Job Description


ALIMA’S ETHOS: ALIMA’s purpose is to save lives and provide care for the most vulnerable populations, without any discrimination based on identity, religion or politics, through actions based on proximity, innovation, and the alliance of organizations and individuals.

We act with humanity and impartiality in accordance with universal medical ethics. To gain access to patients, we undertake to act in a neutral and independent manner.

Our CHARTER defines the VALUES and PRINCIPLES of our action:

  1. Patient First – Patient centered medical care

  2. Revolutionizing humanitarian medicine through research

  3. Responsibility and freedom: encourage decision-making by those closest to patients

  4. Commitment to a dynamic of continuous quality improvement

  5. Creating a climate of trust among colleagues

  6. Collective intelligence


Since its creation in 2009, ALIMA has treated more than 4 million patients. Today ALIMA works in 11 countries in Western and Central Africa. In 2020 we plan to work in over 50 projects including 12 research projects focusing on childhood malnutrition, pediatric medicine, Ebola and Lassa fever. All of these projects will support Ministry of Health authorities through more than 320 health facilities (including 28 hospitals and 294 health centres). Alima intervenes in response to humanitarian crises with patients at the heart of all our actions. We work in partnership whenever possible to ensure that our patients benefit from the best and most relevant expertise wherever it is, whether within their own country or in the rest of the world.

ALIMA’S TEAM: more than 1800 people are currently working for ALIMA. The field teams, closest to the patients, are guided by Coordination teams generally based in the country capitals. Coordination teams, in turn, receive support from the 4 regional or thematic teams (Team 1: Niger, Chad, Cameroon and DRC; Team 2: South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania and CAR; Team 3: Nigeria; Team 5: Guinea; Team 5: Emergency Response/Country opening team). All based at the operational headquarters in Dakar, Senegal except the Nigeria and Guinea teams. The Paris and New York groups are small and work to raise funds and represent ALIMA. ALIMA works in partnership with 5 local medical NGOs BEFEN (Niger), Alerte Santé (Chad), SOS Médecins and KEOOGO (Burkina Faso), and AMCP (Mali).

ALIMA, INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research), the Ivorian research institute PAC-Ci (Ivory Coast ANRS Cooperation Program) and the ISPED (Public Health Institute for Epidemiology and Development at the University of Bordeaux) created the Clinical and Operational Research Alliance (CORAL) partnership entity in 2016. CORAL has both the scientific expertise of clinical and epidemiologic research combined with operational medical capability to advance the development of prevention and treatment of common diseases, diagnoses and vaccines for the most lethal diseases. The purpose of this platform is to conduct sound research that will provide high-quality evidence leading to improved practices that will save populations directly at risk, as well as to anticipate potential crises.

In addition to CORAL, ALIMA is also partnering with other academic institutions: Oxford, NIH, Yale School of Public Health, Toronto SickKids Hospital.

COUNTRIES WHERE WE WORK IN 2020: Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, South Sudan, Mauritania.

THE WORK WE DO covers: Primary and Secondary Health Care, with a main focus on children and women - including treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition, maternal health, mental health, response to epidemics (Ebola, Cholera, Measles, Dengue, Lassa Fever), surgery, displaced populations, and gender based violence.

GOVERNANCE: ALIMA is governed by a Board of Directors of 10 elected positions and 4 co-opted positions from representatives of West African partner NGOs.


The Research Manager will be based in Dakar with visits to field projects and representation of ALIMA within CORAL and to external agencies, conferences or meetings. She/he will report directly to the General Director and the Director of operations. She/he will be a member of the Managers group that gathers the 20 top managers of ALIMA.


The Research Manager ensures that ALIMA’s research projects comply with legal and ethical requirements, receive appropriate Technical Support and Human Resource staffing.

S/he oversees research activities within the organization and is responsible for assuring the integration of research projects within the on-going programs, ie: integrated in the operational management.

Main Activities

S/he will support the current panel of research projects (see table in annex): S/he will work closely with CORAL platform, other research partners and the operational desks, based in Dakar and Abuja, to ensure they receive the adequate information and support. S/he assists in securing funding from donors for ongoing and new research projects.

Primary liaison with our research partners

The research manager is in charge of coordinating the CORAL Platform. This entity is composed of 2 representatives from the University of Bordeaux (clinical scientist and epidemiologist), 1 representative from INSERM, an infectious disease specialist from PAC-Ci and 3 representatives from ALIMA. The Research Manager will join this team and assist them to draft research proposals and monitor the grant submission process. S/he will be a member of the CORAL Directors’ Committee, will participate in the organization of the bi-annual meetings to discuss progress in ongoing projects (the PIPO, eg Pilotage de Projets) and the annual scientific committee.

She/he is also in charge to support the institutional relationships with our other research partners particularly to coordinate all legal, contractual and financial relationships.

Ensure that ALIMA complies with its duties when Sponsoring researches

Set-up the appropriate processes and tools for ALIMA to properly Sponsor trials including: international and local ethics compliance processes; international and national research insurances; data ownership compliance and Data Sharing policies; administrative requirements with research partners; other legal requirements.

She/he assures the convening of and on-going communication with appropriate governance boards for the trials sponsored by ALIMA, specifically Data Safety and Monitoring Boards, Scientific Advisory boards.

Supervise the research funding Advisor to identify and obtain funding for relevant research projects

The Research Manager will work closely with the Research Funding Advisor and members of CORAL to identify appropriate funding streams for research projects under consideration. S/he may also participate in liaising and maintaining relationships with donors, and providing regular information on on-going research and operations.

Support the regional and country teams in the implementation of research projects

The Research Manager, based in Dakar, develops familiarity will all ALIMA operations and maintains regular contact with Dakar-based operations teams. S/he supports the operational and research team to plan, find the resources and monitor the research projects within ALIMA. S/he will develop a network of contacts with Ethics Committees in countries where ALIMA is conducting studies.

Directly participate to research projects

S/He can participate directly to one or several research projects as an investigator or a project Coordinator.


• 3 years minimum as project leader or PI of research projects in LMICs.

• Proven ability to independently identify and process funding for medical research.

• Demonstrated competence in research in the areas of infectious disease, maternal-Child Health, childhood malnutrition

• Experience in team management/leadership


• Fluent English, written and spoken.

• French, spoken. Written is advantageous.


Contract: Open Ended Contract, 3 months’ probationary period renewable once - maximum 6 months of probationary period.

Starting Date: As soon as possible

Salary: Level 8 of the Dakar function grid. Gross salary starting at 2 000 000 CFA per month depending on experience.


  • Travel costs between the employee’s country of origin and Dakar, unless recruited locally;

  • Five weeks’ annual leave per year as well as a recovery system for days spent on work travel; + one additional month paid leave after 3 years at HQ

  • One round trip per year between Dakar and the employee’s country of origin for the employee and her / his dependents + one individual round trip;

  • One-time relocation allowance at the beginning of the contract in Dakar;

  • School annual enrollment fees for children from 2 to 18, according to the ALIMA HQ policy;

  • Comprehensive medical insurance including repatriation insurance for the employee and her/ his dependents, according to ALIMA’s insurance policy.

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