Karolinska Institutet, Department of Global Public Health

Do you want to contribute to top quality medical research?

Within the Horizon 2020 financed research project ALERT (Action Leveraging Evidence to reduce perinatal mortality and morbidity in Sub-Saharan Africa) you will find a unique opportunity to work on a consultancy basis with cutting edge researchers in the intersection between global maternal and child health and implementation research. We offer an engaging and international research environment where you may contribute to high quality research on an internationally competitive level.

ALERT is a stepped-wedge cluster hospital randomized trial to evaluate a public health intervention composed of four components: end-user participation, midwifery training, quality improvement and mentoring for the head of maternity. The intervention aims to reduce perinatal mortality and improve intrapartum care including user responsiveness.

Your mission

We are looking for three to four members for an Ethics Advisory Board of the ALERT project. The board should function independently of the project management. The tasks include to review documents and decisions that have bearing on ethical aspects of the research. This will more specifically include:

  • To review methods and procedures as outlined in protocols and procedures and their implementation.
  • To review the ethical applications and feed-back from ethical review boards.
  • Prepare written appraisals of the parts of the research that involves ethical considerations. These appraisals will be independent compulsory parts of the technical reports to the funder of the research. A schedule for these reports is available.
  • To advice the Principal Investigator and the ALERT research team on solutions to ethical challenges on a need basis.

Your profile

We are looking for three to four board members. The composition of the board member profiles should complement each other.

The candidate must:

  1. Have implementation research experience from low and/or middle-income countries.
  2. Have background and/or experience in ethical appraisals e.g. as part of an advisory board
  3. One member should have a PhD in public or global health, health sciences, nursing or similar program. One member should have a PhD in social science. One member should be trained as a clinician (midwife, doctor or nurse).
  4. Have excellent skills in reading, writing, and communicating in English.

Since the Board will work independently, you need to be quality oriented and able to work well with others in digital meeting rooms. Great emphasis will be placed on personal characteristics, gender and geographical location balance in order to achieve a good composition of the group.

The following skills/experience are considered as desirable:

  1. Experience from previous ethical advisory boards in Sub Saharan Africa.
  2. Have good skills in reading and communicating in French.

The consultants will be remunerated by hour for 3-5 days per year for a duration of 5 years.

What do we offer?

A creative and inspiring environment full of expertise and curiosity. Karolinska Institutet is one of the world's leading medical universities. Our vision is to pursue the development of knowledge about life and to promote a better health for all. At Karolinska Institutet, we conduct successful medical research and hold the largest range of medical education in Sweden. Karolinska Institutet is a state university, which entitles to several benefits such as extended holiday and generous occupational pension. Employees also have access to our modern gym for free and receive reimbursements for medical care.

Location: Solna

Read more about the Department of Global Public Health (GPH)

Read more about the project you will be working on


Welcome to apply at the latest June 3rd 2020.

The application is to be submitted through the Varbi recruitment system.

Permanent position is initiated by a six months trial period.

Want to make a difference? Join us and contribute to better health for all

Type of employment Assignment (not employment)
Contract type Part-time
First day of employment According to agreement
Salary Monthly salary
Number of positions 4
Working hours 3-5 arbetsdagar per år
City Stockholm
County Stockholms län
Country Sweden
Reference number 2-2324/2020
  • Helle Mölsted Alvesson, Projektsamordnare, helle.molsted-alvesson@ki.se
Union representative
  • Jayne Alfredsson, SACO, jayne.alfredsson@ki.se
  • Magnus Anå, OFR, 08-524 864 37, magnus.ana@ki.se
  • Henry Wölling, SEKO, henry.wolling@ki.se
Published 20.May.2020
Last application date 13.Jun.2020 11:59 PM CET

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