Research Assistant

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Research Assistant

  • Post Date:September 7, 2021
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  • Career Level Assistant
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 1-3 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

The BRTI was registered in Zimbabwe in 1995 as a non-profit making organization under Section 22 of the Companies Act (Reg. No.1676/95). The Institute implements research projects and provides training and support services in public health, biomedicine and health research mostly focusing on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and operational research. Its mission is to promote the health and quality of life of the peoples of Zimbabwe and the Southern Africa Development Community SADC region through fostering research, training and research-informed interventions in all fields that are relevant to essential national health needs. The main role of the BRTI is to provide the support that researchers in all aspects of health need to become effective in influencing policy.

The FRACTURES-E3 study

The full title of the study is Fractures in Sub-Saharan Africa: Epidemiology, Economic Impact and Ethnography. It is funded by the NIHR–Wellcome Partnership for Global Health Research Collaborative Award. This study is an international mixed-methods study using cross-sectional and longitudinal study designs together with ethnographic study to investigate the epidemiology, economic impact, and ethnography of fractures in The Gambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.

Greater understanding of fracture care will be able to inform health service policy and planning in SSA, for example it is intended that our findings will influence essential medicines availability, calibrate risk assessment tools for generalised clinical use, inform national clinical guidelines and advise health service development for the future.

Position summary

We are seeking the services of a Health Economist Research Assistant to support health economics research for the FRACTURES-E3 study, which is delivering a survey on the epidemiology, economic impact and ethnography of fracture patients in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Job description

  • Determining the costs of Hip fracture management for participants enrolled in the FRACTURES-E3 study;
  • Develop and pilot data collection tools and standard operating procedures in collaboration with the University of Bristol Health Economist;
  • Liaise with study and clinic staff to plan, schedule, and budget for data collection activities;
  • Conduct primary data collection of the FRACTURES-E3 Hip fracture management costs through interviews with study participants;
  • Collate and review secondary data using financial records, invoices and programme data;
  • Create data management system for storing data and enter data on time;
  • Conduct data entry and correction of any data deficiencies;
  • Protect collected data and any other study documents and records through organized storage and management, keeping in locked cabinets overnight or when not in use, and only allowing authorized personnel to access such documents;
  • Provide ongoing quality assurance and prompt troubleshooting to facilitate consistency, completeness, and accuracy of data;
  • Support analysis of cost and cost-effectiveness data with the University of Bristol health economist;
  • Liaise regularly with University of Bristol health economist and study coordinator to provide progress updates and feedback;
  • Any other business as assigned by the project.


  • A basic degree in, economics, public health, social science, or other relevant discipline;
  • Post graduate qualification in health economics desirable;
  • 1-3 years relevant work experience;
  • Experience with primary quantitative data collection;
  • Experience collecting costing data an added advantage;
  • Experience in qualitative data collection an advantage;
  • Research ethics training certification from this website:…/fhi…/RETCTraditional/intro.html will be an added advantage;
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in working with spreadsheet and databases, especially with Microsoft Excel

Essential skills

  • Excellent verbal and written Shona and English fluency;
  • Good recording keeping, time-management and organisational skills;
  • Ability to work effectively within multi-disciplinary teams (excellent communication, negotiation, follow-up, and motivation skills, plus a positive attitude);
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to pay attention to detail;
  • Flexibility to work outside normal working hours if the need arises.

To apply

Interested candidates can send their detailed CV and cover letter to: [email protected]

Please note: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted and Terms of Employment will be disclosed to successful candidate.

Deadline: 8 September 2021