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VACANCY PROJECT COORDINATOR  

VACANCY:  PROJECT COORDINATOR  

Reporting to: Principal Investigator  

Place of work: Njala University, Bo Campus  

PROJECT TITLE: 

West African One Health-Actions for Understanding, Preventing and Mitigating Outbreaks 

PROJECT OVERVIEW:  

This project will be conducted in Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria by an international and multidisciplinary consortium led by Njala University. It will include mixed methods such as remote sensing, machine learning and qualitative methods to determine relationships between changing demographics, land-use patterns and emerging pathogens. 

The team will describe the impacts of COVID-19, Lassa Fever and Ebola on the livelihoods of people in the four countries. The project hopes to create policies to mitigate against disease emergence and transmission, related risk to food security and social inquiries. 

The project aims to accelerate and expand One Health actions to prevent and mitigate infectious disease outbreaks at community and national levels across Western Africa. Relationships between changing demographics, land-use patterns and emerging pathogens will be described between the 4 countries.  

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:  

PHD in Health-related discipline and or MBA Project Management/MSC Global Health or One Health. 

Scientific project management experience; grants management experienceexperience working in a diverse multicultural and multinational institution; proven capacity to coordinate groups, meeting deadlines and work under extreme pressure is required. 

  • Strong writing skills. 
  • Strategic thinking and analytical skills. 
  • Problem-solving skills. 
  • Project management skills. 
  • Great organizational and communication skills. 
  • Accounting and budgeting experience. 
  • Excellent computer skills. 
  • Good knowledge of auditing practices. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  

  • Assume administrative leadership of the “ West African One Health-Actions for Understanding, Preventing and Mitigating Outbreaks”.  
  • Provide project coordination in concert with country partners (in Nigeria, Liberia and Guinea) and Principal Investigator.  
  • Maintain and monitor project plans, project schedules, work hours, budgets, and expenditures.  
  • Organize zoom meetings and chair, attending, and participating in stakeholder meetings. Documenting and following up on important actions and decisions from meetings. 
  • Preparing necessary presentation materials for meetings. Ensuring project deadlines are met.  
  • Determining project changes. Providing administrative support as needed. Undertaking project tasks as required.  
  • Developing project strategies. Ensuring projects adhere to frameworks and all documentation is maintained appropriately for each work package and for each country project.  
  • Assess project risks and issues and provide solutions where applicable. Ensure stakeholder views are managed towards the best solution.  
  • Chair and facilitate meetings where appropriate and distribute minutes to all project team members. Create a project management calendar for fulfilling each goal and objective. 
  • Ensure financial and technical reports are available from all sites before submission deadline 

METHOD OF APPLICATION: 

If you would like to apply, send an up-to-date CV and a covering letter, which should include summary of the reason why you would like to be appointed and the qualifications and experience you will bring to the University together with three referees. Alternatively, you can also apply online at: hrm@njala.edu.sl and copy registrar@njala.edu.sl OR Use the Job Application form to apply. Please note that 1st February 2022 is the closing date. 

Female candidates are encouraged to apply. Please send the names, address and contact numbers/email addresses of three referees. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted 

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