Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)
Posted Job
9 months ago

Research Assistant x 15 Ref No. RA/SH/27/01/20

Reports to the Research Nurse. The incumbent will be involved in the recruitment of study participants through giving sensitization talks, taking participants to the study clinic from various recruitment points, pre/post test counseling and testing as well as tracking study participants.

Main Duties

  • Assists in ensuring that all participants arriving at the study site are attended to and staff are made aware of their presence
  • Assists study team in the packing and collection of blood samples ahead of transportation to the CIDRZ lab for testing.
  • Conducts community sensitizations about the ongoing studies
  • Assists to create a weekly schedule for all community activities
  • Perform VCT in the clinic and in the community during community sensitization
  • Assists to track and follow up participants who require interim visits or who have missed appointments
  • Assists with the maintenance of registers and other study documents
  • Assist with community tracing activities
  • Communicates with study staff about any problems with the study or a participant
  • Accompany participants that required referrals to respective hospitals on their initial visit
  • Communicates with fellow staff members openly and honestly about study progress, issues, and/or problems that may arise.
  • Actively participates in problem solving.
  • Assist to effectively collaborate with the community and district staff as necessary.
  • Reports all community misconceptions about research and address any concerns in an expeditious manner to the team members
  • Provides high quality service to participants by maintaining pleasant relationships at all times and attending to participants in a timely manner
  • Be responsive to inquiries from participants’ partners and family members as required
  • Completes all required study training, including routine Human Subject Protection and Good Clinical Practice
  • Acquire and maintain an in-depth knowledge of the study protocol.


  • Grade 12 Certificate
  • Certificate in social work, psycho social – counselling or any relevant field
  • Experience in research data collection will be an added advantage
  • Conversant with MS office applications and able to use electronic tablet
  • Fluent in at least one local language of Nyanja or Bemba
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

How to Apply

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply; however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please send application letter quoting Reference Number above, relevant academic and professional certificates, and detailed CV with day-time telephone number(s) to:

CIDRZ Human Resources Director,

PO Box 34681,

Lusaka or email:

Email applications to

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