UCSF Global Programs for Research & Training Research Assistants (Data Abstraction) Jobs in Kenya

UCSF Global Programs for Research & Training Research Assistants (Data Abstraction) Jobs in Kenya


  • Global Programs for Research and Training is registered as an international NGO in Kenya, wholly owned and affiliated to the University of California San Francisco (UCSF).

  • The Ministry of Health – National AIDS & STI Control Program (NASCOP) and University of California San Francisco–Global Programs, and Centers for Disease Control are implementing Sentinel Surveillance of HIV Associated Mortality at selected mortuaries in Kenya.

  • The main objective is to establish a mortuary-based sentinel surveillance system for HIV in Kenya. Specifically, the surveillance seeks to determine HIV-positivity among cadavers at sampled mortuaries using minimally invasive OraQuick, monitor the burden and trends in HIV-associated mortality in Kenya and use the surveillance results to calibrate and validate national and subnational estimates of HIV-associated mortality.

  • Global Programs for Research and Training is seeking qualified research assistants, to be based at county civil registry to conduct data abstraction for this study. These positions will require three-months commitment.

  • The Research Assistants (Data Abstraction) will work under the direct supervision of the study coordinator and overall supervision of the principal investigators.

    Key Responsibilities:

  • Attend the full study training to understand the purpose and intent of the study, as well as the plan for implementation.

  • Abstraction of data from civil registrar’s records into study electronic HIV surveillance data abstraction forms.

  • Uphold data quality procedures.

  • Ensure data collected is safely transmitted to the designated central location.

  • Act as the point of contact to respond to any data quality concerns related to civil registration data abstraction.

  • Provide routine reports of progress to the study coordinator.

  • Perform
    other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    The selected research assistant will have the following minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in a social science or health-related field.

  • Experience in collecting quantitative data or abstracting data from existing records in a health-related field.

  • Experience in electronic collection of public health data.

  • Knowledge and understanding of public health issues, specifically regarding HIV/AIDS.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well in government offices.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication.

  • Proficiency in using Microsoft office and strong typing skills.

  • Fluency in English or Swahili.

  • Willingness to be based in Kisumu for the duration of the research project.

  • Ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision.

    How to apply

  • Qualified Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.

  • All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed in the minimum requirements above with specific and comprehensive information. All applications must include the following:

  • Cover Letter

  • Current CV with names, email addresses and telephone numbers for three referees

  • Applications must be sent by email to

  • HR.Kenya@ucglobalprograms.org with the email subject Research Assistant (Data Abstraction for Mortuary Study) byend of day Friday, June 17, 2022, by 5pm EAT.

  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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