Urgently Required: Public and Community Engagement Officer for Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit (EOCRU)

 The Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit (EOCRU) in Jakarta opened in 2008 with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology and the University of Oxford, to conduct collaborative research on infectious diseases impacting the health of Indonesians and residents of other Southeast Asian nations. University of Oxford also has a partnership (MoU) with Universitas Indonesia, and they jointly established the Universities of Indonesia and Oxford Clinical Research Laboratory (IOCRL) which is a facility dedicated to supporting collaborative clinical research between the universities. EOCRU is also part of the Oxford Tropical Network with research units in Africa, Asia and UK, and operates under the auspices of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam.


Clinical trials of chemotherapeutics, diagnostics and vaccines for tropical infections of public health importance in Indonesia, principally malaria, tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance, and other emerging and neglected tropical diseases, form the core of EOCRU’s activities, with associated epidemiological, laboratory, and clinical research. EOCRU aims to have a positive and significant impact on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases to improve patient care in Indonesia and the region. This is being achieved via an expanding long-term research programme with our local hosts and partners, contributions to research training, and public engagement with science. Current EOCRU core staff includes 3 Oxford-employed expatriate scientists, Indonesian scientists, administrative and finance support staff, and clinical trials support staff.


In conducting their work in Indonesia, EOCRU is assisted by Alliance for Emerging and Re-emerging Disease Threats in Asia Foundation (ALERTAsia), a local foundation assisting in research grant management and capacity building for local researchers.


EOCRU has a dynamic and innovative Public and Community Engagement team responsible for promoting the image and science of EOCRU in Indonesia and building bridges between researchers, the public and research community. The PCE department has a strong focus on digital engagement and youth involvement, as well as research and engagement interests in underserved communities.  Through ALERTAsia we are seeking an experienced “Public and Community Engagement Officer (PCE) Officer”.



Role and Responsibility:


Public and community engagement

  • Assisting the engagement with EOCRU clinical trial’s collaborators to enhance their interactions with patients and communities.
  • Working together with the PCE Officer in Sumba to organize and implement public engagement activities in eastern Indonesia, particularly Sumba Island.
  • Developing the public and community engagement annual plan according to the unit’s five years plan.
  • Providing project data collection and verification as part of programme monitoring and evaluation.


Researchers’ capacity building in PCE

  • Working together with the PCE Manager and PCE team in Vietnam to organize PCE workshop for researchers.
  • Managing and maintaining communication with researchers and/or collaborators who received PCE Seed Award, including:

o   Archiving the reports, photos, videos, or any media/tools produced.

o   Assisting the activities and provide recommendations if required.

o   Coordinate with PCE Seed Award in charge in OUCRU to update the progress and post the result in any appropriate platforms.

  • Proactively work to coordinate with, approach, and support the researchers, collaborators, and local partners in each research site.


Social science research

·       Involve in data collection and analysis of any social science research conducted by the PCE team.


PCE Internship programme

  • Managing day-to-day PCE internship programme, including coordinating intern’s schedules, assignments, and their final evaluation.


General coordination and administration

  • Prepare letters, budgets, purchase requests, and any document required for the development and delivery of project activities.
  • Identify relevant stakeholders to implement project activities.
  • Responsible for logistics arrangements and financial process of all project activities in charge.
  • Other tasks requested by the PCE manager of EOCRU Head of Unit.



Essential criteria:

·       University degree in Public Health, Communication, Social Science or other relevant field.

·       At least 3 years proven extensive experience working on community development and/or project management.

·   Demonstrable field experience of working with community groups with variety backgrounds, as well as managing day to day project implementation.

·       Excellent spoken and written Bahasa Indonesia and English.

·       Capable of working within multi-cultural teams and flexibility within rapidly changing environment and deadline.

·       Demonstrate ability and enthusiasm to collaborate with different partners and audience.

·       Willingness to perform other tasks requested by PCE Manager.


Preferred criteria:

·       Experience working in non-profit agencies and/or health related institutions.

·       Good knowledge on and practices of participatory activities and/or research.

·       Experience of evaluating community-based projects.

·       Able to travel to rural area in Indonesia with minimum facilities.



The selected candidate will receive a one-year contract with possible extension, and remuneration package that includes annual leave, sick leave, THR, compensation money, optional private medical cover, BPJS Kesehatan, and not to mention fully paid income tax and BPJS Ketenagakerjaan (JAMSOSTEK). The salary shall be competitive and dependent upon qualifications and salary history.


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How to Apply

(Please make sure you submit complete requirements to the application)

Interested candidates are invited to send your Cover Letter* and Curriculum Vitae by email to hro@alertasia.org with subject line EOCRU_PCE Officer_(name of applicant).


(*) The cover letter should detail:

·       What part of your education, training or employment history has best equipped you for this position?

·       What experience do you have in a community development programme?

·       Why is community participatory important to you?

·       Names of three referees who can provide details of relevant experience.



Please submit your application not later than Saturday, 05 February 2022; 24.00 p.m.

Thank you for your attention.