Job Title: District 2YoungLives data collector – 4 positions available
2 Young Lives (2YL) is a mentoring scheme for pregnant teenagers and adolescent mothers in Sierra Leone.
As part of the NIHR Global Partnership fund, 2YL will undergo a pilot trial in 16 sites across Sierra Leone. We will compare the outcomes for pregnant teenagers and their babies in 8 sites where 2YL is running, compared to 8 sites where 2YL is not running. The trial will be targeting the districts of Koinadugu, Bonthe, Moyamba, and the Western Area and be collecting detailed routine data on women aged under-18 at both PHU and hospital facility level.
The District 2YoungLives Data Collector will work in the district under the guidance and supervision of the Welbodi Programmes and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Managers, and Welbodi 2YoungLives Research Assistant. The post holder will be leading data collection, data inputting, and other required research activities. She/he will be representing the programme in the district and ensuring respectful and professional engagement with medical professionals from the District Health Management Team (DHMT), Hospitals and PHUs. Based in her/his district, this role will require days spent in the field in PHUs. Candidates are required to have an in-depth knowledge of the Sierra Leone healthcare system in their target district, including stakeholder and community dynamics. All research data collection methods should ensure that data is valid, reliable and credible, and in line with ethical approvals.
· District Health Management Team (DHMT)
· Peripheral Health Unit (PHU) and Hospital Staff
· Community leaders
· 2YL mentors and mentees
· Welbodi Programmes Manager & Welbodi MEL Manager
TASKS & RESPONSIBILTIES
Working alongside the 2YoungLives Research Assistant, the District Data Collector will be responsible for the day-to-day collection of routine maternity data on the under-18 age group:
- Maintaining strong contact with medical professionals from the DHMT, Hospitals and PHUs
- Collecting clinical data from the DHMT, hospitals and PHUs
- Inputting, uploading and submitting completed research forms on the trial data collection software, and, if required, compiling findings in a format required by the trial manager (Training on use of software is provided).
- Recognizing and reporting in a timely fashion any problems in obtaining data
- Liaising with local authorities and community Chiefsand representing the programme at district level
- Liaising with Welbodi 2YoungLives Research Assistant and MEL Manager regarding information/data gathered, producing reports and maintaining a strong, weekly line of communication and engagement
- Adhering to confidentiality procedures, policies and legal requirements when collecting, storing and sharing data
- A trained State Registered Community Health Officer (CHO), Nurse or Midwife awaiting their pincode or an individual holding university Bachelor’s degree
- Familiarity with maternity and child health routine data collection (eg: filling in birth registers)
- Experience in health service delivery, research or NGO project implementation in Sierra Leone, especially with women and girls
- Knowledge of district dynamics, communities, Chiefdoms and geography
- Knowledge of DHMTs, PHUs and Hospitals in district
- Proficient in Excel, Word and PowerPoint, and able to pick up the required skills to input into novel data collection software
- Ability to self-motivate and work autonomously within the scope of the role with minimal supervision.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across different hierarchy lines.
- Ability to work well under pressure and deliver deadlines whilst maintaining an excellent level of written and oral communication and respectful working relationships
- Fluency in language of the district’s specific language(s).
- Confidence, diplomacy, and sensitivity in working with local authorities, healthcare providers and senior staff from partner organisations including the Government.
- A team player who shows enthusiasm and is committed to the goals and principles of Welbodi Partnership.
- Must not hold a pin code or should not be a current civil servant employed and actively working for the Government of Sierra Leone. Midwives, Nurses and CHO’s waiting for a pincode may apply.
- Honesty: Shows a high level of integrity and will not fabricate responses or misrepresent the programme
- Communication: Confidently expresses self, able to clearly ask questions and help the respondent understand what is needed from her/him
- Relationship Building: Able to build trust with people at DHMT, PHUs and Hospitals and maintain confidentiality
- Accuracy: Must be able to enter data accurately
- Endurance: Must be able to work for full day working hours in the field across a number of days
- Pro-activeness to lead activities independently
- Responsiveness toward the Welbodi 2YoungLives Research Assistant and MEL Manager
GENERAL POLICIES PROCEDURES AND PRACTICES
In addition to the key job responsibilities detailed in this job description all employees and volunteers at Welbodi Partnership are expected to comply with the general duties outlined below and detailed in full in our policies.
Welbodi Partnership is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. All staff and volunteers are therefore expected to behave in such a way that supports this commitment. Applicants for this position should be aware that if successful, they will be requested to complete a Police Check.
Welbodi Partnership complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
TERMS & WORKING CONDITIONS
Working hours: 22.5 hours per week. Due to the nature of the role, the post holder may be expected to accommodate flexible working hours, including weekends, when required.
Probationary period: 3 months – During the first 3 months the contract may be terminated
with 1 weeks’ notice.
Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on experience and skill
How to apply:
To apply, submit an updated CV (No Longer Than 2 pages), a cover letter and 2 references to: email@example.com
The closing date for receipt of applications is 10thJanuary*. (***we encourage applicants to apply early and the recruitment window may be closed earlier than the 10thJanuary depending on the volume of applications received)
Applications will only be accepted from people living or working in one of the districts listed above.
Interviews will be held on 17thor 18thJanuary online (via Zoom).
Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to the interview.
Please ensure that you include the district you are applying for in the title to your email for this post
e.g. Koinadugu: 2 Young Lives data collector application, Fatmata Kargbo
Female candidates are encouraged to apply.