Research Fellowship Opportunity in Veterinary Epidemiology
Promoting Health, Livelihood, and Sustainable Livestock Systems
An India Research Initiative on Peri-Urban Human-Animal-Environment Interface
Position: Veterinary Epidemiologist
Duration: 4–5 years (the initial appointment will be for 12 months including a 3 months’ probation period. Contract extension will be subject to performance).
Location: New Delhi, India (with travel to field sites in different parts of India)
The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) have partnered for a four year India Research Initiative on Peri-Urban Human-Animal-Environment Interface for research and coordination for local healthy food production, healthy livestock and enhanced public health. With a focus on small holder dairy farms, the goal of this Initiative is to contribute to stronger, evidence-based, cross-sector policy and local capacity for integrating public health and livestock health, urban planning, local food production and social development in peri-urban settings of India.
PHFI seeks to recruit a Veterinary Epidemiologist to join a multidisciplinary team of researchers working on zoonotic diseases and other agriculture associated diseases at the interface of intensive livestock ecosystems and human health and food safety, with emphasis on integrating human, animal and environmental health in both analytical approaches and in interventions.
This profile is ideally suited for candidates who have a recent doctoral / post-graduate qualification, and are looking for developing a career in policy relevant epidemiological research in South Asia. The candidate should be able to network with all major surveillance partners in the country (human and animal) and with international partners.
Job Description/ Key Responsibilities
- Be an active member of a multi-disciplinary team of PHFI and ILRI researchers within the India Research Initiative on Peri-Urban Human-Animal-Environment Interface
- Provide strategic leadership in surveillance of infectious disease and health effects from exposure to hazards in peri-urban area
- Lead a programme of inquiry into the burden of zoonotic disease, the evidence for effective interventions and their relative cost –effectiveness with special reference to peri-urban small holder dairy farm ecosystems
- Perform risk assessments, and identify critical points and opportunities for risk management
- Collect and analyse epidemiological data in various study sites and provide field epidemiological services for environmental risk assessment
- Support the team in designing Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) strategy, and developing communication tools for peri-urban areas with a focus on healthy food production, healthy livestock and enhanced public health
- Support the team in advocacy, developing and implementing capacity building intervention packages across multiple sites in India
- Generate research evidence on improving human health through understanding and managing livestock, and wildlife determinants of health
- Contribute generally other activities and development of emerging infectious diseases and zoonoses research at PHFI
Desired Skills and Qualification
- PhD or Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, Veterinary Epidemiology or related field.
- Five to eight years of experience of epidemiological research, program implementation or capacity building
- Demonstrated quantitative epidemiological skills such as, field surveys, randomized controlled trials, risk factor studies, multi-level statistical modelling, spatial epidemiology
- Experience working on zoonoses / ecohealth / public health research in developing countries
- Prior Work exposure or training in emerging infections, zoonoses, One Health or bio security.
- Experience working in a food control laboratory, preferably to include experience of one or more of the following: Microbiology, Bacteriology Residue testing, etc.
- Experience of working closely with national government agencies, national program management or national public health surveillance system.
- Experience of developing and implementing food safety monitoring and residue plans
- Prior exposure to working in developing countries, especially in South Asia and fluency in Indian languages is an added advantage.
- Proven skills in effective communication and coordination with different actors to ensure a collaborative approach to working and willingness to travel to field locations in various parts of India.
Salary will be based on qualifications and experience and will be comparable with the best in the country with 10% average increment per year.
Last Date for Application
20 February 2015