London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health
Department of Non-Communicable Disease
The London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine is a world-leading centre for research
and postgraduate education in public and global health. Our mission is to improve health
and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in
public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and
Founded in 1899 by Sir Patrick Manson, the School has expanded in recent years at its two
main sites on Keppel Street and Tavistock Place. The School’s multidisciplinary expertise
includes clinicians, epidemiologists, statisticians, social scientists, molecular biologists and
immunologists, and we work with partners worldwide to support the development of
teaching and research capacity.
Research income has grown to over £85 million per year from national and international
funding sources including the UK government, the European Commission, the Wellcome
Trust and philanthropic sources.
Education programmes have grown to more than 1,000 London-based Master’s and
Research students, 2,900 studying Master’s by distance learning and 1,000 on short
courses and continuous professional development. We have also launched a series of free
online courses, and more than 15,000 people registered on the first of these, Ebola in
context. Our staff, students and alumni work in more than 150 countries in government,
academia, international agencies and health services.
The School is highly ranked in various university league tables. It was named the world’s
leading research-focused graduate school in the Times Higher Education World Rankings in
2013. In 2014, it was ranked in the top 10 universities in the world for citation rate by the
new EU-supported U-Multirank database, fourth in the world for impact in medical
sciences by the Leiden Ranking and third in the world for social science and public health in
the US News Best Global Universities Ranking. According to the results of the UK
government’s Research Excellence Framework, published in December 2014, the School
was ranked second overall (after the Institute for Cancer Research) on the key measure of
The Faculty of Epidemiology & Population Health (EPH) houses a large group of
epidemiologists, demographers, statisticians and nutritionists working on issues of major
public health importance in the UK and globally. EPH has approximately 400 staff members
organised into four research departments.
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Department of Medical Statistics
Department of Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology
Department of Population Health
The Faculty has a teaching programme consisting of ten MSc courses: Epidemiology,
Demography and Health, Medical Statistics, Public Health in Developing Countries (run
jointly with the Faculties of Infectious & Tropical Diseases and Public Health & Policy),
Nutrition for Global Health, Reproductive & Sexual Health Research, Veterinary
Epidemiology (run jointly with the Royal Veterinary College), Global Mental Health (run
jointly with Kings College London - Institute of Psychiatry) and the Distance Learning
courses in Epidemiology and Clinical Trials. The Faculty also has approximately 120
research students studying for an MPhil, PhD or DrPH degree.
The Dean of Faculty is Professor John Edmunds.
The Department of Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology (NCDE) is the main focus of
research on the epidemiology of non-communicable diseases at the London School of
Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. While most of our studies have been in the UK or other high
income countries, we have a growing programme of research on non-communicable
diseases in low and middle income countries, including India and parts of the former Soviet
Union. Research interests range from genetic susceptibility to disease, through metabolic
and endocrine disease mechanisms to personal behaviours and the population health
effects of changes in national diets and drinking behaviours. Themes include determinants
of ethnic variation in disease risk; adverse drug reactions; epidemiology of ageing; foetal
and childhood origins of adult disease; determinants of reproductive outcomes;
cardiovascular disease; growth factors and cancer risk; natural history of genital human
papillomavirus (HPV); time trends in cancer survival; non-communicable diseases in low
and middle income countries. The Department has considerable methodological strength
and experience, particularly in the analysis of genetic association studies and the conduct
and analysis of large scale longitudinal cohort and record linkage studies. We work closely
with colleagues in other Departments and Faculties and have excellent collaborative links
with researchers in other institutions around the world. Funding comes from a wide variety
of sources including the Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and Cancer
Research UK.
The Department Head is Professor Liam Smeeth.
This Wellcome Trust funded project aims to support the Public Health Foundation of
India’s (PHFI ) strategic goal of strengthening the public health
workforce and developing public health leadership in India. PHFI are working to achieve
this goal through the creation of new Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPH), and by
developing a core critical mass of expertise within each IIPH. In the longer term, this will
contribute to a strengthening of the capacity within the Indian public health system as a
whole. It will do this by fostering the development of complementary skills amongst a
multi-disciplinary cadre of public health professionals and practitioners with a wide range
of experience and backgrounds. It will also help to develop greater integration and
prioritisation of public health action by fostering networks for improved coordination, by
working to integrate public health into national, regional and local organisational
structures, and by developing strong and wide-spread public health advocacy.
The project is run as a partnership between the PHFI and a consortium of 16 leading UK
public health institutions. This work has been funded by the Wellcome Trust since 2009,
and the programme has recently been extended for 2 years (2015-2017).
The current PHFI-UK Consortium programme offers funding to PHFI faculty members to
undertake masters and doctoral studies in the UK and to conduct research projects in India
in collaboration with UK faculty. The programme also offers funding for research
fellowships, the development and delivery of short courses in India, and faculty exchange
visits between PHFI and UK faculty. The extension grant will enable development of a staff
development programme and opportunities for targeted research projects in India for PHFI
staff working in collaboration with UK members of the Consortium.
