Senior Project Manager for the One Health Regional Network Project

Senior Project Manager Grade 8
Infection And Global Health
008177
£39,324 – £49,772 pa
12-Oct-2017 23:30
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ZooLink: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Economics of Zoonotic Disease Surveillance

Institution: Health and Life Sciences, Institute of Infection and Global Health, Department of Epidemiology and Population

Salary range: £32,958 pa

Location: University Campus and Busia, Kenya

Ref: 007987

Closing date for receipt of applications: 7 September 2017 EAT

Informal inquiries to: Professor Jonathan Rushton, email: j.rushton@liverpool.ac.uk

Hours of work: Fulltime

You will be based in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, one of three departments within the Institute of Infection and Global Health (IGH). The post is funded by a BBSRC ZELS project ZooLinK. We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join Professor Rushton’s research group investigating the application of economics to One Health issues and very specifically to apply cost-effectiveness methods to zoonotic disease surveillance and the ZooLinK project team led by Professor Eric Fèvre. The project will involve travel to Kenya with field sites in Busia. The work will require collaboration with the national government, private companies in the livestock food systems and international agencies. You will work closely with colleagues working on the economics and social sciences of animal and One Health, as well as the veterinary and medical teams already active in the project.

This role will require you to use skills and expertise in epidemiology, social sciences, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis with guidance in the application of economics to:

  • Define the best methods of data capture for costs of surveillance tools and methods such as sampling, diagnostics and data analytics
  • Determine critical points of decision making in the surveillance process and type of information people are seeking to make decisions
  • Understand the people and organisations involved in the decision making across the surveillance system and place these into a context of human health services and livestock food systems
  • Assist in working towards better public policies and private standards on the application of surveillance of zoonotic diseases

The post is available until 30 September 2019, with successful implementation of the project, funding will be sought to extend the work.

Essential Skills:

You will have the following knowledge, experience and skills:

  • PhD in economics of human or animal health or related discipline.
  • Experience of data collection and analysis in human or animal health systems.
  • An emerging record of high-quality publications in your field.
  • Proven ability to solve problems and achieve objectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Other information
The successful candidate will supervise staff in Kenya in the collection of data and its analysis. You will also be expected to contribute towards improving the use of economics and social sciences in animal health and One Health. When required, you will assist in supervising students and contribute to reports from the ZooLinK project.

To apply please visit: https://t.co/z5cKF32IuJ

 

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PhD Scholarship Opportunity at the University of Nairobi, in association with the ZELS ZooLinK project

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The Zoonoses in Livestock in Kenya (ZooLinK) project is funded by the UK Zoonosis and Emerging Livestock Systems (ZELS) Programme of the BBSRC, ESRC, NERC, MRC, DFID and DSTL. ZooLinK is a collaborative project between the Universities of Liverpool, Edinburgh, Nottingham, The Royal Veterinary College, Nairobi and Kenya Medical Research Institute and International Livestock Research Institute. The parties are conducting a five year study on integrated zoonosis surveillance on 14 zoonotic diseases in western Kenya.

ZooLinK seeks to recruit a PhD student to be registered at the University of Nairobi to join its interdisciplinary research team to address the various objectives of the project.

The normal rules of admission and academic selection of the University of Nairobi will be applied in the recruitment for this position.  Interested candidates must have an MSc degree in basic sciences or medicine/veterinary medicine with a strong bias towards epidemiology and quantitative biostatistics. He/She must submit his/her detailed CV, an application cover letter, and a concept note not exceeding 3 pages in the form of a research proposal detailing a proposed project he/she wishes to pursue.  To be considered, the proposed project must fall within the scope of the ZooLinK programme.  It may focus on an aspect of one of the zoonotic diseases under study or integrate approaches across several diseases. Candidates falling under the University of Nairobi staff development programme will have an added advantage.

The deadline for submission is 5pm on 15th August 2016.  All applications, as well as any informal enquiries, are to be sent to Professor Erastus Kang’ethe, at the email address mburiajudith@gmail.com.

More details on the project, the focus diseases and other details can be obtained at the ZooLinK website [hyperlink http://www.zoonotic-diseases.org/project/zoolink-project/].

