Research Associate

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Research Associate

  • Post Date:February 11, 2022
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  • Career Level Consultant
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 3-5 Years
  • Industry Health Care
Job Description

We are International Business & Technical Consultants, Inc. (IBTCI), a global consulting firm working some of the most complex and impactful development problems worldwide. We work on programs that help government agencies, private companies and donors improve the lives of others. At IBTCI you will be part of an inclusive team that provides expert solutions and advice to understand and address critical problems while giving you opportunities to succeed and grow.

Assignment Title: Research Associate
Department/Location: Global Health, Education and Economic (GHEE) Practice/ Zimbabwe (district(s) to be confirmed)
Technical Point of Contact: Senior Advisor, GHEE
Type: Consultant
Classification: Consultancy, Data Collection


IBTCI seeks a qualified candidates to be Research Associates for the USAID/Zimbabwe tuberculosis (TB) Performance Evaluation, as part of the Monitoring and Evaluation to Collaborate, Learn, Adapt, and Knowledge Management Activity (MECLAK) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract. The purpose of the USAID Performance evaluation is to understand the impact of USAID support to Zimbabwe’s National Tuberculosis Program (NTP). Research Associates will be responsible for data extraction of clinical information on TB patients at health facility level, conducting key informant interviews with selected stakeholders at facility level, collecting information from TB patients and their relatives. The respective training on data collection has anticipated start date of late February/March 2022 and end on or about early April. The training will be immediately followed by data collection for a period of about two-three weeks. Data will be collected across ten hospitals and clinics in the nine districts of Zimbabwe. Each research associate will be responsible to work in at least one, and potentially, additional districts.


Using your data collection experience and subject matter skills, the Consultant would conduct key informant interviews, extract data, and manage data storage tasks on specific task orders and/or contracts.

Scope of Work:

  • Collect data from a set of registers and files (i.e. medical record extractions);
  • Extract data from Drug-Resistant (DR-TB) and Childhood TB contacts;
  • Conduct key informant interviews (KII) with DR-TB health care workers, Childhood TB health care workers, and DR-TB patient/family beneficiaries;
  • Provide high quality digital audio recording of interviews;
  • Manage electronic data collection on tablets and/or telephones, including uploading the files to the iCloud server;
  • Develop summary of each KII in MS Word.
  • Other duties as assigned

Serve in the above consultant capacity to support the IBTCI technical practices of Crisis, Conflict & Governance, Agriculture & Food Security & Economic, Education & Growth and Global Health and/or Business Development divisions.

  • This position does not authorize/require the consultant to directly communicate with IBTCI clients.
  • This position does not authorize/require the consultant to have decision making authority on final work product.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, nursing, microbiology, medicine, sociology or health services administration;
  • Knowledge of Zimbabwe TB program and familiarity with the Zimbabwe Health system, TB Registers is a plus;
  • Must be proficient and fluent in English, Shona and Ndebele;
  • Must be familiar with research data collection methods (qualitative and quantitative);
  • Must be fully competent in collecting data with tablets and/or telephones (i.e., extracting paper-based data and inputting it into a handheld electronic device).
  • Good listening, probing, writing, communication and people skills; and
  • Familiarity with using microphones, digital recording, survey administration, and documentation.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to the selected health facilities; and
  • Domiciled (home-base) is in one of the following districts: Bulawayo, Chegutu, Chinhoyi, Gokwe South, Harare, Masvingo, Mberengwa, Mutasa, Shurugwi, and Tsholotsho


  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in in public health, nursing, microbiology, epidemiology, statistics, medicine, sociology or health services administration or related technical field.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in care and management of TB and DR-TB services;
  • Documented evidence of conducting primary data collection (quantitative and qualitative);
  • Interviewing skills of key informants; conducting KIIs of health care workers and/or beneficiaries an added plus;
  • Familiarity with electronic data collection (EDC) software such as REDCap, Open Clinica, ODK, Kobo Toolbox, and/or CSPro or Survey to Go, etc.
  • Previous experience in field data collection; and
  • Experience with research ethics and interviewing on sensitive topics.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.
Travel: Local travel (province, district, and facility), international travel may be required and may include travel to fragile or conflict prone zones.

About the Organization:


IBTCI has been in business since 1987. We specialize in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL), Institutional Support (IS), Financial & Risk Management (FRM), Supply Chain Management & Procurement (SCMP); Social & Behavior Change (SBC) and Capacity Building. We provide these services across many sectors including, but not limited to, agriculture, resilience & food security, conflict & crisis, democracy & governance, economic growth & trade, education, energy & Infrastructure, environment & climate change, global health & WASH and humanitarian and disaster assistance. At IBTCI, our colleagues are encouraged to collaborate and be part of the solution while getting the tools and guidance needed to grow and support our clients’ missions.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

IBTCI is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identification, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran, or any other classification protected by applicable anti-discrimination laws. We prohibit and do not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment. VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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