PhD FELLOW – PEN Plus Project

Lusaka, Zambia, Full Time Competitive package

PhD FELLOW – PEN Plus Project X1, LUSAKA- Ref No. PhD/Fel/09/03/22
The PhD fellowship is a program that recruits candidates who wish to pursue PhD academic training nested in the CIDRZ implemented projects. This fellowship Terms of Reference (TOR) describes work for the PhD Fellow who will be attached on the PEN Plus Project. The PEN Plus project is being funded by The Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.
PEN-Plus project is a model for integrated health service delivery for severe or advanced chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) at the first-referral hospital level. PEN-Plus builds on the World Health Organization’s Package of Essential NCD Interventions (WHO PEN). Whereas WHO PEN addresses common NCDs at the primary care level, PEN-Plus focuses on first level hospitals and care for more severe NCDs such as type 1 diabetes, sickle cell disease, and rheumatic and congenital heart disease. PEN-Plus trains integrated care teams of mid-level providers such as clinical officers and nurses to provide advanced-level care in rural district and hospitals to ensure availability and access to care for the poorest and most vulnerable populations.
Working under the Principal Investigator and in close collaboration with other team members, the Fellow supports the PI and Project Manager on various aspects of the study with a focus on day-to-day study activities at each study site.

Assists with study planning and preparation activities and participates in processes of project implementation.
Supports review of study needs and procurement of appropriate study consumables.
Participates in data analyses and lead in drafting requisite reports
Participates in development of manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals for publication
Supports development and implementation of project activities including training and assessment of learning of mid-level cadres on the project teams.
Participates in dissemination activities including presentations at conferences and publications in peer reviewed journals.
Works with the team to ensure the attainment of study deliverables and milestones
Supports the development of SOPs and other study tools as required
Collects and collates data for the PhD dissertation


Gain an in-depth knowledge of the study and participate in statistical analysis of study data.
Quality study related reports
Abstracts and Manuscripts for presentations and/or publication
Thesis for PhD at a recognized university in Zambia


Full Grade 12 Certificate
Master’s Degree in Health Sciences
Candidate should have already been accepted to study a PHD
Two (2) paged summary of proposed research work to be undertaken during the PhD program
Recommendation letters from at least 2 academic and/or professional referees.