Placement Opportunity: Global Health Programme Associate

This placement is available through the Locus-UoS Placement Scheme.  Opportunities available through this scheme are only open to University of Surrey postgraduate researchers.  The aim of the scheme is to fund opportunities for postgraduate researchers to create connections between academia and industry.  Further details about the Locus-UoS Project can be found here.

Organisation:                                     GAFFI – Global Action fund for Fungal Infections

Role:                                                      Global Health Programme Associate

Business Sector:                               Third Sector – Health

No of Employees:                             1-10


Company Overview:

GAFFI efforts are directed at:

  • Identifying and publicising gaps in diagnostics and treatments for fungal disease.
  • Consulting on how services could be improved through facilitating training, encouraging companies to expand their markets and recommending improvements in infrastructure.
  • Estimating the burden of serious fungal disease, country by country. Over 65 countries with a population >1 million have been addressed, and many are published.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate country-wide diagnostic programmes. Guatemala (fungal infections in AIDS) is the first.
  • Influence national and international agencies to ‘adopt’ fungal diseases alongside existing programmes including TB, microbiology, AMR, NTDs and incorporation of key generic antifungals onto the WHO Essential Medicines List.
  • Focussed diagnostic improvements for GAFFI’s priority diseases.

Key Duties/tasks:

  • To research the global burden of fungal asthma.
  • Desktop research, literature reviews, report and academic publication writing

Knowledge & Skills required:

  • Background in epidemiology or public health,
  • Good research skills,
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office packages, Zoom & Teams.
  • Good communication and writing skills,
  • Capacity to work independently on multiple tasks,
  • Goal orientated,
  • Ability to work to deadlines

Skills post graduate researcher will have an opportunity to develop:

  • Epidemiological modelling, academic journal writing
  • Opportunity to work directly with the senior leadership of the charity and network within the sector
  • Opportunity to develop an understanding of burden of disease estimates for fungal asthma

Dates of placement:                        Ideally between Dec 2021 – Mar 2022

Duration of opportunity:              Flexible depending on PGR availability

Hours per week:                               14 hours per week

Location:                                              Virtual

IT requirements:                              Laptop

                                                                Good internet connection

MS Office packages

Deadline for applications:           12th November 2021



  • Sending your CV and covering letter, addressed to the charity to  Applications will be forwarded on once the opportunity has closed.
  • If you would like an informal chat about the role and to learn more about the work of the charity before submitting your application, please email Emma Orefuwa, Programme Director Africa
  • If you would like 1:1 support with your CV or preparing for interview, please book an appointment with a Careers Consultant via this link or by emailing

Please ensure you have your supervisor’s agreement for undertaking a placement prior to applying.

Successful candidates will be paid by the University a maximum of £315 per week for full-time (pro-rata for part-time opportunities) to cover living expenses.  Preference will be given to those PGRs who are not in receipt of UKRI funding.