The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is a cutting-edge institute addressing global public health challenges through research, translation into policy and education. ISGlobal has a broad portfolio in communicable and non-communicable diseases including environmental and climate determinants, and applies a multidisciplinary scientific approach ranging from the molecular to the population level. Research is organized in three main areas, Malaria and other Infectious Diseases, Child and Maternal Health, and Urban Health, Climate & Non-Communicable Diseases. ISGlobal is accredited with the Severo Ochoa distinction, a seal of excellence of the Spanish Science Ministry.
What We Are Looking for
ISGlobal is seeking a Junior Epidemiologist who is interested in working in the research activities of the ongoing projects of the Maternal Child and Reproductive Health Initiative, namely:
1) Improving Care through Azithromycin Research for Infants in Africa (ICARIA): A large-scale clinical trial, “An efficacy trial of the incremental mortality benefit of IPTi plus azithromycin” whose goal is to contribute to reduce child mortality in areas of high malaria and mortality burden in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The five-year project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and co-funded by La Caixa Foundation is coordinated by ISGlobal. Through the project we will evaluate the impact on childhood mortality of azithromycin (AZi) plus intermittent preventive treatment with sulphadoxine-pyrimethamine (IPTi-SP) administered through the Expanded Program on Immunisation (EPI) in Sierra Leone.
The ISGlobal-led consortium includes ISGlobal, as lead research and principal recipient and responsible to the funders for the implementation of the project, and national counterparts, namely, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation and the College of medicine and applied health sciences (COMAHS) in Sierra Leone. The consortium will work closely with other stakeholders such as the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and GAVI to ensure that all study outputs are met.
ISGlobal is the lead evaluation and research organization and is responsible for implementing a set of studies to generate evidence for global guidance on AZi administration and IPTi-SP. Specifically, ISGlobal will be responsible for designing and implementing the trial’s evaluation plan, as well as designing, analyzing and reporting the clinical and biological research studies to assess the efficacy and impact of the intervention. The ICARIA clinical trial will apply a community-based approach that fosters partnership and strengthens the dynamic link between communities and health facilities, especially for the most vulnerable people. A learning-driven approach will be employed throughout the project to generate sufficient evidence to inform WHO policy recommendations and future actions in Sierra Leone and similar sub-Saharan countries, in an effort to expand the intervention over the long-term.
2) “Multiple doses of IPTi” (MULTIPLY): MULTIPLY is a large-scale implementation project, which includes public and private European and African institutions aiming at maximising the delivery and uptake of Intermittent Preventive Treatment for malaria in infants (IPTi), to achieve full potential and effectiveness of this intervention. It will be carried out in selected country districts of Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Togo.
The 40 months project, is funded by the European and Developing Countries Trial Partnership (EDCTP) and coordinated by ISGlobal, the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, in partnership with the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), France, the Fundaçao Manhiça (FM), Mozambique, the University of Lomé (UL), Togo, the University of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone and the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), Switzerland.
The consortium will work closely with the Ministries of Health in Sierra Leone, Togo and Mozambique, the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as other stakeholders, to ensure that all project outputs are met.
MULTIPLY will generate evidence for change and expand access to preventive chemotherapy for malaria in infants in sub Saharan Africa apply a community-based approach that fosters partnership and strengthens the dynamic link between communities and health facilities, especially for the most vulnerable people. A learning-driven approach will be employed throughout the project to generate sufficient evidence to inform WHO policy recommendations and future actions in each country, in an effort to expand the intervention over the long-term.
- Medical sciences Epidemiology.
Training and experience /Qualifications
- Advanced University degree (e.g. biomedical sciences)
- Master in Epidemiology, Global Health or related subject will be considered a plus
- Trained and experienced in quantitative methods
- At least 1 year of experience of clinical research in low-income countries
- Experience in quantitative methodology
- Experience working in Sub Saharan Africa (Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Togo) (desirable)
- Travel availability: at least 50% of the time based in projects countries as required by the projects
- Full-time schedule and exclusive dedication
- Ability to adapt to new environments, work effectively as part of the team and use own initiative when required
- Effective written and verbal communication skills
- To have a genuine interest in biomedical research of infectious diseases, maternal and child health, capacity building and global development
Reporting to the MCRNHI Director / Projects Director (Clara Menéndez) and working under direct supervision of in country Technical Coordinator -Sierra Leone (Kwabena Owusu-Kyei), and the projects’ Senior Epidemiologists, s/he will be providing overall support to the ICARIA/MULTIPLY research teams throughout the development of the project.
The general responsibilities will be:
- Support in all operational research activities as required.
Under the guidance of ISGlobal’s Coordinating team (Project Director, In Country Technical Coordinator-Sierra Leone, Senior Epidemiologists), the candidate will be expected to:
- Support all operational research activities as required
- Travel on a regular basis to the project sites within the countries (Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Togo) y to support the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and research activities of the ICARIA & MULTIPLY projects
- Support in the data management and analysis of households’ surveys data
- Participate in follow-up meetings (e.g. internal, consortium meetings) as required
- Prepare and present reports of the activities and field trips to the Projects Director
- Assist in the preparation of project reports, study protocols, briefing notes, minutes and presentations.
- Contribute to the writing of manuscripts and the gathering of relevant information
- Ensure support during the preparation of projects’ proposals (ie. potential applications for competitive grants)
- Provide assistance and support in monitoring the achievement of projects activities on behalf of the Principal Investigator (PI), Project Manager (PM)
- Carry out any other duties that are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job, as requested by the MCRH Initiative Director
- Excellent writing ability in English to elaborate high-quality and concise technical reports. Excellent presentation skills
- Flexibility. Open to new ideas and new working methods, adapt positively to change, exchange views and opinions with colleagues.
- Able to work independently while understanding his/her own limits
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office, STATA (or similar statistical packages), communication applications and Web technologies
- A very good command (advanced level) of the English language and working knowledge (intermediate level) of French and/or Portuguese (desirable)
- Knowledge of Catalan and/ or Spanish is a plus
- Duration: up to 40 months
- Starting date: April 2021
- Contract: Fixed-term employment contract
- Salary Range: according to the candidate profile and project budget
How to apply
Applicants must fill in the request form and include the following code reference position: JuniorEpi_ICA_MUL_Mar21, attach the CV and a Cover Letter. Each attached document must be named with the candidate name and surname.
The receipt of applications will be open until 31 March 2021.
Applications will be accepted until 17.00 CET of the closing date.
Only the applications submitted through the request form will be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
The interviews could be placed during the reception candidatures period.