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Project Manager at African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID)

Thu 16 Nov, 2017 02:49 am
Job Title:
Project Manager

Recruiting Firm:
African Centre of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases (ACEGID)

Job Location:
-Redeemer's University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria
-Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo State, Nigeria
-Ikorodu General Hospital, Ikorodu, Lagos State, Nigeria

Application Deadline: 24/12/2017

Job Description:
We are seeking a motivated person, with outstanding management skills and passion for global health, to coordinate activities of a ~$5 million dollar research effort on the Genomic Characterization and Surveillance of Microbial Threats in West Africa. The Project Manager will work directly with the Project Director, Professor Christian Happi (African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Redeemer’s University, Nigeria) and Professor Pardis Sabeti (Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, USA), crossing the boundaries of science, education, and global health.

With funding from the National Institutes of Health/H3Africa Consortium (NIH/H3Africa) and the World Bank, and building upon a long-term partnership between major academic and clinical centers in anglophone and francophone countries of West Africa, we established in 2013 the African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease (ACEGID), a platform that is training the next generation of African genomic scientists across the region and contributing to our understanding of circulating threats and outbreak response. We have led work to enable Lassa and Ebola diagnosis clinical features, transmission and characterize their genetic diversity. We have established massively-parallel sequencing platforms in Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone, using it to identify novel circulating viruses and investigate viral outbreaks.

The Project Manager, based at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH), Irrua, Edo State, will manage multifaceted projects and staff located at various sites, including in Ikorodu General Hospital in Lagos, and Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State. The project includes activities in the US, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Senegal. The Project Manager will travel a few times a year to oversee research activities in the regional collaborating centers. We are looking for someone with an advanced degree (MBA, MPH, MSc, PhD, MD) with 2-5 years of project management experience, and with some scientific or global health education or experience. The Project Manager must be an ambitious, detail-oriented problem solver who can efficiently manage people, projects, and budgets. Candidates should have familiarity working with large, complex data sets compiled across different data platforms. Comfort navigating complicated issues such as conducting multi-site human subjects research is a plus. Ideal candidates will also have proficiency in optimizing a pipeline of work, such as moving samples from collection to genotyping. The job requires adherence to the project’s vision, meticulous attention to detail, and the ability to build and maintain good long-distance relationships that span many cultures.

Job Requirement:
Works with project scientists and chaperones to document and facispantate understanding of project plans that include:

goals related to project scope, quality, timeline, and cost
anticipated obstacles and implementation strategies
roles and responsibilities;
plans for monitoring and reporting progress

Works in collaboration with partners at Irrua Speciaspanst Teaching Hospital (Nigeria), IkoroduGeneral Hospital (Nigeria), Kenema Government Hospital (Sierra Leone), Cheikh Anta Diop University (Senegal), the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (USA), Harvard University (USA), Tulane University (USA) and to ensure timely completion of project milestones:

Plan and track logistics for performance of studies
Actively work with collaborators to improve project infrastructure and management
Prepare, submit, and keep up-to-date all IRB/MTA/DUA approvals for projects
Oversee and keep up-to-date lab safety and human subjects certifications for research study staff
Oversee sample and data management and other project documentation
Manage budgets for multiple project funding sources approaching a total of ~$5M
Monitor procurement and maintain financial oversight of domestic and international spending
Assists with the preparation of proposals, reports and quarterly and annual review materials for funding agencies and collaborators.



Other tasks as necessary







Required Qualification:

Bachelor’s degree in public health, life sciences, finance or a related field required, with 2-5 years of relevant management experience
Demonstrated ability to develop, implement, and monitor projects
Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills
Must have the ability to interact with an interdisciplinary group including international collaborators, global health researchers, research scientists, and data analysts
Advanced degree such as MBA, MPH, MSc desired
Experience in global health or genetics desired
Experience in managing funder/sponsor relations desired
Formal training in project management or management desired



Method of Application:
Please Note

There is a 5 year minimum commitment for this position.

How to Apply


Apply Online and also submit your résumé and cover letter to Adebayo Amao ([email protected]). When submitting your documents by email, please use the following subject line: H3AFRICA PROJECT MANAGER JOB POSTING_SURNAME. Documents submitted without this subject line will not be considered.


We will begin reviewing candidates on a rolling basis as applications are received.
Deadline: December 24th, 2017