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Kilifi, KenyaCentre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, East Africa (CoWeCH)Aga Khan University

​The proposed research explores a critical aspect of child health: the link between undernutrition and neuro-disability in infants under 6 months in African communities. 

We aim to delve into the relationship between early nutrition and neurodevelopment, shedding light on how improving infant nutrition could lead to better neurodevelopmental outcomes. By addressing this gap in our understanding, we hope to discover new ways to prevent undernutrition among children with neuro disabilities in these communities. This research aligns with GEO's commitment to discovering innovative solutions to pressing global challenges and promoting international collaborations. It represents an effort to contribute to our shared mission of advancing knowledge and making a meaningful impact on child health in the global context. 

Using data from the pregnancy birth cohorts in Kenya and The 
Gambia of the PRECISE-DYAD network (https://precisenetwork.org/precise-dyad/), with >3000 mother-infant pairs, we will conduct a secondary data analysis to address the following research questions: 
  • What is the prevalence of undernutrition among children with neuro-disability in African infants under 6 months? 
  • How does the timing of undernutrition influence their neurodevelopmental outcomes at 6 months? 
  • How do maternal micronutrient status and placental biomarkers influence the degree of undernutrition among children with neuro-disability under 6 months?
  • Assist in data cleaning in preparation for data analysis
  • Collaborate with the research team to apply data science methodologies and tools to address specific research questions
  • Contribute to the development of reports, scientific papers and presentations based on research findings.
  • Maintain regular communication with mentor and research team members to ensure project objectives are being met.​
  • Currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr)​ in the fields of Data Science, Statistics, Computer Science or related field.
  • Strong analytical skills and demonstrated interest in applying data science to research.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to work in a collaborative research team.
  • Proficiency in relevant data analysis and data visualization software and tools.
  • Necessary oral and written fluency in English.  
  • A thoughtful critical thinker, computer literate with proficiency in Office tools, who solve problems resourcefully.
  • Professional strengths like multitasking, initiative, and curiosity to continue learning.
  • Culturally sensitive and respectful, handles pressure well, and is energetic about gaining new perspectives through research.​

​Dr Helen Nabwera is a UK MRC/FCDO African Research Leader (2020) awardee. She has over two decades of clinical research experience from sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. She qualified from the University of Nottingham Medical School and did her postgraduate clinical training in the East and West Midlands Deaneries of the UK. She was awarded a Medical Research Council (MRC) Career Development Fellowship (2012-2015). During her fellowship, she managed a rural primary health care facility at MRC Unit, The Gambia’s rural field station in Keneba, and undertook research on growth faltering in early childhood in the rural communities. 

She has a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2017) and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from LSTM (Distinction-2005). Her research focuses on exploring strategies to improve growth, lung health and neurodevelopmental outcomes of children in impoverished communities in sub-Saharan Africa. This involves co-designing and testing innovative strategies that integrate early child nutrition with maternal well-being, to reduce morbidity and mortality among preterm/low birth weight infants. She has over 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored four book chapters in the fields of infant feeding, paediatric infections and early childhood growth. She has won a number of prestigious awards including being nominated as one of the 2022 International Women’s Day Unsung Heroine’s at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
Faculty Profile

​Dr Helen Nyabwera - Associate Professor in Paediatrics and Child Health

​The Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health, East Africa is a leading research and implementation partner in the region for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health( RMNCAH). It's overarching goal is to improve the understanding of health and wellbeing among women, adolescents and children in Africa and generate evidence for the effectiveness of interventions to improve their outcomes whilst also addressing the health and well-being of health care providers working in often very challenging circumstances. The diverse portfolio includes population and public health, health systems strengthening, quality of clinical care, education and research. It provides a research platform for students and interested faculty to develop their research and implementation skills.

  • ​Opportunity to receive training in using statistical software.
  • Gain skills in international collaborative research eg internal review procedures for data extraction etc.
  • Gain exposure to the utility of data science in maternal and child health.​
Data Science & IT
  
Nairobi, KenyaPaediatrics and Child HealthAga Khan University

The intern shall be expected to be open to learning new skills, new data capture methods, and understanding of referencing applications, that allow the incumbent to function effectively within the research team. The incumbent would be expected to participate in background information search, simple data analysis, and report writing under supervision.

  • Perform background research and summary as assigned.
  • Conduct of additional background research as and when required, performance of basic statistical analysis, manuscript preparation and report writing.
  • Contributing to a great measure of scientific information related to the advances in paediatric research.
  • To work closely with the senior data analyst to update or create a new microsite.
  • Abstraction of collected project data and entry into RED cap.
  • Learn and implement referencing using EndNote.
  • Attend and participate in workshops or conferences relevant to ongoing projects as appropriate​.
  • ​Third or fourth-year undergraduate or recent graduate(within 1 year)  in Biostatistics, Biology, or any other educational background in the sciences field.
  • Prior experience as a research assistant would be an advantage.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong research, IT, and Digital marking skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated to learn.
  • Good computing skills.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint programs. 
  • Working knowledge of SPSS and/or R would be an advantage.

​Dr. Pauline Samia is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at the Aga Khan University.

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Dr. Pauline Samia has long held research interest in paediatric neurology conditions prevalent in the local Kenyan setting and has led research projects in Epilepsy, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy. Improving understanding of bio-psychosocial contributors to pre[1]term births including adverse childhood experiences (ACE's) with the aim of identifying preventable causes of child neuro-disability is another of Dr. Samia's research interests. Her publications and contributions can be accessed on the link below:

Publications

​Dr. Pauline Samia - Associate Professor and Chair​

​The Department of Paediatrics and Child Health is committed to achieving our vision and mission of a “Children’s Hospital within a Hospital,” building on pillars of quality service improvement, client satisfaction and efficiency. We are committed to providing state-of-the-art clinical services and quality care to children. We impart excellent undergraduate and postgraduate training and undertake community-oriented research of public health importance. The current research projects include:

  • Maternal and child nutrition and supplementation projects
  • Community-oriented neonatal care.
  • Long-term effects of low birth weight in respective of growth, development, hypertension, diabetes, and others
  • Maternal micronutrient supplementation and reduction of LBW.​
  • ​Opportunity to participate in new clinical research projects.
  • Opportunity to learn the utility of data management and citation management tools.
  • Opportunity to learn new skills in research data analysis and referencing skills.
  • Opportunity to expand the intern’s cultural experience.
  • Opportunity to learn report writing under supervision.
Health Sciences
  
Nairobi, KenyaPathology Department, EAAga Khan University

​The intern will work with the Pathology team to develop a project involving breast cancer pathology, its clinical aspects, and the cancer tumor registry. This will involve conducting the necessary research, design, and scientific writing. There will be opportunities to perform other projects depending on interest and need within these fields.

