Job Opportunity: Research Assistant (20 positions)

Department: Department of Population Studies (DPS)
School: School of Statistics and Planning (SSP)
College: College of Business and Management Sciences (COBAMS)
Date: February 08, 2024

Position: Research Assistant (20 positions)
Reports to: Field Supervisors/Research Coordinator
Duty Station: Kampala Metropolitan Area (Kampala, Mukono, and Wakiso)

About the Project:
The Department of Population Studies (DPS) at the School of Statistics and Planning (SSP) is conducting a study on “The Remaking of the Family in East Africa (FamilEA)”. The study aims to map out the shifting family landscape of residents in the Kampala Metropolitan Area, including family networks beyond the study area, termed the family archipelago. It adopts a mixed-method approach to explore family dynamics beyond the household and conjugal family to extended family and family-like relationships.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Participate in training, pre-test activities, and pilot surveys.
  2. Recruit research participants for the FamilEA survey.
  3. Administer informed consent forms to all study participants.
  4. Conduct interviews following research project requirements and ethical considerations.
  5. Review and submit data for completed interviews for cross-checking and verification.
  6. Ensure completeness and accuracy of data from study participants.
  7. Handle study tools and equipment responsibly.
  8. Submit daily field reports/timesheets.
  9. Perform other duties related to data collection and management.

Relevant Education Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Demography, Population Studies, Statistics, Quantitative Economics, Business Statistics, Sociology, Social Sciences, Records and Archives Management, or related discipline. Postgraduate training is an added advantage.

Required Experience & Skills:

  1. Minimum one (1) year of experience in electronic survey data collection using tablets (Redcap, KoboCollect, ODK, or SurveyCTO).
  2. Experience working in Kampala Metropolitan Area.
  3. Fluency in Luganda and English (both written and oral).
  4. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  5. Ability to deliver outputs under minimal supervision.
  6. Good teamwork attributes.
  7. Adherence to protocols and guidelines for data collection.

Knowledge of other languages e.g., Lusoga, Runyakitara, and Luo.

How to Apply:
Submit one PDF of the following 4 documents (in the order below):

  1. Cover letter (signed)
  2. CV (Maximum 5 pages)
  3. Copy of degree certificate/transcripts
  4. Copy of National ID


  1. The PDF must be named as follows: FirstName_LastName_Research Assistant Application
  2. Submission email:
  3. Submit by midnight of the 18th February 2024.
  4. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.



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