Technical Advisor, Scientific Writing vacancy at the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria

The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) is a non-governmental organization that provides prevention, diagnosis, treatment, capacity building, research, and care and support services for infectious and non-infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and cancer.

We are seeking a Technical Advisor, Scientific Writing (TASW) to provide cross-cutting technical support for research accruing from IHVN SECURE-Nigeria project data.

The TASW will be responsible for leading the manuscript development for identified tasks within SECURE-Nigeria project. Specifically, the TASW will conceptualize research topics, develop draft manuscripts, manage feedback comments, and initiate manuscript submission to reputable peer-review journals until the timely online publication of articles. The position will require a flexible work schedule, including occasional travel and weekend work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conceptualize research topics and develop draft manuscripts for identified tasks within the SECURE-Nigeria project
  • Liaise with the respective IHVN project leads and data analysts to develop methods and result sections of proposed manuscripts
  • Manage feedback comments on draft manuscripts from co-authors and editorial reviewers towards the development of finalized submission-ready manuscripts
  • Initiate manuscript submission to reputable peer-review journals and follow up until timely online publication
  • Provide timely and adequate technical support on implementation research to designated SECURE-Nigeria projects
  • Attend relevant technical meetings and keep unit colleagues updated on research activities and deliverables
  • Liaise with and provide technical assistance to project leads on project development and implementation towards improvement in the quality of data available for manuscript writing and research publications
  • Provide monthly, quarterly, and annual reports on research activities and accomplishments

Minimum Essential Requirements:

  • Advanced Clinical Degree (MD, MBBS, BMChB, BPh, DM, RN or equivalent Degree) with at least 7 years’ experience in scientific writing
  • An advanced degree in epidemiology, public health, or related background is needed
  • A thorough understanding of IDSR guideline, relevant infectious disease epidemiology, and public health issues
  • Strong scientific background with a track record of publications with at least 3 as first author

Application Process:

Interested and qualified candidates should send a detailed Resume and a one-page Cover Letter as one MS Word document explaining suitability for the position to the “Assistant Director, Human Resources” via [email protected]. Please use the Job Title and Location as the subject of the email. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


This is a performance-based position that will be reviewed quarterly. In the event that the TASW is consistently not meeting deliverables as outlined by the work plan, the contract will be terminated.

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