Research Assistant


JOB TITLE: Research Assistants X 2

PROJECT: IPADZ (Inpatient Package to Reduce HIV and AIDS-Related Death in Zambia) Study

REPORTS TO: Study Coordinator

POSITION SUMMARY: This is a mixed methods study where qualitative data will be collected and used to inform a pilot study to reduce post-discharge deaths among persons living with HIV (PLWH) who are admitted to the hospital in Lusaka. The Research Assistants will collect qualitative data using Focus group discussions, interviews, observations and ensure that quality data is collected from participants and transmitted to the project’s focal person designate on a basis per protocol.

DURATION: 6 Months


Despite scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ARVs) in Zambia, hospital admission and death remain unacceptably high and common among People Living With HIV (PLWH). Acute care hospitals continue to see high prevalence of HIV. For example, at one university hospital, 50% of adults admitted to Internal Medicine were HIV-positive. Often persons living with HIV are admitted to hospital because of delays in learning their HIV status and/or challenges with ARV adherence and/or retention in care. After being stabilized in the hospital and discharged to go home, many persons living with HIV take long to recover and during this time (the post-discharge period), their risk to be re-admitted or to die from an AIDS-related condition is high. Therefore, the care of PLWH who are hospitalized is critically important to achieving the last mile in HIV epidemic control.

In this study, we will collect qualitative data on HIV care practices during hospitalization, and work with hospital staff to identify avenues to streamline and make identifying and preventing AIDS-related conditions easier. Using insights from qualitative data, we will then design and pilot test a new approach to HIV care practices and assess its feasibility and acceptability.

The study therefore seeks services of Research Assistants to help with data collection, management and support the analysis process. The Research Assistants for this study should have knowledge on the clinical aspects of AIDS and a very good understanding of the Zambian health system. Finally, demonstrated experience collecting qualitative data using Focus group discussions, interviews and observations is also required.

Main duties & Responsibilities:


  • Explain the study and recruit participants.
  • Obtain informed consent from adult participants/assent from Adolescents and Young People.
  • Collect qualitative data using group discussions, Interviews and observations.
  • Write field notes and summaries.
  • Manage and organize qualitative research data.
  • Transcribe audio recorded interviews and group discussions.
  • Support analysis of qualitative data.
  • Manage Consent forms and any other duties assigned by supervisor.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences or other similar field.


  • Prior qualitative research experience a must.
  • Experience in conducting in-depth interviews, key informant interviews, focus group discussions and observations.
  • Fluent in Tonga, Bemba, and Nyanja.
  • Experience in research study coordination strongly preferred.
  • Must have good writing, interpersonal, communication and computer skills.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Experience working with AYP will be an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of ethical issues around conducting research with AYP will be an added advantage.

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