NHBS is a national, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded research project conducted annually in New York City and other participating sites. The project investigates HIV risk behaviors, access to and utilization of HIV prevention services, testing history, and HIV prevalence among populations at risk for HIV infection, including men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), and high-risk heterosexuals (HET).
The HIV Epidemiology and Field Services Program is recruiting part-time Interviewers for the New York City National HIV Behavioral Surveillance System (NHBS).
The study population for 2019 is heterosexuals at high risk for HIV. Interviewers will administer 30-40 minute risk behavior interviews using tablet PCs, conduct rapid HIV testing and counseling, and provide participants guidance on collecting specimens for STI testing.
The survey period is expected to be from June-October 2019. Apply here.
The Risk Behavior Interviewer will be responsible for the following:
- Screen potential participants for eligibility and obtain informed consent.
- Conduct in-depth, standardized surveys with study participants.
- Collect specimens for rapid blood-based HIV testing via finger stick.
- Provide guidance to women on how to self-collect oral and vaginal specimens for STI testing.
- Provide HIV and STI counseling.
- Maintain data integrity (i.e., all data collected accurately represents the information provided by a participant).
- Accurately document participant information for the eligibility screener, consent form, questionnaire, and Participant Tracking Form.
- Prepare and maintain interview and testing materials and supplies.
- Assist with ongoing formative research as necessary.
- Participate in required trainings.
- Assist with other related duties as assigned.
- Ability to adhere to detailed survey research protocols.
- Ability to comply with strict protocols for confidentiality.
- Strong attention to details.
- Ability to establish rapport with diverse racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and sexual orientation groups.
- Strong oral communication skills.
- Proficiency in Spanish is an advantage, but not required.
- Ability to learn and use computerized interview programs.
- Experience working with local communities at high-risk for HIV is an advantage, but not required.
PHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and veterans.