The training sessions will take place in Cape Town.
As the training coordinator of the mRNA vaccine hub, the expert will:
Additionally, the expert will assist Afrigen with administrative requirements, such as visa applications, and logistics, such as travel and accommodation arrangements.
Supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), the project is aiming at establishing a hub of production of mRNA vaccines against Covid-19. The hub is localised in Afrigen, a biotechnology company established in Cape Town, Western Cape province, South Africa. The hub will subsequently transfer the technology to global spokes.
The South-African consortium implementing the programme is composed of :
The SA consortium is supported by the Department of Science and Innovation, as well as the Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
The expert will work daily with Afrigen leadership:
The ETI will report to the Counsellor for Global Health at the French Embassy in Pretoria, regularly, at least twice a month.
And she/he will work closely with the SAMRC and other experts at WHO and MPP involved in the mRNA hub programme.
Description of the hosting facilities
The expert will have her/his office fully equiped with informatics, at the South African Medical Research Council (https://www.samrc.ac.za/) head quarters but most of the training will take place at Afrigen (https://www.afrigen.co.za/).
Diploma: Ph.D in Biological Science or Health Science, Master possible depending on professional experience
Professional and knowledge experiences:
-Molecular Biology, sequencing
-Minimun 5 years of experience of laboratory practice in molecular and cellular biology
-Proficient in oral presentation, in French and in English
-Knowledge of vaccine manufacturing is an asset.
-Capacity to carry out projects in a multicultural environnement, experience of position abroad
-Capacity for analysis and synthesis
-Good sense of organisation and anticipation
-Decision-making and management skills
-Knowledge of the African continent is an asset
-Mandatory fluent in oral and written communication in French and in English
-Organised, methodical, autonomous
-Good interpersonal skill and team spirit.
Candidates interested in this opportunity are invited submit their file as soon as possible, Expertise France reserving the right to stablish a shortlist before this date.
Deadline for application : 3 April 2022 23:59