  • ​Drafting research proposals and manuscript writing, with the potential to co-author in a publication.
  • Actively participate in research on various medical databases and perform literature reviews.
  • Assist the faculty with their ongoing research projects and data management pertaining to breast cancer pathology.​
  • ​Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr) in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Molecular biology, or other related fields.
  • Strong research, IT, digital literacy, and basic data analysis skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • Good communication, scientific writing, and professional writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated to learn​

​Dr Shahin recently graduated with a doctoral degree in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She also earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.ChB) degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya; her Master of Medicine in Pathology degree (MMed Path) from University of Nairobi; a Fellowship in Pathology (FCPath-ECSA) from COPECSA and an International Society of Nephrology Fellowship certificate in Nephropathology from the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. 

Dr.Sayed’s cancer research interest has been in oncopathology specifically in breast cancer and hematolymphoid malignancies in which she has several peer-reviewed publications. Her current grant is studying the genomic landscape of breast cancer in Kenya. She has been the PI in a recent validation study of breast cancer biomarkers using point of care molecular techniques and a co-investigator in an University of Oxford Grand Challenges Gates funded project for the development of a mobile application the aim of which is to assist patients locate high quality laboratory services in their vicinity. Dr. Sayed has also been involved in several funded projects aimed at improving and standardizing the practice of pathology in East Central and Southern Africa. Among her professional affiliations, Dr. Sayed is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), an adjunct member of Adjunct Member of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) a fellow of ISN and a fellow of COPECSA.

Shahin Sayed is a Consultant Histopathologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya. She is the Secretary General of the College of Pathologists of East Central and Southern Africa (COPECSA), the Chair of the Board of Directors of African Strategies for Advancing Pathology (https://pathologyinafrica.org/) and a member of the Steering Committee of the Lancet Commission on Diagnostics. She co-chairs the Kenya National Sample Handling guidelines and is a member of the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the Cancer Control Program in the Ministry of Health in Kenya.

Dr Shahin Sayed -  Chair & Director Laboratory Medicine

​The Department of Pathology at the Medical College of Aga Khan University in East Africa is deeply committed to providing excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and diagnostic services in the region. Based at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya (AKUH, N) we are driven by excellence in scholarship.  With one of the largest reference laboratories in the East African region, state-of-the-art technologies, faculty and highly trained personnel, we offer a full range of services in all branches of pathology as well as education and research. The Department incorporates the divisions of Chemical Pathology, Medical Microbiology, Haematology, and Anatomic Pathology.

Learn more about the Department of pathology at https://www.aku.edu/mcea/pathology/Pages/home.aspx

  • ​Learn key skills and gain experience in scientific knowledge translation and synthesis for specific local contexts and applications.
  • Gain experience in technical report writing in the clinical health and pathology field.
  • Participate in all stages of research design and get a holistic sense of the work it entails.​
Health Sciences
  
Nairobi, KenyaPathology Department - Section Clinical MicrobiologyAga Khan University

​The intern will participate in the surveillance of Surgical Site Infections (SSI) in Kenya and Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) in pregnant women in selected facilities in Kenya.

  • ​Review literature and research protocols related to surgical site infections (SSI) and urinary tract infections (UTI) in pregnancy.
  • Collect and analyze clinical data on SSI and UTI rates from selected Kenyan healthcare facilities.
  • Abstract relevant information from patient electronic health records.
  • Support the planning and organization of workshops and training events for study personnel.
  • Perform literature review and practice writing reports. 
  • Generate reports and analyses on infection rates, trends, and maternal health impacts.
  • Contribute to on-site surveillance, data collection, and study administrative tasks.
  • ​Collaborate with research teams to produce public health recommendations and interventions to reduce infections and improve maternal outcomes.
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr) in the fields of Medicine or Biology(Microbiology, etc)​e or related health sciences field.
  • Independence, initiative, and resourcefulness in research tasks.
  • Attention to detail and knowledge of medical science.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in conducting research and utilizing computers.
  • Critical thinking abilities to analyze data and draw conclusions.
  • Cultural sensitivity and a keen interest in learning.
  • Adaptability, energetic approach, and creativity in problem-solving.
  • Proficiency in English; familiarity with Kiswahili would be advantageous.​

​Gunturu Revathi, the current section head of microbiology in the Department of Pathology, joined Aga Khan University in 2006 to establish PGME programs in pathology. She played a crucial role in building the section of diagnostic microbiology and establishing the teaching programs in clinical microbiology in Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi. Prior to joining this position, she held the position of Head of Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Kenyatta National Hospital and Associated College of Health Sciences, University of Nairobi for eight years. She received her MD in Clinical Microbiology in 1984 from Osmania University, India. 


She was faculty member of Clinical Microbiology at the Maulana Azad Medical College and University College of Medical Sciences of Delhi University in New Delhi, India for 10 years before moving to Kenya. She is a visiting scientist at the Kenya Medical Research Institute where she has active collaborations. She supervised numerous post graduate dissertation projects throughout her career and published 90 papers in peer reviewed journals so far. She is a member of several national and international professional bodies such as ISID, ESCMID, ERS, KACP, APECSA, GARP and KMA. She is currently chairing IPNET Kenya, a multidisciplinary society promoting education and advocacy for infection prevention and control in the region. She is on a number of National Advisory committees such as National committee on Infection prevention and control, National Antimicrobial Stewardship committee and the National technical working group for AMR surveillance of the Ministry of Health, Republic of Kenya.
Prof Gunturu is also a Consultant Pathologist at The Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi.

​Prof Gunturu Revathi - Associate Professor and Section Head of Microbiology 

​Clinical microbiology deals with diagnostic solutions to various infectious diseases using a diverse methodology including bacterial cultures. testing antibiotics, detection of antigens, antibodies and molecular biology techniques

Department Profile

  • ​Gain Exposure to research methodology, methods of data collection documentation, and literature searches.
  • Training in data analysis software and methods for infection surveillance, equipping interns with technical skills applicable across public health research.
  • Exposure to clinical research and maternal health issues in the context of a low-resource setting in Kenya, providing unique insights into on-the-ground public health challenges.
  • Opportunities to co-author research publications and reports on key issues like infection control and maternal morbidity, allowing interns to directly contribute evidence-based findings to the field.
  • Collaboration with research teams comprised of local and international medical experts, letting interns engage first-hand with cross-functional groups involved in public health practice.
  • Professional development through research writing and presenting at training workshops, helping interns communicate science to technical and non-technical audiences, a key skill set for those pursuing research.
Health Sciences
  
Nairobi, KenyaFinance DepartmentAga Khan University
The intern will assist in the financial analysis of data and support the planning and budgeting function of the university.

