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  • Posted: Dec 8, 2023
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    The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) was established in 1969 with the aim to deliver on a mandate to promote the improvement of the health and the quality of life of the population of our country through research, development and technology transfer. The scope of the SAMRC’s research includes basic laboratory investigations, clinical rese...
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    Unit Director - Cochrane South Africa (R691A)

    Key Responsibilities:

    The Unit Director position calls for a senior researcher with international standing, proven leadership skills and the ability to enhance and maintain a centre of excellence that facilitates the generation and dissemination of Cochrane systematic reviews, methodological research and primary research to enhance evidence-informed healthcare and policy. Applicants should possess the following knowledge, skills and experience:

    • Considerable experience and understanding in the conduct of Cochrane reviews or equivalent systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
    • Experience in health-related research at a senior level, with international standing
    • Extensive experience in the management of projects, staff and budgets, including the development of a multi-year programme of work.
    • Sound knowledge of the health system and disease burden of South Africa and the African region
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, and a passionate champion of ‘evidence-based medicine/practice’.
    • Extensive experience or knowledge of the working of The Cochrane Collaboration, within South Africa and/or internationally.
    • Experience in training others in these methods.
    • Ability to work collaboratively, and to provide leadership.
    • Ability to work with people from a range of backgrounds, including healthcare and methodological specialists.
    • Advance transformation by mentoring and building capacity in accordance with the SAMRC’s Employment Equity Plan
    • Develop, implement and monitor progress of the Transformation Strategy of the Unit.

    Core Requirements:

    • The post requires that the jobholder have a medical degree with specialist qualifications or a doctoral degree preferably in the health sciences, with a sound knowledge of epidemiology and/ biostatistics and a minimum of 10 years of experience in the field of health research. Experience in knowledge translation would be advantageous. The post holder should have a valid driver’s license and be willing to travel nationally, and internationally.

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