Research Fellow (LINK Programme Officer)

London (GB)
£38,533 to £43,759 per annum
31 Aug 2017
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Fellow (LINK Programme Officer)

Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases

Salary:   £38,533 to £43,759 per annum inclusive
Closing Date:   Thursday 14 September 2017
Interview Date:   To be confirmed 
Reference:  ITD-DCD-40

We are seeking to appoint a Programme Officer (Research Fellow) to work on the LINK programme which aims 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 Link Programme Officer (LPO), to be based in London, will work full time on the programme and act as an interface between the programme staff in London and Nairobi and key stakeholders across Africa. These will include National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) members, research groups, implementing partners and donors. The LPO will be supported to identify decision-makers and influences on them in order to understand relevant decision-making processes. The LPO 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 LPO will have an MSc in epidemiology, public health, health systems, health economics or other relevant subject and first-hand experience of malaria control and operational research in Africa. The post-holder will have experience of involvement with national policy makers and programme implementers in endemic countries and an understanding of current issues in malaria control and its financing. In addition, the LPO 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 will be essential, as well as willingness to travel extensively.  Further particulars are included in the attached job description.
A PhD in public health/epidemiology/malaria or a related subject, and experience of medicine in Africa, fluency in French and/or another appropriate language, an understanding of policy processes and the political economy of health decision making in low income countries would be desirable. The programme is funded by the UK Government's Department for International Development for a period of 2 years and the post is available immediately. Salary is on the Academic Pathway Grade 6 from £37,477 to £42,560 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this, there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available. 
Applications should be made online via our website at The reference for this post is ITD-DCD-40. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm UK time 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. 

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