The intern will also assist with determining bundle payment for various projects based on activity-based accounting principles and perform capitation analysis in emerging markets/economies, develop strategic cost reduction solutions.
  • Aid with the administration of all financial operations of the University, including but not limited to:
    • The development of a financial strategy for various departments
    • Aid with the preparation of university-wide financial feasibility reports
    • Aid with the development and implementation of monitoring & evaluation of control systems designed to preserve organization assets
  • Conducting and reporting on accurate financial university-wide results.
  • Using pre-developed bundled payment models to customize for different service lines.
  • Liaising with relevant department/section heads for reviews in the course of a grant-funded project.
  • Ensuring regular consultations and status updates with the mentor and keeping track of timelines to ensure the project(s) is/are completed within the set time.
  • Supporting documentation requirements of grants.
  • Liaising with relevant department/section heads to support management reporting.
  • ​Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr)​ in the fields of Finance, Accounting, or any other related field.
  • Strong analytical ability and business acumen.
  • Strong computer skills e.g., Excel and PowerPoint are essential.
  • Good writing and conceptualization skills.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated to learn.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player.

Mr. Thomas Ombech is a trained accountant with a Master of Commerce degree from Strathmore University. He has over twelve years of experience in University financial management in the region with a passion for using education to empower the people of Africa. He oversees daily financial operations and management of the University. His duties include doing financial feasibility studies of different projects to be undertaken by the Aga Khan University in East Africa, financial reporting, planning and budgeting and financial compliance for grants.

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Mr Thomas Ombech - Senior Finance Manager, East Africa

The Aga Khan University is both a model of academic excellence and an agent of social change. Chartered in 1983, it is a private, autonomous and self-governing international network of universities and healthcare institutions with 13 teaching sites, 7 hospitals and 325 outreach and other health facilities in 6 countries over three continents.

The Aga Khan University’s Finance Office is responsible for the planning, financing, business development and financial affairs across the entire AKU campus and its health care system across the six countries.
  • ​Exposure to various functions in an academic institution.
  • Exposed to various financial effective strategies for financial control and reporting systems.
  • Gain professional exposure while working across multiple geographies and cultures.
Finance
  
Nairobi, KenyaGraduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC)Aga Khan University

The role will entail making a meaningful impact by being actively involved in the organization, marketing, registration, and logistics of the Aga Khan University’s Professional Development and Executive Education courses. The intern will be a key player supporting capacity development for media and communications professionals across gender equality, climate reporting, health communications, and other critical issues.  

  • Work with the team to produce and enhance various training modules, contributing to a programs that shape society. 
  • Unleash your creativity by creating engaging social media content through video, audio, and image editing. Monitor and analyze performance to drive impactful engagement.
  • Handle logistics to ensure smooth execution.
  • Support project managers in a diverse range of academic and special projects, gaining hands-on experience in a multifaceted role.
  • Develop communications collateral, branding, and supporting a dynamic social media strategy. Collaborate with partners to assess and refine program effectiveness.
  • Be at the forefront of developing cutting-edge curriculum frameworks and data analysis to shape new education offerings. 
  • ​Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr)​ in the fields  Social Sciences, Business, or other related fields.
  • Necessary oral and written fluency in English. Second language an asset (French, Portuguese, German, etc.). 
  • Good understanding of social media platforms, how to leverage them, and be interested in learning how to cross-populate across the platforms.
  • Good grasp and a keen interest to learn Photoshop, video editing, audio editing, etc.
Alykhan is the Training Manager at the Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC), Aga Khan University. He has led the development and implementation of various projects pertaining to executive education, grants, partnerships and fellowships. Notably, he founded the Mobile Video Journalism Fellowship (a collaboration with Facebook) and successfully managed the Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa program in collaboration with the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Outside of work, Alykhan is the vice-chair of the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Kenya and directs youth development strategy and operations for the Ismaili community across Eastern and Southern Africa. He is passionate about leadership, mentorship, communication, lifelong learning and technology. On the weekends you can find him searching for the best coffee in Kenya. Alykhan holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Business and Marketing from Anglia Ruskin University, UK. ​​​

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 Mr AlyKhan Peermohamed - Head of Training and Partnerships

Launched in 2015, the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) is the premier source of education and tailored training for journalists, communicators, media executives and entrepreneurs in East Africa and beyond. Guided by the principles of global excellence and local relevance, GSMC helps individuals to transform their careers and organizations to seize on opportunities and reap the benefits of innovation. 

The Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications (AKUGSMC) is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa. AKU-GSMC will change the way media and communications training is delivered in Africa by curating programs that are globally competitive and locally relevant. 
  • ​Learning how to operate in a professional, educational environment.
  • Learn about the intricacies of curriculum planning, costing, student enrolment, etc.
  • Receive training on digital content skills management and application.
  • Exposure to various functions in an academic institution.
  • Opportunity to work within a small team of professionals across strategy and operations.
Education / Communications
  
Karachi, PakistanBiological and Biomedical SciencesAga Khan University

​The intern will contribute to research projects through supporting literature reviews, proposal writing, field and laboratory bench work, report creation, and participation in research symposiums.

  • ​Performing in-depth literature reviews to deeply understand focal research areas and inform project planning.
  • Contributing to the grant proposal writing process by researching background information and providing writing support.
  • Building lab skills through conducting bench research focused on key scientific techniques and methods.
  • Organize and facilitate weekly internal planning meetings to align with team members and identify next steps.
  • Compile and analyze research data/findings to translate numbers into impactful insights.
  • Developing scientific writing abilities through drafting summaries, reports, and manuscripts documenting study outcomes.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations at research symposiums.​
  • ​Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr) related to Human Biology, Genetics, or any other related field. 
  • The ideal candidate will demonstrate:
    • Strong communication skills in English, both written and verbal. Knowledge of Urdu is an asset but not mandatory.
    • Enthusiasm to learn new research methods through both fieldwork and lab procedures.
    • Intellectual curiosity and critical thinking when approaching research questions.
    • Self-motivation to take initiative combined with collaboration.
    • Data analysis skills coupled with a solutions-focused perspective and attention to detail.
    • Adaptability and commitment to personal growth within a constructive team environment.
    • While prior research is preferred, promising students across experience levels are encouraged to apply if passionate about developing in-demand competencies

​Dr Rehan Rehman is the Bahadur Ali Kamruddin Jessani Endowed Professor and Programme Director of the MPhil in Biological & Biomedical Sciences at Aga Khan University (AKU). With a PhD in Physiology from Karachi University and an MPhil in Endocrinology from the University of Islamabad, she has demonstrated excellence in academia and research.


Her distinguished career includes numerous accolades, such as the Mentorship Award and Excellence in Research Award at AKU's Health Sciences Research Assembly. Dr Rehana’s research interests primarily focus on Reproductive Physiology and Mentoring, contributing significantly to the field.

