3 Fresher Medical Officer NGO Job Opportunities – Medical Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit


Job Title:    Medical Officer (3 Job Opportunities)

Organisation: Medical Research Council (MRC UK) /UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Duty Station:  Masaka, Uganda

Reports to: Project Leader

Position Code: MO – 321


About US:

The Medical Research Council (MRC UK) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with dominant research themes in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases and cancer. Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies, the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide. Following the signing of strategic transfer agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018. The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health issues in Africa and throughout the world. The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts.


Job Summary:  The Medical Officer will participate in the recruitment, clinical evaluation, care and follow-up of participants in the OPTIMMS trial (i.e. Optimizing DTP-containing vaccine infant immunization schedules in UGANDA) at three different study hubs in Masaka district according to unit SOPs and approved protocol.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Participates in development and review of protocol and other study materials;
  • Ensures compliance with protocols and ICH/GCP guidelines;
  • Development and updating of SOPs and helping ensure compliance with SOPs;
  • Coordination of clinical activities of the OPTIMMS study at the Masaka site;
  • Obtains informed consent and conducts screening, enrolment and follow up of study participants;
  • Provides clinical care to study participants and conducts referrals appropriately;
  • Collects data as required by the protocol, completes source documents and CRFs and resolves queries;
  • Assists in training of project personnel on the protocol, study procedures and any other CMEs;
  • Supervises clinic study team members and delegates responsibilities appropriately;
  • Liaises with study monitors, laboratory staff, counsellors, field workers data and statistical department;
  • Prepares regular reports of clinical activities;
  • Attends teleconferences and meetings (monthly I-Vac Programme meetings, clinic meetings, UVRI Science seminars, etc.) and presents at different fora as needed;
  • Provides technical guidance and health education to parents and guardians during study visits;
  • Participates in training and organising site and project meetings;
  • Participates in writing papers for conferences and publications; and,
  • Performs other duties assigned by the Principal Investigator.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB);
  • Postgraduate qualifications in public health, epidemiology or other related field is an added advantage;
  • Possession of GCP/ICH and Human Subject Protection certification;
  • At least two years of experience in clinical research setting;
  • Experience in management of children and HIV infection in adults;
  • At least two years’ experience in clinical practice post-internship;
  • Maternal and child health experience is desired;
  • Possession of an appropriate and up-to-date licensure with Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners Council;
  • Knowledge of pediatric immunization;
  • Ability to diagnose and treat common pediatric acute and chronic illnesses;
  • Good understanding of Phases I-IV of clinical trials;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; and,
  • Good communication skills.


How to Apply:

Follow the link below to fill a form and submit your application documentation:


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Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during shortlisting. Combine all your application documentation i.e. cover letter, CV & academic documents into one PDF document. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. This position is open to Ugandan nationals only. Strictly follow the application procedure as failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification. Only online applications will be accepted.


The applications should be addressed to:


The Head of Human Resources,

MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,

P.O. Box, 49,

Entebbe, Uganda.


Deadline: 2nd April 2021 by 5:00pm


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