JOB DESCRIPTION
Post:
Senior Clinical Research Associate in Maternal & Newborn Health
Responsible to:
Head of Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health
Summary of role:
The Centre for Maternal and Newborn Health (CMNH) at the Liverpool School of Tropical
Medicine offer unique expertise in using the rigorous discipline of research to inform
teaching and technical assistance programmes to improve the health of mothers and babies
globally. As a leading, global centre of excellence for maternal and newborn health we aim
to:
 improve the availability and quality of healthcare for mothers and babies
 contribute to a global reduction in maternal and new born mortality and morbidity
and improvement in quality of life.
The Senior Clinical Research Associate will work with the current Head of the CMNH to lead
the CMNH academic team based at LSTM to develop and deliver research, teaching and
technical assistance in Maternal and Newborn Health internationally.
The post will be based in Liverpool, however duties will require overseas travel.
Main Duties:
The post holder will work, as part of a team, to lead the delivery and evaluation of complex
interventions to improve Maternal and Newborn Health globally specifically related to:
 Emergency Obstetric and Newborn care, or
 Quality of Care
Key Responsibilities:
 Together with the Head of CMNH, to supervise and develop academic staff in the
CMNH, to ensure research outputs are delivered to a high standard and on time.
 In collaboration with global partners develop new research proposals in line with the
CMNH Strategy.
 Assist with dissemination of output of CMNH via writing of project reports,
publications for peer reviewed journals, technical briefs and success stories.
 Provide technical assistance on won bids when need for expertise identified.
 Contribute to teaching at LSTM including lecturing and supervision of student projects,
the DTM&H, DRH and Masters in International Public Health (Sexual and Reproductive
Health Pathway).
 Supervision of PhD students
 Act as line manager to other staff in CMNH or to staff working in the field in
collaboration with the CMNH.
PERSON SPECIFICATION: Senior Clinical Research Associate in Maternal & Newborn Health
Criteria
Education &
Training
Experience
Competency

MBBS

Specialist Qualification
Gynaecologist
Essential /
Desirable
E
as
Obstetrician

Masters level degree in Public health or
related field

PhD
E
E
Application
Form/CV
E
Successful work experience in an Asian and/or
African countries with evidence of high quality
assessment standards which will be evidenced in
references
E
Clinical field experience in maternal and newborn
health in a developing country setting, undertaking
duties such as supervision of labour ward staff and
organisation of maternity services
E
Previous research experience which has led to
authorship on peer reviewed publications
E
Previous experience of grant proposal writing
E
Track record in securing grant funding
D
Experience of managing staff and leading teams
E
Experience of working to targets and deadlines
E
Experience working with MoH
E
Relevant teaching experience at postgraduate level
E
Experience of supervision of postgraduate research
students
Experience of
/consultancy
Assessment
providing
technical
assistance
E
D
Application
Form,
Assessment and
Interview
Knowledge
Working knowledge of evidence based interventions
that improve global MNH outcomes
E
Knowledge of both quantitative and qualitative
research methodology and analytical approach
E
Understanding of the importance of functioning
health systems for the successful implementation of
MNH interventions
Skills &
Abilities
E
Proven ability to write research or project proposals
E
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work
with staff at all levels
E
Confident communicator with the ability to
communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
E
Computer literate
Numerate
Excellent time management and organisational skills
Special
Aptitude
E
Proven ability of high quality use of language in
writing which outlines academic achievements
Ability to work productively and co-operatively as a
team member and to develop flexible working
relationships with academic and non-academic
colleagues and students
Assessment and
Interview
E
E
E
E
Has effective interpersonal skills and the ability to be
sensitive in difficult situations
E
Sensitivity to a variety of cultures
E
Flexible with regard to working arrangements
E
Enthusiastic approach to work
E
Diplomacy
E
Must be able to travel and work overseas
Assessment and
Interview
Assessment and
Interview
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