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The East African : Dec 5th 2015
The EastAfrican ADVERTISEMENT DECEMBER 5-11,2015 45 Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Campus Isamilo Road PO Box 11936 Mwanza Tanzania Tel: +255 28 2500019 Fax: +255 28 2542162 www.mitu.or.tz VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Poverty Research Director – Nairobi, Kenya £60,000–65,000 + benefits Development Initiatives (DI)’s vision is a world without poverty where everyone benefits from opportunity and growth. We work to ensure that decisions about the allocation of finance and resources lead to the end of poverty, increasing resilience and security of the world’s most vulnerable people. We work to make sure these decisions are underpinned by objective and transparent data and evidence, and lead to increased accountability and sustainable longterm outcomes. Our role is to improve data quality and to make data and information accessible and relevant so it can inform decision-making. We have a fantastic opportunity for a talented Poverty Research Director to join our driven and friendly global team, leading our Nairobi office and new thematic area, Progress of People in Poverty. You will have: • Extensive experience of working on issues of poverty and vulnerability (global, national and subnational), and the ability to lead a thematic area in an organisation • Detailed knowledge of poverty and vulnerability data and experience of analysing it, as well as understanding the methodology behind how it is compiled and limitations • Good knowledge of, and ability to engage strongly with, the global and African development sector including the policy environment and development agenda • A strong network of organisations and experts working in the poverty field • Demonstrated ability to play a leadership role in an organisation and represent it externally, working with governments, donors and/or partner organisations • Ability to lead a team and train, develop and mentor staff to become experts themselves on poverty and vulnerability If you would like to make a positive impact increasing the impact of a dynamic organisation committed to ending poverty, we would love to hear from you. Please read the full role profile with details on how to apply at http://devinit.org/working-with-us Closing date: 8 January 2016 1st Interviews: week commencing 18 January 2016 – by Skype 2nd Interviews: February 2016 (dates to be confirmed) – in Nairobi The Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) based at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) campus in Mwanza, Tanzania is a collaborative research unit of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and NIMR. The mission of MITU is to contribute to improving health through the development and evaluation of interventions against HIV and other health problems by conducting research, including clinical trials, to the highest international standards; to enhance the capacity to carry out such research in Tanzania and the East African region; and to contribute to the translation of research findings into health policy. MITU has carried out a series of ground breaking research studies on the epidemiology and control of HIV and related infections, and other public health problems of importance in Tanzania and beyond. There is a particular focus on randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of preventive interventions. MITU research during the past nine years has included studies of the safety, immunogenicity and delivery of vaccines against human papillomavirus (HPV); strategies to improve the health system response against non-communicable diseases; the epidemiology of alcohol use and misuse; the impact of micro-finance and participatory gender training on physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence and empowerment; and the safety and immunogenicity of a promising vaccine candidate to prevent viral haemorrhagic fever. More information about MITU is available on its web site at www.mitu.or.tz VACANCY The Unit is now inviting applications from ambitious and highly motivated suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of the DEPUTY SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR. The Unit aims to establish a high quality management team and strongly encourages capable applicants from within the African region. DEPUTY SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR We are seeking a senior and experienced scientist to become Deputy Scientific Director of the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit. His or her role will be to assist the Scientific Director in ensuring that the Unit conducts research to evaluate promising public health interventions, improve health service delivery and mitigate the impact of health problems. MITU has a particular focus on randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of preventive interventions conducted to the highest international standards. The Deputy Scientific Director will be expected to provide scientific and managerial leadership to support the existing studies being carried out by the Unit, to contribute in developing proposals for new studies and to apply for and secure funding for the studies. The Deputy Scientific Director will be based full-time at the Unit offices on the campus of the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Mwanza and will be supported by a full-time Associate Director of Finance and Administration and other support staff. PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES • To work with the Scientific Director and other scientists in NIMR, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and other institutions, to identify research opportunities, develop research proposals and secure funding. • To lead and/or provide support to funded research projects within the Unit and to ensure they are conducted to the highest international standards. • As a member of the Senior Management Team, participate in leadership of the Unit’s management team, staff and scientific collaborations to ensure the successful implementation of the research programme. • Contribute to the Unit’s training programme and in developing scientific research capacity for intervention trials within Tanzania and other East African countries. • Ensure good budgetary control and value for money from the resources committed to the Unit by the funders. • Contribute in preparing and presenting the Unit’s annual report describing progress of the Unit’s scientific projects and future plans. • Help to represent the Unit within NIMR Mwanza Centre, NIMR at national level, the wider Tanzanian research community, and in relevant scientific fora in sub-Saharan Africa and internationally. • • COUNTRY DIRECTOR - SOMALIA based in Hargeisa/Nairobi Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security. We work with civil society, governments and international organisations to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the development of local capacities and structures. Saferworld has been working in Africa since 1997, with a primary focus upon East Africa and the Horn region. We have well-established programmes in Kenya, Uganda, Somalia and Sudan and also support regional and international conflict prevention and security processes. Job Purpose: The Country Director will provide overall leadership of the Somalia programme, ensuring effective implementation of the strategic priorities in line with organisational strategies, policies, and procedures. S/he will directly line manage staff, and oversee the management of other staff within the Somalia team. We are looking for an experienced senior manager with significant proven experience managing multi-thematic programmes. S/he will have proficient understanding of discourses on conflict prevention, peacebuilding, development, governance and security and justice sector reform, and the international policy environment in which these issues are addressed. Previous experience working in/on Somalia and/or the region is desirable. Please go to www.saferworld.org.uk/about/jobs for a full job description and details of how to apply. The deadline for applications is 4 January 2016. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted Maintain appropriate working relationships between the Unit and researchers from other important academic institutions, and with health programme managers and policy makers in Tanzania, other African countries, and elsewhere. Participate in dissemination of the findings of the research implemented by the Unit, including through peerreviewed journals, conference presentations, communications with policy makers, programme managers and other research users. • Any other tasks as requested by the Scientific Director. PERSON SPECIFICATION Essential criteria for selection: • Have a PhD degree in epidemiology, statistics or other relevant fields of public health • Proven experience of successfully leading and managing a research team • Experience of the design and conduct of RCTs • A record of high quality research publications • Well-developed interpersonal skills • Experience of working in a multicultural environment within a developing country • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English • Experience of and commitment to working as part of a multidisciplinary research team • Experience of working under time pressure and successfully meeting strict deadlines, without close supervision • Experience of writing successful research grant applications • At least 5 years of health research experience Desirable criteria for selection: • Track record in research in one or more of the following areas: HIV and related infections, human papillomavirus (HPV) and reproductive health, chronic diseases, adolescent health or health systems • Qualified in clinical medicine • Participation in RCTs as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practice • Financial management skills, including an ability to prepare and monitor project accounts • Experience of teaching/training at a university or research institution MODE OF APPLICATION • Letter of application with details of how you meet EACH of the above criteria, suitability for the post and indicating the earliest date for which you would be available to start in this role. • A daytime mobile telephone number and e-mail contact details. • Curriculum vitae (CV) including names and addresses of three referees (two must be from your most recent employers). • Copies of all relevant certificates and memberships and qualifications. • A complete list of all publications or reports. • A brief statement of your five best publications indicating the significance of the research and your role in it. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS • Applications received later than Monday 18 January 2016 will not be considered. • All documents to be sent by email to email@example.com A competitive remuneration package will be offered. Interviews will be held at the earliest available opportunity and you will be notified by email if you are selected for interview.
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