MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda research Unit Scientist Jobs

MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda research Unit Scientist Jobs

Job Purpose:

  • To coordinate project activities for the MENISCUS (Menstrual health interventions, schooling and mental health symptoms among Ugandan students) study.

  • This school-based cluster-randomized trial will evaluate the effectiveness of a menstrual health intervention on a range of health, educational and wellbeing outcomes among students attending 48 Ugandan secondary schools.

  • The trial will be conducted in Wakiso and Kalungu districts and the total duration of the project is 3 years.

  • The scientist will report directly to the PI and Programme Head, and will have overall responsibility for the implementation of the study as per the protocol and ensure quality data is collected .

    Roles & Responsibilities

    • Oversee and coordinate the day-to-day activities of running the trial and ensure collection of quality data;

    • Organise and chair the Trial Co-ordination team;

    • Co-ordinate and supervise the senior study staff (about 10 staff), including staff training, to ensure that staff are correctly carrying out their duties;

    • Ensure that the study procedures are done according to the study protocol and regulatory requirements;

    • Organise the stakeholder meetings;

    • Ensure timely procurement of study materials (pads, cups, analgesics, WASH materials, diaries);

    • Contribute to the preparation of study questionnaires and other tools;

    • Liaise with the trial administrator regarding visits to schools from study staff;

    • Liaise with the data manager to ensure correct completion of study forms;

    • Lead the correspondence with Ugandan IRB and other regulatory bodies;

    • Liaise with the implementing partner (WoMena Uganda) to ensure that the intervention is implemented according to protocol;

    • Liaise with the Uganda National Examination Board to ensure the baseline and end line educational assessment is appropriately conducted;

    • Oversee the trial consent/assent

    • Prepare trial progress reports as may be required;

    • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by PI or Programme Head;

    • Lead the dissemination activities;

    • Contribute to publications, including a leading role on selected publications;

    • Assist the PI in preparing for trial steering committees and Data Safety Monitoring Committees;

    • Manage the trial budget in Uganda;

    • Ensure that the project is implemented within budget and timelines; and,

    • Prepare interim and final financial reports.


    • Master’s in Public Health, epidemiology or equivalent from a recognised institution.

    • PhD in a relevant discipline is desired;

    • At least 5 years’ experience working in a medical research setting preferably in a senior role;

    • Minimum of 3 years’ experience co-ordinating complex epidemiological field studies;

    • Experience working on a randomised trial is desired;

    • Experience of collaborating with and managing multi-disciplinary project teams;

    • Experience of budgetary control and reporting;

    • Should possess formal training in ICH-GCP;

    • Should have the ability to think strategically, for example in the planning of resources needed; and,

    • Excellent writing skills and experience drafting protocols, reports, funding applications and regulatory documents.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda research Unit Scientist Jobs

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