Triage Interventions, Processes and Procedures in Emergency Departments (TrIPPED): a Ugandan Study


TITLE: Research Assistant

REPORTS TO: Head of Programs

STATION: Uganda UK Health Alliance Office, Kampala

Duration: 6 months

Start Date: 1st September, 2020

Job overview

Emergency care is a key component in a comprehensive healthcare system and is essential in addressing population health in low and middle income countries. Triage is a key component of an emergency care system which allows sorting of patients to determine the urgency and type of problem, and to designate the appropriate resources to the problem. The Uganda UK Health Alliance (UUKHA) in collaboration with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust UK, have received funding from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) to carry out emergency care research in Uganda under the theme ‘Triage Interventions, Processes and Procedures in Emergency Departments (TrIPPED)’. This collaborative project is additionally supported by the University of Edinburgh-Scotland and Doctors Worldwide, and will be conducted in 4 Regional Referral Hospitals in Uganda.

It’s against this background that UUKHA is seeking to recruit a suitable Ugandan research assistant to support the implementation of this project.


  • Participate in the design of the project plan
  • Support project coordination and administration
  • Support the Head of Programmes with budgetary monitoring and accountability
  • Liaise with the heads of institution of the study sites
  • Make visits to the study sites
  • Ensure monitoring and project quality control activities
  • Review the study tool
  • Supervise and guide the data collectors
  • Produce and circulate the study materials to the data collectors
  • Schedule, Prepare and Conduct Focus Group Discussions and interviews of the study participants
  • Perform data entry
  • Perform transcription of interview data
  • Compile field notes
  • Contribute to data synthesis and data analysis
  • Compile end of project report
  • Perform any other duties as will be assigned by the Head of Programs or Country Lead


Academic Qualifications 

  • A Diploma or Degree in a health-related field from a recognized institution of higher learning
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and/or Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) certifications relevant to health research
  • Additional training in research implementation and/or Project Planning and Management is an added advantage


  • Experience of working in an emergency care setting in a recognized and busy private or public hospital.

Minimum 3 months experience in:

  • Coordinating and implementing health related surveys (facility, practitioner or community based)
  • Conducting in-depth interviews, facilitating group discussions, summarizing qualitative observations
  • Data transcription


Core Competencies

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills including use of Word, Excel (or similar), Email and Teleconferencing software.
  • Self-motivation
  • Decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Creativity and innovativeness
  • Team building and Conflict resolution


Applications with complete Curriculum Vitaes, including 3 referees and their full addresses, copies of academic certificates and testimonials should be sent to not later than 18th August, 2020 by 6:00pm

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Only short listed applicants will be contacted.