Director (Projects), Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health

Oct 14, 2020
Oct 25, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
The Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health aims to support the introduction, scale-up and further piloting of high quality and high impact interventions to improve Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MNCAH) in Pakistan by harnessing the potential of both public and private sectors, coupled with introduction of women and girls empowerment intervention.


You will be responsible for operations of large-scale national and international projects and in particular the surveys to ensure high scientific and ethical standards of research work, maintain the research culture, facilitate the centre in different inter-departmental and external collaborations, and promote an environment conducive for its researchers to engage in scientific inquiry. Specific responsibilities include to:
  • develop, execute and disseminate research activities particularly for the research projects and other cross-sectional surveys
  • monitoring and supervision of field data collection activities
  • liaise with the government stakeholders, funding agencies and other relevant stakeholders for proper implementation of project activities
  • technical assessment in engagement of a consulting firm, consultant, sub-contractor, sub-grantee if required by a particular project, in consultation with the principal investigators of the projects
  • hold regular meetings with provincial and regional EPI teams on progress and further plans
  • represent, advocate and promote research at relevant internal and external forums
  • advocate on behalf of research faculty with various departments when needed to solve research-related issues
  • support faculty of different departments of AKU in development and execution of cross-sectional surveys and write technical proposals for grants
  • coordinate with different departments for approvals at different stages of projects.


You should have:
  • a Master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Health Policy & Management, Sociology or equivalent, preferably a PhD or M.Phil. degree in the same
  • at least fifteen years of relevant experience, particularly of community-based research projects and large-scale surveys, including ten years of experience at a senior level
  • superior project management skills, including ability to manage multiple projects concurrently with exceptional attention
  • exceptional interpersonal skills, particularly communication and managing senior people with diverse backgrounds
  • self-motivated with ability to operate autonomously and minimal direction from study investigators
  • high standard of professionalism and trust, and experience in sharing progress and findings of projects at different national and international forums
  • excellent command in coordinating with funding agencies and national, provincial and district authorities
  • willingness to travel at national and international levels, and work in community settings.

This is a close-ended position.

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