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Implementation Science Director, PIH - UCLA

Location: Lilongwe (Malawi)
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #13320
Posted: November 21, 2018

The Division of Infectious Diseases is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of:

Implementation Science Director, Partners in Hope

Job Description

Title:                 Implementation Science Director

Report to:         Sundeep Gupta, MD, MPH


The Implementation Science Director will oversee the Implementation Science Department of Partners in Hope, which implements scientific activities for the PIH USAID Care and Treatment (C&T) grant as well as non-USAID research projects funded through a variety of mechanisms (UCLA, NIH, private foundations, etc). The incumbent will be based full time in Lilongwe, Malawi and provide advice and work on specific activities related to the planning, implementation, and monitoring of program evaluation and research activities, under the direction of the Programs Director at PIH and alongside Los Angeles (UCLA)-based scientific leadership staff. This position will work closely with Malawian research investigators and staff.

PIH’s vision is to be the leading health care provider in Malawi and its mission is to strengthen the nation’s health system to provide quality, equitable and sustainable health services through capacity building, quality care, and research. Since its inception, it has become one of the nation’s major partners in response to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic. Through a large USAID-PEPFAR Care and Treatment Grant, PIH works with University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to support 101 public health facilities, in 8 districts across the country to improve the quality and delivery of evidence-based HIV health care services. Program Initiatives range from HIV testing to linkage to care, ART initiation, and activities that support retention and virologic suppression.

An important role for PIH is to perform implementation science designed to measure the success of its interventions and provide information that may inform Malawi’s health care programs and policies. The proposed position will play an important role in leading and coordinating the broad research efforts of the PIH-UCLA collaboration. The Implementation Science Director will work closely with other department leads and investigators from Partners in Hope and UCLA. This position will directly supervise Malawi-based Managers and Coordinators in the Implementation Science Department, and provide mentorship and capacity building to the Malawi-based research team.

(1) Strategic Planning and Development of Implementation Science Projects (20%)

With senior leadership, this position will participate in strategic planning and research proposal and protocol development. This includes identifying new projects/opportunities for the Implementation Science Department based on data and activities of the Care and Treatment Program, overseeing the development of manuals of operations and standard operating procedures, overseeing the development of data collection tools and analysis plans, coordinating with other Department Leads, the Clinical Director, and Programs Director, as well as UCLA investigators to prioritize projects based on needs, capacity, and potential impact of the project.

(2) Oversight and implementation support for all implementation science research being carried out under the PIH Implementation Science Department (65%)

This position will oversee the implementation of all research studies.  He or she will serve as a liaison between project-specific managers/coordinators and UCLA and PIH primary investigators and work with other senior leadership to resolve challenges related to implementation.  This position will be responsible for ensuring that the appropriate actions are taken for study procedures including patient recruitment, informed consent, enrollment, randomization (if relevant), data collection, data management, quality assurance and education as related to the protocol.  This individual will be responsible for overall start-up, implementation, and closure of projects. He or she will work closely with the Data Management team on data quality.

He or she will supervise and evaluate Study Managers and Coordinators and work closely with administrative staff on helping with budgets, obtaining signatures on letters of support, developing budget justifications, and writing, compiling and editing/reviewing other grant documents.  This individual will oversee and lead the quarterly and annual research reporting required for USAID. This individual may be asked to assist with the development of reports, grants, progress reports and correspondence related to the Science Department.

(3) Regulatory Oversight (5%)

This position will provide the primary oversight for all regulatory requirements for research studies, including the Malawi National Health Science Research Committee (NHRSC) and the UCLA IRB. He or she will be expected to keep a calendar of all IRB due dates and expiration dates for current studies and work with the department coordinator to ensure deadlines are met. The position will work with investigators to compile initial submissions including contributing to writing, editing, and compiling these documents and then working with the coordinator to confirm submission and follow-up decisions. This position will also work closely with UCLA staff to assist with initial submissions and renewals for UCLA IRB applications.

(4) Dissemination of Findings and Organization Representation (10%)

This position will be responsible for ensuring that research findings are disseminated in a timely manner to relevant PIH staff, Ministry of Health, facilities, and when appropriate, other partners and donors. The position will also assist in the analysis, writing, and publication of key findings to high-impact international conferences and journals and may be asked to represent the Implementation Science Department at MOH, partner, and USAID meetings.





  • A PhD in Public Health, Epidemiology, Social Science, Clinical Research, or related field (Master degree with commensurate experience is also acceptable)
  • At least 5 years of research experience in Africa (experience as a primary investigator preferred)
  • Experience supervising and mentoring research staff with a focus on capacity building organizational skills, writing skills, and quantitative data skills
  • Experience analyzing and writing quantitative data required
  • Experience in clinical or operational health research preferred
  • Outstanding management skills, attention to detail, initiative, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to live and work in Malawi and travel within Malawi to support implementation science at sites in the Northern, Central and Southern regions
How to Apply:

This is a 100% time contract position in the UCLA Division of Infectious Diseases.

To apply, please send your resume and a cover letter outlining your experience and qualifications for this position to Dr. Sundeep Gupta (