Qualitative Researcher (M/F), based in Paris or remote, fixed term contract 6 months

  • Anywhere
Organization: Epicentre
Closing date: 4 Oct 2021

Epicentre is an organisation created by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 1986. We conduct field epidemiology, training, and research activities for MSF interventions. Our activities for populations in precarious situations are led from Uganda, Niger, and France, and through the programs of MSF and others. They mainly concern infectious diseases and undernutrition.

The job purpose

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Epicentre is looking for a Qualitative Researcher to the benefit of MSF France programs in Philippines. The main purpose of this position is to provide technical support to conduct an operational study (mixed-method) to assess the feasibility of the implementation of digital chest radiography and Computer-aided detection (CAD) for the diagnosis of TB in active case-finding.

Directly under Epicentre – Field Epidemiology and Training Department, you will report to the principal investigator and the study team. You will work closely with the medical team in the field, to ensure smooth integration and coordination of this operational research in programmatic activities.

Remote work from your home country, with visits to the field, you will be placed under the authority of MSF/EPICENTRE for administrative, logistics and security matters.

What you will bring

Skills to perform your main activities:

Technical skills: you will participate in the definition of the research question. You will develop the methodology and data collection tools related to the qualitative component of the study.

Your expertise to provide technical support to the study, will lead you to the implementation of the research protocol, ensuring all related team members follow it and respect the ethics.

You will conduct training and coaching of the field team in conducting in-depth individual interviews/focus group discussion of identified study participants.

You will liaise with and support the participating site with regards to data collection tools, actual data collection, and strategies of participants inclusion. You will perform qualitative data analysis and provide support to the field team for qualitative data collection. You will oversee data quality check (translation/transcription) and data management. You will collaborate in the integration and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative results if feasibility is assessed.

You will have the responsibility to prepare a report and collaborate to the redaction of an article for publication in a peer reviewed journal on the feasibility of using CAD TB.

Team management skills:

You will be requested to coordinate activities with different collaborators and partners, and to integrate into a multi-disciplinary, multi-national and highly motivated team.

In close coordination with the HR department and following the MSF vision, policies and values, you will be involved in the processes of refining job descriptions, participating to recruitment of study staff specifically involved in this part of the research, trainings, doing performance evaluations, contributing to the development of internal/external communication, for the epidemiological team members.

International context: you are willing and able to travel internationally. You have an excellent level of English (oral, written). As researcher specialized in qualitative methods, you might contribute to other team activities including training and international missions.

Educational & Experience: You have a master’s degree or similar high-level certification in public health, anthropology, sociology, psychology, or related field.

You have an excellent knowledge of qualitative analysis techniques and software use such as NVivo.

You have experience in qualitative research and qualitative data analysis.

Experience in the field of the new technologies or diagnosis and in medical research on developing countries would be an asset.

You are appreciated for your written and verbal communication skills in English, and French would be an asset.

You have proven ability to work in a dynamic and rigorous environment, to be flexible, to anticipate deadlines and to propose solutions.

What you will get

You will work with a multicultural team in the field of epidemiology research

You will evolve in the humanitarian environment

Your contributions and ideas will be valued and highly appreciated

You will participate in the life of the organization and your missions will evolve as you become involved

Fixed-term contract of 6 months, with healthcare coverage. Flexible working periods according to the different steps of the study timeline (full time or part time possible).

Position to start beginning of October 2021.

How to apply:

To apply

Please send your application (CV + cover letter) no later than 04/10/2021 : https://smrtr.io/6KGpv

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. In case we have received enough qualified applications, we might unpublished before the 04/10/2021.

At Epicentre, we are committed to an inclusive culture that encourages and supports the diverse voices of our employees. We welcome applications from individuals of all genders, ages, sexual orientations, nationalities, races, religions, beliefs, ability status, and all other diversity characteristics.

Epicentre pays very close attention to the protection of the personal data of its members, staff and people wanting to join the association. The data collected during your application will be processed in a fair and high-quality manner, only by the staff in charge of recruitment, wherever in the world they may be working for an MSF entity.