Clinical Advisor Non-profit Careers - Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)

Job Title:      Clinical Advisor
Organization: Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Research Associate
Duration: 1.5 months

About US:
Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) is a research and policy non-profit that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems. IPA brings together researchers and decision-makers to design, rigorously evaluate, and refine these solutions and their applications, ensuring that the evidence created is used to improve the lives of the world’s poor. In recent decades, trillions of dollars have been spent on programs designed to reduce global poverty, but clear evidence on which programs succeed is rare, and when evidence does exist, decision-makers often do not know about it. IPA exists to bring together leading researchers and these decision-makers to ensure that the evidence we create leads to tangible impact on the world. Since its founding in 2002, IPA has worked with over 400 leading academics to conduct over 600 evaluations in 51 countries. This research has informed hundreds of successful programs that now impact millions of individuals worldwide.

About Study:
IPA Uganda is planning to conduct a pilot study for an evaluation of the impact of the "Solar Suitcase" on maternal quality of care and the reliability of electricity in rural health care facilities in Uganda.

Job Summary: The Clinical Advisor will provide technical support in: developing and refining study tools, and the training, supervision and support of the enumeration team during data collection. The research will include in-person interviews with health workers and conducting observations of labor and deliveries. S/he will work closely with the Field Manager and Research Associate to ensure that recommended clinical research standards are adhered to and ensure high quality data is collected. The ideal candidate should have a medical degree and at least 3-5 years of experience practicing in Uganda. Experience in conducting and/or supervising clinical research is highly desired.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:
·         Support in the development of training materials and in technical training for the enumeration team
·         Participate in review and refining of study data collection tools for the pilot and baseline
·         Review and provide technical inputs to the study protocol and research methodology
·         Conduct supervisory visits to the health facilities to observe the enumeration team and document best practices
·         Monitoring and reporting of the findings and challenges faced during the observation process at the health facility to incorporate into the standard operating procedures for the enumeration team
·         Perform related duties as assigned by supervisor
·         Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
·         The applicant should hold a medical-related degree i.e. Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, and Medical Doctor with a specialty in obstetrics and gynecology)
·         At least three to five years of experience in practicing medicine in the local context. Experience in conducting clinical or public health research is desired.
·         Versatile with strong communication skills and ability to relate to individuals on different levels including district officials, health facility staff, partner organizations,  IPA staff, study enumerators and patients
·         Strong organizational and planning skills; ability to work independently and communicate over email and phone
·         Flexible, self-motivating and team player;
·         Excellent computer skills, knowledge of computer software programs, including MS Word and Excel
·         Excellent command of English, both spoken and written;
·         Willingness to work at night for 6 days in a week
·         Ability to maintain regular, and up to date records of all data collected during the observation process
·         Demonstrated commitment to IPA’s high standards of data quality;

How to Apply:
All candidates must send their updated CVs (3 pages max, including three professional references) and cover letter to jobs-uganda@poverty-action.org The applicants must also complete the compulsory on-line assessment available at the following link:


Deadline: 21st November 2017

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