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Deputy Head of Department Research (DHDRX01 Job at Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Deputy Head of Department Research (DHDRX01 

Jobs at:
Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) 

Deadline of this Job:
Friday 23rd November, 2018 

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda 

Date Posted: 02 November 2018 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed , Employment Type: Full-Time

The mission of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is to strengthen health systems in Africa, with a strong emphasis on infectious diseases through research and capacity development. IDI has six operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention, Care and Treatment, Training, Research, Global Health Security, Laboratory services, and Outreach. IDI in line with its mission, is looking for highly competent and motivated individuals to fill the following vacancies:
Deputy Head of Department Research (DHDRX01
Reports to Head of Department Research

Role definition:
The job incumbent will support the Head of Department to provide strategic leadership of the department, supervision of the day to day departmental activities and act as Head of Department in the absence of the Head of Department. The deputy HOD research will also be a member of the IDI Senior Management Team (SMT). Additionally, he/she will provide substantive support to the Head of Department in overseeing the Clinical Trials Unit, with particular emphasis in working with the Quality ensuring that there is regulatory compliance, in accordance to national and international regulations, as well as IDI standardized operational procedures.

Major roles and responsibilities
  • Support the HOD in coordinating and liaising with all present and former IDI scholars to support the research department agenda.
  • Lead in promoting and spearheading the integration of research and outreach departments in order to develop proposed plans aimed at using IDI outreach platforms to provide nationally representative estimates of HIV care, treatment and research.
  • Provide support to the HoD in promoting and facilitating cutting edge research through establishing new collaborations and strengthening existing collaborations. Represent the HoD at selected department and institutional meetings and promote collaboration between the Department with external Institutions (e.g. The College of Health Sciences, MoH).
  • Actively engage in generating research concepts and ideas that will facilitate possible grant application and contribute, support other teams in scientific and grants writing.
  • Participate actively in promoting IDI research goal and support the monitoring of research performance indicators. '
  • Mentor junior researcher, students and scholars attached to IDI.
  • Together with the Head of Department and research Manager contribute to the annual financial projections and budgeting.
  • Act as the vice chairperson for the IDI Scientific Review Committee (SRC) in terms of fielding inquiries about research processes from potential researches.
  • ln close collaboration with prevention, care and treatment team, Lead the IDI journal club in through identification of strategic papers to be presented and write periodic reports.
  • 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. '
  • Support the HoD to cultivate, develop, and maintain research partnerships in line with the IDI research strategic plan.

Person Specifications
  • At least a master's degree in a medical and biomedical, and statistics sciences field. '
  • A PhD or equivalent in medical, statistics and biomedical fields will be an added advantage. '
  • Additional training in epidemiology, and research methods.
  • At least 5 year of relevant experience in working on clinical trials or epidemiologic studies.
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in conducting research studies.
  • A compelling publication records in peer review journal Familiar with national and international regulatory requirement.
  • Experience in data management with working knowledge of biostatistics (STATA, Epi Info, SPSS, etc.).
  • Self-motivated, innovative and capable of meeting deadlines.
  • Experience of Good Clinical Practice.(GCP).
  • Familiar and up to date with national and international research regulations and guidelines including institutional research Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

Job application procedure
Qualified and interested persons who wish to apply should email as well as post or deliver an application letter (clearly indicating the position you are applying for) with a detailed CV, naming at least two professional referees, to:
The Senior Manager, Human Resources Infectious Diseases Institute
P.O. Box 22418, Kampala.
Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 23rd November, 2018.

Please note that:

  • IDI is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a recruitment fee or any other fees at any stage of the recruitment process
  • indicate the Vacancy Code as the subject for your email and make sure that your application letter, CV and certificates are attached as one document
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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