Collaborators

Zoonotic Disease Unit, Government of Kenya (www.zdukenya.org), Animal Health & Industry Training Institute (AHITI) – Kabete (http://www.ahitikabetecpd.org/), Kestel Technologies (http://ktg-tech.com/) and Diagnostics for All (http://www.dfa.org/)

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ILRI-DAAD PhD Scholarship: Animal Biosciences– One Health approach to vector biology and arbovirus epidemiology in smallholder livestock systems

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

ILRI Research Project:  One Health approach to vector biology and arbovirus epidemiology in smallholder livestock systems

The project described below will be linked to the UK Research Council and UK DFID funded Zoonoses in Livestock in Kenya (ZooLinK) project (http://www.zoonotic-diseases.org/project/zoolink-project/).  The goal of ZooLinK is to enable Kenya to develop an effective surveillance programme for zoonoses (meaning infectious diseases acquired through contact with animals or their products), which is, by design, integrated across both human and animal health sectors. To achieve this goal we are working in close collaboration with Kenyan government departments, working in western Kenya initially and using this as a model for a national programme.  In Kenya, and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, far-reaching changes are occurring in the agricultural sector, with major changes in livestock production systems in order to satisfy increased demand for livestock products. The most important changes are the commercialization and intensification of what was previously subsistence farming, resulting in changes in trading patterns (e.g. the distances that livestock and their products are transported), and changes in favored breeds and input supply systems. All of these affect the risk of zoonoses and other infectious diseases.  While this PhD project will benefit from support and infrastructure in ZooLinK, it will retain its own scientific aims.  Students will nonetheless be part of our team’s wider PhD cohort.

Graduate Fellowship Project Title: One Health approach to vector biology and arbovirus epidemiology in smallholder livestock systems

The Position

The project will investigate the natural history of arboviruses in domestic cattle, mosquito vectors and (to a limited degree) in humans, in material obtained in Kenya, where several viruses of medical and veterinary importance occur.  These viruses are a constraint to both livestock production and human health.  The project will be a multidisciplinary programme in both epidemiology and entomology, mixing laboratory work and epidemiological analysis, and building on a period of fieldwork.  The primary viruses of interest are zoonotic: Rift Valley Fever Virus (RVFV) and West Nile Virus (WNV), but the project will capitalize on the opportunity to detect infections with a range of viruses (Dengue, Chikungunya, Ndumu, Sindbis, Bunyamwera, Pongola and Usutu viruses).  RVFV has a domestic livestock reservoir, WNV a reservoir in a variety of bird species. The project is focused on vector ecology and virus epidemiology, providing the candidate with important skills in studying emerging viruses.  The hypothesis is that virus transmission occurs in densely populated smallholder livestock production systems with domestic livestock as a reservoir community.  The study will capitalize on large-scale field activities funded by the UK BBSRC/ UK DFID.

Aim 1: Ecology of Culex mosquitoes in the Lake Victoria ecosystem.

A variety of mosquito trapping techniques will be used to quantify the distribution, biting behaviour and abundance of Culex mosquitoes in the area.  Entomological collections and blood meal analysis will be combined with remote sensing to understand landscape factors determining distribution.

Aim 2:  Prevalence of RVFV, WNV and other arboviruses in Culex mosquitoes.

A viral sequencing-based approach will be used to detect viruses in pools of collected mosquitos.  This will include training in preparing material for sequencing and the analysis of sequence data.

Aim 3: Prevalence in animal reservoirs and modelling transmission.

On-going BBSRC funded studies in the study site will sample large numbers of domestic cattle, goats and sheep, material that will be available for screening for RVFV and other viruses.  In addition, targeted sampling of bird populations (collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya) will be undertaken, aiming to detect WNV in those species.  These data, with the entomological parameters and remote sensing data, will allow for building epidemiological models of transmission in this ecosystem.

Aim 4: Human samples in the project biobank (collected from a large number of febrile patients in local treatment centres will, in addition, allow the students to assess exposure (through serology) of livestock and non-livestock keepers to RVFV and WNV.

