Job offer: IPTi_Plus In Country Technical Coordinator Sierra Leone


The Barcelona Institute for Global Health, ISGlobal, is the fruit of an innovative alliance between academic, government, and philanthropic institutions to contribute to the efforts undertaken by the international community to address the challenges in global health. ISGlobal provides a hub of excellence dedicated to scientific research and the provision of health care. The institute, which originated in a joint initiative of the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona and the University of Barcelona, has amassed over 30 years of experience in the field of global health. The pivotal mechanism of its work model is the transfer of knowledge generated by scientific research to practice. Its ultimate goal is to help close the gaps in health disparities between and within different regions of the world.


Sierra Leone

What We are looking for

ISGlobal is seeking an experienced Epidemiologist who is interested in working in the research activities of the project “An efficacy trial of the incremental mortality benefit of IPTi plus azithromycin” (IPTi-plus). The project 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 coordinated by ISGlobal, 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 BMGF for the implementation of the Project, and other local counterparts. The consortium will work closely with the Ministry of Health in Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as other stakeholders, to ensure that all project outputs are met.
The IPTI-plus project will generate evidence for change and expand access to chemoprevention for infants in sub Saharan Africa through the:
  • Evaluation of the impact of azithromycin plus IPTi-SP administered through the Expanded Program on Immunization on all-cause mortality in young children living in areas of high mortality and malaria burden in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Evaluation of the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) as a delivery channel to ensure the long-term sustainability of interventions targeted to young children.
The ITPi-plus project 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.
ISGlobal is the lead evaluation and research organization and is responsible for implementing a set of studies to generate evidence for global guidance on IPTi-plus. Specifically, ISGlobal will be responsible for designing and implementing the project’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 (IPTi-plus), including an individually randomised placebo-controlled trial in infants and the feasibility of administering the intervention through the EPI scheme.


  • Start and implement the above mentioned project in Sierra Leone
  • Coordinate and oversee the daily activities of the project team in Sierra Leone
  • Supervise data collection
  • Coordinate, supervise and perform training activities with local counterparts as required
  • Interact with local counterparts in Sierra Leone (MoH,..), and colleagues from ISGlobal and BMGF
  • Support in the elaboration of progress reports, workplans and other documents as required by ISGlobal’s Coordinating team
  • Prepare documents for different meetings and research conferences as required
  • Participate in writing up of scientific manuscripts derived of the research activities
  • Under the guidance of ISGlobal’s Coordinating team (Project Director (PD), Senior Advisor (SA).


  • Based in Sierra Leone
  • Full-time schedule and exclusive dedication
  • Travel on a regular basis to the project sites within the country to coordinate and supervise the monitoring, evaluation and research activities of the project
  • Interact with local project counterparts in Sierra Leone
  • Prepare and present reports of the activities and field trips to the Project Director / Senior Advisor/
  • Carry out any other duties that are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job, as requested by ISGlobal Project Director /Senior Advisor


  • Advanced University degree in biomedical sciences
  • Master or PhD studies in Epidemiology or Public Health


  • At least 5 years of experience of clinical research in low-income countries
  • Verifiable experience in conducting community-based surveys
  • Experience in managing a team
  • Experience in managing and analyzing large data sets of clinical, laboratory, and field data

Required competencies

  • A very good command (advanced level) of the English language
  • Excellent writing ability in English to elaborate high-quality and concise technical reports. Excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent ability of initiative, coordination and team work in multicultural environments, and of interaction with staff at the project country, with governmental organizations and NGOs
  • 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 
  • Oriented to train and transfer knowledge to biomedical staff in African contexts.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, STATA (or similar statistical packages), communication applications and Web technologies


  • Ability to adapt to new environments, work effectively as part of the team and use own initiative when required
  • To have a genuine interest in biomedical research of infectious diseases, capacity building and global development

We offer

  • Full-time position, office-based in Sierra Leone
  • Fixed-term contract for all project length (up to 60 months), starting in October 2019
  • Salary according to the candidate profile and project budget


Please send a CV and a cover letter to: with the reference IPTi- plus_TC_SierraLeone

Applications should also include the names and email contacts of 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. The closing date for receipt of applications is 27th September 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

In ISGlobal we are committed to maintaining and developing a work environment in which the values and principles of our organization are respected and equal opportunities between women and men be promoted in each of the areas in which we operate, not tolerating discrimination based on criteria such as age, sex, marital status, race, ethnicity, disabilities, political leanings, religion or sexual orientation.