2 Nov 2023

Research Officer at Management and Development for Health (MDH)

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Job Description


Management and Development for Health, (MDH) is a Tanzanian non-governmental Organization that envisions a healthy and prosperous society with a mission to address public health priorities through evidence-based innovation interventions and partnerships. To achieve its mission MDH collaborates with the Government of Tanzania, donor agencies (USG PEPFAR CDC/ USAID, the Global Fund etc.), academic institutions (MUHAS, KI, HSPH etc.), and other key stakeholders and communities to implement/ provide health programs/ services, research and education in areas of infectious disease management (HIV, TB, Malaria, etc), reproductive, maternal, new-born child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), noncommunicable diseases management, nutrition and others.

From 2023, MDH is working with Karolinska Institutet to implement a five-year study titled: ENding HIV transmission to infants by Generating Evidence to optimize prevention and care for pregnant and postpartum Adolescent Girls and young women with HIV in Tanzania (ENGAGE). The main aim of this study is to investigate and optimize services for elimination of vertical HIV transmission and keeping mothers and families alive and healthy, for pregnant and postpartum Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) with HIV. MDH is, therefore, seeking for a qualified and interested candidate to serve as a research officer for this study.


POSITION:                Research Officer (1 Post)


REPORTS TO:           Deputy Director of Strategic Information


The Research Officer (RO) will oversee ENGAGE Study across all study regions. S/He will work closely with the study teams at MDH HQ and health facilities to implement the study plan, track progress of the study, monitor timelines, coordinate research trainings, activities and communications across key stakeholders, prepare research materials, and conduct administrative roles. He/she will produce study progress reports and financial reports for submission to the senior management.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate implementation of study activities and ensure adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) in line with the study protocol and national guidelines across study facilities in collaboration with the study PI, ENGAGE study team and MDH management.
  2. Facilitate timely communication across key study stakeholders (MDH, KI, R/CHMTs, participating facilities etc.) incl. coordinating regular study meetings, to ensure efficient flow of information, smooth implementation of study activities.
  3. Ensure timely adherence to all required due diligence for the study incl. ethical clearance/ renewal, report submission timelines etc.
  4. Support recruitment of research assistants and/or data collectors, incl. preparing their job descriptions, their induction, capacity building, supervision and performance monitoring.
  5. Keep an accurate and detailed records of research activities, expenses and results and ensure that study related documents such as study protocol, questionnaires, SOPs, study participants records, and other information are properly stored and accessible.
  6. Verify and assure adherence to SOPs, quality and integrity of research practices, services and data through coordinating supervision, data quality assessment, chart/ register review, spot check and other approaches.
  7. Monitor study progress and expenditures in line with study protocol and budget, support remediation of gaps identified and assist preparation of study progress and financial reports.
  8. Undertake any other duties commensurate with the main objectives of the role as assigned from time to time by the supervisor.


  1. Medical Doctor with appropriate MCT registration
  2. Post-graduate training in epidemiology/ public health/ research methods is an added advantage.
  3. Training on Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training is an added advantage.
  4. At least 3 years of work experience in public health research, particularly in areas of RMNCAH and/or HIV care and treatment.
  5. Demonstrable ability to perform accurate and ethical research to achieve results.
  6. Demonstrable outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, and problem-solving skills
  7. Organizational, data management skills and ability to handle several responsibilities, work without direct supervision and under tight time constrains.
  8. Excellent skills in meeting/workshop/ training facilitation, team building and coordination
  9. Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal and presentation skills in English and Swahili.
  10. Proficiency in data management and statistical softwares including MS Excel, Open Data Kit, STATA, SPSS, SAS etc.



MDH DO NOT have any agents and DO NOT charge any fees to the interested candidates.

 Kindly note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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Kindly note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Submit your application before 10th November 2023

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Closing Date : 10th November, 2023.

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