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Epidemiologist – Disease Burden Analysis job at Infectious Diseases Institute

About the Organization

To strengthen health systems in Africa, with a strong emphasis on infectious diseases,
through research and capacity development.

Job Description

The Infectious Diseases Institute is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Epidemiologist to lead the analysis and documentation of the comprehensive disease burden in Uganda and some selected African regions. The successful candidate will play a critical role in shaping scientific questions, refining analysis methods, and identifying relevant literature and data sources for the project. Working closely with a senior statistician, the Epidemiologist will be responsible for conducting literature searches, scoping reviews, and synthesizing findings into high-level scientific reports. The primary objective of this role is to produce a robust evidence base that informs advocacy, health programming, and planning efforts across the African continent.

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Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to define research questions, study objectives, and analysis methodologies for disease burden assessment in Africa.

  • Undertake literature searches and scoping reviews to identify relevant studies, datasets, and evidence sources related to disease epidemiology and burden in African countries.

  • Support the senior epidemiologist to refine data analysis methods, interpret statistical findings, and integrate epidemiological insights into scientific reports.

  • Conduct comprehensive data synthesis and interpretation, including meta-analyses, systematic reviews, and meta-regression analyses where appropriate.

  • Contribute to the development of scientific reports, manuscripts, and presentations summarizing key findings for publication in peer-reviewed journals and dissemination to high-level scientific audiences.

  • Provide technical guidance and mentorship to junior staff members involved in literature review, data extraction, and report writing activities.

  • Stay abreast of advancements in epidemiological methods, data analytics, and public health research, integrating new methodologies and best practices into project activities.

  • Represent the organization at scientific conferences, workshops, and meetings, presenting research findings and networking with key stakeholders in the field.

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Qualification, Experiences and Competencies

  • Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health, or a related field. Candidates with dual training in medical sciences and Epidemiology/Biostatistics will have an added advantage.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in conducting epidemiological research, literature reviews, and data synthesis in a relevant field, preferably within the context of infectious diseases or global health.

  • Previous experience in writing health reports and policy briefs is advantageous.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced, multicultural environment, with strong organizational and time management skills.

  • Experience working with donor-funded projects, international organizations, or research consortia focused on health programming and planning in Africa is advantageous.

  • Knowledge of infectious diseases and non-infectious diseases, epidemiological transition studies, and public health challenges specific to the African context.


Preferred Skills:

  • Strong methodological skills in epidemiological study design, data analysis, and interpretation, with proficiency in statistical software packages (e.g., R, SAS, Stata).

  • Experience in Geo-spatial analysis techniques to document regional variations in healthcare access, utilization, and outcomes will be an added advantage.

  • Experience in conducting comprehensive literature searches using various search engines.

  • Proven track record of first-author publication(s) in peer-reviewed journals and active engagement with the scientific community, including serving on editorial boards or peer-reviewing for top scientific journals.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to convey complex scientific concepts to diverse audiences in a clear and compelling manner.

  • Fluency in English is required; proficiency in additional languages commonly spoken in Africa is desirable.

How to Apply

APPLICATION FOR THIS POSITION MUST BE DONE ONLINE:
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