17 Nursing Officer Job Vacancies – Medical Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI

Job Title:       Nursing
Officer (17 Job Vacancies)

Organization: Medical
Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI 

Duty Station: 
Entebbe, Jinja, Iganga & Masaka, Uganda

Reports to: 
Head of Programme

Position Code: NO519

About US:

The MRC/UVRI Uganda
Virus Research Unit on AIDS was established following a request in 1988 from
the Uganda Government to the British Government for collaboration on the
research of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection and AIDS (Acquired
Immunodeficiency. The Unit is a center of excellence in HIV/AIDS related
research. It conducts large-scale epidemiological and intervention studies,
clinical trials, virological and immunological research and behavioural
studies, and has generated a wealth of research results that have been used to
inform policy and practice that have led to a large number of scientific
publications in peer reviewed journals over time.

About the Study:

The OMWaNA study is
a partnership between the (MRC/UVRI), the London School of Hygiene &
Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Makerere University. It is a randomized
controlled trial (RCT) whose primary aim is to examine the impact of Kangaroo
mother care (KMC) initiated before stabilisation on mortality within 7 days
relative to standard care amongst neonates ≤2000g. The study will be conducted
in four sites in Uganda: Jinja Regional Referral Hospital, Masaka Regional
Referral Hospital, Entebbe Regional Referral Hospital and Iganga District

Job Summary:  The Research Nursing Officer will be responsible
for the active screening, recruitment randomization and follow-up care of
neonates recruited into the OMWANA study according to the study standard
operating procedures. The nursing officer will also contribute to data
collection and entry. In addition, he/she will provide care for study
participants and when possible other patients within the neonatal unit as a
member of the neonatal team.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • To provide study information and health education to patients/ study
  • To screen infants for study eligibility
  • To obtain informed written consent from study participants
  • To administer and record research related interviews, questionnaires
    and/or checklists
  • To ensure optimal recruitment and retention of study participants
  • To provide nursing care and support for participating mothers and
    neonates following study guidelines
  • To support physiological monitoring of infants including heat rate,
    oxygen saturations, temperature and blood sugars
  • To write referrals for patients/ study participants as and when
  • To draw blood samples from patients/study participants as
  • To provide technical guidance to site health workers and
    non-clinical co-interviewers during study visits
  • To participate in training and organizing site meetings
  • To facilitate health worker trainings
  • To track and order supplies/consumables
  • To ensure accurate record of data before leaving the site
  • To work as part of the study site hospital neonatal team in caring
    for admitted neonates
  • To communicate any adverse events to the study investigators in a
    timely manner

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the Medical Research Council
    (MRC) UK / UVRI  Nurse job must hold a Bachelor’s degree in
    nursing & midwifery from a recognised institution.
  • Diploma in nursing & midwifery.
  • One year of experience in clinical practice.
  • One year of experience in a research setting working on clinical
  • Experience in newborn care and particularly care of the sick and
    small newborn is an added advantage.
  • Previous experience of implementing research study protocols.
  • Understanding of ICH/GCP for human research.
  • Certification in ICH/GCP for human research is an added advantage.
  • Fluency in English and Luganda or Lusoga.



  • Personal Integrity
  • Emotional Resourcefulness
  • Ability to Learn
  • Forward Thinking
  • Reliability
  • Openness to Others
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Proactivity
  • Results Orientation
  • Thoroughness
  • Concern for Excellence
  • Flexibility Towards Others
  • Service Orientation
  • Development Orientation

How to Apply:

The candidates
should send their application letters, curriculum vitae including names, email
addresses and telephone contact details of three (3) referees, plus copies of
academic qualifications should be e-mailed to recruitment@mrcuganda.org.
NB: Please quote the following position code in the subject line of the email:
NO519. Please also fill the following online form accordingly after submitting
the application documents on the e-mail above. Click Here

Your cover letter
should demonstrate the following;

  • Communication skills,
  • Effective teamwork,
  • Organisational skills,
  • Ability to initiate and support public engagement including but not
    limited to health talks
  • Computer literacy / competence

Address to:

The Human Resource
and Administration Manager

Uganda Research Unit

P.O. Box, 49


NB: Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Note that academic
qualifications will be subjected to verification by the issuing
institutions. Please note that the Unit became part of the London School
of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine effective 1st February 2018.

Deadline: 31st May 2019 by 5:00om

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