This will be an exciting PhD programme during which the student can expect to master a range of interdisciplinary skills, including entomologic sampling, mosquito identification and systematics, remote sensing data manipulation and analysis, insect blood meal analysis, analysis of sequence data, IgM and IgG ELISA on serum samples, building simple models of vector borne disease transmission and quantitative epidemiology. Most significantly, the project will provide opportunities to link entomology to studies of disease epidemiology, and cutting edge sequencing approaches to the study of pathogens.  These activities will all take place within a highly interdisciplinary team of medical, veterinary, biological and social science expertise, in a large programme with partners linked to government and policy institutions.

 Responsibilities:

  • Field data collection of entomology samples, mosquito trapping, ecological study design.
  • ELISA assays in livestock.
  • Viral sequencing from field samples.
  • Modelling disease transmission.

Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:

  • Background in biological sciences or veterinary medicine.
  • MSc in a relevant subject.

Location:                     ILRI Laboratory in Busia, Kenya.
Duration:                     3 years.

Terms of appointment: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location(s). The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position, what you can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 18th March 2016.  The position title and reference number:  PHDAB/DAAD/02/2016 should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.
  • Curriculum Vitae without photograph; please use the europass CV template at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu.
  • Certified copies of all university degree certificates.
  • Certified copies of all university transcripts.
  • At least temporary University admission letter including fee structure of respective course (original or certified copy only), or an official letter assuring admission. If this is not available by the closing date for application; please include with the application a commitment letter that you will have obtained this by 1st September 2016 as this is a mandatory requirement before commencing the fellowship program.
  • Ph.D. research proposal and a detailed work plan (10 to 15 pages); plagiarism will be checked! The proposal has to be in line with the above outlined ILRI’s research project.
  • Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of proposal)
  • Where applicable a recommendation letter by head of department indicating that you are a present or prospective member of staff and how you will be integrated into the staff development agenda of the university (original only)
  • Confirmation of study leave from your university (if applicable).
  • Confirmation of teaching release (university staff members only).

The scholarships are only awarded to citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries (SSA)

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

Suitably qualified women and citizens of developing countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.

– See more at: http://ilri.simplicant.com/jobs/20842-ilri-daad-phd-scholarship-animal-biosciences-one-health-approach-to-vector-biology-and-arbovirus-epidemiology-in-smallholder-livestock-systems/detail#sthash.WlC6dJli.dpuf

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ILRI-DAAD PhD Scholarship: Cystic Echinococcosis-Distribution and genetic diversity

ILRI works with partners worldwide to enhance the roles that livestock play in food security and poverty alleviation, principally in Africa and Asia. The outcomes of these research partnerships help people in developing countries keep their farm animals’ alive and productive, increase and sustain their livestock and farm productivity, find profitable markets for their animal products, and reduce the risk of livestock-related diseases. www.ilri.org

ILRI is a not-for-profit institution with a staff of about 700 and in 2016, an operating budget of about USD 83 million. A member of the CGIAR Consortium working for a food-secure future, ILRI has its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, a principal campus in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and offices in other countries in East, West and Southern Africa and in South, Southeast and East Asia. www.cgiar.org

DAAD is a German Academic Exchange service which is a publicly funded, self-governing organization of the institutions of higher education in Germany. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as well as educational co-operation with developing countries through a variety of funding and scholarship programs.

ILRI Research Project: ZooLinK project

The project described below will be linked to the UK Research Council and UK DFID funded Zoonoses in Livestock in Kenya (ZooLinK) project (http://www.zoonotic-diseases.org/project/zoolink-project/).  The goal of ZooLinK is to enable Kenya to develop an effective surveillance programme for zoonoses (meaning infectious diseases acquired through contact with animals or their products), which is, by design, integrated across both human and animal health sectors. To achieve this goal we are working in close collaboration with Kenyan government departments, working in western Kenya initially and using this as a model for a national programme.  In Kenya, and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, far-reaching changes are occurring in the agricultural sector, with major changes in livestock production systems in order to satisfy increased demand for livestock products. The most important changes are the commercialization and intensification of what was previously subsistence farming, resulting in changes in trading patterns (e.g. the distances that livestock and their products are transported), and changes in favored breeds and input supply systems. All of these affect the risk of zoonoses and other infectious diseases.  While this PhD project will benefit from support and infrastructure in ZooLinK, it will retain its own scientific aims.  Students will nonetheless be part of our team’s wider PhD cohort.

