a professional organization working in the field of leprosy and
disability in 16 leprosy endemic countries. Each year, around 219.000
people globally are diagnosed with leprosy. Indonesia ranks number 3,
with relatively high disability rates. NLR, with its International
Office in Amsterdam, has been supporting projects in Indonesia since
1967. The main partner of NLR Indonesia is the Ministry of Health (MoH)
and activities are aligned to MoH policies and priorities. At provincial
level, the Leprosy Control Program Technical Advisors (LCTAs) are
strengthening the capacity of the provincial and districs government’s
health staff to improve the quality of leprosy services. Next to
supporting leprosy control, NLR Indonesia’s Inclusion and Disability
program aims to support and advance holistic, community-based
rehabilitation and sustainable inclusive development for persons with
disabilities, including children with disabilities and people affected
e.g. single-dose of rifampicin (SDR) have been shown to be effective as
post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) in contacts of leprosy patients. It is
expected to be sufficiently bactericidal to treat people with
subclinical leprosy infection. It is not found to be very effective in
close contacs hence an effective additional strategy is screening of
contacs of new cases using an immunological screening test and giving
those testing positive an enhanced prophylaxis with two antibiotics and
the intervention is known as PEP++, while the others whor are not
positive receive a single dose of rifampicin.
on 2017, NLR will implement the PEP++ in 3 highest leprosy endemic
countries (India, Brazil and Indonesia). In Indonesia, the five-years
project will be implemented in two districs of East Java. Our dream is
to stop transmission of leprosy with objectives are to achieve early
detection and preventive treatment of leprosy-infected people before
symtoms appear, to provide and to disseminate evidence of the
effectiveness of the Stop Transmission approach to relevant
will carry out his or her own research needed to fulfil the criteria
for a PhD at the Erasmus Medical Centre (ErMC). The details of the
research tasks will vary for each PhD topic. S/he reports to the PEP++
Project Coordinator. S/he assists the PEP++ Project Coordinator in
coordinating all field research of the PEP++ research project. S/he
liaises with the Academic Supervisor (promotor) and co-promotor at ErMC,
and with the Principal Investigator in his/her own country. S/he also
liaises with the PEP++ PhD candidates based elsewhere regarding the
division of research tasks, data collection and management.
- Assist in the project implementation.
- Liaise closely with the partner organisation(s)/departments through whom the project is carried out.
- Prepare annual plans for own (PhD) activities in the PEP++ Project.
- Prepare annual budgets for own (PhD) activities in the PEP++ Project.
- Arrange monthly scientific monitoring meetings with the field staff..
and submit quarterly progress reports and an annual progress report on
own work to the Project Coordinator and PhD supervisors.
- Guide and help supervise PEP++ field staff in technical aspects of their work during regular field visits.
- Carry out own field research.
in and monitor the data collection in the project areas and to assist
in maintaining the database (including regular backups) in liaison with
the local health authorities and ErMC.
- Write scientific papers and give presentations about the PEP++ project.
- Carry out research duties while spending time in the Netherlands each year.
- Help translate any technical documents from English to the national language or vice versa, as relevant..
- Take part in national workshops related to the project.
- Assist in the training of PEP++ Project field staff.
- Offer on-the-job training in research methods as necessary.
- Facilitate networking with other organisations working with leprosy in the country.
- Any other duties as assigned by the Project Coordinator.
in relevant field (MPH, MSc) with minimum 5 (five) years experiences in
research and demonstrable health program/project management.
- Proven experience in operational research.
- Ability to analyze and interpret data.
- Good facilitator, motivator, and problem solver..
- Sensitivity for intercultural differences.
- Good communication skills.
- Willingness for frequent travels.
- Proficient in written and spoken English is essential.
- Computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, internet, Epi-info, SPSS, etc.).