Intervention Staff - NIH-HOPE Study

Job Details

Post: Intervention Staff

Qualification: Master’s Degree in Social Work in Medical and Psychiatry or Master’s in Psychology

No. of Vacancies: One

Language: English and Kannada

Location: Ramanagara, Karnataka

Experience: 1 year

Application Due Date: 30th April, 2018

Salary: Rs. 16000/-

Brief Description about the Project:

  • This study is a collaboration between the University of California San Francisco and St. John’s Research Institute, funded by the US National Institute of Mental Health. This cluster RCT was designed to implement and evaluate an intervention to primary health centres on outcomes in patients dually diagnosed with mental illness and cardiovascular disease/diabetes in 50 Primary Health Clinics in rural Karnataka.

Core Responsibilities:

  • The intervention staff will be responsible for the outreach, tracking, interviewing and retention of study participants. They will serve as participant liaison to minimize loss to attrition of study participants. The incumbents will undergo extensive training in contact, tracking and participant confidentiality as they pertain to the study protocol.

Key Skills:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of / interest in the conduct of behavioural health research
  • Demonstrated knowledge of / interest in rural health
  • Demonstrated understanding of contact, tracking, survey administration and interviewing techniques
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information
  • Ability to establish rapport and work effectively with individuals of different ethnicities, socio-economic status, caste, gender and sexual orientation

Specific Activities:

  • Consenting and enrolling eligible study participants
  • Administering tracking form to study participants
  • Scheduling follow-up visits
  • Mailing postcards to study participants reminding them of their involvement in the study, providing them with a follow-up date and re-issuing study contact information
  • Contacting and rescheduling participants who fail to present at their scheduled follow-up sessions
  • Ensuring accuracy of contact information during follow-up sessions; making necessary contact information changes in project database
  • Facilitating the group sessions with the participants, together with the ASHA's
  • Training the ASHA’s as co-facilitators of the Healthy Living Groups, preparing them to take the lead after the first 12 weekly sessions and supervising them as lead facilitators during the monthly “maintenance” sessions
  • Taking notes during Healthy Living Group sessions and completing attendance logs to track participation
  • Handing over attendance logs and session notes to the Intervention Coordinator following each group session
  • Setting up and implementing SMS reminders or phone alarms for interested intervention participants

To Apply: E-mail cover letter, CV and the names and contact details of referees to & cc to

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