Lead Research

Lead Research (3 Years Fixed Term Contract) – South Africa
ARE YOU WHO WE’RE LOOKING FORWe are looking for a Lead Researcher to join Frontline AIDS and our consortium partners in our efforts to research the effectiveness and acceptability of underused Hepatitis C prevention innovations with people who use drugs in community and prison harm reduction settings in three Lower Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). You are an experienced researcher with a clear focus on team objectives, as well as your own. You will promote good practice within your field of expertise and will challenge ways of working to ensure the highest quality and levels of efficiency. Your actions will be aligned with the vision and mission of Frontline AIDS and you will inspire the same behaviour in your peers. You are comfortable working in a hybrid matrix management environment.



Representing Frontline AIDS work and working in close collaboration with academic and grant implementors in country and internationally, to ensure a cohesive joint portfolio of work on Hepatitis C contributing to the evidence base required to achieve the WHO set target to reduce new hepatitis C infections among people who inject drugs by 75% by 2030. Responsible for overseeing and developing research protocols and tools for data collection and analysis for operational research studies in partnership with communities of people who use drugs in Egypt, Nigeria and Kyrgyzstan and ensuring the soundness of the research. To oversee and co-design processes of ethically and meaningfully engaging with people who use drugs in the implementation sites to ensure their involvement in research and piloting initiatives. You will work to the highest standards of community involvement and take an appropriate risk-based approach to the involvement of these communities. To lead on all aspects of quality assurance across all research outputs of the consortium including reviewing and signing off on protocols, methodologies, approvals and drafts. Support and help advise partners on getting research protocols through relevant national ethical review boards. To represent and communicate on behalf of Frontline AIDS and the consortia, the research programme to high level external stakeholders such as UNITAID, the Global Fund, UN bodies such as WHO, IAS and Academic bodies. This will include submitting and presenting abstracts in academic forums, conferences, national and international forums and speaking on high level panels externally. Support partners to use the study findings in their networking and advocacy with national governments. Working with the wider team to use the programme outputs and experience to position the Frontline AIDS partnership as a global leader in innovation in community led approaches to harm reduction. This will be in line with the partnership’s innovation road map and action 6 of its strategy, the Global Plan of Action. To network and communicate the work with a global technical reference group of external expertise to ensure that the research produced is of practical use to the wider harm reduction community in understanding the efficacy of these underused approaches and advancing the scalability framework for the national grants.


Responsible for leading and task managing a team of in country researchers and guiding them through the process of research implementation. Representing the Frontline AIDS led Consortia on various global and regional technical working groups that form part of the project governance structure, including the global steering committee that includes UNITAID, and the global technical advisory panel. Working closely with the Frontline AIDS Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team along with research partner Alliance for Public Health in Ukraine, to support the monitoring of the programme and data management. Working closely with the Lead: Programmes to ensure high standards of project delivery across the consortia including high quality and sound research outputs. Acting as deputy project manager from time to time to ensure timely and high-quality decision making and representation. Work with partners to shape research work that can support the ethical testing, scaling and sustainability of successful underused harm reduction methods and defend the soundness of the research. To provide leadership across the organisation and partnership on emerging areas of harm reduction research and where the partnership can add most value. This may include supporting the development of funding proposals or consortia.


Oversee and task manage a complex, multi-country research portfolio including multiple partners, consultants and staff. Working closely with the Lead: Programmes, Adviser: Programme Safeguarding and the External Technical Reference group to provide clear and practical guidance on how research processes will approach participant safeguarding in line with the organisational safeguarding framework to inform research design and risk management.


Frontline AIDS cultural philosophy is that Action Makes the Difference. The attitudes and approach we take at work are guided by our organisational values – Freethinker, Inspired by Difference and Firestarter – and their associated behaviours. Knowing what is expected of us every day will help Frontline AIDS to be a great place to work. Strong commitment to the approach of Frontline AIDS to equality of opportunity, the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, and to supporting a workforce that reflects our globally diverse movement, and ensures our work is enhanced by a range of ideas on the issues and challenges we work on.

Who we are

We’ve been on the frontline of the world’s response to HIV and AIDS for over 25 years, working with marginalised people who are denied HIV prevention and treatment simply because of who they are and where they live.

Set up in 1993 to work with community groups in the countries most affected by the global AIDS epidemic, we’ve continually adapted our approach, looking for innovative ways to break down the barriers that marginalise people living with, or at risk of acquiring, HIV. All with one goal in mind – a future free from AIDS for everyone, everywhere.

Everything we do is rooted in our two key beliefs:

  • That the lives of all human beings are of equal value.
  • That everyone has the right to access the HIV information and services they need for a healthy life.

Today, we work with communities in more than 40 countries, taking local, national and global action on HIV, health and human rights.

As a global partnership that is open to everyone, we can only do what we do – and achieve what we want to achieve – by working with partners from grassroots community groups to national governments. Our partners drive change where it matters, shaking up the status quo and making a noise on issues the world often chooses to ignore.

Are you the Frontliner we’re looking for?

You are a committed team member with a clear focus on team objectives, as well as your own. You will promote best practice within your field of expertise and challenge ways of working to ensure the highest quality and levels of efficiency. Your actions will be aligned with Frontline AIDS vision and you will inspire the same behaviour in your peers. You are comfortable working in a matrix management environment.

Closing Date is: 14 February 2023

Interview Date is: TBC

Please note: the salary shown is for the UK, for South Africa it will be locally benchmarked.

We have transitioned to a hybrid model of working We are currently working from home but you will also be required to spend time working alongside your team as appropriate in our office in Brighton (East Sussex, UK) or Cape Town (South Africa). The successful applicant will need to either hold, or be able to obtain, the right to work in the UK and or South Africa .

Frontline AIDS is committed to diversity and inclusion in its hiring approach. We welcome applications from Black people, and other people of colour, people with disabilities, people living with HIV and LGBTIQ+ and non-binary individuals.

All offers of employment will be subject to satisfactory references and a criminal records check. Having a criminal conviction and/or any other information divulged on the DBS/PVG or country equivalent check would not necessarily prevent you from working for the charity, but any recruitment decision will be dependent on the nature of the position sought and the circumstances and background of the offence(s).

Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults

Frontline AIDS operates a rigorous recruitment and selection process that reflects our commitment to child protection. The Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy can be downloaded here

Frontline AIDS is a Disability Confident Employer and will ensure all applicants with a disability who meet the minimum requirements of the job as set out in the job description and employee specification will be guaranteed an interview.

How to apply

Find out more by downloading the full job description and person specification. If you are excited by this opportunity and think it’s right for you, we’d love to hear from you so apply using the button at the top of this page and upload your CV along with a covering letter outlining why you are a great match for this role.



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