Research Co-ordinator, CDT-Africa, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University Vacancy Announcement

Research Co-ordinator, CDT-Africa, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University Vacancy Announcement; March 12 2024



Organization: CDT-Africa, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University

Position: Research Co-ordinator

Location: Addis Ababa

Employment: Full time

Date of Announcement: March 12, 2024

Deadline: March 20, 2024





Job Description



The center for innovative Drug Development and Therapeutic Trials for Africa (CDT-Africa) is a World Bank supported African Center of Excellence hosted in the College of Health Sciences of Addis Ababa University. The main objective of CDT-Africa is to support equitable access to interventions (Medications, diagnostics, and other interventions) and bring about sustainable development in Africa through high quality capacity development for innovative drug and therapeutic discoveries.

As part of this effort, CDT-Africa would like to hire an experienced research coordinator who can co-ordinate CDT-Africa projects. The research coordinator would be linked to the SPARK project (Supporting African communities to increase the Resilience and mental health of Kids with developmental disorders and their caregivers). SPARK is a cluster randomized controlled trial of the WHO Caregiver Skills Training program for children with developmental disabilities. SPARK will be working in Addis Ababa.

The Role of the Research Co-Ordinator

The successful applicant will be responsible for the operational running of CDT-Africa projects, with particular responsibility for SPARK, under the guidance of CDT-Africa Center Lead, the Ethiopia SPARK Principal Investigator and study investigators and project co-ordinators.

Principal responsibilities:

  • Work closely with project PI, investigators and co-ordinators to plan and co-ordinate study activities.
  • Prepare for field activities, including planning staff activities, utilization of cars and financial resources.
  • Line management of research assistants, field co-ordinators, data collectors and other field staff.
  • Work closely with the data manager to ensure implementation of all standardized operating procedures for quality data collection and management.
  • Liaise with local stakeholders to support engagement in the studies.
  • Document the process data
  • Conduct qualitative data collection, including in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.
  • Involvement in research dissemination activities.
  • Coordinating and facilitate trainings
  • Additional tasks as directed by the Head of the Center or study investigators.

No. required: One     

Terms of employment: Full-time, one and half year post subject to six monthly contract renewal


Reports to: CDT-Africa Center Lead

Terms and conditions

Salary: Negotiable depending on qualifications and experience.

Hours of Work: Are governed by the laws of Ethiopia. However, the nature of the work is such that it might require working overtime and weekends, with due financial compensation.

Holidays: Are governed by the rules of Addis Ababa University for project workers.

Length of Contract: This is a one and half year post subject to six monthly contract renewal.

Probationary Period and Notice Period: There is a three-month probationary period for this role. The notice period is one month.


Job Requirements



  • MSc in Health-related or social science-related field, with thesis.
  • At least 2 years of experience working at least at the level of a research co- ordinator or above.
  • Knowledge of health research essential.
  • Experience working in the areas of developmental disabilities or disability is an advantage.
  • Willingness to travel to the field and stay in the field, as needed, is essential.
  • Experience in working with international collaborators.
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.
  • Experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  • Strong computer program literacy and knowledge.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills.
  • Willing to work on weekends

Personal attributes

  • Well organized.
  • A high level of attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with others, including international collaborators
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills

How to Apply


Application should be submitted with a short CV (maximum length 4 pages) and a covering letter (maximum 2 pages) and register original credentials with supporting documents with their photocopies within 7 working days from the date of announcement to Human Resources Department of the College of Health Sciences (Addis Ababa University):  Office, 1st Floor, No 118 College of Health Sciences Building, College of Health Sciences, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The covering letter should describe how you meet the requirements for the position and why you want the job.

The recruitment will involve a written exam and interview. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.



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