Director Research and Grants – Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC)

Organisation: Joint
Clinical Research Centre (JCRC)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Executive
About JCRC:
Joint Clinical Research Centre
(JCRC) is a national Ugandan organization that was established in 1991 as a
medical institution and HIV AIDS Centre of Excellence specializing in medical
research, health care and training.
Job Summary: The
Director Research and Grants will be responsible for the overall supervision
and coordination of research and grants activities of JCRC. He/she will also
directs the work of development teams to successfully compete for grant funds
and support the development of plans for new and improved programs and services
at JCRC. He/she will guide and support the grant manager in monitoring the
progress of grant-funded projects to ensure successful implementation in
accordance with grant contract terms and requirements and shall direct research
development and promotion within JCRC and her partners/collaborators.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Take
    lead of the project planning and proposal development activities for grant
  • Steer
    the development of strategies for grant funds, directs cross-functional
    teams in developing proposals for new and enhanced programs and services
    assists with setting project goals, objectives, timelines, budgets and
  • Actively
    contribute to the Writing and editing of grant proposals, researches
    institutional and funding agency policies to ensure proposed activities
    and budgets are in accordance with the JCRC’s policies and funding
    agency’s requirements.
  • Technically
    support the development of strategic partnerships with business, industry,
    educational institutions, economic development and community-based agencies;
    facilitates external partnership meetings; leads partnership development
    activities; negotiates roles, duties and contributions; drafts agreements,
    subcontracts and other documents.
  • Evaluate
    requests for funding opportunities, researches supporting data and best
    practices; analyzes funding agency’s requirements and anticipates JCRC’s
    competitive position for each opportunity.
  • Significantly
    contribute to weekly meetings with departmental staff to track development
    progress and direct collaborative efforts that ensure effective and timely
    development of proposals; provides periodic reports on grant development
    activities to the JCRC management meetings in accordance with the
    institutional strategic plan.
  • Technically
    support the top management in the planning of funding strategies, priority
    and special projects.
  • Participate
    in various institutional councils, committees, community and professional
  • Lead
    the departmental activities including but not limited to annual planning
    process, strategic planning, annual work plan, staff retreats,
    professional development, budgeting, policies and procedures review.
  • Performs
    any other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should preferably hold a Master’s degree in science disciplines
    but preferably with PhD from accredited and recognized university.
  • Eight
    or more years of professional work experience three of which should have been
    at the same level in research, grant proposal and development grant
    administration and compliance.
  • Significant
    experience in administration in Research institutions, funding agencies or
    institutions of higher education
  • Working
    knowledge of Principles and practices of health related research
  • Prior
    experience in Managing research grants/ fond mobilisation
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding of principles and processes of clinical data
How to Apply:
All candidates should send
their applications and supporting documents including copies of academic
qualifications and curriculum vitae (CV) indicating names plus telephone
contacts of three professional referees should either be posted to: Manager;
Human Resource & Development, Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC), Plot
101, Lubowa Hill, Entebbe Road, P.O. Box 10005, Kampala, Uganda OR sent via
email to:
Deadline: 13th March, 2015

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