Qualitative Interviewers

The Population Council


The Population Council encourages applications from local nationals.

TITLE: Qualitative Interviewers

REPORTING TO: Study Coordinator

LOCATION: Southern and Western Provinces


Job Description

Climate change poses one of the greatest threats to health in the 21st century, with disproportionate impact on low-and-middle income countries including Zambia. Climate change disruptions have been shown to increase gender-based vulnerabilities and deleteriously impact sexual and reproductive health in some low-and-middle income country contexts, but research in the Zambian context is limited. The Population, Environment, and Climate Change began as an intra-Council initiative in 2018 to generate rigorous research the intersection of climate change, gender, and reproductive health. This qualitative assessment will explore the impact of severe and prolonged droughts on sexual and reproductive health in high-hit Western and Southern Provinces.

Population Council will collect data from Mongu and Senanga in Western Province and Mazabuka and Kalomo districts in Southern province from communities that have experienced severe and prolonged drought in. Focus groups will be conducted with men and women most affected on how drought has affected their lives and how this impact affects sexual and reproductive health in the community. In-depth interviews with local health workers and key informant interviews with local leaders and stakeholders will also be conducted to gather other perspectives on the links between severe and prolonged drought and the community’s well-being.

The Population Council is hiring male and female research assistants for the PERCC project. The position is a temporal assignment for a period of 60 days. The research assistant will be assigned to conduct focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with study participants. The research assistants will also be required to ensure they obtain informed consent for all participants before interviewing them.

Major Responsibilities

  • Conduct focus group discussions and key informant interviews with participants in local language (English, Lozi, Tonga or Nyanja)
  • Administer informed consent to all participants and store all consent forms securely
  • Proven experience and ability in conducting qualitative interviews in Lozi, Tonga and Nyanja a must
  • Must have experience in transcribing from local language (Lozi, Tonga or Nyanja) into English
  • Able to use audio recorders
  • Ensure privacy and confidentiality of study participants
  • Ensure accurate and full completion of all forms and report any issues to the field coordinator
  • Participate in regular meetings with the field coordinator
  • Maintain study equipment and materials

Place of Performance

This position involves extensive travel in the selected schools and will be based in Mazabuka, Kalomo, Mongu and Senanga . 


  • Diploma or degree in a social field
  • Experience conducting social science research
  • Experience working with local populations
  • Excellent  written and spoken knowledge of English, Lozi or Tonga and Nyanja

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of regional and country offices.  We are seeking an individual to fill the position described.

If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to [email protected] on or before 22nd June 2020.  Please note that certificates are not required at this stage.

The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment are based on an individual’s qualifications as related to the position for which s/he is being considered. The Council has an affirmative action plan and especially encourages applications from qualified women and members of minority groups. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities.

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