Title: Senior Research Lead
Company Name: The Leprosy Mission International Bangladesh
Job Location: Dhaka, Nilphamari
Employment Status: Full-time
∎ Post-graduate research-based qualification in a health-related discipline (e.g. MPH, MSc, MPhil). Postdoctoral work in a related area would be an asset.
∎ At least 5 year(s)
∎ The Strengthening Capacity for Operational Research Excellence in health and wellbeing, Bangladesh (SCORE) is one of The Leprosy Mission International Bangladesh`s new project, which naturally sits within its Rural Health Program in north west Bangladesh (Rangpur Division). The SCORE project aims to strengthen the local operational research capacity of TLMIB to ultimately influence on policy and improve practice in the areas of leprosy and other Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The project is intended to support local research throughout Bangladesh with a particular focus on north-west Bangladesh initially. The project has strong links across Bangladesh and with many international research partners. Currently, TLMI-B invites applications from the interested and eligible candidates for the following positions:
∎ Position Name: Senior Research Lead (1), Based: Nilphamari /Dhaka (frequent travel to other districts).
∎ Working Terms:
∎ A commitment to TLMI-B vision, mission and work with and for people affected by leprosy, disability and social exclusion.
∎ Good interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work in a team as a willing, inclusive and respectful team player or leader, and comfortable with consensus decision-making.
∎ Able to develop professional relationships of trust and confidence to work effectively in a cross-cultural environment.
∎ Ability to empower others, ability to follow through, openness to learning, responsiveness and pro-activeness.
∎ The Leprosy Mission International Bangladesh has a zero-tolerance policy towards any abuse, neglect and exploitation to all people. Successful candidates will be subject to reference and background checks as well as expected to sign and comply with TLMIB`s all organizational policies, including the TLMIB Safeguarding Code of Conduct and the Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults Policy.
∎ Willingness and ability to travel nationally and internationally, sometimes at short notice.
∎ STRATEGY AND GOVERNANCE:
∎ Develop a strategy that addresses the issues of a sustainable local research environment and the impact agenda. (This will include, identifying and prioritizing local research topics; conducting SWOT analysis; conducting stakeholder analysis and this will form part of the TLMI-B Research Strategy
∎ Ensure that TLMI-B meets its targets for local research outputs, working closely with the Research Coordinator, RHP Program Leader and Program Support Coordinator in the operation and monitoring of the research projects, and with the RHP Program Lead, Research Coordinator and
∎ Human Resources Manager in the allocation of workload planning for research.
∎ Develop the terms of reference for the Research Review Board.
∎ Support the functioning of the research Review Board, so that it meets at least X times per year, meetings are documented and relevant information and news are communicated with TLMI-B and, where appropriate, wider in the Global Fellowship.
∎ RESEARCH CAPACITY BUILDING
∎ Map out the key competencies - knowledge and skills needed in the SCORE research team and implementing partners
∎ Conduct competency assessment for all SCORE staff and implementing partners
∎ Based on the competency assessment, develop and implement a training program to improve knowledge and skills of the TLMI-B team and implementing partners.
∎ Identify and partner with suitable experts for training, mentoring and coaching of TLMI-B team and implementing partners.
∎ Enhance the research environment and culture as well as build and maintain relationships with high-level Government Officials and Policy Makers, through the arrangement of training events, workshops and seminars to promote TLMI-B's research activities in Bangladesh, in the Global Fellowship and externally
∎ Ensure data management (collection, storing, sharing, analysis, and dissemination) complies with international good practice and address SCORE's needs
∎ PARTNERSHIP AND COORDINATION:
∎ Work closely with the Research Coordinator, RHP/CP Program leader and RHP/CP/ DBLM staff to mainstream research through all our projects.
∎ Identify academic and research institutions with like-minded focus and investigate formal partnerships with TLMI-B.
∎ Promote and facilitate local research networks and consortia for mutual benefit.
∎ Prepare Terms of reference and Memorandum of Understanding with partners (including the relevant safeguarding requirement for partnerships)
∎ Regular communications with partners and mentors.
∎ THE RESEARCH CYCLE:
∎ Take the lead in managing and delivering research projects, from scoping through to methodology and report writing, including managing and developing client relationships.
∎ Lead the preparation of research protocols and the design of data collection tools.
∎ Supervise, monitor and support the project team in conducting research.
∎ Ensure that the necessary reports are of high quality and are submitted according to TLM and donor timelines.
∎ Increase the number of publications in open-source, peer-reviewed scientific journals.
∎ Ensure that local research is represented at national and international research forums. (e.g. ILC 2022, COR-NTD, ILC spring meetings, NNN Conferences, CBR Conferences, etc.)
∎ Lead the preparation of a proposal roadmap and research grant applications (including joint applications with consortium-led projects)
∎ INFLUENCING POLICY AND PRACTICE CHANGE IN BANGLADESH:
∎ Works closely with TLM colleagues, persons affected by leprosy and other organizations (leprosy, NTD, disability) to inform policy makers about the knowledge generated by our research, so that change happens.
∎ At least 5 years' relevant work experience in a senior research position Experience in support and developing new research team and research support system Proven success in applications for research funds, including as a collaborator in multi-center studies. Familiarity with leprosy/ neglected tropical diseases/ infectious diseases, disability, GoB health system would be an advantage.
∎ Able to identify appropriate research issues in line with national and international priority
∎ Proven ability in research cycle; research protocol development, data collection, data analysis, research reporting and publication
∎ Proven ability in supervising, monitoring, training and encouraging other researchers.
∎ Excellent written and spoken Bengali and English
∎ Proven ability to meet Strong multidisciplinary communication skills
∎ Excellent writing skills to prepare proposals, manuscripts and reports
∎ Good project management skills including budget skills
∎ Excellent computer literacy skills. Proven ability to use electronic database and data analysis software (including, but not restricted to SPSS, EpiInfo 7.2
∎ Excellent knowledge and use statistical methods
∎ Ability to quickly screen research funding calls for suitability for application
∎ Monthly Consolidated Salary BDT 70000.00 plus other benefits as per organizational policy.
Job Source: Bdjobs.com Online Job Posting.
Application Deadline: 25 Nov 2021
∎ 14 Nov 2021
∎ The Leprosy Mission International Bangladesh
∎ Address : House No. 483, Road No. 32, Mohakhali New DOHS, Dhaka-1206
∎ Business : The Leprosy Mission International is an international registered NGO working in Bangladesh since 1991. Motivated by Christian love and faith, the goal of TLMI is to eradicate the cause and consequences of leprosy through treatment, education, training, rehabilitation, research, and community development programs.