The PartoMa study is an interdisciplinary research project that suggests a large scale-up implementation study building on an innovative pilot study from Zanzibar, where context-tailored clinical guidelines and reoccurring training of birth attendants (the PartoMa intervention) appeared associated with improved care and survival at birth. The proposed research will be situated in five Tanzanian urban, overburdened hospitals with more than 60,000 births annually. At these facilities, the overall aim is to investigate whether and how clinical guidelines and low-dose, high-frequency training may be context-modified to cost-effectively improve quality of intrapartum decision making and, ultimately, improve maternal and perinatal outcomes.

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The roles and responsibilities of the Postdoctoral student embedded in this project:
  • Engage in document preparation for Ethical review in collaboration with the other members of the research team.
  • Plan, co-ordinate, supervise and carry out pre-intervention quality of care study in all five facilities in Dar es Salaam, prior to development of the modified PartoMa intervention.
  • Explore data monitoring, surveillance practices and infrastructures in order to understand opportunities and challenges in generating accurate monitoring of birth data.
  • Engage in modifying the Zanzibar PartoMa intervention to match the needs at the five facilities in Dar es Salaam by collaborating with co-creators that include skilled birth attendants, hospital management and women.
  • Plan, co-ordinate, supervise and carry out the PartoMa intervention in all five facilities in Dar es Salaam.
  • Analyse quantitative and qualitative data collected within the PartoMa study, in collaboration with the research team.
  • Write manuscripts and present research at national and international meetings.
  • Participate in research dissemination activities, including public outreach.
  • Participate in research capacity building and teaching activities in Aga Khan University.
Skills, Qualifications and Experience:
  • PhD in epidemiology or other health sciences-related field.
  • Experience with epidemiological and qualitative analysis, preferably related to maternal or perinatal health.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and conversant in Swahili.
  • Working experience in a low- and middle-income country setting.
  • Ability to work relatively independently and collaborate within an interdisciplinary and international as demonstrated in previous team projects team.
Candidates meeting the above requirements, seeking professional growth and an excellent work environment should forward their letter of application, curriculum vitae, testimonials and addresses (postal and email) of three referees to the Associate Dean, Medical College c/o Human Resources Office, Aga Khan University, P.O. Box 125, Dar es Salaam; Fax (+255) (0) 22 2150875 or Email
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Applications Deadline: November 29, 2019