Head of Research Programme Employment Opportunity – Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

 Head of Research Programme
Organisation: Infectious
Diseases Institute (IDI)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Executive
Vacancy Code: HRPX01
About US:
The Infectious
Diseases Institute (IDI) is an international non-profit organization which is a
partnership of infectious diseases and public health specialists. The overall
objective of the IDI is to strengthen health systems with strong emphasis on
Infectious Diseases, through Research and Capacity Development. IDI has five
operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention,
Care and Treatment; Training, Research and Laboratory services (provided
through a partnership with the Makerere University – John Hopkins University
Core Lab) and Outreach.
Job Summary:
The Head of Research Programme is a senior management team member and is
responsible for strategic development and operational management of all aspects
of the IDI Research Programme, The Head is in charge of the strategic direction
and high level oversight of research projects and collaborations at the IDI,
the responsible and ethical conduct of research, publication, dissemination,
and translation of research to policy.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Strategic and operational management of
    research programme (including IDI Kasangati).
    • Produce and monitor IDI research
      strategic plan; continually identify emerging strategic themes for IDI to
      develop and utilize its current and potential capacifies and to remain
      relevant and sustainable.
    • Cultivate, develop, and maintain
      research partnerships in line with the IDI research strategic plan
    • Develop new proposals, review proposals
      of other members of the department and outside partners to maintain
      strategic direction and research relevant to Ugandan and African health;
      and ensure all proposals make an acceptable contribution to IDI core
    • Work closely with the PCT department to
      ensure smooth collaborative joint research projects.
    • Conduct timely and accurate reporting
      and financial accountabilities and guarantee that the research department
      achieves the budgeted core contribution.
    • Support the integration of research
      capacity and different research methodologies into all other programmes
      e.g. ImS to document IDI innovations in Outreach, Training, Lab, GHS and
      others as well as identify actionable researchable ideas in all
      programmes and catalyse action
  • Build research infrastructure capacity
    including at the IDI Kasangati Centre
    • Confirm and guarantee sufficient lab
      capacity and specimen storage services
    • Oversee data management unit and
      systems including DataFax
    • Certify and guarantee that internal
      monitoring for QA/QC occurs
    • Certify that international standards
      for ethical, scientific review and conduct of research are in place for
      all IDI or partner research projects
    • Streamline IDI process for the
      efficient conduct of research
  • Capacity Building programs;
    • Provide oversight and guidance to the
      research scholars across the IDI capacity-building grants
    • Build and publicize IDI programs at the
      Makerere College of Health Sciences, Ministry of Health, other health
      organizations in Uganda and in the region
  • Build international partnerships and
    networks including convening the annual SAB as well as other international
  • Oversight of research metrics – keep
    track and disseminate metrics related to publication, abstracts, research
    proposals and grants
  • Build and maintain clinical platforms
    for research in urban and rural areas where IDI manages outreach projects
  • Build and maintain research resources —
    longitudinal databases, research cohorts, statistics, clinical trials
    training unit, translational
  • Cultivate a collaborative relationship
    with the IDI Lab Services programme and other labs that are necessary for
    the efficient conduct of research at IDI
  • Take responsibility for budgets and
    financial management for the research department including monitoring of
    core cost contribution of all new research proposals.
  • Take responsibility to co-ordinate and
    respond to all internal audit evaluations of Research
  • As part of SMT contribute to the overall
    strategy and management of IDI and regularly produce reports and materials
    for the Board, and other

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The Head of Research Programme must be a
    qualified medical doctor with a Master’s degree in a relevant field.
    Possession of a PhD will be an added advantage.
  • A compelling track record in research
    (indicated by peer-reviewed publications).
  • At least five years’ experience leading
    and mentoring a research team; and a proven ability to solicit research
  • A balance of global experience including
    substantial experience in a resource-limited setting.
  • Self-driven with strategic vision and
    the leadership skills to achieve the research strategy.
  • An established researcher within the
    field of infectious diseases, with a compelling publication record in
    peer-reviewed journals
  • Exceptional written communication skills
    and the ability to interact internationally at the most senior
    institutional, funder and academic levels; demonstrated research
  • Experience in identifying, evaluating
    and nurturing partner relationships in research
  • Ability to foster a co-operative work
    environment; with sensitivity to cultural factors
  • Demonstrated commitment to building
    research capacity in Africa
  • Experience in financial management
    including generating and managing budgets
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should E-mail their updated CVs, which
should include details of email address (if any), present position, current
remuneration, Certificate/testimonials and address of three (3) Referees plus
telephone contact to the following address. Please make sure that your
application letter , CV and certificates are attached as one document and
indicate the Vacancy code as the subject for your email
The Senior Human
Resource Manager,
Infectious Diseases
Institute — IDI Knowledge Centre,
Makerere University
Main Campus College of Health Sciences, Makerere University,
P.O. Box 22418, Kampala,
Email to: hr@idi.co.ug
Deadline: 31st May 2018
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