The Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine is investigating methods for quantifying the incremental impact of face-washing as a method for preventing the transmission of trachoma, a blinding eye disease. As part of this study to document the impact of face-washing, a community-based survey will be conducted, in which observations of selected children's facial cleanliness will be recorded, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Data collectors will also observe and record specific aspects of face-washing practices, per a specified research protocol. These data will be used to identify statistical relationships between face-washing practices, facial cleanliness, and trachoma disease status.
It is critical for the successful implementation of the study that the observations be standardized, reliable and valid across time and observers. Hence, a well-designed and conducted training course will be required to prepare the observers to collect these data in strict accordance with the research protocol, make the observations using the specified procedures, record the observations accurately, and ensure that the data are of the highest quality. We are seeking a Senior Research Assistant who is needed to design the training course, conduct training sessions in Kiswahili language, and oversee initial stages of data collection to identify any problems or issues and provide corrective training.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities:
Collaborate with the Project Team to produce and provide to the Project Director:
A training design plan, including specific session plans and learning objectives for each
Reports assessing training implementation and progress, with specific achievement metrics designed in collaboration with the Project Director
Final Training Report assessing the training activity, identifying gaps and weaknesses which may warrant additional managerial attention, and specific recommendations for future trainings.
Begin work on the training design by reviewing in detail the Research Protocol documents to be provided by the Project Director, one month prior to delivering the Training Design for review by the Project Director and PI.
Deliver a Draft Training Design in English (as an editable Microsoft Word file) for review by the Administrative Team at least 2 weeks prior to the start of training, and a Final Training Design 5 days prior to the start of training.
Arrive at the field site in Tanzania 7 days prior to the start of training, to allow for preliminary logistics planning and consultation with the Research Team.
Will conduct the classroom and field training sessions and observe/supervise the initial 2 weeks anticipated to be held August 8-19, 2022.
The Training progress reports will be written and delivered at the end of each week of training, with the Final Report due one month after the end of the Consultant's field visit.
Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):
The applicantwill have a minimum of 5 years of hands-on experience with the design and facilitation of experiential training courses, ideally including in cross-cultural contexts.
Will have a strong background in field data collection for research purposes, with a demonstrated understanding of the requirements for (and importance of) research-quality data collection and handling procedures.
Excellent comprehension and spoken language skills in Kiswahili language are essential.
The applicant will need to observe culturally appropriate behavioral norms in interacting with research team members as well as with community leaders, community members, and study-selected households.
Fluency in spoken and written English is also required.
Expected to participate in project administration and coordination meetings and to contribute to the overall success of the survey as required.
Prior experience with observational data collection.
Experience with basic data management and familiarity with implementing research in field settings is also a plus.
The applicant will need to be able travel to the survey site(s) which are in rural Tanzania.
The applicant will need to be able to walk up to several miles per day between households without access to paved walking paths.
Classified Title: Sr. Research Assistant Role/Level/Range: ACRP/03/MB Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience Employee group: Limited Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:30-5 Exempt Status: Exempt Location: Tanzania Department name: SOM Oph Dana Center Personnel area: School of Medicine
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