ICAP-Swaziland, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, and with funding from the United States Government is conducting a number of research studies and surveillance activities. The portfolio includes health systems strengthening (HSS) activities to support integrated disease surveillance response (IDSR), the health research training program (HRTP), the health research unit (HRU), the national health research review board (NHRRB) and the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Additionally, ICAP is implementing clinical trials to respond to pertinent research questions in the HIV response. ICAP recently completed the second Swaziland HIV incidence measurement survey (SHIMS2), and will be implementing the Eswatini HIV recent infection surveillance project (EHRIS).
Working with the Research Director (RD) the Associate Director, Research will be responsible for implementing, coordinating, monitoring and supervising HSS, surveillance and research activities in the portfolio. S/he will have the main role of providing technical advice and supervisory support on a day-to-day basis.
The AD-Research will have the following responsibilities:
• Lead protocol development, work planning, management and implementation of the Eswatini HIV recent infection surveillance project (EHRIS).
• Overall responsibility for the recruitment, training and supervision staff within their portfolio, including full-time ICAP staff, casual staff, and staff hired through MoH/NERCHA.
• Coordinate and manage the development of work plans, standard operating procedures, training materials, and data management systems. Supervise development, training, supervision and mentoring on systems to ensure quality data for research and surveillance projects in the portfolio.
• Lead and coordinate technical support to health research training program (HRTP) fellows and mentors, ensuring deliverables are achieved as targeted, and updating the HRTP Advisory Board regularly.
• Lead in development of transition plans for applicable activities, and dissemination of results from completed activities.
• Produce and review regular internal and external reports, including monthly and quarterly reports to ICAP leadership, stakeholders and donors.
• Oversee research regulatory files and all approvals related to activities in their portfolio, ensure adherence to implementation protocols, procedures, and policies, and overseeing the day-to-day implementation of activities in portfolio.
• Coordinate study meetings including internal ICAP meetings and meetings with local stakeholders e.g. technical working groups, task teams and steering committees, as well as international partners. Represent ICAP as applicable.
• Collaborate with administrative staff working with the project to ensure complete records are kept for the portfolio, support budget management, and ensure hiring, procurement are managed according to applicable approvals and standard operating procedures.
• Carry-out other duties as assigned.
• An advanced degree in Epidemiology, Statistics, Public Health or other health related field. A PhD or equivalent is required.
• Good clinical practice certificate.
Experience, Skills and Minimum Qualifications:
• At least 3-5 years of experience in implementing surveillance systems, operational or clinical research, national surveys or implementation and management of health monitoring and evaluation systems.
• Experience with IDSR (especially HIV surveillance), ethics review processes, and data warehousing.
• Demonstrated experience with data analysis, data dissemination and peer-reviewed scientific publications.
• Demonstrated leadership and skills, training and/or experience in research quality assurance and quality control, supervising staff, team building and management.
• Strong problem-solving skills and analytical capabilities
• A good understanding of HIV prevention, care and treatment programs and services.
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite applications.
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, high ability to interact professionally in English.
• Detail oriented and highly organized, able to multitask.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should send their application and resumes named after their surnames by email with a subject line “Associate Director Research” to firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications to be submitted: Friday 31 December 2018 at 17:00 pm.
Please do not attach any certificates when submitting online. Only short listed applicants will be contacted with preference given to qualifying Swab nationals. Please consider your application unsuccessful if you don’t hear from us 3 weeks after the closing date.
Tagged as: Executive, management, Project Management, Research
ICAP began partnering with the Government of the Kingdom of Swaziland in 2005 to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV and support the rapid scale-up of HIV care and treatment.
ICAP now provides technical leadership and assistance at a national and regional level, working with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to strengthen TB/HIV service delivery, improve health information systems and disease surveillance, conduct research, and build laboratory and research capacity.