Research Assistant - Nurse

Location
Kenya
Posted
Sep 12, 2020
Closes
Oct 12, 2020
Ref
144565
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
Chartered in 1983, Aga Khan University (AKU) is a private, autonomous and self-governing international university, with 13 teaching sites in 6 countries over three continents (www.aku.edu). An integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org), AKU provides higher education in several disciplines, carries out research pertinent to the countries and operates 7 hospitals (soon 8) and over 325 outreach clinics, all at international standards. It has almost 2,500 students and over 14,000 staff. The University is both a model of academic excellence and an agent of social change. As an international institution, AKU operates on the core principles of quality, relevance, impact and access.

The Aga Khan University-East Africa (AKU-EA) through its Research Office in Mombasa is conducting a study: Pregnancy Care Integrating Translational Science Everywhere (PRECISE) in Kaloleni and Rabai Sub-counties in Kilifi County, Kenya. The study will involve following up pregnant women from early pregnancy through delivery to the post-delivery and it will include local travel within the study area- between health facilities and to communities. Applications are invited from appropriately qualified candidates for the position of Research Assistant - Nurse in the study. The staff will be based at the research sites in Kilifi County.

Position Summary:

The research assistant - nurse will be required to support the study's activities at the health facility. This will include screening and recruitment of study participants, clinical and non-clinical data collection, sample collection and handling and additional study procedures.

Responsibilities
  • Liaise with health facility staff to identify potentially eligible study participants for recruitment into specific studies and sub-studies
  • Screening and recruitment of study participants and administering informed consent.
  • Clinical and non-clinical data collection for study participants
  • Perform anthropometric measurements and vital signs measurements and other clinical tests and study procedures for participants
  • Contribute to collection, transport, logging and initial processing of biological samples
  • Support health facility staff in obtaining and recording other data relevant for the study.
  • Contribute to follow up of participants in their homes and communities.
  • Create and plan for data collection activities summary reports for activities as guided by the study coordinator on a daily, weekly and monthly basis
  • Communicate to families and community members about the study, as appropriate and as guided by the study coordinator
  • Regularly report any relevant events that affect the study to the study coordinator


Requirements
  • Diploma in Kenya Registered Nurse Midwife or Kenya Registered Community Health Nurse or equivalent.
  • Valid Practicing license from the Nursing Council of Kenya.
  • Basic Computer literacy and training in Microsoft Office.

Essential experience -
  • Experience working at the maternity unit, antenatal care unit or child health units at hospital or health center level

Additional Experience -
  • Experience in research activities at community or health facility level
  • Experience in mobile data collection tools
  • Experience in collecting and handling biological samples

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