The Mwanza Intervention Trial Unit (MITU) is a collaborative research Unit based at the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) campus in Mwanza, Tanzania. The mission of MITU 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.
MITU is now working with the WHO to implement Solidarity Trial Vaccines (STVs) in Tanzania. This is a randomized clinical trial to assess the safety and protectiveness of a new COVID-19 vaccine. The trial is being conducted in multiple sites around the world and is coordinated and sponsored by the World Health Organization. The collaborating institutions for the Trial in Mwanza and other Lake Zone Region include the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU), the National Institute for Medical Research, the Ministry of Health and The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
MITU is now inviting application from suitably qualified candidates for the following position:
Position: Field Coordinator
The successful applicant will have a bachelors degree in the sciences related to health, at least 2 years’ post- qualification clinical or laboratory experience in research project management, managerial and organizational skills, excellent written and oral communication skills in English, and certification in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) for the conduct of human research. They will ideally have experience in laboratory research including processing peripheral blood mononuclear cells, experience performing diagnostic laboratory assays and working with clinical cohorts, and evidence of authoring peer reviewed articles.
- To assist the PIs and study coordinator in planning, management and supervision of the research operations, ensuring that the program is carried out to the highest international standards
- To collaborate with study staff, PIs, and NIMR laboratory personnel on a daily basis to ensure the continued success of overarching study objectives
- To assist in developing and maintaining an excellent consultative relationship with government health officials at regional and district level
- To maintain records of study reagents and supplies needed and available both for field work and at NIMR and to organize study supplies needed for weekly field work
- To develop research tools, oversee data entry and management and participate in the analysis
- To develop and regularly update standard operating procedures in accordance with the study protocol
- To train the research assistants and outreach workers on the conduct of research in accordance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) in the study protocol
- To support optimal field documentation, field collection of samples, submission to the laboratory, and laboratory processing in accordance with Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) in the study protocol
- To lead the field research teams including the nurses, parasitologists, community health workers, and research assistants involved in participant screening, enrollment, and follow-up
- To ensure that all field research activities are completed to the highest standard following GCP. This includes but is not limited to screening of potential participants, informed consent, participant follow-up, and all laboratory procedures.
- To contribute to laboratory processing and testing of samples
- To contribute to the preparation of scientific reports and publications and presentations at national meetings
- To participate in developing the capacity of junior project staff
- To promote MITU and its core values, and play a supportive role in the delivery of its day-to-day operations and strategic goals
- To play an active part in promoting the scientific life at the NIMR Mwanza campus
- To undertake such other tasks as may reasonably be expected by the PIs and Study Coordinator
- To report regularly to the PIs and Study Coordinator on the progress of the research
- A bachelors degree in the sciences related to health, preferably in laboratory sciences
- At least 2 years’ post-qualification experience in laboratory research work, which includes:
- Experience processing peripheral blood mononuclear cells
- Experience performing DNA extractions and real-time PCR
- Conversance with LIMS and Microsoft Excel for laboratory sample tracking and reporting of results
- Experience performing quality control checks on samples and monitoring adherence to both field and laboratory SOPs
- Experience conducting field work in rural areas
- Managerial skills including directing work within a field team, organizing laboratory results and clinical follow-up, organizing expenditures during field work, and preparing reports
- Organizational skills using Microsoft Excel and Google Drive to plan field work including upcoming study visits, personnel required, and reagents needed
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Swahili
- Commitment to working as part of a multidisciplinary research team
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment
- Certified in GCP for the conduct of human research and GCLP for laboratory work
Mode of application:
- Interested applicants should submit their applications together with a letter of application, CV and copies of all relevant certificates, memberships and qualifications email@example.com no later than 19th May 2022.
- The applicants should clearly state the job title for which they are applying in the subject line of the email.
- Paper applications will not be accepted.
Interviews will be held at the earliest available opportunity and only shortlisted candidates will be notified by email if selected for interview.
MITU is an equal opportunity organization, female applicants and people with disability are highly encouraged to apply
A competitive remuneration package will be offered.