The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) is a global, not-for-profit, public-private partnership organization working to speed the search for a vaccine to prevent HIV infection and AIDS. Founded in 1996 and operational in 24 countries, IAVI, and its network of partners, research and develop vaccine candidates. IAVI also advocates for a vaccine to be a global priority and works to ensure that a future vaccine will be accessible to all who need it. IAVI is a young, dynamic and mission-driven organization, and the work environment is fast-paced and intellectually stimulating. IAVI’s culture is one that involves working collaboratively with a variety of internal and external peers, using scarce resources effectively, and sharing a common sense of commitment and purpose.
Reports to: Africa Regional Director
Position Summary: The Director, Socio Behavioural Research will be responsible for defining, designing and implementing IAVI’s socio-behavoural research portfolio in Africa. IAVI works with local research institutions in five countris in Africa to implement HIV vaccine clinical trials and related epidemiology and formative research. Much of this work is conducted with high-risk populations, such as men who have sex with men (MSM), female sex workers (FSW) and fishing communities, in addition there is ongoing and planned research among adoloscents. Within this context, there is an opportunity for increased socio-behavioural research to be conducted. The successful candidate will work closely with research partners and key stakeholders (including donors) to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment to understand key SBR questions to be addressed. Based on this feedback and in collaboration with partners, the Director, SBR will lead the development of a robust SBR research portfolio in collaboration with IAVI colleagues and external partners. The Director, SBR will be responsible for working closely with research partners in the design, implementation, analysis and write-up of agreed SBR research studies. Such studies will often be nested within existing clinical and epidemiological studies, but with a possibility of designing new social science studies relavant to HIV prevention. Additionally this position will support IAVI’s CRC partners to build upon their capacity to develop their own SBR proposals and publications.
The Director, SBR will work with relevant Project Teams and Protocol Teams, with general guidance of the Chief Medical Officer and direct reporting to the Africa Regional Director. He/she will have a high degree of research competence and is comfortable leading this initiative and providing mentorship and training to partners. He/she may, after consultation, represent IAVI with external agencies, to develop collaborations or seek funding.
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