Faculty Profile and Publications​

​Prof Rehana Rehman– Professor and Director, MPhil

The Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) in the Medical College came about from the merger of four independent disciplines - Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology and Pharmacology - in 2001, with the aim to: 

  • develop an integrated and challenging undergraduate medical curriculum
  • design optimal methods for instructing students
  • enhance collaboration between basic sciences and clinical departments
  • effectively utilize institutional resources

The Department is uniquely positioned through its affiliation with the University hospital. With expertise in basic sciences to tackle pressing health problems in a translational manner, the faculty equipped to train and teach across programmatic levels. It has succeeded in the delivery of a well-designed curriculum and cutting-edge research aligned with the University's thematic areas. 

Going forward, the department is committed to enhance scholarship and research responsive to the needs of the country and enhance the success of its students through transformative learning experiences. With investment in infrastructure and standardized processes and through energized graduate programmes, including the new MPhil in Biological and Biomedical Sciences, BBS is positioned to become a thriving habitat for quality research and training.

  • ​Receive specialized training in Polymerase Chain Reaction(PCR) techniques.
  • Develop skills in scientific writing and manuscript preparation with the potential opportunity to co-author for publication.
  • Cultivate professional networking and presentation skills through symposium participation.
  • Learn ethical considerations and guidelines governing scientific research practices through exposure to research ethics best practices​
Health Sciences
  
Karachi, PakistanCommunity Health SciencesAga Khan University

​The intern will work closely with the team to identify health issues of global importance that are most prevalent in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in Pakistan. They will participate in developing research, design, and implementation of various public health modules within CHS to be used for various stakeholders in rural contexts (ex. Students, community health workers, etc.). 

  • ​Critical appraisal of literature in public health and synthesizing research questions.
  • Writing technical reports on epidemiological investigations in public health
  • Assist the section in technical report writing for ongoing projects.
  • Apply basic concepts of epidemiology, modeling and statistics in the area of infectious diseases and environment/ climate change for a better public health policy design.
  • Supplement in grant and proposal writing and literature reviews to advance research and programmes within the department.
  • Project reporting, post-project evaluations, and final reporting of main projects.
  • Bachelor's or master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Global Health, Data Science, Enivronmental Epidemiology, or other related fields.
  • Good data management skills; basic to intermediate-level skills.
  • Strong academic and professional report-writing skills.
  • Good quantitative research and analysis skills; intermediate level data analyses, a familiarity with quantitative analyses software
  • Strong skills in research, IT, and digital literacy skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a team player.​​

​Dr. Bilal Ahmed Usmani is an Epidemiologist with concentration in modelling the spread and persistence of communicable diseases in populations and linking them to climate and environmental varaibles; ranging from vector borne diseases like dengue to Influenza, Hepatitis B,C and Tuberculosis. He is quite interested in the identification of the main determinants for disease endemicity in communities. He has looked at the spread patterns and healthcare burden of COVID-19 in Sindh province and its impact on public health for better management and control.  

In some of Pakistan's most heavily polluted urban areas, his current projects involve employing spatiotemporal modeling to investigate the intricate relationships between socioeconomic factors, meteorological conditions, and the levels of air pollutants. Additionally, he is conducting research to discern the potential correlations between Air quality and pregnancy outcomes across the country. Furthermore, He is exploring the impact of extreme heat on the productivity and overall well-being of outdoor workers in Karachi. In a recent submission in Urban Climate, the work investigated how higher exposure affects work, health, and productivity of riders during peak hours in winters and summers. Along with the government of Sindh, he is establishing the relationship between climatic variables like temperature, precipitation, and relative humidity to the spatiotemporal spread patterns of vector-borne diseases.

​Dr Bilal Ahmed Usmani - Section Head, Epidimiology

​Aga Khan University's (AKU) Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) is the preeminent public health institution in the country. The vision of the Chancellor set the direction for the University to take the lead in community development and creating an innovative curriculum that emphasizes a balance between tertiary care and population health.

CHS has taken a major role in that development. Over the past three decades, CHS has led national development of primary health care, public health practice, health systems development and the evidence-based approach at the University and in the nation. CHS has developed successful models in urban and rural settings in Pakistan that emphasize empowerment - building on the strengths of communities. As part of an international university, CHS collaborates in a global network of outstanding research and teaching institutions including AKU affiliates in East Africa and Central Asia.

  • ​​Learn key skills and gain experience in scientific knowledge translation and synthesis for specific rural contexts and applications.
  • Gain experience in technical report writing in the public health and epidemiological field.
  • Participate in all stages of research design and get a holistic sense of the work it entails.
  • Learn basic modeling skills to measure the effect of an outbreak in populations and its application in health systems.
Health Sciences/ Data Sciences & IT
  
Karachi, PakistanCommunity Health Sciences (CHS)Aga Khan University

​The intern specializing in writing activities will be an essential contributor to our research team, responsible for crafting comprehensive project reports, scientific manuscripts, and engaging announcements. The role involves collaborating closely with project leads to synthesize complex information, ensuring clarity and adherence to publication guidelines. The intern will play a pivotal part in the development of clear and well-structured content, incorporating feedback from cross-functional teams and maintaining organized documentation.

  • ​Research Project Reports: Collaborate with researchers and project leads to create comprehensive and well-structured reports detailing project methodologies, results, and conclusions.
  • Manuscript Development: Assist in drafting and editing scientific manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals. Ensure adherence to publication guidelines and standards.
  • Announcements and Communications: Craft clear and engaging announcements for internal and external audiences, summarizing key research milestones, events, and achievements.
  • Content Editing and Proofreading: Review and refine written content to ensure clarity, coherence, and adherence to grammatical and stylistic standards.
  • Collaborative Teamwork: Work closely with cross-functional teams, incorporating feedback from subject matter experts, researchers, and project stakeholders.
  • Literature Review: Conduct literature reviews to support the development of accurate and contextually relevant content.
  • Documentation: Maintain organized and up-to-date documentation of research processes, methodologies, and outcomes.
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr)​ in the fields of English, Communications, Journalism, or a scientific discipline.
  • Strong writing and editing skills with a keen eye for detail.
  • Familiarity with academic writing conventions and citation styles.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information and communicate it effectively to diverse audiences.
  • Basic understanding and reading of Urdu language is an advantage.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and other relevant writing and editing tools.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Enthusiasm for learning and contributing to innovative research initiatives​​

Dr. Romaina Iqbal is an Associate Professor and Section Head of NCD and Mental Health at the Department of Community Health Sciences, Aga Khan University. She additionally serves as the Director of the Continuing Education Programme and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Faculty of Public Health and Social Sciences, Khyber Medical University.

Dr. Iqbal's research focuses on modifiable risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases, including diet, physical activity, body composition and tobacco consumption. Her areas of interest center on diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and tobacco control. Specifically, her work involves community-based cohort studies on stroke and acute myocardial infarction, family interventions for diabetes prevention, gestational diabetes research, and tobacco studies such as smokeless tobacco use patterns, cessation trials, and nicotine product market surveys. As an experienced public health nutrition specialist, Dr. Iqbal also conducts methodological research and undertakes initiatives focused on strengthening NCD and nutrition research in Pakistan. She holds a PhD in Human Nutrition from McGill University and an MPH from Baqai Medical University.

