2019 CIDRZ HealthCorps Global Public Health Fellowship

Deadline: March 27, 2019.

Are you interested in global public health? Do you have a Master’s degree? Are you interested in working with CIDRZ?

Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) offers a competitive annual fellowship programme that provides a meaningful health research and programmatic experience, training and mentorship to early- and mid-career public health practitioners. The CIDRZ HealthCorpsfellows become integral members of the respective hosting teams involved in public health programmes, research or analysis units. Fellows find that the rich opportunities for developing their scientific writing, project implementation and  presentation skills  through hands-on experience and professional development mentorship which helps them to redefine their  career trajectory. Fellowship placements are made in our programme areas depending on the intake year.



  1. Data Analysis:

The Analysis Unit (AU) is one of the departments of CIDRZ responsible for supporting projects with wide methodological and statistical needs ranging from study designs, sample size calculations, statistical analysis, mentoring, and coaching.The Fellow_Data Analyst joins a team that works closely with Data Managers, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Project teams. Through the provision of high quality analysis the Data Analyst supports CIDRZ to successfully influence national efforts to improving health in Zambia. The fellow will undertake specific streams of work under the supervision of the Head of Analysis. 


A Masters degree with strong quantitative and analytical skills related to Public Health with specific qualifications in related field (e.g. Biostatistics, Epidemiology)

  1. Biomedical Science:

The Enteric Disease and Vaccine Research Unit (EDVRU) focuses on (i) understanding the aetiology and burden of diarrhoea particularly in Zambian children and (ii) safety, efficacy and effectiveness evaluation of promising vaccine candidates for diseases of public health importance. The mission of the group is toimprove public health in Zambia by conducting research (basic and translational) that aims at influencing policy and strengthening of disease prevention and control in country. Biomedical Research Fellow will work in the EDVRU focusing on conceptualization of priority research ideas, preparation of needed laboratory infrastructure, equipment and consumables, development of assay protocols, supervision of laboratory work, data analysis and interpretation of findings. The fellow will also be required to contribute to development of original research ideas/ research proposals/ compete for open grant calls.


A Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences

  1. Clinical Research:

CIDRZ undertakes a range of interventional and observational clinical studies on a number of diseases of public health importance to Zambia. The HealthCorpsFellow in Clinical Research will join 2-3 different teams with active work on either clinical trials or observational clinical studies. The Fellow, will  participate in protocol activities such as participant enrolment, clinical assessments, specimen collection, completion of case record forms, assessment of adverse events and general documentation and manuscript preparation in close collaboration with other team members in the laborotary and the clinics.  She/he will act as study physician for the participants on the studies to be run by the unit. The Fellow will be central to ensuring that clinical aspects of these projects are well planned and effectively executed and that the data are updated in the database in preparation for analysis and manuscript development. She/he will contribute to development of original research ideas/ research proposals/ make grant applications.


MBChB, MBBS, MD or equivalent and completed a medical residence in infectious diseases .

  1. Strategic Information and Implementation Science:

The Fellow will provide support and assistance to both the M&E component of the Strategic Information Department and Implementation Science Unit at CIDRZ. This will include supporting both departments to improve internal program reporting and analysis of programmatic data to provide feed back into the program, support abstract and publication submission to disseminate key findings. The Fellow will also specifically support the CIRKUITS (Community Impact to Reach Key & Underserves Individuals for Treatment and Support) Program in improving data collection, report writing and the coordination of activities. She/he will assist the CIRKUITS program in the development and activation of work-plans, the  M&E team in developing new dashboards for reviewing programmatic data and  grant writing, editing and submissiom.


A Masters degree with strong quantitative and analytical skills in Public Health.

  1. Adolescent HIV:

The Fellow will conduct monitoring and evaluation of the adolescent HIV activities. She/he will review protocols and prepare the tools for monitoring and evaluation, conduct protocol sensitisations and trainings in human subject protection and good clinical practices. The Fellow will conduct qualitative interviews, data collection, analysis and report writing.


A Masters university degree with strong quantitative and analytical skills in Public Health.

  1. Tuberculosis:

The TB department  undertakes a range of  clinical  and laboratory studies  as well as service delivery support  programmes  focused on TB, TB/HIV and Inmates health. Clinical studies include  vaccine clinical trials,  diagnostic evaluation studies, implementation science projects and observational studies. The Fellow will work on several project within the department is expected to support activities that include protocol development, IRB submissions,  SOP development, Clinical care as required for the service delivery support projects  and Clinical support to study teams including but limited to participants assessments and specimen collection as required. He/She will be expected to contribute to research ideas and grant applications.


MBChB, MBBS, MD or equivalent. Post graduate training will be an added advantage.



Modest monthly bursary to cover basic living expenses,local medical services membership, & emergency evacuation insurance.




CIDRZ HealthCorps Global Public Health Fellowship

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