South Sudan: South Sudan Health Pooled Fund Operational Research Manager

Organization: Royal Tropical Institute
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 14 Oct 2018


A consortium led by Crown Agents in collaboration with Montrose International (Montrose), the International Procurement Agency (IPA) and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) has received funding from a pool of donors led by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) to manage and implement Health Pooled Fund 3 programme (HPF3) in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of South Sudan for a period of five years. After years of conflict, South Sudan became an independent country in July 2011. However, violence has flared up again, and the newly independent state faces multiple interconnected political, economic and security crises with severe humanitarian consequences. This poses enormous challenges to development and the health sector in particular. National maternal and child mortality rates are among the highest in the world, while widespread poverty and food insecurity aggravate people’s health.

In this challenging context HPF3 contracts implementing partners to deliver health services to the majority of people in South Sudan, and it stabilises and strengthens the health system through capacity development of key health system actors in accordance with Ministry of Health guidelines and tools. The involvement of the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in HPF3 is aimed at providing technical assistance to the HPF consortium and its Implementing Partners with contextually relevant, evidence-informed data and analysis for programme enhancement, based on document review, qualitative and mixed-methods research methods. For this purpose the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) is contracting an Operational Research Manager, who is to be responsible for the coordination and implementation of the learning, operational research and advisory activities within HPF3. This position will be based in Juba with the HPF3 team at the HPF3 office. Regular travel around the HPF3 implementing areas in South Sudan is required, security permitting.

The candidate

The candidate has a background in international public health, a postgraduate (Masters) degree and preferably a PhD in a related discipline or research experience equating to doctoral level qualifications. He/she has a minimum of seven years of experience in international development cooperation in both research and management positions. He/she has a good knowledge of and experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods, as well as experience with implementing and managing field research in challenging environments. He/she possesses highly developed skills in planning, organization and problem solving. He/she is culturally sensitive with a demonstrated ability to engage with multiple types of people including high level stakeholders. He/she will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including fluency in English at academic level, as well as an ability to work independently. A demonstrated ability to work in fragile and conflict-affected settings, particularly South Sudan is desired. He/she has the ability to travel regularly upcountry.

Scope of Work

The candidate is expected to:

Independently perform duties as Operational Research Manager for HPF3 in accordance with the project documents that will be made available by the HPF3 team and KIT

  • Coordinate with HPF3 and partners and take a lead role in the in-country implementation of the advisory activities, capacity building and operational research components of the project
  • Represent KIT in South Sudan and liaise and negotiate with other HPF3 partners as well as external stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health, other country authorities, other donors, and implementing partners
  • Together with the HPF3 project lead in the Netherlands, organise and manage the work of the pool of experienced technical advisors and researchers within KIT supporting the project
  • Ensure efficiency and effectiveness of programme implementation
  • Design, supervise and coordinate in-country research activities by local field teams
  • Monitor progress and resolve day-to-day problems together with partners in South Sudan; inform the HPF3 project lead in the Netherlands in a timely manner of any larger problems.
  • Regularly report on progress. Frequency and format to be determined.

We offer

The ability to experience professional and personal growth within an exciting, dynamic and multi-disciplinary working environment. A salary based on qualifications and experience will be offered and negotiated. In addition a benefit package including insurance and housing allowance will be offered.

How to apply:

How to apply

Interested parties should send an updated CV and one page cover letter detailing how his/her experience matches with the above profile to Mr. Eelco Jacobs, (email, no later than 14 October.