MRC Psychologist Research Assistant Jobs in Uganda

MRC Psychologist Research Assistant Jobs in Uganda

The Unit is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with dominant research themes
in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases
and cancer.

Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological
research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies,
the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of
innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of health
policy and practice in Africa and worldwide.

Following the signing of strategic transfer
agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the
Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018.

The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health
issues in Africa and throughout the world.

The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts.

About the Study

The Mental Health Section of the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM Uganda Research Unit is undertaking a
pilot study to develop and validate a model for the integration of depression management in
adult HIV care in the district of Mpigi.

This project involves either assigning additional responsibilities to health workers or training a new cadre of health providers (community health workers) and deploying them to contribute to the mental health care of persons living with HIV.

The activities of this study therefore involve either giving additional responsibilities
to already serving health workers or giving new skills and responsibilities to a new cadre of
health providers (community health workers).

Studies undertaken elsewhere have noted that
caring for other human beings undergoing suffering has been known to lead to psychological
distress and at times secondary traumatisation.

This phenomenon has variously been
described as compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress, vicarious traumatisation,
burnout or work related stress (WRS).

Job Purpose:

The main responsibility for the job is to support the implementation of the research project.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Support the study collaborators in putting together the study protocol and assessment
  • Ensure that the study obtains and complies with national science and ethical requirements
  • Supports the implementation of the study in the four health units of
    Nkozi Hospital,
    Buwama Health Centre III, Butoro Health Centre III and Mpigi Health Centre IV in Mpigi
  • Participates in collection both quantitative and qualitative study data
  • Ensure that the collected data is properly stored and archived at the Data Management
    Section of the MRC/UVRI & LSHTM
  • Support communication and collaboration between the study partners

    Person Specification
  • Degree in psychology with course units in work related stress.
  • A post graduate degree is desired.
  • Should have experience working in a medical research setting.
  • Should have prior experience of supporting studies in the areas of psychology or psychiatry.
  • Should have knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in
  • Ability to undertake preliminary analyses of quantitative and qualitative data in psychology
    or psychiatry is desired.

    How to Apply
  • Fill an online form accordingly by following the link below and there after submit your
    application documents to the e-mail below:
  • Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity while filling the form is
    required and will be considered during shortlisting.
  • Please email your application to
  • Applications should include academic documents, a cover letter, CV, daytime telephone contact and three traceable
    professional references.
  • Combine all application documentation into one PDF document.
  • Deadline is Friday 26th July 2019, 5:00pm.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.
  • Note that academic qualifications will be subjected to verification by the issuing institutions.
  • This position is open to Ugandan
    nationals only.
  • NB: Please quote the following position code in the subject line of the email:
  • Psychologist Research Assistant: PRA719
  • The applications should be addressed to:
  • The Human Resource and Administration Manager
  • MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit
  • P.O.Box, 49
  • Entebbe, Uganda
  • For more information and job application details, see; MRC Psychologist Research Assistant Jobs in Uganda

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