Social Science Team Leader NGO Jobs – Medical Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit


Job Title:    Social Science Team Leader

Organisation: Medical
Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Duty Station:  Entebbe,

Reports to: Project
Leader/Senior Scientist

Position Code: SSTL
– 1120


About US:

The Medical Research
Council (MRC UK) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with
dominant research themes in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines
and immunity, and chronic diseases and cancer. Through a multidisciplinary
approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research,
social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation
studies, the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the
evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the
development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide. Following
the signing of strategic transfer agreements between the London School of
Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council
(MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018. The exciting new
partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health
issues in Africa and throughout the world. The Unit is based at the UVRI
Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala


Job Summary:  The Social Science Team Leader will be
supporting the Preparing for Group B StreptococcuS vaccine studies (PREPARE)
qualitative studies at Kawempe Hospital and contributing to the social science
team under the supervision of the designated Project team leader.


This programme work,
under the EDCTP funded PREPARE consortium activities led by the

MU-JHU Research
Collaboration, a Clinical Research and Service Delivery Organization, will
develop a clinical vaccine trial site in a Sub-Saharan setting capable of
undertaking phase 11-IV trials, determine the pregnancy outcome rates in this
population in preparation for trials of vaccines in pregnant women, conduct a
vaccine trial of a licenced pertussis vaccine, define the burden of neonatal,
infant and maternal GBS disease in a Sub-Saharan African population, estimate
the serocorrelates of protection against the major GBS types causing disease in
European and African settings; and conduct two trials of candidate GBS


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Design and conduct focus groups and key informant interviews in
    regard to maternal vaccine knowledge, perceptions, barriers and enablers;
  • Analyse results from focus group and key informant interview using
    appropriate qualitative analyses, interpret findings and write reports to
    guide future activities and community engagement programmes;
  • Develop, deliver and evaluate a programme of creative and culturally
    relevant public engagement focused on immunity, vaccination and infections
    in pregnancy informed and in partnership with local communities, with
    relevance to a global audience based on the findings from the qualitative
  • Ensure well-planned activities are implemented in order to engage
    all relevant stakeholders using consistent and appropriate messaging and
  • Guide the development of detailed implementation plans and budgets
    which can be used to plan activities and to monitor their progress;
  • Train and set up teams at hospital and community level to manage
    community engagement activities and coordinate all national level
  • Coordinate the development of communication and training material in
    regard to maternal vaccination;
  • Enable consistent and accurate communication regarding stakeholder
    engagement activities and their intended outcomes internally as well as be
    responsible for the overall oversight and management of PREPARE’s public
    engagement programme at the site;
  • Develop, maintain and manage relationships with key personnel and
    partner organisations including scientific, creative, community and
    patient partners;
  • Support the Public Engagement Advisory Board and Community Advisory
    Board and other community influencers;
  • Liaise with research stakeholders, informing of progress in data
    collection and analysis; discussing findings and next steps; and,
  • Lead on writing peer-reviewed publications.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must be an experienced and published social scientist
    with a bachelor’s degree in a related field;
  • Masters level degree in a relevant field or post graduate
    qualification in Science
  • Communication, Public Engagement, Health Sciences or related subject
    is an advantage;
  • A minimum of five years of experience in a clinical research
    setting, preferably including experience in social and behavioural science
  • Prior interviewing and facilitation experience;
  • Prior experience with both qualitative and quantitative research and
  • Prior experience of manuscript writing;
  • The candidate should have knowledge of the principle and practices
    of public engagement, knowledge of different methods of public engagement
    in health research;
  • Appreciation of the potential impacts and methods evaluating public
    engagement in health research, understanding of social research and
    co-production principles and methodologies and experience with data
  • Understanding of working with policy-makers and informing policy,
    good understanding of vaccine development and research, and concepts of
    herd immunity;
  • Understanding of attitudes to vaccine development and uptake,
    experience in cohort follow up and conducting research in Uganda are
  • Understanding of the consent process with regard to vaccine trials
    and assessing individual comprehension of research information
  • Good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Good command of both English and Luganda;
  • Proficiency in computer use (MS word, Excel, Access, Nvivo).


How to Apply:

Follow the link
below to fill a form and submit your application documentation:




Filling the form
more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity
while filling the form is required and will be considered during shortlisting.
Combine all your application documentation i.e. cover letter, CV & academic
documents into one PDF document. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
for interview. This position is open to Ugandan nationals only. Strictly follow
the application procedure as failure to do so will lead to automatic
disqualification. Only online applications will be accepted.


The applications
should be addressed to:


The Head of Human

Uganda Research Unit,

P.O. Box, 49,

Entebbe, Uganda.


Deadline: 2nd April 2021 by 5:00pm


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