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Senior Director, Infectious Diseases Division (Adv#189/2021)
International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDRB)
Director and Top Executive Full-time
Posted 2 years ago
Job Description
Posted on : December 06, 2021 Application deadline : Until filled
Senior Director, Infectious Diseases Division

icddr,b (formerly the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) has a long tradition of outstanding research, and benefits from the ability to bring molecular science to address human disease, both in community-based and clinic-based research.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Senior Director of Infectious Diseases Division is a seasoned and strategic executive with an international reputation for excellence in the biomedical sciences. The position will be responsible for leading and effectively managing a team of research staff to guide and implement a thematic transformative research agenda which currently encompasses enteric and respiratory infections, emerging infectious diseases, vaccinology, and HIV/AIDS.S/he will be expected to ensure translation of research to influence national and global policies, achievement of excellence in priority research areas, provision of services that leverage research, and development of relevant institutional capacities. Working closely with other Senior Division Directors, s/he will develop a cutting edge program of research that takes advantage of the synergies presented by icddr,b’ssuperb field sites, clinical facilities, and laboratories.

The position will be based at icddr,b’s research centre headquarters in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Roles and Responsibilities :

  • Provides strategic direction for the research activities of the Infectious Diseases Division
  • Generates research grants.
  • Ensures that the research of the Infectious Diseases Division is internationally competitive and supported byexternal funding.
  • Creates and leverages professional networks to partner with national/global institutions for collaborative working.
  • Provides oversight of the administrative and fiscal operation of the Infectious Diseases Division.
  • Builds consensus and resolves conflict.
  • Provides mentorship for educational and career development of the Division staff.
  • Determines appropriate selection of emerging technologies and information systems.

Required Qualifications and Experience :

  • Doctorate in relevant scientific discipline.
  • Strong publication record, including in Infectious Diseases.
  • International stature as demonstrated by election to relevant professional societies and service on international technical groups.
  • Minimum of 15 years’ experience in the role of a Research Director

Core Competencies

  • Ability to articulate a strong vision for the future of icddr,b research, and to bring investigators together to make this vision a reality.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability and team management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build consensus and resolve conflicts.
  • Superior decision-making skills.
  • Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills, plus excellent organization skills.
  • Exceptional integrity and ethical character.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity.
  • Ability to partner with other Divisions.
  • Possesses a drive for excellence.
  • Fluency in English is required.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. icddr,b regrets that due to number of applications received, it will not be possible to reply to all individual applicants. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

icddr,b is an equal opportunity employer and particularly welcomes applications from women candidates.

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