Project Leader – Older People Studies – MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS

Location: Entebbe , Uganda
Job Purpose: To lead the teams in projects related to older people in Entebbe, Masaka town and Kalungu District. The holder will report to the Head of the Social Science Programme.
Duties & Responsibilities
·         Manage the finalisation of protocols and other documentation for projects related to older people and ensure all stages of the regulatory process are completed (MRC Science meeting review, SEC review, UNCST/ President’s office review and, once approved, progress reporting and final reporting to regulatory bodies).
·         Undertake the design and implementation of data collection tools for projects, as appropriate. This includes taking an active part in testing, piloting and undertaking design and management of research tools and associated activities.
·         Participate in data collection, as may be required.
·         Oversee team in the development coding framework etc. for qualitative data analysis
·         Liaise with the Statistics Section on the management of quantitative data
·         Conduct both qualitative and quantitative analysis.
·         Undertake preparation of manuscripts for publication and prepare presentations of project findings for conferences and workshops both as lead author and as participating author (as may be required) 
·         Manage the field team leaders, providing guidance as appropriate in the planning and implementation of their work schedule and reviewing their work on a regular basis to ensure that quality is maintained.
·         Ensure, and from time to time participate in, the dissemination of results at the local and national level, including to study participants.
·         Contribute to staff development, including conducting or supporting training courses as appropriate, undertake staff appraisals and generally help to ensure that the field team and any associated workers progress.
·         Maintain financial oversight of projects under their leadership, ensuring that expenditure is within budget limits, working in consultation with the Programme Head.
·         Represent the Programme Head at national and international meetings, including presenting papers and posters at conferences and meetings.
·         Work in close collaboration with staff from other programmes and external researchers, as may be appropriate.
Education, Skills and Experience
·         An advanced degree social science or public health. A medical degree would be an added advantage.
·         Sound knowledge of research with older people is a requirement.
·         Significant knowledge of HIV/AIDS
·         Significant knowledge of gerontology
·         Competent use of Microsoft word, Microsoft excel, PowerPoint and Nvivo
·         Competence in desk top publishing.
Terms and Conditions: Successful applicants will serve a 10 month contract with a possibility of renewal, if funding permits, inclusive of a 3 months’ probation. Other terms and conditions for the post are within the MRC salary scales and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Location: The position will be based in Entebbe with frequent travel to the field.
How to Apply
Applications (clearly marked with position applied for) including copies of academic qualifications, curriculum vitae and names plus telephone contact details of two (2) referees should either be addressed to:
The Human Resources & Administration Manager
MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS
Uganda Virus Research Institute
P. O. Box 49 Entebbe
Or sent by email:
Closing date for applications: 1st October 2012
Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
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