Empower Study Coordinator at The Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU)



Source Guardian,13th April 2016

The Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) based at the National Institute for Medical Research campus in Mwanza, Tanzania is a collaborative research unit of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the National Institute for Medical Research. The mission of the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit is to contribute to improving health through the development and evaluation of interventions against HIV and other health problems by conducting research, including clinical trials, to the highest international standards; to enhance the capacity to carry out such research in Tanzania and the East African region; and to contribute to the translation of research findings into health policy.

The Unit is now inviting applications from motivated and suitably qualified candidates to fill the following position: EMPOWER Study Coordinator

The Study Coordinator will be a member of MITU, based full-time in Mwanza, and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of an implementation science study to assess whether it is feasible, acceptable, and safe to offer oral PREP as part of a combination HIV prevention package that addresses gender-based violence, stigma and HIV in adolescent girls and young women aged 16-24 years
The post holder will work closely with and report to the Principal Investigators (PIs),' and will have an opportunity to contribute to the publication of scientific results.

Specific responsibilities:

• Plan, manage and supervise the research operators in Mwanza, to ensure that the study is carried out to the highest international standards following the principles of Good Clinical Practice and Good Participatory Practice.
• Collaborate with MITU staff and staff from partner organizations, including senior investigators from LSHTM and the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
• Work closely with the Senior Community Liaison Officer at MITU on community engagement activities.
• Supervise and coordinate the activities of the research clinic, including screening, enrollment and follow-up of participants.
• Supervise and coordinate delivery of the intervention.
• Assist with managing the project budget and other project resources, liaise with MITU and LSHTM staff in setting and reviewing budgets, monitoring expenditure and completing financial reports:
• Assist the PIs in developing research tools 'and study processes and procedures to ensure efficient conduct of the study.
• Set-up and maintain administrative and communication systems for the study.
• Set-up and maintain the Trial Master File.
• Lead on development of standard operating procedures.
• Submit annual progress reports, - and amendments to the study protocol as required, to the Tanzanian and LSHTM ethics committees.
Liaise with the project qualitative and data management teams and laboratory staff to' ensure activities are coordinated and run to schedule.
• Manage data and clinical queries from the data and laboratory teams and supervise the research clinic team in responding to queries.
• Contribute in the preparation of scientific reports and publications, and their presentation at national and international meetings.
• Participate in developing the capacity of junior project staff.
• Promote MITU and its core values, and playa supportive role in the delivery of its day-to-day operations and strategic goals.
• Play an active part in promoting the scientific life at the NIMR Mwanza campus.
Undertake such other tasks as may reasonably be expected by the PIs.
• Report regularly to the P!s on the progress of the research.

Essential criteria for selection

• A postgraduate qualification in public health or related field.
• At least two years practical experience of research project management in a developing country.
• Be familiar with the principles of Good Clinical Practice and Good Participatory Practice.
• Proven managerial and organizational skills
• Previous experience of managing research staff.
• Demonstrates capacity to work on own initiative and independently.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in Kiswahili and
• English Demonstrates excellent attention to details.
• Demonstrates commitment to working as part of a multidisciplinary research team.
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
• Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Desirable criteria for selection Medical or nursing degree.
• Experience in the field of HIV and/or gender-based violence research.
• Experience in conducting research in a developing country.
• Experience of working in multi-center studies.
Experience of working with young people in developing countries


All candidates meeting the above job requirements should submit their application letters with detailed curriculum vitae (CVs) showing contact address, e-mail, telephone numbers, and photocopies of academic and professional certificates via recruitment@mitu.or.tz below

The application letter should also detail why the applicant is interested in this position and demonstrate how the applicant meets each of the criteria listed above.
The dead line for this application is 29th April 2016. Interviews will be held in Mwanza, and candidates will be notified I by phone/email if selected for interview.

A competitive remuneration package will be offered.


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