The Consortium’s UK activities are coordinated by the UK Secretariat comprising of Prof
Pat Doyle, Dr. Sanjay Kinra, and Dr. Laura Oakley. The postholder will be the lead coordinator of the UK Secretariat.
Job title:
Responsible to:
PHFI-UK Consortium Co-ordinator
Professional Support Pathway Grade 5
Pat Doyle (NCDE) (principal line manager), Sanjay Kinra (NCDE),
Laura Oakley (NCDE)
The post holder will be responsible for providing proactive administrative and financial coordination and communications support in the UK to the PHFI–UK Consortium for capacity
building in India.
Detailed responsibilities will include:
 Acting as a point of contact and link person for all UK collaborators, PHFI staff from
India, visitors, and students/fellows who are part of the PHFI-UK programme
 Providing administrative support to the UK Secretariat and Consortium, including
organising travel, visas and the reimbursement of expenses for members
 Providing administrative and logistical support to Research Skills and Career
Development Fellowship programmes that brings PHFI faculty to the UK and sends UK
faculty to India to deliver workshops
 Arranging meetings and conference calls, including room booking and catering
 Arranging and managing occasional large-scale meetings in UK for PHFI-UK members
 Drafting agendas, supporting papers and minutes
 Developing and maintaining the PHFI-UK Consortium web-pages
 Faxing, photocopying and digital scanning of documents
 Providing personal administrative and research support to line managers in relation to
PHFI capacity building work
 Providing personal administrative and research support to line managers in relation to
other research and teaching duties.
Research grants administration
 Assisting in the preparation and collation of material for research grant applications
 Liaising with the LSHTM Research Operations Office (ROO) over contractual
agreements, expenditure and financial reporting
 Liaising with funding organisations
 Maintaining good working relationships with national and international collaborating
 Managing the main PHFI-UK budget and other research projects as applicable, including
preparing projections and financial reports
 Arranging for payments to be remitted within the UK and overseas
Departmental and Faculty
 Attendance at Departmental and Faculty meetings
 Providing holiday cover for other administrative staff in the research unit where
 Responding to requests from the Departmental Operating Officer and Faculty Operating
Officer on all matters relating to departmental and faculty administration
 Undertaking other duties as requested by Pat Doyle and Sanjay Kinra
 Adhering to Departmental and School policy and procedures at all times
Essential and desirable qualifications and skills for this post are as follows.
Essential requirements
Successful experience of providing comprehensive and proactive administrative
support to a high standard for senior academics and projects in a research-intensive,
higher education institution
Experience in project management of programmes for capacity building or research
related to public health.
Proven experience of budget management including creating budgets, monitoring
accounts and producing financial projections and reports using Agresso and pFACT
Excellent interpersonal skills including proven ability to establish and maintain effective
working relationships with individuals from different backgrounds and cultures
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including a high level of accuracy and
good presentation of work
Excellent organisational skills including proven ability to manage a significant workload
under pressure and organise effectively
Proven ability to work on own initiative, including ability to know when to confer with
colleagues and refer matters on
Excellent IT skills including use of word processing packages, databases and
spreadsheets, record keeping and development and maintenance of web-sites
High level of personal motivation and interest in working in HE administration
Desirable requirements
Experience in project management of teaching and/or research projects related to
Experience of financial software Agresso and pFACT or similar
Experience in running international projects with multiple partners
Experience of supporting the work of committees
The post will be a full-time appointment on Grade 5 of the professional support scale with
a starting salary between £32, 324 and £37,106. The appointment will commence as soon
as possible and is funded until 30 November 2017. Working hours are 35 hours per week
with 30 days annual leave plus an additional 6 School closure days as specified by LSHTM.
Asylum and Immigration
The School will comply with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, which requires
all employees to provide documentary evidence of their legal right to work in this country prior
to commencing employment. Candidates will be required to bring their passport (and visa if
applicable) to interview so that it can be copied and verified.
For this post, we are unable to make successful application for a Certificate of
Sponsorship, this is due to not meeting the criteria for the Resident Labour Market test. We
are unable to appoint an individual who is not currently eligible to work in the UK.
Further information about Certificate of Sponsorship and eligibility to work in the UK, can be
found at:
Applications should be made on-line at our website at The reference for
this post is PHFI-1. Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until
midnight on of the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be
addressed to
The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and
training meet each of the selection criteria. Please provide one or more paragraphs
addressing each criterion. The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection
process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not
be considered. An answer to any of the criteria such as "Please see attached CV" will not be
considered acceptable. Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on
the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.
The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is committed to being an equal
opportunities employer.