Principal Investigator

Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (Ascend), is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The objective of Ascend is to achieve progress towards the 2020 NTD roadmap targets for the targeted NTDs across priority countries and to strengthen elements of the national health systems which are required for sustainable NTD control and elimination. The Programme will focus on five NTDs: lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, visceral leishmaniasis, and trachoma.Ascend’s Policy Strategic Investment Fund (PSIF) has been established to provide support for additional strategic investments arising from the implementation of Ascend. It aims to fill emerging critical gaps in intervention coverage and deliver an enhanced learning agenda, for example via operational research related to programmatic activities.

The Role

The Principal Investigator is a part-time role, providing leadership and inputs through the local research team in Ethiopia and the programme management office in London. This role will be responsible for coordinating the research team and ensuring the execution of activities from start to finish, alongside project budgets and timelines.

The Principal Investigator is responsible for the design and execution of research. Some of the specific duties include:

  • Recruiting, building and managing an effective research team
  • Final responsibility for the design of research tools and plans for in-country research activities, as well as any necessary research permits or ethical approvals
  • Engaging relevant Ascend contact points (e.g. country and regional leads) and national stakeholders for effective study design in line with contextual needs and the enhanced ownership and utilisation of study results
  • Engaging with national and local stakeholders relevant to the execution of research activities
  • Coordinating knowledge translation and dissemination through workshops and papers

Key Requirements

The Principal Investigator will have:

  • Advanced qualifications with significant experience in research management, health systems and policy in in low- and middle-income countries
  • Experience working in Ethiopia, preferably with the Ministry of Health
  • Significant experience of engagement in research and policy reform in field of global health, and more specifically primary health care
  • Strong technical experience in following areas: proposal design; stakeholder management; research implementation, data analysis, programme management, research reporting
  • Demonstrated success in managing and developing effective relations with national governments and other programme stakeholders
  • Demonstrated organisational skills with excellent writing, communication and computer skills
  • Previous programmatic work with DFID and/or FCO, either programme management, or technical work – other donor experience welcome
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality results and impact within specified timelines
  • Excellent written and spoken English, ideally Amharic also, and communications skills
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills

For Further Information and Application Details

Applications should be submitted online via the Careers page of Abt Associate's website, and should include a current CV, cover letter and a response to the key requirements as outlined in the Terms of Reference, available to download here: (View Position Description)

The closing date for applications is 11 October 2020

We welcome and thank all applications however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from experienced and capable women.

Candidates will need to have the legal right to work and live in Ethiopia.