Senior Research Manager, Surveillance Research & Regional Elimination, Asia Pacific

University of California, San Francisco

About the organization

UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS) is dedicated to improving health and reducing the burden of disease in the world’s most vulnerable populations. It integrates UCSF expertise in all of the health, social, and biological sciences, and focuses that expertise on pressing issues in global health. IGHS works with partners in countries throughout the world to achieve these aims. IGHS seeks to improve health worldwide, especially in developing countries, through research that informs policy.

The Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) at UCSF Global Health Group believes a malaria-free world is possible within a generation. As a forward-thinking partner to malaria-eliminating countries and regions, the MEI generates evidence, develops new tools and approaches, documents and disseminates elimination experiences, and builds consensus to shrink the malaria map. With support from the MEI’s highly-skilled team.


The Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) is leading the coordination of a two-year Global Fund-funded operational research project in Laos PDR and Thailand to evaluate the effectiveness of using village malaria workers (VMWs) equipped with highly sensitive rapid diagnostic tests to conduct surveillance for P.falciparum and P.vivax among high risk forest workers.

Working in collaboration with country partners in the Asia Pacific and UCSF Principal Investigators (PIs), lead responsibility for coordination and management of multiple components of field studies (epidemiological, qualitative and cost effectiveness) including drafting research protocols and workplans, developing data collection tools, coordinating procurement and field logistics, supervising in-country partners to collect high-quality study data, overseeing analysis, drafting and coordinating peer-reviewed manuscripts, and presenting results and recommendations to the national malaria programs, ministries of health, and at international conferences.

The MEI Senior Research Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining critical international partnerships on behalf of the MEI, and ensures that project goals, milestones and commitments are achieved in a timely manner with the highest level of quality and professionalism. This position reports directly to the MEI Associate Director (Surveillance Research).

This role requires strong project and organizational management.


• Advanced degree in public health or a related field, and five or more years of directly related experience; and / or a comparable level of work experience
• Valid drivers license
• Training in public health research methods, including epidemiology and quantitative research
• Strong knowledge of malaria elimination, including the management and implementation structure of national malaria programs, the programmatic and technical requirements and strategies for achieving malaria elimination, and a comprehensive understanding of the key players and stakeholders in the field. Particular knowledge about malaria elimination in Asia Pacific a plus
• Advanced analytic skills, including the ability to analyze and draw conclusions from incomplete datasets; including quantitative research skills
• Familiarity with quantitative analysis software for data management and analysis
• Knowledge of EndNote (or similar reference software)
• Understanding of current global health policy and development issues, including the institutions and organizations actively involved
• Knowledge of the major international malaria and public health organizations
• Excellent self-starter and ability to work well independently and with minimal / remote supervision
• Advanced interpersonal and communication skills. Ability to work in a team, as well as to build, lead and motivate teams.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]


• Valid drivers license

Job Code and Payroll Title0378 Academic Program Management Officer IV


Appointment TypeContract


LocationVientiane - Lao PDR
Work Days

40 hours per week

Shift Length

8 Hours

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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