​Dr Romaina Iqbal – Associate Professor and Section Head NCD and Mental Health

Aga Khan University's (AKU) Department of Community Health Sciences (CHS) is the preeminent public health institution in the country. The vision of the Chancellor set the direction for the University to take a lead in community development and the creation of an innovative curriculum that emphasizes a balance between tertiary care and population health.

CHS has taken a major role in that development. Over the past three decades, CHS has led national development of primary health care, public health practice, health systems development and the evidence based approach at the University and in the nation. CHS has developed successful models in urban and rural settings in Pakistan that emphasize empowerment - building on the strengths of communities. As part of an international university, CHS collaborates in a global network of outstanding research and teaching institutions including AKU affiliates in East Africa and Central Asia.

Community Health Sciences Department Brief

  • ​Gain practical experience in the development and communication of cutting-edge research.
  • Connect with professionals in various fields, fostering valuable relationships for future career opportunities.
  • Enhancing your writing, editing, and communication skills while working on impactful projects.
  • Experience guidance and mentorship from experienced professionals in the field. 
Communications/Health Sciences
  
Karachi, PakistanObstetrics and GynaecologyAga Khan University

​The core responsibility of the candidate will be to support the data analysis of research and education projects at the department of ObGyn under the mentorship of Dr Shelina Bhamani and assignment senior academic staff. 

- Data Analysis (60%)
- Desk research (20%)
- Team building (20%)
  • ​Conduct data cleaning and preprocessing tasks to ensure data quality.
  • Collaborate with the data analysis team to analyze and interpret research findings.
  • Assist in developing and maintaining databases and data storage systems.
  • Participate in data visualization and reporting efforts for research projects.
  • Contribute to the documentation of data analysis methodologies and results.
  • ​Currently enrolled in a graduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr)​ in the fields of​ Data Science, Statistics, Computer Science​ , or any related field.
  • Possess an understanding of statistics.
  • Proficiency with data analysis software and can independently manage tasks.
  • Good research and analytical skills
  • Strong skills in research, IT, and digital literacy skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a team player.
  • Attention to detai​l, initiative, and resourcefulness in research tasks.

​​Dr Shelina Bhamani is working at Aga Khan University in the capacity of Associate Director, of Allied Health at the Office of Allied Health and Assistant Professor and Lead for the Early Childhood Development Parenting Readiness Education Program at the ObGyn department. She is a pioneer Credentialed Consultant to run First ECD Clinics at the Aga Khan University Hospital. 

Dr Bhamani has a doctoral degree in education with a specialization in program supervision and early childhood development with more than 15 years of cumulative experience in various positions from teaching at Beacon House Kindergarten School to managing the ECD Section of AKESP School, to working at the National Research Coordinator ECD for Aga Khan Foundation. She later transitioned into Program Consultant for different AKF Geneva projects on ECD and worked as a university Faculty at the Institute of Business Management, SZBIST, Greenwich, Hamdard and AIOU. There are times in her career when she has worked in programmatic agencies like USAID Pakistan Reading Project and Aman Foundation in the capacity of Senior Manager Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation taking care of both Aman Health and Aman Tech (vocational education) entity monitoring and evaluation. 

Dr Shelina is a seasoned trainer invited for guest sessions on various platforms. In the last three years, she has conducted more than 100 guest sessions including radio appearances etc. As part of her hobby, Dr Shelina runs a Facebook group on early childhood matters. She also offers global academic citizenship by participating in activities like the WHO guideline development group, the University of Washington (Certified NCAST Instructor), ICEA childbirth educator evaluator etc.​​​z

Publications

Dr. Shelina Bhamani - Associate Director, of Allied Health at the Office of Allied Health and Assistant Professor and Lead for the Early Childhood Development Parenting Readiness Education Program

​The Department of ObGyn hosts 6500 deliveries a year. ECD PREP program focuses on developing the capacity of parents regarding early childhood development.

  • ​Opportunity to be a co-author as a data analyst in the targeted manuscripts. 
  • Gain exposure and opportunity to perform research translation through data analysis.​
Data Science & IT/Education
  
Karachi, PakistanObstetrics and GynaecologyAga Khan University

​The core responsibility of the candidate will be to support education projects and academic administration of the Early Childhood Development (ECD) projects at the department of ObGyn under the mentorship of Dr Shelina Bhamani and the assignment of senior academic staff. 

- Academic Writing (60%)
- Desk Research  (40%)

  • Research and Content Creation: Research ECD and education-related topics, and create high-quality written content, including articles, reports, and educational materials.
  • Content Enhancement: Review and edit existing content for accuracy, clarity, and coherence, ensuring it meets academic and professional standards.
  • Literature Review: Assist in conducting literature reviews and synthesizing academic resources to support content development.
  • Citation and Referencing: Ensure proper citation and referencing of academic sources, adhering to established academic writing guidelines and standards.
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr)​ in the fields of​ Health Sciences, Education or any graduation degree with an interest in child and maternal health may be applicable. 
  • Good research and analysis skills; particularly literature review.
  • Strong skills in research, IT, and digital literacy skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a team player.
  • Attention to detai​l, independence, initiative, and resourcefulness in research tasks.

​Dr Shelina Bhamani is working at Aga Khan University in the capacity of Associate Director, of Allied Health at the Office of Allied Health and Assistant Professor and Lead for the Early Childhood Development Parenting Readiness Education Program at the ObGyn department. She is a pioneer Credentialed Consultant to run First ECD Clinics at the Aga Khan University Hospital. 

Dr Bhamani has a doctoral degree in education with a specialization in program supervision and early childhood development with more than 15 years of cumulative experience in various positions from teaching at Beacon House Kindergarten School to managing the ECD Section of AKESP School, to working at the National Research Coordinator ECD for Aga Khan Foundation. She later transitioned into Program Consultant for different AKF Geneva projects on ECD and worked as a university Faculty at the Institute of Business Management, SZBIST, Greenwich, Hamdard and AIOU. There are times in her career when she has worked in programmatic agencies like USAID Pakistan Reading Project and Aman Foundation in the capacity of Senior Manager Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation taking care of both Aman Health and Aman Tech (vocational education) entity monitoring and evaluation. 