Graduate Fellowship Project Title:  Cystic Echinococcosis: Distribution and genetic diversity

The position:

Cystic echinococcosis (CE) is a zoonotic disease involving dogs, livestock and humans, caused by the larval stage of the tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus. CE has a worldwide distribution and is of public health importance in areas where extensive livestock farming is practiced. It is emerging and re-emerging disease in many parts of the world with a particular impact in developing countries. Previous studies on CE in Kenya have concentrated in Turkana and Maasailand, however recent studies have shown a wider distribution of the disease in the country. There is no available data on CE in Western Kenya, though livestock slaughtered in this area mainly originate from CE endemic areas. Infection in humans will be determined by ultra sound scanning, while infection in livestock will be determined by slaughter house surveys, whereas faecal samples from dogs will be collected and analyzed by copro-antigen method. Molecular tools will be used to determine genetic diversity and transmission dynamics of the parasite which are important for disease surveillance and control programmes.

Aim 1: To determine the infection rate of CE in humans, livestock and dogs in Western Kenya

Aim 2:  To determine Echinococcus species/strains in humans, livestock and dogs in Western Kenya

Aim 3: To establish the genetic variability (haplotypes) of the parasite

Aim 4: To determine the socioeconomic impact of CE in Western Kenya

The students will be trained on data collection methods, immunological techniques (copro-antigen), molecular and bioinformatics tools for genetic diversity and analytical tools for socioeconomic impact.   The student will be attached to a larger project on zoonoses (http://www.zoonotic-diseases.org/project/zoolink-project/ operated out of ILRI and will join a community of students and more senior researchers on that programme.

 Responsibilities:

  • Data collection: Human ultra sound scanning in hospitals (part of the ZooLinK project), collection of cystic material from slaughter houses, dog faecal sampling, prospective and retrospective data collection from humans and livestock.
  • Laboratory methods: Tissue processing, copro-antigen detection, nested polymerase chain reaction and sequencing.

Essential Skills and Qualifications will include:

  • Background in biological sciences or veterinary medicine
  • MSc in a relevant subject

Location:                     ILRI Laboratory in Busia, Kenya
Duration:                     3 years

Terms of appointment: ILRI will offer a competitive stipend to cover living expenses in the project location(s). The successful candidate will be supervised jointly by an ILRI scientist and the university/academic supervisor.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit the following documents;

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in the position, what you can bring to the job and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about your professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab above before 18th March 2016.  The position title and reference number:  PHDAB2/DAAD/02/2016  should be clearly indicated in the subject line of the cover letter.
  • Curriculum Vitae without photograph; please use the europass CV template at http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu
  • Certified copies of all university degree certificates
  • Certified copies of all university transcripts
  • At least temporary University admission letter including fee structure of respective course (original or certified copy only), or an official letter assuring admission. If this is not available by the closing date for application; please include with the application a commitment letter that you will have obtained this by 1st September 2016 as this is a mandatory requirement before commencing the fellowship program.
  • PhD research proposal and a detailed work plan (10 to 15 pages); plagiarism will be checked! The proposal has to be in line with the above outlined ILRI’s research project.
  • Abstract of the proposal on one page (please include name and title of proposal)
  • Where applicable a recommendation letter by head of department indicating that you are a present or prospective member of staff and how you will be integrated into the staff development agenda of the university (original only)
  • Confirmation of study leave from your university (if applicable)
  • Confirmation of teaching release (university staff members only)

The scholarships are only awarded to citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries (SSA)

We thank all applicants for their interest in working for ILRI. Due to the volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ILRI does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing or training). ILRI also does not concern itself with information on applicants’ bank accounts.

To find out more about ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org

To find out more about working at ILRI visit our website at http://www.ilri.org/ilricrowd/

Suitably qualified women and citizens of developing countries, with experience of working internationally, are particularly encouraged to apply.

Click here to Apply

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