2018. In addition, two Research Assistants will be needed for a period of two to three weeks in March of 2018 to pilot test intervention materials among selected households.

The Research Assistants will be based in the Musoma district of Mara for the duration of the data collection, including pilot testing of intervention materials.

Roles and Responsibilities:
Participate in a 10-day training on field based qualitative data collection.
Field-based qualitative data collection including interviews, focus groups, observations, market study, and pilot testing family and child questionnaires and intervention materials.
Writing up field notes, and completion of transcriptions and translations of Kiswahili into English.
Provide support to data analysis.
Participate in formative research team meetings in person and over Skype.

Knowledge and Competencies
Fluency in Kiswahili and English (oral and written)
Comfortable with basic IT; for example, Microsoft Office, Skype.
Able to prepare and write reports in English
Good organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines
Good team player
Strong oral communication skills and observation skills
Sensitivity and respect for the local culture and environment

Proven experience in qualitative data collection such as conducting interviews and focus group discussions, transcriptions and translations.
Proven experience in community participatory activities (e.g. community mapping).

Qualifications and Experience:

We are seeking candidates with at least a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences or health sciences (including nursing, medicine, public health).  Community-based field experience and/or experience of qualitative data collection is preferred. Applicants should be comfortable working in community settings and working with young children.

**Please note in your cover letter whether you’ll be available in March 2018 for pilot testing of the intervention materials.**

Job Location
Musoma, , Tanzania
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