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Community Development Officer - MalariaGEN

Wellcome Sanger Institute

Hours: Full Time, Part Time, Flexible Working

We have a new opportunity for a Community Development Officer to work within a small team that provides support for MalariaGEN partners as the engage with MalariaGEN (Home | MalariaGEN) and its products.

The Opportunity:

You will be working with the Malaria Genomic Epidemiology Network (Home | MalariaGEN) to connect partners in over 40 countries with genomic surveillance technologies to accelerate the elimination of malaria. This will involve working across internal delivery teams and engaging with in country teams to drive forward successful and meaningful collaborations in a dynamic and complex environment.

About the Team:

The MalariaGEN Community Team is responsible for a large and complex portfolio of partnerships that aim to build in-country surveillance and research capacity and a strong collaborative malaria community. Our global genomic surveillance model is now focusing on utilisation of our data products to inform malaria control decision making and therefore the team is going through a period of expansion to support both broadening and deepening engagement activities across the network.

About the Role:

You will work closely with the Community Development Lead and engage directly with MalariaGEN partners to support the integration of malaria genomics into national malaria control programs and global health policy. This requires developing strong trust relationships with public health and research scientists working in malaria endemic countries. It always requires working across our internal teams to ensure that you have the information the partners need, and that partners needs are considered in all our activities.

About You:

With a background in science, you will be motivated by working collaboratively in every way and have a flair for relationship building. You will be inspired by working in a complex and evolving landscape and working with a diverse group of partners, you will be able to find the connectivity between them while respecting their unique drivers. You must be highly organised with strong communication and time management skills with excellent attention to detail. You would be joining a team that promotes personal and professional development, thus giving you the chance to grow within the role and build your potential.

Essential Skills


  • Educated to degree level in a scientific subject or equivalent experience in a scientific environment.
  • Previous experience of publication management
  • Previous experience of coordinating the successful and timely delivery of tasks and projects.
  • High level of organisational ability, highly focused, able to multi-task and manage multiple priorities.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and diplomacy skills, with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with a wide range of stakeholders both orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge in global public health, translational science and malaria and an interest in continuing to develop that knowledge.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.

Competencies and Behaviours:

  • Confident and collaborative.
  • Clear understanding of issues of confidentiality.
  • Able to work independently and solution focused.
  • Able to build and maintain strong working relationships.
  • Excellent teamwork, communication, organisation skills

Ideal Skills


  • Previous experience of working in a science programme or equivalent environment.
  • Written or spoken understanding of French language.

Other information

We have adopted a flexible hybrid model to enable a balance of remote and office working, and in addition we welcome applications for full time, part time or flexible working.

You can find out more about MalariaGEN and the work we are doing here: Home | MalariaGEN. You can also find out more about our inspiring campus here: Life at Sanger – Wellcome Sanger Institute

Application Process:

Please apply with your CV and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role, addressing the criteria set out above and in the job description. 

We will be aiming to shortlist wk commencing 29th November with the view to hold interviews via zoom wk commencing 13th December 2021.

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Location: Cambridge, Hinxton
Salary: £37,104 to £43,900 per annum. Grade 2
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th November 2021
Closes: 28th November 2021
Job Ref: 84551
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