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Research Assistant - MTV Shuga (0.5 FTE)

Department of Population Health

Salary:  £34,238 per annum, pro rata.
Closing Date:  Friday 13 December 2019
Reference:  EPH-DPH-2019-27

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated Research Assistant within the Department of Population Health (DPH). The post-holder will be based in London and will work collaboratively with an inter-disciplinary research team at LSHTM and institutional partners in South Africa to contribute to the evaluation of MTV Shuga (‘Down South’ season 2 campaign; DS2). The MTV Shuga DS2 campaign is a ‘360-degree’ multi-media campaign produced by MTV Staying Alive Foundation with funding by Unitaid to contribute to HIV prevention among young people, particularly by increasing the demand for HIV self-testing and PrEP in sub-Saharan Africa.

The post offers an opportunity for a Research Assistant to design and analyse a qualitative study embedded within the wider evaluation. The qualitative research will aim to elucidate mechanisms by which MTV Shuga affects young people and the observed effects of MTV Shuga. The Research Assistant will help to prepare research tools and training materials, conduct qualitative data analysis, and disseminate findings. They will also contribute to training and support for the qualitative data collection team in Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Applicants must have an MSc in a sexual and reproductive health discipline and/or social science research methods (e.g., ethnography, anthropology, sociology). They must have experience in the analysis of qualitative data, using both inductive and deductive approaches. They will have research experience related to educational entertainment or multi-media health interventions, with a focus on young people’s sexual and reproductive health. The successful candidate will be able to work independently and as part of a team, and to clearly communicate results in written and oral formats. A good understanding of HIV prevention needs and opportunities in sub-Saharan African countries, and experience of working in a sub-Saharan African setting will be sought. Further particulars are included in the attached job description.

The Research Assistant will be based in London, travelling periodically to South Africa to collaborate with partners and contribute to training and fieldwork activities. The post is available on a part-time (0.5 FTE) basis commencing immediately for 9 months, with the possibility of extension. The appointment will be made on the Research Assistant Grade 5 at £34,854 per annum (pro-rata). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part-time. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available.

Applications should be made on-line via our website at Applications should include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted, and a supporting statement that sets out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be considered acceptable. 

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date

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