Innovations and Knowledge Translation Officer

Job Title: Innovations and Knowledge Translation Officer (IKTO)
Reports to: Principal, MakCHS
Classification: Open-ended but initially fixed term, full time contract

Job purpose Summary
Makerere University College of Health Sciences core business is to train health workers, conduct research and provide healthcare services to community. Innovations that emerge from the above business can improve training, healthcare delivery. The Innovations and Knowledge Translation (IKT) office provides support to staff, students and researchers at MakCHS to convert innovations and research findings into policies or practices that support health care decisions.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic guidance for activities related to converting MakCHS knowledge assets into actions that influence health policy and practice.
  • Create opportunities for linkage between researchers and decision makers in order to accelerate the use of scientific research in decision making.
  • Support scientists to translate their research findings and innovations into versions that convey clear messages for the intended lay consumers.
  • Support MakCHS├ö├ç├û Intellectual Property Protection processes
  • Participate in knowledge translation initiatives within MakCHS and beyond in order to widen networks of influence for use of science in health decision making.
  • Conduct operational research to improve the uptake of research into practice.
  • Deliver (implement) the MakCHS IKT strategic plan 2012-2017
  • Any other related business as may be assigned by the supervisor


  • A first or higher degree in a health related field and at least four years of research experience
  • A first or higher degree in a communications related field and at least four years of continuous communications work-experience working with the media, an academic institution or a development/private organization.
  • Strong advocacy and networking experience
  • Knowledge of Intellectual Property Protection processes is an added advantage
  • Other necessary skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Good people relations
  • Experience working a multi-cultural environment
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Mastery of the English language. Other commonly spoken local and international languages is an added advantage

Application Procedure:
Please submit your applications accompanied with detailed curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and photocopies of academic certificates and transcripts to:

The Principal
Makerere University
College of Health Sciences
1st Floor, Clinical Research Building
Publication and Information Center
P.O Box 7072, Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 414 530021

Application deadline: Friday December 6th 2013 (5:00pm)

Only short listed applicants will be contacted