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Kampala, Uganda

Full-time

Deadline: 

January 1, 2024 at 2:00:00 PM

About the Organisation

Sightsavers works in more than 30 countries worldwide, focusing on Africa and Asia. We partner with local, regional, national and international organisations, governments and non-governmental organisations. With their help, we distribute treatments to prevent disease, carry out operations and eye examinations, and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities.

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Job Title

Access to Eye Health Health Researcher Consultancy job at Sightsavers

Job Description

Sightsavers is seeking Expressions of Interest from experienced and motivated researchers to support the delivery of a qualitative research study which aims to explore how older people with disabilities access and are provided with eye health care in Karamoja, Uganda, and to identify opportunities for improvement. The researcher will work with members of Sightsavers’ research team and partners from the Ministry of Health and the National Council for Persons with Disabilities, based in both Uganda and overseas, to finalise study tools, conduct in-depth interviews, transcribe data (more information below), and input into analysis and interpretation. Please read the full Terms of Reference for further details.

Duties and Responsibilities

Responsibilities

  • The researcher will be expected to participate in an initial 2-day training/ orientation with study team members, followed by 3 days of co-interviewing, before conducting the remainder interviews independently over 10 days. Regular feedback and communication with the study team is expected to ensure quality and consistency, and the researcher is expected to make and share fieldnotes pertaining to each interview, that describe the interview process, and include reflections that may later help interpretation of the data.

  • Data analysis will be led by other members of the study team; however, the researcher will be expected to participate in regular check-ins with the study team as the data is analysed and interpreted and to share their feedback, including via writing in the draft report. This is expected to take no more than 5 days, although it may take place over several weeks or months. Finally, the researcher will be expected to participate in a validation workshop, including its planning, which may take approximately 5 days. In total the consultancy will be for 25 days.

  • The study protocol has been reviewed and approved by the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology. The researcher’s work is envisaged to start in February 2024 and may continue until June 2024. In total we expect the consultancy to last for a total of 25 days, although this is subject to change and/ negotiation.

  • Although it is preferred that the researcher transcribe their own interview data, Sightsavers are happy to discuss engaging a third party to conduct this activity, with the researcher checking and assuring the quality of transcripts. Transcription into English has been budgeted for on a per transcript basis and will be a separate activity from those stated above. Please discuss your own preference in your application cover letter.

Qualifications and Competencies

About You: Experience or Qualifications

  • The researcher will have a post-graduate degree in a social science related area or equivalent experience.

  • The researcher will be familiar with concepts related to research ethics such informed consent, and confidentiality, and local laws and guidelines pertaining to research involving human subjects.

  • The researcher will be experienced in conducting in-depth qualitative interviews for research purposes and using topic guides to support a conversational approach.

  • The researcher will have experience conducting research among older people and/ or people with disabilities and demonstrate an understanding of disability-inclusive ways of working and understand how to ensure that individuals with different communication needs, for example people who are deaf or who have cognitive impairments, can be appropriately engaged.

  • The researcher will be a fluent speaker of Karamojong and English, and familiar with Karamojong culture and norms.

  • The researcher will be experienced in transcribing verbatim their own interviews, and translating from Karamojong into English where necessary for the purposes of analysis; OR they will be experienced in working with third-party transcribers to perform this activity to a high degree of quality.

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How to Apply

Next Steps Sightsavers is committed to running a fair and transparent tender process and ensuring that all bidders are treated and assessed equally during this process. If you need further clarification around the requirements or would like to share your supporting documents in another way, please contact us. To express your interest complete the online EoI form and include budget information. The online form is accessed by clicking the Apply for this consultancy online. Please upload your CV and examples of previous similar work. References are required prior to signing an agreement. Please read the Terms of Reference before submitting an Expression of Interest As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we actively encourage Expressions of Interest from all sections of the community. Qualified people with a disability are particularly encouraged to express their interest. Virtual interviews to be conducted on Tuesday 16 January 2024 The deadline for EOI submission is Monday 1 January 2024 at 11:59 GMT (UK)

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