ITM vacancies

Epidemiologist for the program in support of HAT elimination
Department of Public Health
Unit of Epidemiology and Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases
  Apply before: 06 Jan.

  Introduction

The Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) is internationally recognised as a center of excellence for education, research, and service delivery in the field of tropical medicine. 

The Department of Public Health focuses on the health of populations, through research on the epidemiology and control of tropical diseases as well as the study of health systems. The portfolio of the Department includes research on health policy, health systems, sexual & reproductive health, maternal & child health, tropical diseases, as well as research on antimicrobial resistance and outbreaks. Research at the department is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary. Researchers have different backgrounds and include public health specialists, epidemiologists, social scientists and health economists. 

The Unit of Epidemiology & Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases focuses on the control of diseases, such as trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis, dengue, and leprosy. Since 2013 the unit develops an ambitious implementation & research program in support of the Human African Trypanosomiasis (HAT) elimination, also referred to as sleeping sickness. Currently, this program supports the active screening of over 2.000.000 people annually in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It involves the management and coordination of the different projects that aim for innovation in disease control approaches, digitalisation of information systems, and scaling up these innovative approaches. The aim is to reach the elimination of sleeping sickness as a public health problem in 2020 and zero transmission to humans in 2030. We work in close collaboration with the health authorities of DRC, and a number of international partners. Evidence- and data-driven approach guides us in scaling-up the interventions. 

For this ambitious implementation research program, we are looking for an epidemiologist with a scientific profile and strong interest in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and data management.

  Assignment

  • Drive, coordinate and conduct field epidemiological research and studies in support of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT) elimination.
  • Write scientific papers and participate in the writing of programme reports towards donors and health authorities.
  • Initiate and contribute to research proposals and grant applications of the unit.
  • Provide expertise to the Congolese National Program for Sleeping Sickness Control (PNLTHA) for the epidemiological surveillance of HAT and for the development of the digital data management system.
  • Coach and support the staff of PNLTHA, in charge of data collection and analysis.
  • Co-develop with the PNLTHA management an appropriate monitoring and evaluation system for the HAT elimination .
  • Ensure that the digital platform  for HAT surveillance and M&E  is in line with the national health information system of DRC.
  • Supervise  the Health Information System expert recruited to join the HAT team in Antwerp, as well as the short term consultants employed in this domain.
  • Supervise the correct implementation of consultancy contracts on data management.
  • Up to 20% of your time can be dedicated to other research in line with the research portfolio of the unit , teaching assignments and student coaching.
  • Work autonomously and provide intermediate feedback to the coordinator of the program.

  Profile

  • You have a background in (bio)medical sciences and a PhD in epidemiology, statistics or public health.
  • Experience in public health in low and middle income countries is required, in the field of health service management as well as epidemiological surveillance.
  • You have a scientific track record in epidemiology and disease control, supported by peer-reviewed international publications.
  • You have skills  in mapping and spatiotemporal data analysis.
  • You are available for frequent travel and field work.
  • You have good conceptual, analytical and scientific writing skills.
  • You have excellent knowledge of English and French, knowledge of Dutch is an asset.
  • You are a team player and have strong communication and social skills.

  Offer

  • A stimulating, interesting and socially committed environment with room for personal initiative.
  • You are based at ITM, situated in the centre of the vibrant city of Antwerp.
  • A full-time contract of 1 year, extendable. 
  • Starting date as soon as possible.
  • A gross salary set according to the pay scales of ITM and the Flemish universities and to your work experience.
  • Reimbursement of public transport costs and/or bicycle fee, luncheon vouchers and a private pension scheme.

  Interested?

For more information about the assignment and profile, please contact Dr. Paul Verlé, coordinator of the program (pverle@itg.be). Send your application with ITM application form and motivation letter by e-mail to vacatures@itg.be by 6 January 2019.