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Support for Safe Generations Plus Project(NYC-4)

June 1, Length: 2-3 months

Location: New York, NY

The Safe Generations Plus project is an implementation science study that aims to understand how to improve retention in care and treatment services for HIV-positive pregnant women and their babies in Swaziland. The study will evaluate outcomes of patients who are lost-to-follow-up (LTF) under a new approach for prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) called Option B+, where all HIV-positive pregnant women initiate lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART) regardless of their disease stage. The goal is to understand the outcomes of patients who are LTF from care, and the reasons for disengagement from care in the context of PMTCT in order to inform efforts to improve retention in care among patients under Option B+.

Scope of Work
The student will be based in NY and available for weekly or bi-weekly meetings with the Principal Investigator (PI) and Study Coordinator. The student may also be asked to attend calls with the Swaziland-based study team. The student is expected to read all in-depth interview transcripts and develop summary tables of key findings to organize main themes with supporting data. The student is expected to develop a final presentation of the data in PowerPoint form and/or a written report with tables to summarize findings.

The student will work closely with the PI on qualitative data analysis for the study, including, but not limited to the following activities:

  • Develop a foundational knowledge of PMTCT, Option B+, and the study protocol including investigators’ hypotheses about study findings
  • Review interview guides to determine key questions/topics the study is trying to answer
  • Read all in-depth interview transcripts and process and record emerging themes to study staff, noting any deviations from anticipated findings
  • Identify meaningful patterns and themes; summarize topics and supporting data in an organized table adding notes and insights
  • Collaborate with study staff to validate findings
  • Develop final presentation of data in PowerPoint and/or a written report with tables to summarize findings

Qualifications

Minimum

  • Research experience and/or global health experience
  • Expertise in qualitative data collection and/or analysis

Preferred

  • Experience with implementation science
  • Knowledge of PMTCT
  • Experience using qualitative data analysis software