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CLOSED - Job: Target Malaria Impact Assessment Officer

July 14, 2021 - 11:23 -- MalariaWorld Jobs

Imperial College London, UK
Silwood Park Campus
Salary: £58,518 - £67,004 per annum
Closing date: 18 August 2021

We are seeking an Impact Assessment Manager for the Target Malaria project. Target Malaria is a not-for-profit research consortium that aims to develop and share genetic control technologies intended to provide a durable and cost-effective tool for reducing the burden of malaria in Africa through mosquito vector population control. The developmental pathway for the technology involves the release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes into the environment in multiple project countries through a phased approach using different mosquito strains.  Each phase is anticipated to have increasingly complex regulatory demands as releases of GM insects have limited regulatory precedent. The project is subject to regulation under national frameworks for biosafety for the use of genetically modified organisms, as well as environmental law in project countries.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be responsible for managing the delivery of externally contracted impact assessments, either discipline specific, or integrated, across environment, social, economic, and health (ESHIA) to facilitate legal compliance and permitting for project activities in consortium partner countries, and consistent with international standards for impact assessment. In the immediate term, Burkina Faso and Uganda will be the principal focus, while Ghana, Mali, and Cape Verde may become a focus in the future. Support to project partners in ensuring compliance with environmental permitting conditions through implementation and oversight of environmental management systems and support to external environmental audits will also be a key function of this post.

In this role, you will be responsible for the following key areas:

  • Work with the UK based global regulatory team, private sector consultants, and Africa based project partners, in facilitating delivery of externally contracted environmental, social, economic and health (ESHIA) impact assessments, either integrated or discipline specific and consistent with international standards, to secure authorisations and ensure legal compliance for project activities in Africa.
  • Support project partners in the delivery of activities related to environmental permitting such as Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) implementation, as well as Environmental Audit contracting and delivery, and associated monitoring and regulatory reporting.
  • Manage various activities throughout the life-cycle of impact assessment activities such as preparation of the terms of reference, support the procurement and selection of service providers and coordination of ongoing reviews of process, deliverables and reports.
  • Support project partner engagements with relevant government regulatory bodies, and other stakeholders as appropriate regarding impact assessment processes. This may involve where feasible, occasional travel and direct engagement with government officials and external stakeholders.

Essential requirements

A solid foundation in impact assessment and related environmental compliance activities is essential, as you will be required to draft and critically review various technical documents, service proposals and submissions, as well as undertake and support both formal and informal exchanges with government authorities, stakeholders and consultants. The work will closely complement science based biosafety risk assessment work that will be led by other members of the project, but will remain grounded in established principles of impact assessment. You will also need to possess a strong background in both regulatory affairs and government relations to  build relationships with external contractors,  government officials and stakeholders in order to help project partners navigate the regulatory landscape for this novel technology.

The post will be fully supported by the project global regulatory team based in the UK and will report directly to the global regulatory manager, working closely with external consultants and management teams in partner institutions in Africa. 

A deep commitment to the mission of developing and sharing new, cost-effective and sustainable genetic technologies to modify mosquitoes and reduce malaria transmission is required.

An excellent ability to communicate orally and in writing in both French and English is essential for this post.

Further Information

This post is full time fixed term to 31 January 2024.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact:  Geoff Turner, Global Regulatory Manager, g.turner@imperial.ac.uk

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.  http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research/

Closing date: 18 August 2021

To apply, visit www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs and search by the job reference NAT00938.


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