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VACANCY:  SOCIO-ECOLOGIST   

Reporting to: Senior Socioecology Data Collector 

Place of work: Njala University, Bo Campus 

TITLE OF PROJECT:  

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:  

MSC/MPH Socio-behavioural studies / Bioinformatics and Biostatistics. 

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

  • Strong writing skills. 
  • Problem-solving skills. 
  • Project management skills. 
  • Great organizational and communication skills 
  • Excellent computer skills. 
  • Ability to work under extreme pressure. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  

  • Coordination of secondary data collection on access to health during outbreaks for both humans (including pregnant women, children) and animals(livestock);  
  • Coordinating cross-sectional, electronic, socioecology data collection in selected border communities. 
  • Work with Socioecology Work Package Lead and Principal Investigator, to finalise socioecology questionnaire  
  • Supervise collection and do preliminary analysis of qualitative and quantitative data;  
  • Work with communities and networks in study locations on other project objectives. 

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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