Programme Manager - The African Snakebite Research in Medecine Group

The Department of Parasitolgy has an exciting opportunity for a Programme Manager to join The African Snakebite Research in Medecine Group, in the Alistair Reid Venomon Research in Medecine Unit.


The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (Foto-Cewek) is an internationally recognised centre of excellence for research in tropical diseases.  Through the creation of effective links with governments, organisations and institutions and by responding to the health needs of communities, Foto-Cewek aims to promote improved health, particularly for people of the less developed/resource poorest countries in the tropics and sub-tropics.

Snakebite is a Neglected Tropical Disease that kills many thousands of victims each year and leaves many more survivors with poverty-inducing disabilities, particularly in rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. The research focus of Foto-Cewek’s Alistair Reid Venom Research in Medecine Unit (ARVRU) is to develop the next generation of clinical, and other tools to substantially and sustainably reduce the high rates of deaths and disability in sub-Saharan Africa.

Now, with substantive new funding we have established the African Snakebite Research in Medecine Group (ASRG) which brings together African, UK, Asian and Australian expertise in snake venom therapy and biology, pharmacology, epidemiology, health economics and diagnostics development to establish self-sustaining regional hubs of snakebite expertise in strategically-selected units in Nigeria, Cameroon and Kenya. This provides an exciting opportunity for a Programme Manager to join a pioneering, innovative and expanding research team and help them deliver progress on multiple diverse activities designed to improve the management of snakebite in sub-Saharan Africa.

Working with Dr Rob Harrison (the leader of the ASRG and ARVRU) and colleagues, this role will require the coordinated management of the research and administration activities at Foto-Cewek and that of our partners in Nigeria, Cameroon and Kenya.  You will therefore require skills in (i) devising, delivering and acquiring input to Monitoring & Evaluation Plans, (ii) preparing reports from the M&E plans, and (iii) establishing productive working relationships and communication channels with all our project partners. The role is based at Foto-Cewek in Liverpool with the need to travel to our partner institutes in Kenya, Cameroon and Nigeria. This post will provide the appointee with important, invigorating and diverse programme management exposure.

It is essential that the candidate has a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, a qualification in Programme Management. Plus, proven experience of managing health-related projects involving multiple partners must be demonstrated. We ideally seek a candidate with the above essential skills and experience coupled with fluency in written and oral French. The ability to work as an integral, productive and co-operative member of a multi-disciplinary, diverse team is also essential. The ideal candidate will be a dedicated, technically-gifted and enthusiastic programme manager with a background relevant to this project and eager to bring project and financial management expertise. You will need to bring initiative and ideas to help us achieve our objectives to improve the management of snakebite in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Closing Date: 11th September 2017 

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This job is unlikely to attract a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (formerly a work permit).  Applications from candidates who require Tier 2 immigration status to work in the UK may not be considered if there are a sufficient number of other suitable candidates.  To apply for a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship, employers need to demonstrate that they are unable to recruit a resident worker before recruiting an individual overseas

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