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Field Assistant - Malaria Consortium HND / BA / BSc Job

2023-11-16 11:31   Secretarial / Front Desk / Assistance   Osun   72 views
Job Details

Location: Osun

Duration: December-2023- May- 2024.

Job Description

We are requires qualified field assistants who will support the case-control study for the PMC Effect Study in Osun state. The case-control study is designed to estimate the efficacy of SP in preventing clinical malaria.

The field assistant will lead in the identification of children with confirmed malaria at the assigned health facility, in the age range (2 – 20 months) eligible for PMC and eligible to be recruited as cases. Field assistants will also support confirmation of cases using an LDH-based rapid test. Eight Local Government Areas in Osun State comprising of 40 intervention Wards are being used for this study including: Ayedaade, Ede South West, Atakunmosa West, Iwo, Irewole, Ife North, Obokun and Egbedore.

Specific Tasks for field Assistants

Receive briefing from Malaria Consortium team on the assignment

Recruit and interview cases. Potential cases are children aged 2-20 months, presenting with fever, or history of fever in the last 48 hours and who therefore require a malaria test. Cases must be patients who are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who is able to give consent. Please aim to recruit cases at approximately the same rate (cases/week) uniformly throughout the study. The number of cases/controls to be recruited will be distributed evenly throughout the periods per week/month.

Identify the controls from the neighbourhood where the cases reside and interview the controls.

Liaise with clinic staff in the study areas to ensure dates of SP doses are carefully recorded on child record cards and in a clinic NHMIS register.

Sensitise communities about the aims and procedures of the case-control study.

Ensure quality control procedures for LDH-based RDTs to be used.

Follow up with medical record officers to ensure that the dates of all PMC treatments among the case and the control children are accurately documented. The field assistant will have to clarify with the record officer to ensure that the data are well documented before extracting and sending to the electronic database using the data collection tool.

Copy dates from the child’s home-based record, and cross-checked in the clinic NHMIS register, and the caregiver should be asked about when the child received SP.

Respond to related queries and data needs and requests from the project’s technical team and key sub-national partners, SMEP and SPHCDA.

Deliverables for Consultant

List of identified cases from the assigned health facility

Data submitted from interviews with caregivers

Data extracted from National Health Management Information System Registers

RDT malaria test results of blood sample collected from cases

Qualifications and Experience: Research Assistants

Expert Profile

The field assistant will have a minimum of diploma in a health-related course with experience in health services provision

Essential

Resident in Osun state

Registered nurse/midwife, hold diploma or degree in health-related sciences, or equivalent subject-matter experience

Significant experience in blood sample collection and interviews, including the use of ODK to capture data

Familiarity with primary health care setting

Familiarity with community-based study, in particular in the context of Southwest Nigeria

Excellent communication skills

Fluent in Yoruba language.

Desirable:

Experience of collaborating with government institutions and non-governmental organisations or academic institutions

Experience in translating Yoruba Language into English Language that is understood by diverse audiences

Timeline for activities/Total TA Days:

Duration- December-2023- May- 2024

Total TA days- 30 days (5-days per month).

Application Closing Date

22nd November, 2023.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should:

Click here to apply online

Note

Kindly note that applicants who do not follow this specification, will be disqualified.

All application should be sent in on or before 7:59am, Thursday 23rd November 2023.

Only Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Kindly note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, therefore early applications are highly encouraged.

Malaria Consortium does not accept or ask for payment during recruitment. We also would not accept hardcopy CVs; all applications should be sent through the above link

Company Description
Malaria Consortium is one of the worlds leading non-profit organisations specialising in the comprehensive prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases among vulnerable and under privileged populations. We increasingly find our work on malaria can be effectively integrated with other similar public health interventions for greater impact and therefore expanded our remit to include child health and neglected tropical disease interventions.