Manager, Community Engagement

Reports to: Associate Director, Community Engagement 


IAVI is seeking a highly qualified Manager, Community Engagement who will be responsible for coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Community Engagement Program and providing operational support to ensure program objectives are achieved. The successful candidate will support the implementation of Good Participatory Practice (GPP) at clinical research centers (CRCs) involved in IAVI research studies across TB, HIV, and other emerging infectious diseases.


Develop trial specific GPP plans for clinical trials.
Train and support community liaison officers (CLOs) and other CE staff at CRCs on GPP, research and vaccine literacy, and other related concepts.
Facilitate networking and cross learnings of CLOs and other CE staff across partner CRCs through quarterly calls and annual meetings
Provide technical support to CRC staff in writing and strengthening implementation of GPP plans.
Coordinate monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of activities within the community engagement portfolio according to IAVI and donor requirements.
Support the development of and reporting on IAVI’s community engagement budgets.
Facilitate two-way communication between community CRC and IAVI and the escalation of concerns/issues raised by CLOs and CABs to study team and management as appropriate.
Develop research literacy materials for the specific indication/trial/population to support effective GPP implementation.
Support CRC partners in study results dissemination to study volunteers and communities as needed, working closely with the IAVI study team.
Provide community engagement updates to project team meetings and donor reports.
Provide input on the protocol management plans (PMP) relevant to GPP implementation for the study.
Develop community engagement related processes, including SOPs, work instructions, and tools/templates under the direction of the Associate Director, Community Engagement.
Work with IAVI and CRC staff to write abstracts, reports, publications, and newsletters on GPP and Community Engagement for internal IAVI and external purposes.
Stay up to date on required trainings, including identification of changes in of applicable regulations and best practices with regards to clinical trial conduct.
Support the process of onboarding and training new hires.
Perform other duties as assigned by the manager.


Bachelor’s degree in relevant field is required.
Minimum 6 years of experience in clinical trials with 5 years’ experience in community engagement and GPP support of clinical trials is required.


Certificate of training in GPP is required.
Expert knowledge of community engagement and Good Participatory Practices is required.
Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills, including PowerPoint and use of other presentation tools is required.
Ability to translate key scientific and research concepts into layman’s terms is required.
Ability to deliver on assigned tasks within assigned deadline is required.
Ability to work independently, under minimum supervision and take initiatives is required.
Ability to adapt to diverse educational and cultural backgrounds and maintain a high standard of professional conduct as a representative of IAVI is required.
Travel 15-30% is required.
Strong organizational skills are required.
Track record of project management is highly desirable.Experience in vaccine or infectious disease clinical trials in Africa is highly desirable.
Organizational Overview:

IAVI is a nonprofit scientific research organization dedicated to addressing urgent, unmet global health challenges including HIV and tuberculosis. Our mission is to translate scientific discoveries into affordable, globally accessible public health solutions. Through scientific and clinical research in Africa, India, Europe, and the U.S., IAVI is pioneering the development of biomedical innovations designed for broad global access. We develop vaccines and antibodies in and for the developing world and seek to accelerate their introduction in low-income countries. IAVI programs and partnerships are grounded in the regions of the world where the disease burden is the greatest, and our approach emphasizes sustainability. Our network of clinical research center partners in Africa and India helps strengthen in-country research capacity and supports the training and education of the next generation of scientists. The global impact of our science includes fundamental contributions to understanding the biology of HIV infection, which IAVI and others are applying toward advancing vaccine science and immunology. IAVI accelerates scientific discovery and development by fostering unique collaborations among academia, industry, local communities, governments, and funders to explore new and better ways to address public health threats that disproportionately affect people living in poverty. Our global reach, including a clinical research network in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa and in India, has allowed us to make fundamental contributions to understanding the epidemiology, transmission, virology, and immunology of HIV. This work played a key role in facilitating the design of promising HIV vaccine candidates, as well as the discovery of broadly neutralizing antibodies that are now being advanced as promising approaches for HIV prevention. Our integrated capabilities in vaccine and antibody discovery, development, and clinical research take advantage of bio-pharmaceutical industry expertise to accelerate the development and testing of prevention methods for HIV and other diseases. Through the Product Development Center, we support external researchers with technical and scientific expertise to accelerate the development of their own products.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required of personnel so classified. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” relationship. IAVI is an equal opportunity employer and applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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About International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI)

The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative is a global not-for-profit, public-private partnership working to accelerate the development of vaccines to prevent HIV infection and AIDS.