Research Assistants Required in Uganda for COSTAR Project

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Research Assistants Required in Uganda for COSTAR Project

Three Research Assistants based at University of Makerere, Uganda are required to work on the COSTAR (Community-based Sociotherapy Adapted for Refugees) Project - a research collaboration between University of Liverpool, University of Rwanda and Makerere University. Community-based sociotherapy (CBS) is intended as an inclusive, non-stigmatising, scalable community-based intervention to promote community connection and individual wellbeing.

The COSTAR project aims to adapt and evaluate the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of CBS for reducing distress experienced by Congolese refugees in Rwanda and Uganda. The posts will involve visits to field sites in Uganda.

The COSTAR Project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is being led by Dr Ross White of the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool.


• Assist with obtaining ethical approvals for a) conducting qualitative work in Rwanda and Uganda aimed at adapting the CBS intervention and assessment measures for evaluating the impact of CBS in Congolese refugee populations, b) undertaking a randomised controlled trial evaluating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of adapted CBS (aCBS) for reducing depressive symptoms in Congolese refugees in Rwanda and Uganda. • Assist a team member undertaking qualitative fieldwork with Congolese refugee communities based in Uganda and Rwanda utilising the DIME (Design, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation) approach. • Recruit and consent eligible people from Congolese refugee communities in Uganda to participate in a cluster randomised controlled trial (cRCT) evaluating the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of aCBS for addressing depressive symptomatology experienced by Congolese refugees. • Administer assessments to participants in the cRCT at three separate time-points: baseline, 16-weeks post-baseline and 32-weeks post-baseline. • You may also be required to carry out such other duties, commensurate with the grading of the post, as may be assigned by the supervisors or their nominees.

For further details about the post please contact Dr Rosco Kasujja (Lecturer, University of Makerere, Uganda) -


Interested applicants are expected to send the following by email to before 12th October 2018: An application letter A 1-page text (Arial 11, single line spacing) on ‘How my experiences & skills make me an excellent candidate for the post of research assistant of the COSTAR project’; • A current CV • A certified copy of Bachelor’s degree; • A certified copy of MSc degree (or equivalent); • Two letters of recommendation letters; • One recent passport photo.

Community-based Sociotherapy Adapted for Refugees Project

This is a very relevant research project for this region being led by Dr Ross White. I have worked with Dr White as my Senior Lecturer in the MSc Global Mental Health programme at the University of Glasgow before he moved to take a new challenge at the University of Liverpool. Ross as we called him, is a very knowledgeable and experienced lecturer in the field of Psychology and Mental Health and he has undertaken a significant leadership role in charity work too. Exciting times in this research work of which I wish I was part of. I will be visiting Uganda in December and I will have an opportunity to see the tremendous work being done by some charity organisations to improve the lives of displaced people and those suffering from Mental Health issues.