Thursday, January 30, 2014

Graduate Research Assistant at AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN)

AIDS Prevention Initiative in Nigeria (APIN) is a non-governmental donor-funded organization dedicated to the prevention, treatment, care and support of diseases of public health importance in Nigeria, including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, among others. Since 2001 we have worked closely with key stakeholders to reduce the burden and mitigate the impact of those diseases through cutting edge, innovative & sustainable approaches.

We are seeking qualified and suitable candidates to assume the following position:

Job Title: Research Assistant



  • The job holder will provide support to on-going, new and emerging research activities and collaborations as well as undertake study on Loss-to-follow-up
  • Support the APIN research management group and other adhoc teams in proposal development and submission.
  • Support the setup of programme evaluations and research operations
  • Participate in and/or support research implementation as appropriate
  • Participate in basic data collection, reporting and analysis on programme and outcome evaluations
Loss-to-follow-up Study
  • Implement research procedures in accordance with the protocol guidelines as provided by the Principal Investigator
  • Travel to study sites across Nigeria to recruit participants and conduct interviews, chart reviews and other data collection activities as required, using a standardized questionnaire and chart extraction tools.
  • Collect data, enroll and follow up clients for the loss- to- follow up study being jointly conducted by APIN and MGH
  • Coordinate and train additional staff to assist with study recruitment and consent procedures when required.
  • Record, organize and capture results of questionnaires in preparation for data analysis.
  • Conduct follow-up telephone interviews of patients enrolled in study.
  • Enter questionnaire and follow-up data into study database.
  • Maintain log of patients enrolled in the study as detailed in study protocol.
  • Produce regular research progress reports Principal Investigator and Co-investigators
  • At least a first degree in Sociology, Nursing, Medicine or Public Health
  • Time management skills, basic administrative and organizational skills
  • HIV counselling or clinical experience
  • Fluency in English and Igbo/Yoruba/Hausa (verbal and written, at least one)
  • Computer literacy and with ability to use the computer for data entry and production of basic reports. Experience of working with datasets and data bases will be an advantage
  • Good interpersonal skills, strong service ethic, sensitivity to patients
  • Professionalism and attention to detail and accuracy
  • Flexibility to take on other duties as reasonably requested by the Project Manager and/or Co-investigators.
  • Willingness and readiness to travel to study sites as required
  • Computer literacy/skills in usage of personal productivity tools (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet browsing, emailing, etc.) are essential
Application Closing Date
11th February, 2014

Method Of Application
Qualified applicants should write to: stating how their skills, knowledge and experience make them suitable, and addressing the person specifications highlighted above for each position. The suitability statement should not exceed a page and must appear on the first page of the CV, which must be saved in Microsoft Word and as applicant’s full name. The subject of the mail should be the job position being applied for. All applications must be received on or before the application closing date. Late applications will not be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. APIN offers very competitive terms of employment and is an equal opportunity employer. Women who are qualified for the positions are therefore encouraged to apply

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