23 April 2019
Job ID: UD-298
Project Assistant (8-month project in Udon Thani)


MORU seeks to appoint a Project Assistant for the Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) for Young Children Thailand project, to be based in Udon Thani.


The PLH for Young Children project is a partnership between the University of Oxford, the University of Cape Town, UNICEF Thailand, and the Ministry of Public Health. The project focuses on the adaptation, feasibility pilot, and randomized controlled trial of an evidence-based parenting intervention to prevent violence against young children by parents and primary caregivers in Thailand. The Project Coordinator will have an opportunity to work within an international team to support exciting new parenting intervention development and evaluation.


The post holder will be co-supervised by the PLH for Young Children Research Manager, and will also work closely with co-Principal Investigators and co-Investigators, and other research team members.


Job description

  • Coordinating quantitative data collection during the randomized controlled trial with the Research Manager and Project Coordinator;
  • Coordinating local data collectors who will be administering questionnaires and observational assessments;
  • Coordinating the work of intervention deliverers (nurses, social workers, and community volunteers) in Muang and Phen districts in Udon Thani;
  • Managing and reporting on activity schedule plans to the Research Manager;
  • Organizing in-person and online meetings with the research team, programme deliverers, and project partners;
  • Working with the Research Manager and Project Coordinator on facilitator and research staff training and supervision issues;
  • Supporting the management of project finances in collaboration with the Research Manager and the Project Coordinator;
  • Coordinating the purchase, maintenance, inventory, and distribution of necessary project equipment and supplies;
  • Domestic travel as and when required; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


Compulsory criteria

  • Thai Nationality
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in project coordination or administration
  • Experience in organizing meetings and events
  • Experience in working on community development projects
  • Strong organizational, administrative, and logistical coordination skills
  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, Dropbox, Google Docs, and Doodle Calendar
  • Ability to solve problems effectively, independently, and with others
  • Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with international team members
  • Ability to manage time, work schedules, and deadlines effectively
  • Honesty, integrity, professionalism, and willingness to work overtime when necessary
  • Good  written and verbal communication skills in English and Thai
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Proficiency in Isan language
  • B.A. degree (preferably in the Medical Sciences or Social Sciences)


Desirable criteria

  • M.A. degree in the Medical Sciences or Social Sciences, or relevant experience
  • Experience in collecting or coordinating the collection of quantitative data, including questionnaires
  • Experience in supporting the implementation of randomized controlled trials
  • Experience in translating written documents from Thai to English and English to Thai, to a high standard
  • Knowledge and experience in community-based approaches to working with families facing adversity



Interested candidates please send your resume together with a cover letter to the Research Manager, Amalee McCoy


Application close:  1 May 2019


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Job Details:

Mahidol-Oxford Research Unit,
Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) is a medical research collaboration between the Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, the University of Oxford, and the Wellcome Trust (UK). Our main research interests are the epidemiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment of malaria, scrub typhus, melioidosis, leptospirosis and other tropical infections which impose a substantial disease burden on rural populations throughout this populous region. MORU is looking for enthusiastic people to join our team.

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