Vacancy – Research Project Manager

32-40 hours per week – based in Amsterdam and Tanzania

The position
The Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) is looking for a Research Project Manager who will be the day-to-day responsible person for the management and support of AIGHD operational research on two innovative HIV Test & Treat and TB projects in Shinyanga and Simiyu regions, Tanzania. The Research Project Manager will ensure timely research progress reporting, as well as overseeing all AIGHD financial, administrative and contractual obligations pertinent to these projects. This is an international multi-stakeholder project with both implementing and multi-disciplinary research partners.

It is expected that the Research Project Manager will be based in Shinyanga/Simiyu regions for the duration of 3-4 months (end of 2017, early 2018) in order to establish sound working relationships with the local partners and ensure an efficient project infrastructure. Thereafter he/she will return to the Amsterdam office. The Research Project Manager supports the research by AIGHD anthropologists, economists and bio-medical/clinical researchers.

Background: The Shinyanga HIV Test & Treat project & TB REACH Project

The new WHO guidelines advocate the HIV Test & Treat approach: HIV treatment for all HIV infected persons, independent of their CD4 count. AIGHD has been awarded the task of scientific evaluation of a unique HIV Test & Treat project in Tanzania, aiming to put 20,000 HIV patients on antiretroviral treatment (ART) in a Test & Treat approach through an ART Hub and Club model over the coming 5 years.  The implementation of the Shinyanga HIV Test & Treat project is led by an Italian NGO through a network of Tanzanian healthcare providers, belonging to the Diocese of Shinyanga. In this context, AIGHD, as the research partner, is responsible for performing multidisciplinary operational research (clinical, epidemiological and costing analyses and anthropological studies) under the final guidance of a Principal Investigator (PI) from London and a co-PI from Tanzania. The population of Shinyanga is also impacted by lack of access to TB diagnosis and treatment. Poor TB case detection was highlighted by a recent national TB prevalence survey. The TB REACH project will investigate the impact of adding TB-case finding to the HIV Test & Treat approach in Shinyanga, and has a separate funder.

 Main responsibilities:

  • Day to day management and support of all operational research work packages: economic, clinical and anthropological studies and planned project activities
  • Financial management of both projects to make optimal use of funds available
  • Timely financial and progress reporting
  • Adhere to donor regulations
  • Plan consortium meetings and ensure meeting reports (minutes) are available and distributed
  • Organize and participate in regular meetings with internal staff, as well as core partners
  • Coordinate project related logistical arrangements and procurement with project partners

 Educational qualifications

  • Academic level, preferably experience in the field of international development and public health
  • Formal certification/qualification in project management or equivalent is considered an asset

 Work experience

At least 3-5 years of relevant work experience in research project management in an international context

 Additional requirements/competencies

  • Experience and affinity with public health and multidisciplinary research
  • Ability to develop and maintain efficient working relationships among project staff and core partners
  • Ability to work-proactively and work well in a team
  • Ability to balance interests and collaborators, coordinate with Tanzania MOH
  • Willing to travel and (temporarily) live abroad
  • Demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Have a proven ability to plan and manage complex projects
  • Keen attention to detail, structured and well-organized
  • Excellent computer software skills – Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Track record of work experience in Africa, experience in Tanzania is an asset

 Preferred

  • Demonstrated experience working in the area of global health research
  • Knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspects of project management, as well as techniques, software and tools

 Languages

  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English, Dutch is an asset

 AIGHD offers

AIGHD offers an excellent job opportunity in a cutting-edge working environment in global health and development and a salary in line with prevailing sector standards. AIGHD has a fulltime workweek of 40 hours, 25 leave days annually, an attractive collective pension plan and a very comprehensive collective health insurance scheme. The position is based at the office of AIGHD in Amsterdam and for 3-4 months in the Shinyanga region. Further, it requires availability to travel to the research area if needed.

For more information about the job description please contact Friso Janssen, General Manager (f.janssen@aighd.org). General questions, applications including CV and letter of motivation (in English) should be sent to HR Support (hrsupport@aighd.org).

Closing date: Monday October 9, 2017

About AIGHD
Stichting AIGHD takes a problem-oriented approach and transcends the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines to provide sustainable solutions in the field of Global Health. It is a dynamic network focused on research, education and policy advising. The Institute stands for a collaboration among biomedical researchers from the Academic Medical Center (AMC), social scientists and economists from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and from the VU University Amsterdam (VU). In addition, its constituents include a number of non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), such as the PharmAccess Foundation, The Health Insurance Fund and the Medical Credit Fund, which have a pivotal place in the consortium. AIGHD links expertise, resources and programs from institutions that are involved in health-related research, education and capacity building. By doing this, it brings a “delivery perspective” to health research, and a “quality aspect” to health care services in countries with more limited resources.