Africa University (AU), an international Pan-African and United Methodist-Related Institution in Zimbabwe, in collaboration with National TB and Leprosy Programme (NTLP), is co-implementing tuberculosis (TB) projects funded through TB Commitment Grants (TCGs) from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under the Tuberculosis Implementation Framework Agreement (TIFA). TIFA grants are implemented by John Snow, Inc. (JSI), to support national TB control programmes to locally generate sustainable solutions through fixed-amount TCGs. The NTLP is implementing programmes outlined in the National Strategic Plan of Zimbabwe.  The TIFA programme at AU will host a DPhil Public Health Intern in the joint NTLP/TIFA programmes to promote high quality operational research output that can meet the expectations of the DPhil Public Health Programme.  The intern is expected to work on any project of their choice under the following focus areas:

  1. TB data science/making sense of TB data.
  2. TB programme implementation science.
  3. Evaluation of TB intervention outcomes and sustainability.
The intern will receive monthly stipend from AU to support their stay at AU, with the payments being tied to agreed milestones.  Applications are therefore invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons to fill the position of DPhil Public Health Intern.

Desired Attributes:

  • Master’s degree in any field of Health Sciences.
  • Registered with any of the health professions councils in Zimbabwe.
  • At least TWO publications in reputable journals and at least ONE international conference presentation.
  • Excellent academic writing skills (English and Shona or Ndebele).
  • Excellent computer and word processing skills.
  • Strong analytical and report writing skills.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Developing, prototyping data collection tools that can improve TB programme performance and outcomes, with the tools having rigour, justifiable for the DPhil level.
  • Collaborate closely with the NTLP managers, scientists and research fellows to work on impactful outcomes.
  • Apply PhD skills to write fundable proposals within the chosen area of specialisation.
  • Write publications to increase the visibility of the chosen area of specialisation and the programmes supported by USAID.
  • Participate in undergraduate and master’s level faculty teaching duties when available.
  • Attend workshops to present proposal abstracts and research findings.
  • Attend trainings, workshops, short courses and conferences when available.

How to Apply: Interested candidates must submit an application letter, certified copies of certificates, transcripts, national identification (ID & birth certificate) and a detailed curriculum vitae giving full personal particulars, including full name, place and date of birth, qualifications, date of availability, contact details, names and addresses of three referees.  Africa University is an equal opportunity employer and therefore men and women from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The application pack should be sent as a single pdf file clearly stating DPHIL PUBLIC HEALTH INTERN in the subject to e-mail address, by no later than 1400 hours on Friday, 17 May 2024. Applicants should clearly indicate the post being applied for on the application letter, and only shortlisted candidates will be communicated to.  

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