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Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) Research Assistants at Jhpiego, Nigeria


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Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health (ASRH) Research Assistants

Maternal Child Survival Program (MCSP), a global USAID-funded project with the purpose of Ending Preventable Cause of Death (EPCD), will conduct an Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) study in Ondo, Bauchi, Sokoto and Cross River states, Nigeria. This is essentially a formative research to understand the Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) needs of adolescent mothers in these four states and the gaps in the current system. We will conduct a qualitative, cross-sectional, descriptive study using Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and In-Depth Interviews (IDIs). We are looking for highly motivated, multitasking and experienced individuals to work as Research Assistants (RAs) in Bauchi, Cross River, Ondo and Sokoto states.

Reporting to: State ASRH Study Coordinators

Number of Slots: l0 per state

Study Locations: Akure, Sokoto, Bauchi, Calabar and Obudu study sites. Residency in the locality would be an asset.

Duration of Contract: 30 Consecutive Days (1 month)


Attend 5 days training on ASRH study data collection and use of audio-recorders

Support the Research study team in orienting and training youth groups and other stakeholders (CHEWs or CHWs) in the community on how to recruit volunteers in a non-pressuring or coercive way using the voucher system.

Participates in recruitment of adolescents through respondent-driven sampling and a voucher system.

Conduct selection and screening of recruited participants using specified selection criteria and obtaining consent from selected participants

Obtain and submit initial screening information from participants to the research team

Create consent logs and group cohort logs; share group cohort logs with providers; update State ASRH Study Coordinator weekly with enrolment numbers

Conduct qualitative data collection (FGDs and IDIs) to all consented study subjects at the time of consent

Track study subjects to participate in group discussions at appropriate times; record if subjects move out of study area and/or are lost to follow up

Arrange meeting time and place in consultation with health facility managers

Support Focused group discussion in their respective areas as requested by the research team

Ensure safe custody of equipment issued for the study

Keep accurate records of consent forms and other study related documents.

Advise the research team on any ethical issues that may arise during the period of engagement in the study

With the State ASRH Study Coordinator, set targets and work out timesheet of activities conducted.

Write and submit a weekly report of activities conducted to the State ASRH Study Coordinator


A Degree in Sociology, Health Sciences Research or Biostatistics, Nursing, Public Health is desirable. Master in Public Health, Biostatistics or sociology is an added advantage

Experience in qualitative research methods and publication track record are desirable

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are critical

Good spoken and written English

Excellent spoken and written Yoruba for Ondo, Hausa for Bauchi and Sokoto and Bete for Cross River States are desirable

Sensitivity to sociocultural and religious differences is expected

Ability to multitask and meet deadlines at short notice

Excellent report writing skills

Competence with data analysis software including Atlas.ti is desirable

Application Procedure

Interested candidates should submit an Application letter and a CV as ONE SINGLE word document to ng-recruitment@jhpiego.org not later than June 1st, 2017. The title/subject of your email and application should be the position you have applied for. For further information about Jhpiego, please visit our website at www.jhpiego.org. Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for an interview. Please note that any successful candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

JHU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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