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CLOSED: Job: 2 Regional programme officers (research fellows) - LSHTM

November 27, 2014 - 21:31 -- MalariaWorld Jobs
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (University of London)
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases
Disease Control Department
Closing Date: Wednesday 31 December 2014
We are seeking to appoint two Regional Programme Officers (Research Fellow) to work on a new initiative to improve the use of data to inform decision making for malaria control in Africa.

The programme is led by LSHTM in partnership with the INFORM (Information for Malaria) team, based in Nairobi, Kenya. LSHTM brings expertise in public health, malaria epidemiology, health systems research, policy development and management to support the use of epidemiological profiles developed by the INFORM team, which has technical excellence in the compilation of malaria data from diverse sources and the application of geospatial techniques. Together, LSHTM and INFORM will build and support the use of epidemiological profiles to provide new insights into malaria and to enhance evidence-informed decision making for better malaria control.

The two Regional Programme Officers (RPOs), to be based in East and West Africa, will work full time on the programme and act as an interface between the programme staff in London and Nairobi and key stakeholders in Africa. These will include National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) members, research groups, implementing partners and donors. RPOs will be supported to identify decision-makers and influences on them in order to understand relevant decision-making processes. The RPOs will facilitate the identification and flow of data to the NMCP and INFORM teams, the development of comprehensive epidemiological malaria profiles and the dissemination and use of this information in the respective countries and sub-regions.

The RPOs will have an MSc in epidemiology, public health or other relevant subject and extensive first-hand experience of malaria control and operational research in Africa. They will have a track record of involvement with national policy makers and programme implementers in endemic countries and a broad understanding of current issues in malaria control and its financing. In addition, the RPOs will have proven abilities to manage competing work priorities to meet deadlines, to write technical reports and to communicate complex issues orally. Fluency in English and, for the west African RPO, French, will be essential, as will a willingness to be based in East/West Africa and to travel extensively.

A PhD in public health/epidemiology/malaria or a related subject, a medical degree and experience of medicine in Africa, fluency in French and/or Portuguese, an understanding of policy processes and the political economy of health decision making in low income countries would also be helpful. The programme is funded by the UK Government's Department for International Development for a period of 2 years and the posts are available immediately. Salary is on the Academic Pathway Grade 6 from £37,106 to £42,139 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). Appointment of salary will normally be at the minimum of the grade.

Applications should be made online via our website at The reference for this post is DS-RPO. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm on the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as “Please see attached CV” will not be considered acceptable.
Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to being an equal opportunities employer
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