JOB HIRING: Project Officers I

Project title:

Development and effectiveness of fully automated conversational agents (chatbots) for enhancing public mental health: From pilot study to randomized controlled trial

Reporting To Principal Investigator (Dr. Ronald Del Castillo)
Additional Oversight Principal Investigator and Project Officer I
Salary P65,101.20/ month (SALARY GRADE)
Location Metro Manila, work-from-home. Only applicants in the Metro Manila area will be reviewed. Though remote work is the current set-up of the project team, the successful applicant should be available for face-to-face meetings, events, and other project-related tasks should public health measures allow large group gatherings.
Working Arrangement Full-Time (Output-based)

Monday to Friday, not including Regular Holidays, Special Non-Working Days, and other non-working days proclaimed by the government. Non-exclusive

Contract Period and Terms November 2021, until September 30, 2023.

Two (2) years, fixed-term. Only applicants who can commit to the 2-year project will be reviewed. 

If you are planning or considering pursuing graduate studies, fellowships, or other academic or professional opportunities in the next two years, please do not apply for this position.

Position Overview
  • Actively leads the day-to-day implementation and operations of the research project
  • Holds the overall coordination in project direction, deliverables, reports, and other support services. 
  • Ensures that project deliverables are timely, complete, and in keeping with the project’s Data Safety and Monitoring Plan, its key obligations to the funder, and its regular reporting to the Ethics Review Committee.
Training and Qualifications
  • Graduate degree or relevant work experience in project management in the health or health-related sector
  • Experience in research operations: coordinating, gathering, preparing and presenting data, planning and organizing research-related activities
Desirable Skills
  • Degree in social and behavioral sciences, public health, or another health-related field
  • Familiarity with mobile or web-based mental health technologies
  • Familiarity with Philippine-specific mental health issues
  • Familiarity with local, regional, and national healthcare systems
  • Familiarity with non-profit research culture, network, and administration

How To Apply

Deadline of application is November 5, 2021.

Biosketch Only bio sketches are accepted, not curriculum vita or resumes. The biosketch format from the U.S. National Institutes of Health is preferred (5 pages or less).

Biosketch format, pages, instructions, and samples can be found here. Use the “non-fellowship biosketch” template. For eRA Commons Username, leave blank. For position title, write “Project Officer 1”. Other formats or biosketches that do not follow the specific instructions of the U.S. NIH will not be reviewed.

References At least three (3) should be included as a stand-alone document, not in the biosketch.

  • Two (2) of these should be professional and/or academic, from references who can comment on your overall qualifications and specific abilities to the role in the project; and
  • One (1) of your references must be a personal one, not related to you. This might be a friend, partner, mentor, etc., who can comment on your personal attributes.
  • The phone numbers and emails of all references should be included. Please notify you references that they might be contacted. Applicants whose references do not reply to inquiries from the research team will not be interviewed.

Additions: Do not include a picture of yourself in the biosketch or in any part of the application. Any other documents beyond those noted in this call for application will be discarded and will not be reviewed. Please only submit the required
documents. All documents should be submitted as one PDF file.


The PDF application should be submitted to the Principal Investigator ( and cc: (

To get full details of each position, you can access this link: DOST Application

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