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Principal Research Officer at NIMR October, 2023

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The National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) is a Parastatal Organization established by an Act of Parliament No. 23 of 1979 (CAP.59, R.E.2002) and became operational in 1980.  NIMR-Mwanza Research Centre is one of the NIMR Centers located in Mwanza region.   The Centre is currently conducting research on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as well as other diseases of public health importance. The National Institute for Medical Research is looking for the qualified, experienced and well-motivated personnel to fill various positions into different projects at NIMR Mwanza Centre.







NIMR is collaborating with the University of Oxford, UK and University of Cape Town, South Africa to conduct a two-arm cluster randomised controlled trial to test the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of ParentApp (an evidence-based parenting app for parents and caregivers of adolescents aged 10-18 years) on improving parenting, reducing violence and assessing processes and outcomes which address parenting skills that promote holistic adolescent development, specifically related to executive function and social integration using a learning through play approach. The study is being conducted in two regions – Mwanza and Shinyanga in Tanzania.  



The post holder will be responsible for managing the day-to-day implementation of the study in Tanzania, including leading local stakeholder and community engagement, intervention delivery, and data collection and management. Will support the PI with research uptake and reporting activities.


REPORTING: The post holder will report to the Project Principal Investigator 




  1. To develop research protocols, pretesting, and piloting the data collection tools for the ParentApp Sibling Study and other related studies;
  2. To participate in developing the capacity of junior staff, including training local research enumerators participating in the ParentApp Sibling Study, a 12-month follow-up study of the ParentApp study;
  • Coordinate the Siblings and 12-month follow-up study by planning and overseeing all the fieldwork activities, including the timeline, community engagement, data collection, and consent processes;
  1. To oversee the survey design and translation of the data collection materials;
  2. To monitor activities for all the field teams involved in the study;
  3. Liaise with NIMR and UCT/Ox teams on protocol and ethics amendments for additional follow-up as required;
  • To ensure that research follows the protocol approved by the Ethics Committee (EC) and the research sponsor and any conditions imposed by the EC; viii. To provide weekly fieldwork updates to the UCT and Oxford teams on data collection progress, milestones, successes, and challenges;
  • To report regularly to the NIMR-based PI;
  • Periodically to conduct a quality check of the quantitative data;
  • To prepare monthly project reports and policy briefs;
  • To engage with policymakers for Policy uptake;
  • To lead and contribute to the preparation of scientific reports and publications and their presentation at national and international meetings and conferences;
  • Promote NIMR, its core values and services, and play a positive role in the delivery of its day-to-day operations and strategic goals; and
  • To perform any other job-related duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor.






  • A PhD holder with at least five (4) years experience in the same position and a minimum of an upper second or overall minimum of Grade B+ for unclassified Degrees in the Bachelor Degree;
  • The candidate must have first authored at least five (5) scientific publications in peer reviewed journals/publisher after attaining a PhD
  • Commitment in working as part of a multidisciplinary research team;
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment;
  • Experience working in rural and urban communities in populations with low illiteracy; and
  • Excellent research skills and ability to manage a large collaborative project.




One year contract which may be renewed on the basis of performance and mutual     agreement.


The successful candidate will be based at NIMR Mwanza Centre and regularly visits at study sites.


A competitive salary will be offered to the successful candidate as per project budget.


  • Application letters should be written in English;
  • Applicants must attach certified copies of Birth certificate, academic certificates   and other awards;
  • Application letters should be attached with curriculum vitae which includes not less than two relevant referees’ contacts;
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted; and
  • A daytime mobile telephone number and e-mail contact details should be included in the application

All applications should be addressed to:

Centre Manager,
National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Mwanza Centre,
P.O.BOX 1462,
Mwanza. Or through email: [email protected]

The deadline for submitting the application is 24 October, 2023.

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