The Operations Research and Impact Evaluation (ORIE) Project is an independent component of the six-year, DFID, UK-funded Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) programme which seeks to improve the nutritional status of 6.2 million children under five years across the five northern Nigerian states of Kebbi, Katsina, Jigawa, Zamfara, and Yobe. The overall purpose of ORIE is to “fill important gaps in knowledge about the causes of and optimal responses to undernutrition in Northern Nigeria”. ORIE undertakes various kinds of research and evaluation to this end.
ORIE is being implemented by a consortium of four UK-based organisations led by Oxford Policy Management.
Members of the ORIE consortium are to undertake a cohort study of the nutrition, health and growth of young children in a cluster of villages in northern Nigeria near Katsina. The aim is to recruit about 1,000 young children and follow them for about 18 months to understand the context in which they grow and the factors that may contribute to malnutrition. This will be done by studying two cohorts - a large cohort that will be studied at two time points 18 months apart, and a small cohort that will be studied every 3 months. In addition a nested case control study at the end of the cohort study will be undertaken of children who have gained the least length; and up to four nested sub-studies lasting 6 weeks each of factors known to be associated with malnutrition will be done.
ORIE is seeking a qualified and experienced health researcher Assistants to support the cohort studies in Katsina. The Cohort Research Assistants will have the following responsibilities under the guidance and supervision of ORIE National Team Leader through the Cohort Research Manager:
- Assist the Cohort Research Manager to identify project villages, obtain consents from the community for the study to be done, and maintain relationships with the community and community leaders throughout the study;
- Assist the Cohort Research Manager to identify local guides in study villages to help staff to locate households and keep track of study children;
- Assist the Cohort Research Manager to test all data collection tools in the field and modify questions in consultation with the PI, WINNN and ORIE staff when appropriate;
- Collect data on young children in the villages.
- Provide weekly updates on all activities and progress
- Import data from hand held devices into statistical analysis software when required.
- Assist the Cohort Research Manager to undertake basic data checking, labelling and analysis using statistical analysis software;
- Assist the Cohort Research Manager to write basic reports on the analysis of data from the gap sub-studies and contribute to analysis and reporting of other data;
- Assist the Cohort Research Manager in the maintenance of a small office in Katsina.
- Reports to the National Team Leader of ORIE on all administrative, finance, security and logistics matters through the Cohort Research Manager.
Qualifications and experience
The following attributes are important:
- HND or first degree in nutrition, public health, epidemiology or a relevant discipline
- At least 1 year of experience doing surveys, monitoring, evaluation or research studies
- Experience of analysing quantitative data using statistical software is an added advantage
- Fluent in English with a proven ability to write basic reports in English
The following attributes are desirable:
- Nigerian nationality with experience of working in northern states
- An ability to communicate in Hausa
- Understanding of and sensitivity to local culture in Northern Nigeria
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The Driver will work with staff of the ORIE Project to provide support for programme implementation that will entail driving staff between Katsina city and the various LGAs in the State, mail delivery and running official errands.
Line Management: The Driver reports to and is under the supervision of ORIE Project Administrator through the Cohort Research Manager.
- Clean and inspect the vehicle on a daily basis and complete the “Daily Vehicle Inspection Form”.
- Perform basic routine check (oil, water, battery, tyre pressure, lights etc) every morning and always with a view to identifying any faults and reporting same promptly to the Project Administrator.
- Maintain a register for planned vehicle servicing and ensuring this is adhered to.
- Bring to the knowledge of the Project Administrator any faults noticed and repairs to be carried on the vehicle immediately as it is noticed.
- Maintain a “Vehicle Movement Register” and “Log Book” and ensure that staff or any other official visitor taken on a trip signs off the logbook at the end of each journey.
- Take responsibility for driving staff and official visitors on all approved journeys/destinations
- Assist in carrying out dispatch of all official mail/packages as determined by the ORIE project office
- Report to the Cohort Research Manager when the vehicle is due for refueling; complete the “Fuel Coupon Form” for fuel replenishment or take funds to procure fuel and thereafter retire the advance
- Ensures that passengers comply with established safety routine while in the vehicle – seat belts etc
- In liaison with the Project Administrator ensure that the vehicle is equipped with emergency and first aid kits.
- Performing any other duties as may be directed by the Project Administrator.
Education, Experience & Certifications
- Minimum NCE/OND or its equivalent
- Holder of valid drivers license class E
- Knowledge of standard highway traffic codes
- Demonstrated experience of the Nigeria road network system.
- Ability to communicate effectively in English. Understanding of Hausa language is an added advantage
- Ability to drive safely and apply road rules
- Through knowledge of motor vehicle functionality
- Flexible, Organized and dependable ie ability to respond and react appropriately to the unexpected
- Pleasant personality and willing to follow and implement instructions
- Good interpersonal and communication skills
- Ability to interact with all cadre of staff and be a good team player
- Detail oriented, honest and patient
Method of Application
Interested and qualified applicants should send their CV(s) to Dr. Vincent Ahonsi at firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to Adesoye Aro on email@example.com by December 9, 2014
While we appreciate all applicants, ORIE may not be able to provide feedback to applicants that are not shortlisted.