Social Scientist, One Health Coordinator, Social Scientist (Social Science Research Associate), One Health

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  • Post Date: July 15, 2022
Job Description


The Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) is working to improve the understanding and management of RVF, CCHF, and Brucellosis using enhanced surveillance systems and a One-Health approach at the humananimal- wildlife interface in the cattle corridor of Uganda. The project will provide an understanding of these too-long neglected diseases based on farming practices, land use, the interface of humans and animals in wildlife and forest environments, gender inequalities, and other socio-economic constructs. One-Health models incorporating well-evidenced interventions to mitigate these diseases and their drivers will be developed to strengthen preparedness and responses to these diseases.

There is a substantial social science component to this work in order to understand the socio-cultural factors relating to the spread of these diseases. This will include in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with community members to gather information on local understandings of the three diseases, beliefs on root drivers, local constructions of gender and other social inequalities, socioeconomic drivers of high-risk activities, behavioral disease drivers, and indicators of community resilience. Semi-structured interviews will also be carried out with key informants representing government and civil society to understand the extent to which relevant laws and policies have been implemented and the impact that this has had. The project will adopt a Participatory Epidemiology approach to engage with people to identify their knowledge of zoonotic health threats and their prevention needs.

To fulfill these roles, UVRI is recruiting a social scientist, who will be experienced public health researcher, to be responsible for managing the social science component of this work. S/he will provide oversight and ensure the rigour and quality of social science data and help combine social science findings with other findings generated through the project. The post holder will work closely with the project partners – Conservation Through Public Health, Entebbe, Uganda – and to facilitate day-to-day working and close cooperation with CTPH, will be supervised by Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka (CTPH), with support and advice provided by Prof Janet Seeley (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Dr Laura Ferguson (University of Southern California) who are also members of the project team. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THESE JOB OPENINGS