Dr Shelina is a seasoned trainer invited for guest sessions on various platforms. In the last three years, she has conducted more than 100 guest sessions including radio appearances etc. As part of her hobby, Dr Shelina runs a Facebook group on early childhood matters. She also offers global academic citizenship by participating in activities like the WHO guideline development group, the University of Washington (Certified NCAST Instructor), ICEA childbirth educator evaluator etc.​​

Publications

​​Dr. Shelina Bhamani - Associate Director, of Allied Health at the Office of Allied Health and Assistant Professor and Lead for the Early Childhood Development Parenting Readiness Education Program

The Department of ObGyn hosts 6500 deliveries a year. ECD PREP program focuses on developing the capacity of parents regarding early childhood development.
  • Opportunity for publication of manuscript and blog pieces.
  • Gain the opportunity to work in a team in an international setting and develop intercultural communication skills.
  • Enhance and develop robust academic writing skills through mentorship and practical experience.
Health Sciences/Education
  
Karachi, PakistanObstetrics and GynaecologyAga Khan University
​The core responsibility of the candidate will be to support the research activities including administration of the ECD and education projects at the department of ObGyn under the mentorship of Dr Shelina Bhamani and assignment senior academic staff. 
- Research  (60%)
- Academic administration (20%)
- Team management (20%)
  • ​Assist in conducting literature reviews and gathering research materials.
  • Collaborate with faculty members to organize and facilitate research seminars.
  • Support academic administration tasks, including data entry and record maintenance.
  • Contribute to data collection and analysis for ongoing research projects.
  • Assist in preparing research reports and presentations for conferences and publications.​
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr) in the fields of Social  Sciences, Education, Administration, Communications or any other relevant field. (flexible)
  • Proficiency in MS Office suite showcasing the ability to handle complex tasks efficiently.
  • Competency in utilizing a laptop for various tasks, demonstrating adeptness in navigating technology.
  • Possessing skills in research and data software, providing an edge in handling complex data sets will be an added benefit
  • Excellent communication skills, enabling effective interaction with colleagues, superiors, and external stakeholders.
  • Experience in education is required but not mandatory.​​

​​Dr Shelina Bhamani is working at Aga Khan University in the capacity of Associate Director, of Allied Health at the Office of Allied Health and Assistant Professor and Lead for the Early Childhood Development Parenting Readiness Education Program at the ObGyn department. She is a pioneer Credentialed Consultant to run First ECD Clinics at the Aga Khan University Hospital. 

Dr Bhamani has a doctoral degree in education with a specialization in program supervision and early childhood development with more than 15 years of cumulative experience in various positions from teaching at Beacon House Kindergarten School to managing the ECD Section of AKESP School, to working at the National Research Coordinator ECD for Aga Khan Foundation. She later transitioned into Program Consultant for different AKF Geneva projects on ECD and worked as a university Faculty at the Institute of Business Management, SZBIST, Greenwich, Hamdard and AIOU. There are times in her career when she has worked in programmatic agencies like USAID Pakistan Reading Project and Aman Foundation in the capacity of Senior Manager Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation taking care of both Aman Health and Aman Tech (vocational education) entity monitoring and evaluation. 

Dr Shelina is a seasoned trainer invited for guest sessions on various platforms. In the last three years, she has conducted more than 100 guest sessions including radio appearances etc. As part of her hobby, Dr Shelina runs a Facebook group on early childhood matters. She also offers global academic citizenship by participating in activities like the WHO guideline development group, the University of Washington (Certified NCAST Instructor), ICEA childbirth educator evaluator etc.​​​

​Dr. Shelina Bhamani - Associate Director, of Allied Health at the Office of Allied Health and Assistant Professor and Lead for the Early Childhood Development Parenting Readiness Education Program

The Department of ObGyn hosts 6500 deliveries a year. ECD PREP program focuses on developing the capacity of parents regarding early childhood development.

  • Receive training in data collection and research writing skills.
  • In-depth guidance and practical experience in academic administration, offering insights into the operational aspects of educational institutions.
  • Engaging in team-building activities and collaborative projects to foster interpersonal skills and professional relationships.​
Education/ Communications
  
Karachi, PakistanSchool of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM)Aga Khan University

​The Research Intern will be expected to collaborate with various faculty members and the AKU grants and research office to provide assistance with new SONAM research proposals and grants along with the facilitation of ongoing research activities. The focus will be on the systematic review and qualitative data analysis. There will be some exposure to quantitative proposal development and analysis

  • ​Collaborating with the AKU grant office and SONAM faculties for assisting in writing extramural grants. 
  • Enhance the quality of research outputs by monitoring and evaluating SONAM research, and by closely connecting with Principal Investigator (PI) and Research team.
  • Participate in research meetings remotely/face to face, writing minutes and reporting as per need. 
  • Facilitating the research output. 
  • Provide assistance in the functioning of the Nursing Research Centre under the supervision of the Assistant Dean of Research and Admin Support.
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr)​ in the fields of'​​Health Sciences, Public Policy or any other related field.
  • Proficient desk research skills. Proven ability to express researched information into summarized documents. 
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a team player. 
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated to learn.​

​Dr. Tazeen Saeed Ali, RN, RM, BScN, MSc (Epidemiology), & PhD (Medical Sciences, Global Health) & Post Doctorate (Equity and Policy development). Professor & Associate Dean of Research and Innovation, School of Nursing and Midwifery / Department of Community Health Sciences. 

Currently working as, a president of two NGOs and Executive advisor for two universities. 

​Dr. Tazeen Ali - Interin Dean, School of Nursing and Midwifery

​School of Nursing and Midwifery, SONAM, is the first academic unit of the Aga Khan University in Pakistan. Founded in 1980, the School has led the way in introducing new academic programmes in nursing and midwifery that prepare students using a blended learning curriculum and simulation-based training at the University’s Centre for Innovation in Medical Education.

SONAM’s collaborations with several public and private sector institutions, regulatory bodies and federations, and NGOs within Pakistan and across the globe have enabled us to bring a diverse pool of expertise and improve nursing and midwifery education and practice within the country. Our graduates go on to join diverse teams of clinical experts, researchers, academicians and policymakers and are able to make an impact on the healthcare landscape.

  • Get the opportunity to be the author of at least one Manuscript. 
  • Exposure to various functions in an academic and research institution.
  • Opportunity to work within a small team of professionals across strategy and operations.
Heath Sciences
  
Karachi, PakistanSchool of Nursing and Midwifery (SONAM)Aga Khan University

​The intern will be facilitated for data analysis (qualitative/qualitative), literature reviews/synthesis, manuscript/ report writing, grant writing and project presentation for symposium/conference.

  • ​Assist in developing material for knowledge translation such as dissemination and publications etc. 
  • Assist in Literature review and synthesis as guided by the mentor.
  • Assist in drafting attractive presentations for scholarly events.
  • Draft/ Amend a proposal/ concept paper for an upcoming grant.
  • Assist in facilitating/organizing the research-related workshops.
  • Education: Open to any background but best suited to those in social/health sciences/nursing, public health, and mental health.
  • Technical skills: Prior experience with data analysis, data visualization, manuscript writing, literature synthesis, and project presentation. 
  • Desired Skills: Good command of computers/IT skills (office, statistical software), English language competency (written & oral), should be creative, Ability to work well under pressure, multitasker, manage time, flexible and prioritize tasks to meet tight deadlines. command over additional/ contextual language and software knowledge of creative art, visualization technology will be an added advantage.   

