Job Position: Clinical Project Coordinator
Employer : College of Medicine Malawi
Deadline: 16 April 2020
Centre for Reproductive Health (CRH)
“ACTION LEVERAGING EVIDENCE TO REDUCE PERINATAL MORTALITY AND MORBIDITY IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA” (‘ALERT’).
‘ALERT’ is a five year European Union Horizon 2020 funded research programme that aims to develop and test models for intrapartum care in sub Saharan Africa. The programme is led from Karolinska Institute, Sweden and the country implementing partners include Uganda, Tanzania and Benin as well as Malawi. CRH is leading the Malawi implementation component and is also providing scientific leadership to the consortium as a whole for a Work Package on qualitative research and related tools.
Reporting to the Scientific Operations Manager for CRH, the Clinical Project Coordinator will provide clinical leadership for the development and implementation of ‘Alert’ at participating sites in Malawi. This will include travel to four participating hospitals, liaison with hospital management and clinical staff and practical support for the deployment of the proposed quality improvement strategies in the hospital labour wards. Depending on the profile of the selected candidate and needs of the role, it may be appropriate for the candidate to be based at one of the participating hospital sites and undertake some clinical duties there. The successful candidate will be engaged on full-time employment for an initial period of one year, with potential for extension based on performance and the needs of the research programme.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Among others, the
- Liaison with hospital management, training of interviewers in the use of study tools, scheduling and supervising interviewer activities, ensuring compliance with informed consent procedures specified by relevant Ethical bodies, quality control of interviews and quantitative data collection, assuring completeness and security of audio recordings and field notes, organising and maintaining written and audio files. Co-ordination with Data Manager regarding handling of questionnaire data in digital and other formats.
- Liaison with District, National and international development partners and consortium partners on matters relating to ALERT.
- Co-ordination of project expenditure reporting in liaison with COM Finance Officer and Grant Accountant
- Ensuring timely preparation and submission of narrative and financial reports to the lead partner, COMREC and the EU’s system for financial and deliverables online reporting.
- Participation in development of grant applications for further phases of the study.
- Maintaining safeguarding and child protection procedures and standards as per protocol and in line with any ethical and legal requirements. Reporting or escalating untoward or unanticipated incidents involving participants, interviewers or others at study sites to principal investigator or relevant authorities as appropriate.
- Safeguarding privacy and confidentiality of research participants including security of written and online personal data.
- Responding to queries from research participants and other stakeholders.
Qualifications and skills required:
- Bachelor of Midwifery or equivalent academic qualification in Midwifery.
- Fluency in spoken and written English and Chichewa.
- Current Nursing and/or Midwifery licensure in Malawi.
- Experience of clinical research
- Experience of research administration including preparation and submission of ethical committee applications and related reporting.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to interact confidently and effectively across all social contexts including to patients/research participants, management, national and international stakeholders.
- Ability to deal with several tasks simultaneously with effective time management, prioritisation and strategic thinking.
- Information technology literacy including MS Word, Excel and presentation software.
- Understanding of statistical principles; ability to tabulate and interpret data
- Skills and experience in qualitative research methods
- Experience of maternal/ perinatal research.
Suitably qualified candidates should forward their applications together with copies of relevant certificates, detailed CVs and names of three traceable referees to:
College of Medicine
Private Bag 360
email: [email protected]
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Indicate the following in the email subject line: ALERT CLINICAL COORDINATOR
Applications should be submitted before the end of business day on 16th April, 2020.
Only short-listed applicants will be acknowledged