Executive Director Employment Opportunity – UVRI-IAVI HIV Vaccine Program

Job Title:   Executive Director
Organisation: The UVRI-IAVI
HIV Vaccine Program
Duty Station: Entebbe, Uganda
Reports to: UVRI-IAVI Board
of Directors
The UVRI-IAVI HIV Vaccine Program (the Program), founded in 2001, is a
not for profit organization with offices and research facilities based at the
Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe. The Program’s main activities are
conducting research, building capacity and providing advocacy for HIV/AIDS
vaccine as well as molecular and epidemiological work toward HIV prevention.
The Program is mainly funded by the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
(IAVI), USA but also receives funding from other donors.
Job Summary: The Executive
Director will provide transformational leadership to the UVRI-IAVI research and
support teams ensuring that there is a clearly articulated and compelling
vision and well developed strategic plans.
Key Duties and
Provide strategic and scientific leadership of
the UVRI-IAVI HIV Vaccine Program and other research program of work including
epidemiological research.
Strengthen scientific collaborations with
external institutions, and develop new ones in consultation with the Board.
Work closely with the UVRI and IAVI leadership
and other UVRI and IAVI research partners to identify opportunities for
collaborative research.
Make sure that the performance and quality of
scientific program of work is according to international standards and
Provide leadership and mentorship to encourage
the career development of program staff.
Ensure efficient utilisation of resources and
timely delivery of scientific outputs.
Attract external funding through international
grant applications.
The incumbent will work together with the Board
of Directors to provide UVRI-IAVI with policies, strategic measurement, and
other mechanisms that will ensure effective and efficient governance of the
The jobholder will also co-ordinate the planning
and implementation of UVRI-IAVI research studies ensuring that opportunities
for innovative HIV vaccine research are identified and grasped. The incumbent
will develop and implement strategies that will enhance the capacity of the
UVRI-IAVI staff to engage in excellent scientific research; enabling UVRI-IAVI
Program to be at the ‘cutting edge’  of
world-wide developments in infectious disease research.
The incumbent will attract new funding through
international grant applications.
To represent UVRI-IAVI HIV Vaccine Program
locally, nationally and internationally, ensuring that UVRI-IAVI Program
successes are appropriately publicised and the goals of their public relations,
communications and advocacy strategies promoted.
The jobholder will lead the Senior Management
Team in delivering the UVRI-IAVI’s strategic objectives and work plan according
to high standards.
Ensure submission of required program, technical
and financial reports to funding agencies according to guidelines and
timeframes as outlined by contractual agreements.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate should preferably hold an
MBChB and Master’s degree and/ or PhD in a relevant area (Infectious Diseases,
Epidemiology or Immunology/Virology)
A minimum of seven years’ research experience as
a principal investigator or co-principal investigator of complex clinical
and/or epidemiological studies.
A minimum of three years’ experience in Senior
Management position will be desirable.
A strong research profile with publication track
record in scientific peer reviewed journals, and presentations at international
HIV research expertise, preferably in clinical
trials and HIV vaccines.
Significant experience in managing
internationally funded projects and in ensuring compliance with donor
Extensive relevant experience as a principal
investigator on phase I/II/III clinical trials or epidemiological studies.
Previous experience in writing study protocols,
grant applications, and ability to secure and oversee the management of
internationally competitive research funding.
Proven ability to successfully lead and manage a
multidisciplinary team, including developing junior colleagues.
Experience of developing international research
collaborations and networks, and working with multidisciplinary research teams.
Excellent oral and written communications
Ability to work collaboratively with all levels
of professional, technical and support staff.
Broad knowledge and understanding of financial
management principles is desirable.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their
applications including copies of academic qualifications, curriculum vitae and
names plus telephone contact details of two (2) referees should either be
addressed to:
 Director’s Office,
Uganda Virus Research Institute, PO Box 49, Entebbe
Or Email to: ekmbidde@uvri.go.ug
Deadline: 30th September 2016
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