​Dr. Shireen Shehzad Bhamani is a nurse scientist with a specialization in epidemiology and biostatistics. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery. Her expertise lies in public health research, focusing on mental health promotion, gender equality, violence prevention, and women empowerment. She has more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and contributed to around 20 research studies. She has some groundbreaking research contributions, that include the validation of the resilience scale for the Pakistani population,  development, contextual validation, and evaluation of SM-ART(Safe Motherhood- Accessible Resilience Training) intervention. She is now in the phase of writing another grant/s on similar themes and also analyzing and disseminating her recent study findings

​Dr. Shireen Shehzad Bhamani - Assitant Professor

​Aga Khan University’s School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM) in Pakistan offers nursing and midwifery programmes that are recognized for their internationally benchmarked quality, innovation and affordability and prepare students to join diverse teams of clinical experts, researchers, academicians and policymakers. We focus on producing leaders who are trusted to be the best in their field and are able to make an impact in the healthcare landscape.  

Opened in 1980, the School has collaborated with several public and private sector institutions, regulatory bodies and federations, and NGOs within Pakistan and internationally. This has enabled us to bring a diverse pool of expertise in developing innovative curricula and evidence-based practices and has opened up opportunities for our faculty and students to connect with knowledge experts in Pakistan and globally.

  • ​Opportunity to participate in research-related webinars/seminars.
  • Gain HandON expereince with software (e.g SPSS).
  • Experience direct exposure to research team meetings.
Health Sciences/Data Sciences & IT
  
Karachi, Pakistan Emergency DepartmentAga Khan University
Emergency, trauma, injury, and climate change-related health burdens are significant global challenges, underscored by alarming statistics that highlight their profound impact on human well-being and public health. These diverse issues encompass a wide range of interconnected concerns, and research in these areas is essential to better understand, mitigate, and address their consequences.

The intern will be responsible for leading the projects align with the department’s research themes including Emergency, trauma, injury, climate change, and disaster management related projects. Moreover, the candidate will be required to participate in other departmental research activities such as workshops, monthly webinars, seminars, and research sessions.  The candidate must have prior knowledge of research processes, data collection and management.
  • Assist in writing research protocols and developing data collection tools. 
  • Assist in data collection such as file reviews, and data management using statistical software.
  • Helping in other research-oriented tasks such as helping in organizing workshops/ meetings etc. Any other research-related work.
  • Attending the weekly and monthly research webinars, seminars, and workshops in the department. 
  • Submitting research articles to journals for publishing.
  • Assisting in manuscript writing.
  • Assisting in editing and proofreading protocols and manuscripts.
  • Assist in any other task given by the mentor.
  • All the mentioned activities will be under the supervision of a mentor/research team.
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr)​ in the fields of Basic Sciences, Pharmacy, Nursing, Public health, or other health-allied degrees.
  • Previous knowledge of extracting data from medical records.
  • Ability to use data management/statistical software like MS Excel, STATA, SPSS, etc.
  • Able to use Endnote for referencing.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player.
  • Familiarity with medical, research, and public health terminologies.
  • Good communication, scientific writing, and professional writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently and be self-motivated to learn.

Dr. Uzma Rahim Khan holds a degree in Medicine, Master's degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Aga Khan University and earned her Ph.D. in Population and Public Health from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Presently, she serves as an Assistant Professor and also fulfills the role of Research Director within the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Khan boasts over ten years of valuable experience in conducting research related to Emergency, Injury, and Trauma. With a portfolio of over 60 publications, Dr. Khan is a seasoned scholar. She's also an Associate Editor for "Archives of Diseases in Childhood" and "PLOS Global Public Health," shaping scholarly discourse on a global scale.

Faculty Profile and Publications 

Dr Uzma Rahim Khan- Research Director and Assistant Professor, Research

The Medical College established in 1983 as part of the Aga Khan University’s Faculty of Health Sciences in Pakistan attaches great importance to the professional, personal and intellectual development of its students. Our aim is to produce responsible healthcare professionals who are not only contributing members of society but go on to become the next generation of leaders in their field of choice.

Our programs, curriculum, and assessment are tailored to international standards, to develop excellent clinical competencies in community settings and hospitals. We believe in the pursuit of excellence and improving the lives of the communities in which we serve.

The Department of Emergency Medicine was established in 2008. The move towards an academic entity from a purely service-based unit reflected the growth in the size and importance of Emergency Medicine as a specialty in Pakistan and the region. 
In addition to a clinically active emergency service, the department has a strong research team. The research team is involved in many research activities, including clinical and community research projects, research teaching, and monthly webinars and seminars. Multiple trauma, injury, emergency, disaster, and climate change research projects have been conducted over the last few years, and tens are currently ongoing.
  • ​Will gain experience in public health research(focused on any area mentioned above), research administration, and develop writing and analytical skills.
  • Learn key skills and gain experience in scientific knowledge translation and synthesis for specific local contexts and applications.
  • Participate in all stages of research design and get a holistic sense of what the work entails.
Health Sciences
  
Karachi, PakistanNetworks of Quality Teaching and Learning (QTLnet)Aga Khan University

The Communications Intern will be supporting the Associate Director QTL_net and the Executive Officer in promoting the network initiatives and educational resources amongst AKU faculty
  • Support Administrative team with communication tasks, such as drafting memos, mass emails etc. and disseminating them with supervision
  • Support in maintaining and updating the website with articles, and relevant material with supervision
  • Support in maintaining and updating the database with supervision
  • Supporting administration with any tasks as per need
  • Support with compiling and evaluating data; and generating reports w.r.t programme reviews
  • Support to institutionalizing the Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) tool with medicine programs in Pakistan and East Africa and a dashboard for curriculum and pedagogical improvements including assistance on mid-course formative evaluations to improve teaching 
  • Support the QAI activities as per its 5-year Strategic Plan
  • Collaborate and provide assistance to the Blended and Digital Learning and Teaching and Learning team for their activities.  
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr)​ in the fields of​ Social  Sciences, Education, Administration, Communications or any other relevant field. (flexible) 
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong research, IT, and Digital marketing skills.
  • Adaptability, multitasking, and strong time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative. 
  • Culturally sensitive.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a team player.

Faisal Notta is Director, Quality Enhancement Cell / Network of Quality, Teaching, and Learning and reports to the Vice Provost, Quality, Teaching and Learning at the Aga Khan University. He has a global role and leads in rolling out the first University’s Academic Quality Framework. Faisal developed the outcome-based strategic plan for the quality assurance and improvement unit. To operationalize, he develops QA tools and processes in collaboration with Deans and program directors, conducts capacity-building workshops, and facilitates QA reviews to enhance student learning experiences. Further, Faisal was involved in establishing the Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) policy and mechanisms; and ensures the quality of programmes in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the United Kingdom. He is a team player and coordinates with academic entities, regulatory bodies, and supporting units for evidencebased cyclical review of educational programmes, unit reviews, quality audits, external reviewers, and institutional evaluation. He supports the VP in the preparation and monitoring of the budget.

