Social science research to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and usability of peer-to-peer motivational interviewing tool to improve vaccine conversations among Somali communities in Kenya

 

Background: The African Institute for Health and Development (AIHD) with support from the Task Force is planning to implement the peer-to-peer Motivational Interviewing (MI) program whose main objective is to assess the acceptability, feasibility and usability of the motivational interviewing tool in promoting vaccine confidence and uptake among Somali communities in Kenya. This project seeks to increase motivation to vaccinate by leveraging social influence. Researchers at Voices for Vaccines, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Sydney, and University de Sherbrooke teams have developed an intervention to improve vaccine confidence, motivation and uptake among individuals of Somali communities by teaching peers how to be advocates of vaccination through peer-to-peer guidance. This implementation research will be conducted in Nairobi and Garissa Counties using a mixed methods design to: i) assess learner’s knowledge, awareness, and understanding of COVID-19 vaccines and other routine immunizations, as well as how peers discuss vaccination with peers; ii) determine the acceptability, feasibility, and usability of the MI peer-to-peer communication tool. Insights and lessons learnt from this study will inform subsequently future implementation and assessment of the evidence-based P2P training tool in other contexts. Moreover, it will help in formulation of strategies and plans to increase vaccine confidence.

Position Description: The purpose of this position is to serve as a temporary translator for the study tools. The overall duty of the translator will be to translate the tools from English to Somali language.

The tools include:

  • Key informant interview guide
  • Focus group discussion guide
  • Pre-test questionnaire
  • Post- test questionnaire
  • Consent form

Requirements: The candidature for this position is expected to have the following qualifications:

  • At least first degree in Social Sciences from a recognized university;
  • Fluent in English and Somali languages;
  • Vast experience in translation of data collection tools/documents into Somali language;
  • Excellent organizational skills; and
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

How to apply: Interested candidates are invited to submit their application letter and CV with contacts of three referees via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and cc. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. deadline 27/04/2022 by 5pm.