Secretary to the IRB/REC Job Placement – Uganda Christian University (UCU)

Organisation: Uganda
Christian University (UCU)
Duty Station: School of
Research and Post Graduate Studies, Mukono, Uganda
About UCU:
Uganda Christian University was founded when the historic Bishop Tucker
Theological College was promoted as a university in 1997. Bishop Tucker
Theological College trained clergy and educators during its 84-year history
from 1913-1997. The local chief, Hamu Mukasa, granted land for the college to
operate in Mukono. International partnerships were part of the College’s
missionary history. The Church Mission Society teamed with Ugandan leaders and
others to assure the College had the necessary intellectual and other capital.
By the late 1990s, the Church of Uganda sought to have a broader impact on
society through the higher education – not only of clergy but of other
professionals as well. Uganda Christian University was established in 1997.
Job Summary: The Secretary
to the IRB/REC will be responsible for all administrative functions and daily
operations of the UCU-Research & Ethics Committee (REC) Secretariat.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Supports The Chair and REC Members in all the
functions pertaining to the smooth running of the UCU-REC and the Secretariat.
Responsible for organizing REC Meetings –
receiving the Agenda from the Chair, alerting Chair about the Quorum or lack of
it so as to confirm meeting dates.
Prepares the REC Meetings – Agenda, venue,
informing Members, e.t.c.
Receives and record research proposals and
applications from students and other researchers submitting their proposals for
ethical and technological vetting by the UCU-REC.
Works closely with UCU-REC Members and
applicants to facilitate clear and timely communication.
Communicates relevant and vital research
information to the UCU-REC Members.
Distributes research proposals among the UCU-REC
Members for vetting, while keeping a record of which Member received which
Follows up Members to see that proposals are
returned on time.
Prepares and follows up requisitions for
payments for Members as they vet proposals to prevent accumulation of non-payments
of proposals vetted.
Attends to all matters between the University
administration and the UCU-REC keeping the Secretariat and REC Members in line
with the University policies and activities.
Attends to any other duties as prescribed by the
Chair of the UCU-REC as well as the Dean SRPGS.

Qualifications, Skills and
The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in
Public Health, Social Sciences or any other related fields.
A minimum of three (3) years of working
experience performing administrative tasks.
Effective interpersonal communication skills,
both oral and written.
Ability to manage staff and provide leadership
to colleagues.
Capacity to learn and adopt to new environment.
Particularly willingness to learn the roles and duties of IRB and the national
and international standards and guidelines that govern research involving human
Good record management skills.
Having done or been involved in any
research-related work will be an added advantage.
A mature Christian of high integrity able to
work with minimal supervision.
Ability to work under pressure while remaining
calm and pleasant.
Able to assist and counsel students who may have
challenges in their research.
Should be organized with attention to detail and
honoring deadlines.
Computer literacy skills
How to Apply:
All prospective employees are encouraged to send two (2) copies of an
application letter clearly demonstrating suitability together with updated
Curriculum Vitae and three references. Please also attach two (2) copies of
academic and professional certificates and transcripts. 
Send to:
The Manager of Human Resource & Administration,
Uganda Christian University,
Pilkington Building,
P.O. Box 4, Mukono. Uganda
Email to:
Deadline: Friday, 27th October
2017 by 5:00pm
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