Social Work Jobs – Community Liaison Officer at MRC/UVRI Uganda Virus Research Unit on AIDS

Head of Programmme
HIV Epidemiology and Prevention
Masaka, Uganda

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 behavioral studies, clinical trials, virological and immunological
research and behavioral studies, and has generated a wealth of research results
that have been used to inform policy and practice, and that have led to a large
number of scientific publications in peer reviewed journals over time.

Job Summary: The Job holder will establish,
functionalize and supervise community liaison structures to promote meaningful
and mutually beneficial community participation in HIV/AIDS prevention research
in Masaka district.
Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Establish
    and maintain close collaborative links with study communities through
    meetings with key community leaders and study participants and working
    closely with project leaders on providing feedback to stake holders.
  • Design
    and implement study specific recruitment and retention strategies
  • Design
    and implement study results dissemination plans
  • Prepare
    community liaison activity budgets for approval by programme head
  • Write
    community engagement activities reports and share them with research teams
  • Establish,
    train and supervise community based study support structures (peer
    leaders, volunteer representatives, VHTs)
  • Work
    with the site Community Advisory Board to understand and address factors
    that facilitate meaningful community partnerships.
  • Plan
    and conduct research literacy promotion workshops, seminars and events
  • Establish
    and maintain collaborative links with other HIV/AIDS research and service
    related institutions for synergy.
  • Supervise
    Community mobilization and field teams
Skills and Experience:
  • Bachelors’
    Degree or a higher diploma in social science related field. A Master’s
    degree either in health communications or public health is an added
  • Sound
    knowledge of how to engage communities in research and understanding
    factors that facilitate community participation.
  • Experience
    in Health communication, and stakeholder engagement.
  • Use
    of media technology, preparing IEC materials.
  • Females
    are particularly encouraged to apply.
Other terms and conditions
for the post are within the MRC salary scales and will be commensurate with
qualifications and experience.

to Apply:
All interested applicants
should send their documents including cover letter, copies of academic
qualifications, curriculum vitae and names plus telephone contact details of
three (3) 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:

2nd May 2013 at 17:00 Hrs

Only short listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
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