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Organization: Medical Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI 

Duty Station:  Entebbe, Uganda

Reports to: Head of Mental Health Section

Position Code: PRA719

About US:

The MRC/UVRI Uganda Virus Research Unit on AIDS was established following a request in 1988 from the Uganda Government to the British Government for collaboration on the research of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency. The Unit is a center of excellence in HIV/AIDS related research. It conducts large-scale epidemiological and intervention studies, clinical trials, virological and immunological research and behavioural studies, and has generated a wealth of research results that have been used to inform policy and practice that have led to a large number of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals over time.

About the Study:

The Mental Health Section of the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit is undertaking a pilot study to develop and validate a model for the integration of depression management in adult HIV care in the district of Mpigi. This project involves either assigning additional responsibilities to health workers or training a new cadre of health providers (community health workers) and deploying them to contribute to the mental health care of persons living with HIV. The activities of this study therefore involve either giving additional responsibilities to already serving health workers or giving new skills and responsibilities to a new cadre of health providers (community health workers). Studies undertaken elsewhere have noted that caring for other human beings undergoing suffering has been known to lead to psychological distress and at times secondary traumatisation. This phenomenon has variously been described as compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, vicarious traumatisation, burnout or work related stress (WRS). If not attended to WRS can lead to reduced work performance due to poor concentration, loss of motivation, reduced job satisfaction, absenteeism and work conflict. Inattention to health worker mental wellbeing can have catastrophic consequences including suicide.  The Mental Health Section therefore plans to undertake a pilot study to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of studying work related stress among health workers and community health workers involved in the HIV+D formative study in Mpigi district. To undertake this study, the Mental Health Section will partner with the Human Resource Department of Makerere University Business School.

Job Summary:  The Psychologist Research Assistant will support the implementation of the research project.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Support the study collaborators in putting together the study protocol and assessment instruments
  • Ensure that the study obtains and complies with national science and ethical requirements
  • Supports the implementation of the study in the four health units of Nkozi Hospital, Buwama Health Centre III, Butoro Health Centre III and Mpigi Health Centre IV in Mpigi district.
  • Participates in collection both quantitative and qualitative study data
  • Ensure that the collected data is properly stored and archived at the Data Management Section of the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM
  • Support communication and collaboration between the study partners

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the Medical Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI) Psychologist Research Assistant job must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology with course units in work related stress.
  • A post graduate degree is desired.
  • Should have experience working in a medical research setting.
  • Should have prior experience of supporting studies in the areas of psychology or psychiatry.
  • Should have knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in psychology
  • Ability to undertake preliminary analyses of quantitative and qualitative data in psychology or psychiatry is desired.

How to Apply:

Fill an online form accordingly by following the link below and there after submit your application documents to the e-mail below:

Click Here. Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during shortlisting.
Please email your application to recruitment@mrcuganda.org. Applications should include academic documents, a cover letter, CV, daytime telephone contact and three traceable professional references. Combine all application documentation into one PDF document.

NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. Note that academic qualifications will be subjected to verification by the issuing institutions. This position is open to Ugandan nationals only.

Please quote the following position code in the subject line of the email: Psychologist Research Assistant: PRA719

The applications should be addressed to:

The Human Resource and Administration Manager,

MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,

P.O. Box, 49 Entebbe, Uganda

Deadline: 26th July 2019 by 5:00om

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