Research Assistant

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Research Assistant

  • Post Date:February 24, 2021
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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.


CHIEDZA stands for: Community based interventions to improve HIV outcomes in youth, a cluster randomized trial in Zimbabwe. It is funded by the Wellcome Trust. The trial is being conducted in three provinces of Harare, Bulawayo and Mashonaland East. Twenty-four clusters were randomized 1:1 to the community-based intervention or Standard of care arm.

The intervention consists of HIV and SRH services provided by the CHIEDZA team at a fixed community-based venue with periodic mobile outreach (CHIEDZA). Four clusters were randomized to the intervention arm in each province. A team is based in each province and provides services one day per week per cluster. The target population is individuals aged 16-24 years old. The intervention is implemented over a two-year period in each cluster, with the start of the intervention staggered in three-month intervals. In the second year, a comprehensive STI testing and management service will be introduced in the intervention arm in Harare and Bulawayo (STICH).

Position Summary

We are seeking the services of a Health Economist Research Assistant to support health economics research for the CHIEDZA/STICH study, which is delivering an HIV and STI intervention to adolescents in Harare, Bulawayo, and Mashonaland East.

Job Description

  • Defining the costs of the CHIEDZA/STICH intervention and standard of care;
  • Develop and pilot data collection tools and standard operating procedures in collaboration with the LSHTM Health Economist;
  • Liaise with study and clinic staff to plan, schedule, and budget for data collection activities;
  • Conduct primary data collection of the CHIEDZA/STICH intervention and standard of care costs through interviews and observations with study and clinic staff;
  • Collate and review secondary data using financial records and programme data;
  • Create data management system for storing data and enter data on time;
  • 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 LSHTM health economist;
  • Liaise regularly with LSHTM health economist and study coordinator to provide progress updates and feedback;
  • Any other business as assigned by the project.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • First degree in economics or relevant discipline;
  • Excellent knowledge and experience in working with spreadsheet and databases, especially with Microsoft Excel;
  • Experience with primary data collection;
  • Excellent verbal and written Ndebele, Shona and English fluency;
  • Good recording keeping, time-management and organisational skills;
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision;
  • Ability to pay attention to details;
  • Flexibility to travel.

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 to be disclosed to successful candidates.

Deadline: 5 March 2021