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Head of Research Programme Employment Opportunity - Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Job Title:          Head of Research Programme
Organisation: Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Executive Director
Vacancy Code: HRPX01

About US:
The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is an international non-profit organization which is a partnership of infectious diseases and public health specialists. The overall objective of the IDI is to strengthen health systems with strong emphasis on Infectious Diseases, through Research and Capacity Development. IDI has five operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention, Care and Treatment; Training, Research and Laboratory services (provided through a partnership with the Makerere University - John Hopkins University Core Lab) and Outreach.

Job Summary: The Head of Research Programme is a senior management team member and is responsible for strategic development and operational management of all aspects of the IDI Research Programme, The Head is in charge of the strategic direction and high level oversight of research projects and collaborations at the IDI, the responsible and ethical conduct of research, publication, dissemination, and translation of research to policy.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Strategic and operational management of research programme (including IDI Kasangati).
    • Produce and monitor IDI research strategic plan; continually identify emerging strategic themes for IDI to develop and utilize its current and potential capacifies and to remain relevant and sustainable.
    • Cultivate, develop, and maintain research partnerships in line with the IDI research strategic plan
    • Develop new proposals, review proposals of other members of the department and outside partners to maintain strategic direction and research relevant to Ugandan and African health; and ensure all proposals make an acceptable contribution to IDI core costs
    • Work closely with the PCT department to ensure smooth collaborative joint research projects.
    • Conduct timely and accurate reporting and financial accountabilities and guarantee that the research department achieves the budgeted core contribution.
    • Support the integration of research capacity and different research methodologies into all other programmes e.g. ImS to document IDI innovations in Outreach, Training, Lab, GHS and others as well as identify actionable researchable ideas in all programmes and catalyse action
  • Build research infrastructure capacity including at the IDI Kasangati Centre
    • Confirm and guarantee sufficient lab capacity and specimen storage services
    • Oversee data management unit and systems including DataFax
    • Certify and guarantee that internal monitoring for QA/QC occurs
    • Certify that international standards for ethical, scientific review and conduct of research are in place for all IDI or partner research projects
    • Streamline IDI process for the efficient conduct of research
  • Capacity Building programs;
    • Provide oversight and guidance to the research scholars across the IDI capacity-building grants
    • Build and publicize IDI programs at the Makerere College of Health Sciences, Ministry of Health, other health organizations in Uganda and in the region
  • Build international partnerships and networks including convening the annual SAB as well as other international visitors
  • Oversight of research metrics – keep track and disseminate metrics related to publication, abstracts, research proposals and grants
  • Build and maintain clinical platforms for research in urban and rural areas where IDI manages outreach projects
  • Build and maintain research resources — longitudinal databases, research cohorts, statistics, clinical trials training unit, translational
  • Cultivate a collaborative relationship with the IDI Lab Services programme and other labs that are necessary for the efficient conduct of research at IDI
  • Take responsibility for budgets and financial management for the research department including monitoring of core cost contribution of all new research proposals.
  • Take responsibility to co-ordinate and respond to all internal audit evaluations of Research
  • As part of SMT contribute to the overall strategy and management of IDI and regularly produce reports and materials for the Board, and other

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The Head of Research Programme must be a qualified medical doctor with a Master’s degree in a relevant field. Possession of a PhD will be an added advantage.
  • A compelling track record in research (indicated by peer-reviewed publications).
  • At least five years’ experience leading and mentoring a research team; and a proven ability to solicit research grants.
  • A balance of global experience including substantial experience in a resource-limited setting.
  • Self-driven with strategic vision and the leadership skills to achieve the research strategy.
  • An established researcher within the field of infectious diseases, with a compelling publication record in peer-reviewed journals
  • Exceptional written communication skills and the ability to interact internationally at the most senior institutional, funder and academic levels; demonstrated research grantsmanship
  • Experience in identifying, evaluating and nurturing partner relationships in research
  • Ability to foster a co-operative work environment; with sensitivity to cultural factors
  • Demonstrated commitment to building research capacity in Africa
  • Experience in financial management including generating and managing budgets

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should E-mail their updated CVs, which should include details of email address (if any), present position, current remuneration, Certificate/testimonials and address of three (3) Referees plus telephone contact to the following address. Please make sure that your application letter , CV and certificates are attached as one document and indicate the Vacancy code as the subject for your email

The Senior Human Resource Manager,
Infectious Diseases Institute — IDI Knowledge Centre,
Makerere University Main Campus College of Health Sciences, Makerere University,
P.O. Box 22418, Kampala, Uganda.

Email to: hr@idi.co.ug

Deadline: 31st May 2018

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