Momoh Pessima


About Candidate

Momoh Pessima is a highly skilled professional with a strong background in field supervision and community engagement within the public health research sector (more than 7 seven years). With a focus on the EBOVAC-SALONE project conducted by the University of Sierra Leone and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Momoh excels in effectively working with communities, developing budgets, ensuring adherence to study protocols, and overseeing staff. With excellent communication and leadership abilities, Momoh has successfully collaborated with diverse stakeholders, implemented community sensitization programs, and demonstrated a commitment to participant care and safety.



Master of Business Administration- Operations Management 2020-2023
Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India

Bachelor of Arts with honours in Linguistics 2010-2014
Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone

Introduction to Linguistics: This course provides an overview of the field of linguistics, introducing fundamental concepts and theories. It covers the basic principles of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics. The "Introduction to Sociology" module is a foundational course that provides an overview of the field of sociology and its key concepts, theories, and research methods. The module aims to familiarize students with the sociological perspective, which involves understanding how society shapes individuals and how individuals, in turn, shape society. Social Research Methods: The "Social Research Methods" module introduces students to various research methods and techniques used in sociological inquiry. It equips students with the skills to design and conduct research studies, analyze data, and interpret sociological findings. Language Acquisition: This course examines how individuals acquire language, both in first language acquisition (children acquiring their native language) and second language acquisition (learning a language as a non-native speaker). It explores theories and research on language development and the factors that influence language learning. Sociolinguistics: This course focuses on the study of language variation and its relationship to social factors such as class, gender, ethnicity, and geographical location. It examines how language varies across different speech communities, and how language use reflects and influences social identity. Psycholinguistics: This course explores the psychological processes involved in language comprehension and production. It investigates topics such as language processing, speech perception, word recognition, sentence parsing, and language disorders. Phonetics and Phonology: These courses delve into the study of the sounds of human language (phonetics) and the organization of sounds in specific languages (phonology). They cover topics such as speech production, articulatory phonetics, acoustic phonetics, and the analysis of phonological patterns. Syntax and Semantics: These courses examine the structure and meaning of sentences and phrases in human language. They analyze the rules and principles that govern sentence formation (syntax) and the interpretation of meaning (semantics). Research Methods in Linguistics: This course introduces students to various research methodologies and techniques used in linguistic analysis. It covers qualitative and quantitative data collection, experimental design, statistical analysis, and data interpretation. In addition to these core courses, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Linguistics program may offer elective courses in specialized areas such as historical linguistics, computational linguistics, applied linguistics, language documentation, or specific language studies.

Work & Experience

FIELD SUPERVISOR October 1, 2022 - December 1, 2023
Solidarity Trial Vaccines (STV)-WHO, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone

Key Roles and Responsibilities: Supervised and provided guidance to a team of Field Workers, ensuring their effective recruitment and engagement of study participants. Established and maintained strong relationships with community leaders, local organizations, and stakeholders to gain support and cooperation for research initiatives. Developed and implemented strategies for community engagement, including organizing community meetings, conducting awareness campaigns, and fostering partnerships. Screened and recruited eligible participants by coordinating with Field workers, ensuring adherence to recruitment procedures and ethical guidelines. Developed and disseminated community messaging and materials to effectively communicate the purpose, benefits, and importance of the research study. Oversaw data collection activities, ensuring accuracy, adherence to study protocols, and confidentiality of participant information. Collaborated with the research team and investigators to align community mobilization efforts with study objectives, providing regular updates and contributing insights for recruitment strategies and participant retention. Maintained records and generated reports to track participant recruitment progress and engagement metrics.

FIELD SUPERVISOR March 1, 2016 - September 1, 2022
EBOVAC SALONE- College of Medicine and Allied health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone

Planned and ensured achievement of daily participant scheduled visits are consistent with the study protocol. Supervised safety data collection to ensure quality assurance. Developed a staff communication system which ensures accurate implementation of study participants’ follow-up plans as well as a comprehensive study of participants' care. Assigned field staff work areas and planned staff breaks. Effectively worked with local government, and community stakeholders to ensure their support for the study. Identified process improvements in the daily function of the field sector. Developed field sector goals and objectives of performance in accordance to work standard operating procedures. Trained new staff and identify training requirements of existing staff. Investigated and consequently reported concerns as regards to participant health and well-being Interpreted as well as communicated both revised and new policies to staff members. Developed staff assignments and schedules based on equipment availability and facility needs. Represented the field staff in sector leads meeting. Coordinate data queries for resolution among all staff involved.

FIELD WORKER August 11, 2015 - March 17, 2016
EBOVAC SALONE, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone

Key roles and Responsibilities: Monitored and follow-up study participants after vaccination. Worked with community liaison in community sensitization and recruitment of study participants. Assisted participants with daily diary completion. Ensuring adverse events are reported and recorded according to the study protocol. Ensuring contact information of participant is up-to-date. Took and recorded participant's temperature, and other anthropocentric measurement.