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The East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC) is an Institution of the East African Community (EAC) established by the 5th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State on 18th June 2007. The EAHRC has been established as a mechanism for making available to the community, advice upon all matters of health and health related research and findings necessary for knowledge generation, technological development, policy formulations, practices and related matters. The Commission is the principal advisory institution to the EAC on all matters related to health Research and Development (R&D).

The establishment of the East African Health Research Journal (EAHRJ) is in line with the protocol establishing the EAHRC in its mandate of promoting and facilitating the application of knowledge from research.

The EAHRJ aims, among others, strengthening national and regional health policy and practice, developing human resource capacities and skills, promoting exchange and dissemination of health research information, advocacy of evidences generated from health research; and accessing to research and scientific work from East Africa.

Organ / Institution: East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC)

Duty Station: Arusha, Tanzania

Job Grade: Equivalent to Professional Position

Job reports to: Editor-in-Chief, EAHRJ

Job Purpose:

The consultant will copyedit manuscripts submitted to the East African Health Research Journal to prepare them for publication. The consultant will report to editor-in-chief of the journal.

Duties and Responsibilities:

i. Format manuscripts in Microsoft Word to ensure consistent styles are applied within and across articles
ii. Edit manuscripts to improve organization, readability, clarity, conciseness, and adherence to house style.
iii. Edit manuscript and related files for errors in spelling, punctuation, and syntax.
iv. Verify facts, dates, and statistics, using standard reference sources.
v. Check data referenced in the body of manuscripts against related tables and figures.
vi. Format references according to American Medical Association (AMA) reference style guidelines.
vii. Ensure in-text citations are in proper numerical order according to AMA guidelines.
viii. Edit tables and figures and format according to house style.
ix. Proofread articles after typesetting to ensure adherence to house style and appropriate layout, correct misspellings, resolve grammar and punctuation errors, and confirm URL links are active.
x. Collate internal and author corrections to articles after typesetting.
xi. Communicate with editors and authors to resolve questions.
xii. Adhere to deadlines to ensure timely and successful publication of each issue.
xiii. Interact with Editorial Manager Manuscript management system.

Qualifications and Experience:

Academic and professional qualifications:
- Masters or PhD in biology or medical field

Work experience:
- 5 years of experience editing journal articles or equivalent-style research papers.

Skills and Competencies:

- Native English speaker with thorough knowledge of the English language
- Familiarity with various style guides and manuals, particularly the AMA Manual of Style
- Familiarity with British spelling
- Ability to adhere to tight deadlines
- Experience with fact checking
- Concentration, accuracy, and great attention to detail
- Tact and diplomacy for negotiating changes with authors
- Self-motivation
- IT skills, especially MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Graphic design skills a plus.


Applicants from all over the world are eligible to apply for this position at the East African Health Research Commission.

Terms and Conditions of Service:

The above position is tenable for a contract period of twelve (12) months renewable under satisfactory performance.

Equal Opportunity:

The above position is tenable for a contract period of twelve months renewable under satisfactory performance.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above mentioned position are advised to send their applications, detailed curriculum vitae, and photocopies of academic certificates, names and contact details of three (03) referees.

Please quote the reference number on the subject of the email and forward to the address below.

Applications should be submitted to the address below not later than 25th August 2017

Important Note:

1) Please submit your application electronically.
2) Applications which do not: indicate the reference number; an application  letter attached; have copies academic degrees and other professional certificates; and do not provide three referees shall be disqualified
3) Only qualified candidates will be contacted

Please note that EAHRC does not require candidates to pay money for the recruitment process. All invitations for interviews shall be done in writing.

The Executive Secretary
East African Health Research Commission (EAHRC)
C/O: Room 618, AICC Building, Kilimanjaro Wing (6th Floor)
P.O.Box 1096, Arusha, Tanzania
Tel: +255-27-2162100 ext 2114 
E-mail: eahrc-admin [at]

Application Deadline:

Friday, 25 August 2017 - 5:00pm

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