Faisal is a Commonwealth Scholar and earned his Master’s degree in Education and International Development from the University College London, UK. An MBA from Pakistan and a recipient of a Fellowship by the Australian government. In 2016, through a funding award by INQAAHE, he completed a post-graduate QA certificate course from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He was honoured to present his course learnings at the INQAAHE conference in 2017. He is committed to continuous improvement and completed the Instructional Skills Workshop Canada course (2018). He recently became the Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy, UK (2020). 

Faisal has over 18 years of experience in educational management, quality assurance in higher education, project management, academic administration, registrarial services, and the development sector. He is also a member of the quality assurance cell at the Higher Education Commission in Pakistan

Mr Faisal Notta - Director, Quality Enhancement Cell / Network of Quality, Teaching, and Learning

The AKU-wide Network of Quality, Teaching and Learning was set up by the provost in 2013 with the aim of supporting excellence in our academic programmes to ensure a strong student learning experience that enables AKU graduates to meet their programme learning outcomes.

Across the world, faculty come to universities with their PhDs and content expertise, but often without any teaching qualifications and yet teaching students is a big part of their role. This is no different at AKU. Literature shows us that the way faculty members teach makes a difference in how much students learn. We also know that faculty require an enabling environment and support to promote an engaging learning experience for their students. QTL net aims to offer a safe and inclusive space, where faculty can take advantage of a range of services, resources, and programmes on teaching excellence and scholarship of teaching and learning. 
Opportunity to work within a small team of professionals across the university management, strategy, and operations.
Education / Communication
  
Karachi, PakistanOffice of Stategic Communications Aga Khan University

​This position requires an intern to have the design experience to create visually compelling design that can effectively communicate AKU’s ‘brand’ across print and digital media. The intern will work collaboratively on university-wide communications collateral; with select internal clients to understand their marketing and communication objectives for material; on University events material while adhering to brand/visual identity standards for print and media. The role also assists in the development of material for videos and animated products.

  • ​Overseeing the university’s visual identity, providing print and digital design expertise to university clients
  • Executing design solutions for a variety of AKU’s digital – responsive web and social media – properties, that are user-centric and engage the visitor.
  • Conceptualising event graphics and collateral that makes our events stand out from the crowd.
  • One-off communication material that involves participating in the creative process with faculty and staff from academic entities and departments, suggesting ideas that will help them reach out to their stakeholders.
  • Ensuring quality standards are met by serving as the final quality assurance step in all graphic and digital design content.​​

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr)​ in the fields of Graphic Design, Visual Arts, or any other related field.
  • Strong conceptual and visual communication skills.
  • Eye for aesthetics and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaborate in a team.
  • Time management and organizational skills to manage multiple projects​.
  • Basic knowledge of marketing and branding principles
  • Knowledge of graphic design software would be an advantage.​

​Mustafa Husain​ is the Regional Lead, Strategic Communications, Pakistan, Afghanistan and United Kingdom at Aga Khan University

LinkedIn Profile

​Mustafa Husain - Regional Lead, Strategic Communications

​The Ofice of Strategic Communications is responsible for:

  • Branding and positioning through various communications channels
  • Developing strategic stories that speak to our impact in areas in which AKU makes significant enhancement in knowledge creation and improving the quality of life
  • Crisis management
  • Media relations and outreach
  • Non-academic publications, including newsletters, advancement reports, etc
  • Video production
  • Internal communications
  • Campaigns, including for new initiatives, health services, accomplishments, student admissions, etc
  • Data-driven performance measurement​

​Upon completion of the internship, students will gain:

  • Hands-on experience working on design projects for the university’s communication campaigns across print and digital media.
  • Exposure to the coordination process with external vendors for various graphic design jobs required by the university.
  • Understanding of the entire creative design process, from concept to execution, for impactful visual communication materials.
  • Collaboration experience with cross-functional teams like faculty, marketing staff, event managers etc. for their design needs.
  • Capacity to manage multiple design assignments simultaneously and effectively utilize time.
  • Familiarity with adhering to organizational branding guidelines and quality standards for deliverables.
  • Opportunity to build a rich portfolio showcasing work on digital, print, social media, and marketing content.​
Communications & Marketing
  
Karachi, PakistanOffice of Stategic Communications Aga Khan University

​The Project Management Intern will undergo a comprehensive training program to develop essential project management skills and contribute to the successful execution of projects within the organization. The individual will work closely with project teams, gaining hands-on experience in project planning, execution, monitoring, and closure. The primary objective is to develop a well-rounded understanding of project management methodologies and practices.

  • Support project planning activities, including scope definition, task estimation, and resource allocation.
  • Assist in creating project schedules and timelines.
  • Participate in project meetings, documenting discussions, decisions, and action items.
  • Contribute to the preparation of project status reports and presentations.
  • Collaborate with team members to identify and address project risks and issues.
  • Learn and apply project management tools and methodologies.
  • Support the Project Manager in ensuring projects are delivered on time and within scope
  • ​Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program, or recently graduated (within 1 yr) in the fields of Business Administration, Engineering, Information Technology or any other relevant field.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and writing skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Project, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Attention to detail and multi-tasking capabilities.
  • Ability to handle pressure and make sound decisions quickly.
  • Critical thinking skills to analyze complex issues and recommend effective solutions.
  • Cultural awareness and ability to work sensitively with a diverse team.
  • Self-motivated with capacity for self-improvement and learning.
  • Excellent teamwork and ability to collaborate across functions.
  • Solution-oriented mindset and perseverance to see projects through to completion.​

​Mustafa Husain is the Regional Lead, of Strategic Communications, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United Kingdom at the Aga Khan University.

Mustafa Husain - Regional Lead, Strategic Communications

​The Ofice of Strategic Communications is responsible for:

  • Branding and positioning through various communications channels.
  • Developing strategic stories that speak to our impact in areas in which AKU makes significant enhancement in knowledge creation and improving the quality of life.
  • Crisis management
  • Media relations and outreach
  • Non-academic publications, including newsletters, advancement reports, etc
  • Video production
  • Internal communications
  • Campaigns, including for new initiatives, health services, accomplishments, student admissions, etc
  • Data-driven performance measurement
  • ​Opportunity to gain hands-on project experience by executing core project management phases from scoping through to gain practical and applicable skills.
  • Obtain direct mentorship and guidance through training, and feedback from an expert project manager, building your self-confidence in leading cross-functional project teams
  • Gain access to skill development workshops - Structured sessions focused on building in-demand project management competencies like scope, quality, and change management.
  • Grow your network and build connections with departmental project professionals for support during and after your internship.
Communications & Marketing