Westat is currently seeking motivated and detail-oriented individuals to work as Bilingual Field Interviewers for the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), a continuing, national study of healthcare costs and usage in the United States.
This Federal Government project is subject to the Service Contract Act (SCA). The hourly rate for this position is determined by the location where work is performed. In addition to hourly pay, a Health and Welfare payment of $4.57, which may be reduced based on group benefit election, will be paid weekly for up to 40 work hours per week. Paid training. While working in the field, travel time and mileage is reimbursed.
MEPS, a continuing study since 1996, is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services. MEPS Bilingual Field Interviewers conduct in-person interviews (computer-assisted personal interviews, or CAPI) using a Westat-provided laptop computer, with adult members of households that are part of a nationally representative sample. In-person interviewing is the primary mode of data collection. When approved by their supervisor, interviewers may conduct computer-assisted video interviews (CAVI) with some households by telephone. Bilingual interviewers are responsible for contacting these households in-person and/or by phone to gain cooperation – setting appointments, conducting interviews using a Westat-provided laptop computer, and collecting MEPS-related electronically signed and/or hard copy documents. Bilingual interviewers must be fluent in both spoken and written English and Spanish. Bilingual interviewers report regularly to a field supervisor, complete and submit administrative paperwork, and comply with data security and confidentiality requirements.
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Westat has a long-standing policy to protect the health of our staff and the general public. Based on recommendations from the CDC and other public health authorities, we continue to require staff to protect and monitor their health while working on their assignment. The use of personal protective equipment or screening activities may be required, depending upon the specific study’s protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.
Be at least 18 years old (or an emancipated minor) with the ability to enter binding confidentiality agreements to protect project information;
Be available to complete a web-based home study training, including a Zoom session, prior to the in-person training program;
Be available to travel on January 17, 2024, and complete a five and a half day in person training that begins on January 18 and ends on January 23, 2024; and
Be available to complete additional web-based and virtual training activities, following the in-person training, including a post-training home study between January 24 and January 29, 2024, a practice CAVI interview between January 29 and February 2, 2024, and a two-day virtual training on February 22 – February 23, 2024, or February 26 – February 27, 2024.
Be fluent in both written and spoken English and Spanish. Must successfully complete Westat's language assessment protocols;
Reside in and travel to the geographic location determined by the project to contact the households in your assignment and to conduct in-person interviews;
Starting immediately after training, be available to work for the specified data collection period beginning in early February 2024 with a potential of work through July 2027;
Be available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, including daytime, evening, and weekend hours, based on the preferences of the households in your assignment;
Complete a minimum of four interviews per week when work is available, until the assignment is complete;
Able to meet the physical requirements of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations:
Lift and carry 20 pounds of equipment and materials;
Walk several blocks; and
Climb stairs while carrying equipment to gain entry to sampled households;
Have regular and reliable access to an insured vehicle under your name. Work-related mileage is reimbursed at the prevailing GSA rate; and;
Have a valid (current) driver’s license that is not under suspension
Zoom, or MS TEAMS may be used to conduct interviews with candidates for this position.
Any offer of employment may be contingent upon receipt of acceptable results from a post-offer background screening, if required for the specific position, which may include, for example, identity verification, employment history, motor vehicle driving record history, and criminal or sexual offender records history.
This is a part-time non-exempt position not initially eligible for health insurance. This position is eligible for overtime pay, sick leave, paid vacation, and holiday leave based on hours worked. All field positions are eligible to participate in the 401(k) program (employer matching is dependent on hours worked and disbursement is subject to program rules). Upon successful completion of this assignment, you will be eligible for consideration for reassignment on other Westat field data collection projects if they become available.
To apply, go to www.westat.com/fieldjobs and enter 26026BR in the space provided or: Apply for job
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