Principal Ethics, Regulatory Affairs, and Research Environments Officer Employment Opportunity – East African Community (EAC)

Job Title:    Principal Ethics, Regulatory
Affairs, and Research Environments Officer

Organisation: East
African Community (EAC)

Reports to:  Deputy
Executive Secretary – Research                   

Duty Station: East
African Health Research Commission (EAHRC), Bujumbura, Burundi

REF: EAC/HR/2020-21/37

NB: Open
to Ugandan Nationals

About US:

The East African
Community is a regional intergovernmental organization comprising the Republic
of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Republic
of Tanzania, Republic of South Sudan, and the Republic of Uganda with its
Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The EAC mission is to widen and deepen
economic, political, social, and cultural integration to improve the quality of
life of the people of East Africa through increased competitiveness, value
added production, trade, and investments. This is an exciting opportunity
for highly motivated and result-driven professionals who are citizens of East
African Community Partner States (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan
and Uganda) to apply for the following position.

Job Summary: The
Principal Ethics, Regulatory Affairs, and Research Environments Officer is
responsible for establishing mechanisms for generating, capturing,
synthesising, assessing, sharing, disseminating, accessing and utilising
knowledge to solve health challenges and support the development aspirations of
the Community. The position requires frequent communication and interaction
with all stakeholders and partners involved and/or supporting knowledge
management within EAC Partner States and internationally such as government
policy makers, health managers, health workers, health researchers, health
research Institutions, health related professional associations, development
partners, other stakeholders and the public in general.

The department will
strengthen collaboration and coordination in health research ethics and
regulatory affairs in the region. It will coordinate harmonisation of health
research ethics and regulatory guidelines, and mutual recognition of ethics and
regulatory bodies of the partner states. It will promote, in partnership with
ethics and regulatory authorities within the Partner States, conduct of ethical
health research. The department will audit research projects under the auspices
of the Commission. The department will coordinate the process for
standardization of research protocols and proposals, and joint clearance of
research protocols and proposals in the region. The department will develop
research quality assurance procedures of international standards in health
research for the region. The department will develop and implement, in
partnership with the national ethics and regulatory authorities, criteria for
assessing standards and assuring the quality of health research in the region.
It will advise best practice on quality assurance, including internal and
external quality assurance

The department will
facilitate strengthening, in partnership with relevant organs in the partner
states, procedures and policies on Intellectual property rights in the region.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  The Principal Health Officer KM will deliver
the following duties and responsibilities in a manner that is consistent and
cognizant of the EAHRC philosophy:

·       
Liaise
with the management of the EAHRC

·       
Work under
the supervision of the Deputy Executive Secretary (Research) to provide
technical expertise on Knowledge Management.

·       
Facilitate
the creation of health research databases to strengthen health policy and
practice.

·       
Promote
the application of knowledge from research to strengthen regional health policy
formulation and practice.

·       
Facilitate
the development of regional health policies and their implementation.

·       
Facilitate
and promote the synthesis, interpretation, and utilization of health research
findings.

·       
Facilitate
the exchange and dissemination of health research information through
conferences, workshops, publications and other fora.

·       
Promote
community outreach activities in implementation of research findings.

·       
Establish
and maintain a harmonized network of morbidity and mortality registries for all
diseases, illnesses and conditions which may occur at community, health
facility, district, national, and regional levels within Partner States.

·       
Establish
and maintain health research archives, e-library, registries, databases, etc.
that will be utilised by the Community.

·       
Oversee
the proper and effective functioning of the ICT infrastructure, the journal
(EAHRJ), the East African Open Science Cloud, the EA health information Web
portal, the East African Health and Scientific Conference & International
Health Exhibition and Trade Fair and other conferences

·       
Initiate
budget proposals for the KM Department;

·       
Prepare
progress reports and follow up on the implementation of Commission, Sectoral
Council on Health and Council decisions by the department;

·       
Promote
a positive corporate culture and image of the Commission.

·       
Perform
any other relevant duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Deputy
Executive Secretary (Research) from time to time. 

Qualifications and Experience:

·       
The
applicant for the East African Community (EAC) Principal Ethics, Regulatory
Affairs, and Research Environments Officer job must hold a Master’s degree in
Health Sciences ;

·       
A post
graduate qualification in knowledge and health information system management;

·       
Relevant
working experience of at least ten (10) years in knowledge and health
information system management or related fields with five (5) of which must at
senior level;

·       
Must
have published at least two (2) articles in international peer-review journals,
with at least one (1) article as the first or lead author

·       
Demonstrated
knowledge of and competency in knowledge and health information system
management;

·       
Ability
to develop integrated results oriented annual work plans and other organization-wide
activities (setting objectives, developing strategies, budgeting, developing
policies and procedures, and organizing the functions necessary to accomplish
the activities);

·       
Should
have extensive and demonstrable knowledge of health research and the
translation of results of health research into health policy and practice;

·       
Proficiency
in computer office applications and automated statistical analytical tools
and/or related packages;

·       
Excellent
communication and interpersonal skills;

·       
Should
be fluent in the English language;

·       
Working
knowledge of French and or Kiswahili will be an added advantage;

·       
Excellent
communication and report writing skills;

·       
Ability
to work as a team leader and to motivate others;

·       
Ability
to work under pressure and to deliver on the set deadlines

Eligibility for applications: Applicants from all EAC Partner States are eligible to apply for
the above position.

Fringe Benefits:

The established
posts offer attractive fringe benefits including housing allowance, transport
allowance, education allowance, a medical scheme, and insurance cover.

Equal Opportunity: The EAC is an equal opportunity employer; therefore, female
candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. EAC will only respond to those
candidates who strictly meet the set requirements.

How to Apply:

All interested
candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above
mentioned position are advised to :

  • Fill in the application form attached (download from here);
  • attach their application letter, a
    detailed CV, Copies of certified academic certificates, and a copy of
    National Identity Card or Passport in PDF format scanned in one
    (1) file.
  • Please quote the respective reference
    number on both the application letter and envelope.
  • For electronic submission, please quote
    the respective reference number on the subject of the email and send to
    the address given below.

Please note:

1.        
You may submit your application either electronically or in hard copy but not
both.

2.        
Applications which do not :

    • have EAC application form;
    • indicate nationality and age;
    • have the reference number;
    • or have an application letter attached;
    • have certified copies of their academic
      degrees and other professional Certificates;
    • or fail to provide three referees will
      be disqualified.

3.        
Only qualified candidates will be contacted

4.        
EAC Staff Rules and Regulations preclude considerations of applicants above 55
years of age.

Please note that EAC
does not require candidates to pay money for the recruitment process. All
invitations for interviews will be done in writing.

A due diligence will
be conducted for all successful candidates in respect of their academic
certificates (certification by a recognized higher education body in the
respective Partner States) and employment records .

The Secretary General

East African Community

P. o Box 1096

Arusha – Tanzania.

Tel: +255 27 2162100

Fax: +255 27 2162190

E-mail: vacancies@eachq.org

Deadline: Friday, 21st August 2020.

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