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Project Manager unCoVer (H2020)
Department of Public Health
Non-Communicable Diseases
  Apply before: 23 Oct.


The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is increasing globally, with the figures for low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) leveling up rapidly to those of high-income areas. Whilst we often see the deleterious synergies between infectious diseases and NCDs in low-resource areas, COVID-19 has exposed a globally heightened vulnerability to infectious diseases driven by the heavy burden of NCDs.

The Non-Communicable Diseases Group at ITM is investigating the increased susceptibility and worse COVID-19 prognosis of chronic patients.

In line with this, the NCDs Group is coordinating the H2020 Coordinated Support Action “Unravelling data for rapid evidence-based response to COVID-19” (unCoVer), to be initiated in November 2020. unCoVer is a network of 29 research institutions in 18 countries collecting data derived from the provision of care to COVID-19 patients by health systems across Europe and internationally.


We are looking for a project manager to work closely with the team at ITM and unCoVer partners in the overall management of the project, performing a variety of tasks including but not limited to:

  • Management of the unCoVer project office, acting as a contact person with the EC, ensuring that the project is implemented according to schedule, reviewing deliverables and EU reports and ethical protocols.
  • Deliver scheduled reports to the EC and other project stakeholders.
  • Facilitate communication between partners, and monitoring team tasks, deliverables, and milestones.
  • Contribute to the dissemination and networking activities of uncover.

We seek a candidate who can bring strong organizational skills and has attention to detail. A proactive attitude, assertiveness and sound leadership skills are also required.



  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree in business, health sciences, information systems or related areas.
  • Previous experience in managing large, multi-partner research consortia.
  • Proficient computer skills and expert knowledge of Office tools, and project management tools and apps.  
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills are essential, with fluency in English.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles.
  • Self-motivated; must have initiative.
  • Ability to direct, manage, implement, and evaluate project tasks.
  • Ability to maintain effective interpersonal relationships.


  • Previous experience in managing EC H2020-funded projects. 
  • A working knowledge of basic financial accounting is preferred but not required.  
  • Knowledge of Dutch, French, and/or Spanish.


ITM is an open and international campus where staff, students and researchers work on global health challenges. We strive for excellence, integrity, specificity and efficiency. Your assignment contributes to our mission. We value human dignity and diversity, academic creativity and a critical spirit, solidarity and cooperation and the well-being of employees, students, patients and clients. Together we ensure a pleasant working atmosphere with attention to work-life balance and opportunities for training.

  • Employment contract of 2 years.
  • Starting date 15 November 2020.
  • A salary set according to the pay scales of ITM and the Flemish universities and to your work experience with supplementary benefits: a public transport subscription and/or bicycle fee, private pension scheme and meal voucher subscription.
  • An immigration and relocation assistance package.


For more information about this position, please contact Jose L. Peñalvo (  Send your CV with your letter of motivation to before 23 October 2020.

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