Research Associate, Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health


Aga Khan University


Matiari, Pakistan


The Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health aims to support the introduction, scale-up and further piloting of high quality and high impact interventions to improve Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) in Pakistan by harnessing the potential of both public and private sectors, coupled with introduction of women and girls empowerment intervention.  

The department is carrying out a cross-sectional study titled Nash wo Numa which aims to identify underlying factors of linear growth and the impact of undernutrition in children aged between 9-15 years in Matiari, Pakistan. It primarily aims to determine the prevalence, severity and the factors behind impaired linear growth among girls between 9-14.9 years of age and boys 10-15.9 years of age living in Matiari.


You will be responsible to look after socio-behavioural aspects of research to be conducted on health and health related aspects in the department. You will also supervise and monitor the research activities including data collection as well as maintain necessary records, create and sustain liaison with the relevant stakeholders for the smooth implementation of all necessary activities of the project. Specific responsibilities include to:
  • assist the supervisor in the development of research instruments for the projects according to their objectives
  • ensure validity of data collected from the field
  • independently conduct interviews and prepare detailed notes for it
  • ensure proper data collection as per the project guidelines
  • follow and ensure field implementation of project related SOPs and guidelines, as defined in the research project
  • assist supervisors in carrying out day-to-day research work
  • prepare and present periodic project related activity reports
  • keep track and follow-up with research teams on progress reports of the project 
  • provide assistance in the preparation of periodic research and progress reports
  • ensure quality control by random checks and field monitoring.


You should have:
  • a Master’s degree in Sociology, Social Sciences,  Psychology or equivalent OR a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing
  • at least one year of relevant experience 
  • good ability to assess neurocognitive functions and report writing skills
  • good interpersonal skills, particularly communication skills
  • proficiency in the use of computer applications, particularly MS Office
  • ability to manage time and prioritize tasks effectively
  • ability to work effectively in teams and resilience to cope-up with work pressure
  • willingness to work in the community settings and travel to field sites.
 This is a close-ended position.

To Apply

​​​You should send your detailed CV by email to human.resources@aku.edu and mention the position applied for in the subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications should be submitted latest by April 19, 2020