Title of Placement IPHC Research Assistant
Location   Nairobi, Kenya
Duration   Eight Months
Department   Family Medicine
Instituition   Aga Khan University
Project Description   The Integrated Primary Health Care (IPHC) Programme is led by the Aga Khan University East Africa (AKU-EA) with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) in partnership with the Kaloleni district government in coastal Kenya.

The IPHC Programme aims to contribute to health system development in Kaloleni by strengthening primary health care while simultaneously enhancing the universities’ academic programmes, and ensuring quality education and context relevant research.  The objective is to improve access to quality care across the continuum of care from community to district level  through integrated primary health care and a functioning referral system responsive to people’s demands and needs. Ultimately, we expect to demonstrate that the programme contributes to improved health outcomes in the target population in Kaloleni and to disseminate these findings widely. The programme and this project draw on a range of disciplinary expertise across AKU and UCSF and from the district health management team.

Starting in 2011, we have built strong relationships with the district and community, undertaken some needs assessments, and begun to address some of the more immediate health system needs of the community in Kaloleni. We have provided refresher courses for community health workers, a health fair run by family medicine residents, and continuing education to health workers at the district hospital. We are also building faculty capacity to develop small educational and research projects to increase AKU-EA’s competitive grant position. We plan to undertake a district wide baseline survey between October 2013 and March 2014.
Responsibilities   ​The inter-disciplinary programme team seeks an intern to assist in moving activities forward. Duties would include:
  • organizing, preparing and writing up meetings; 
  • arranging travel and providing other administrative assistance to the team
  • undertaking and writing up literature searches; 
  • preparing and maintaining databases; 
  • assisting in the planning of research and education projects; 
  • assisting in the writing of reports and proposals;
  • providing research assistance to the baseline survey– this will include data collection, management and some analysis and report writing.
We are looking for an intern with great communication skills, able to work with diverse team members and stakeholders and to write project documents. Experience and interest in research would be an advantage. The intern would be based in Nairobi or Mombasa depending on need and their preference. We will do our best to ensure that the intern is able to meet or exceed their own goals for the time s/he spends with us by accessing the considerable expertise and resources available through the AKU and UCSF.

  • ​Enrollment in a Bachelor's or a Master's programme 
  • Proficiency in using MS word, excel, and power ​point
  • Good communication skills and interpersonal skills

​The selected intern will be provided with furnished accommodations as well as a living stipend to cover minimal daily expenses. Interns are responsible for their air ticket and travel and health insurance. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the Programme Coordinator at aku.iip@aku.edu.


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