The MRC Unit, The Gambia is the council's largest establishment conducting medical research n a developing country. The Unit aims to improve the health of people in low income countries by excellence in multi-disciplinary research programmes. We have developed an exciting new research agenda to reflect changes in national and global health priorities. Our new science portfolio is organized around three themes: Child Survival, Disease Control & Elimination and Vaccination.
The Disease Control & Eiimination theme has recently secured a research grant entitled 'Community-based sr.heduled screening and treatment of malaria in pregnancy for improved maternal and infant health: a cluster-randomized trial', funded by the EuropeanUnon (FP7). We are looking for a Field Epidemiologist to coordinate the activities of the research grant and liaise with colleagues in the other 2 participating countries. Villages in the study area will be randomized to the intervention or control arm. Village health workers in the intervention arm will be trained on performing rapid diagnostic tests on pregnant women and treat them If positive. In addition, they will encourage pregnant women to attend toe antenatal clinics as early as possible in order to receive sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine as intermittent preventive treatment The primary end point is the prevalence of placenta malaria at delivery.
We seek someone with:
The post will be ffor 3 years and is subject to a probationary period of 6 months. The salary will be in Occupational Group E3 at a salary range of 1,178. 281 to 1, 553, 704 Dalasis per annum before tax and 905,171 to 1,221,739 Dalasis per annum aftertax. This converts to a salary range of $30, 172 to $40, 724 per annum after tax using the prevailing Dalasis/Starting exchange rate. The final salary within the E3 scale will be dependent on quaiifications and experience. Please note, however, that the salary package is paid in Dalasis and the USD figure quoted is just given as a guide. For displaced staff, the package will include rent-free furnished accornmodaton, flights. contribution to school fees and shipment of personal effects
If you are interested and have the skills and abilities for this senior position please contact the Human Resources Office for an applicaton form and a copy of the job descnption and person specification for the post. Completed application forms together with photocopies of qualifications should be returned to:
Human Resources Office
Vacancy for: Field Epidemiologist (COSMIC)
MRC Unit, Fajara,
P.O. Box 273,
Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa.
Telephone: 00220 4495442-6 & 00220 4494072·9
The closing date for the receipt of applications is 18th December 2012.
MRC is an equal opportunities employer and operates a strict no smoking policy.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.