Study Coordinators for the IMPAACT4TB Project (2 positions)

  • 8 months ago
  • Number of vacancies -1 opening

Job Description

Duty Station: Mzimba North and Mulanje, Malawi – 1 in each district

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), the first deadliest infectious disease in the world. KNCV is an international center of expertise for TB control that promotes effective, efficient, innovative and sustainable tuberculosis control strategies in a national and international context.

We are an organization of passionate TB professionals, including doctors, researchers, training experts, nurses and epidemiologists. We aim to stop the spread of the worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB. We operate from a central office in The Hague in the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate, and government donors.

Background

Latent tuberculosis (TB) infection (LTBI) is the seed bed for developing TB disease and continued transmission as it´s estimated that close to a quarter of the world’s population has LTBI. The World Health Organization (WHO) policy to give at least six months of isoniazid preventive therapy (IPT) to people living with HIV (PLWHIV) and child contacts has existed since 1993, yet the uptake of IPT in high burden countries remains poor. A short-course regimen of isoniazid and rifapentine weekly for three months (3HP) is now available. 3HP is associated with less toxicity, better adherence and at least similar efficacy to IPT and may be logistically easier for programs to scale up. WHO has included scaling up TB preventive therapy, particularly short-course regimens, in its End TB strategy? Implementation of 3HP will meet the same fate as IPT unless existing barriers to its supply, adoption, demand and delivery are removed.

The IMPAACT4TB consortium is led by the Aurum Institute with core partners Clinton Health Access Initiative, Johns Hopkins University (JHU), KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation and the Global Drug Facility.

The goal of the IMPAACT4TB project is to reduce TB incidence among PLHIV and child contacts<5 living in low and middle-income countries by contributing to the sustainable scale up of 3HP preventive therapy. The project will utilize the UNITAID grant to start 400,000 people on 3HP and catalyze an increase in supply, demand for and uptake of 3HP in focus countries with the outcome of starting >1 million child contacts and PLWHIV on 3HP. JHU is leading a cluster randomized trial in Malawi called “Choice Architecture Based TB Preventive Therapy Prescribing”. The primary objective of this study is to use a feasible, low-resource strategy to achieve levels of 3HP delivery substantially higher than routine implementation in primary care public clinics. The study protocol received conditional approval from the WHO ERC in January, local IRB approvals are underway.  KNCV is leading the implementation process in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, and Indonesia.

Purpose of the position

KNCV is looking for two Study Coordinators who will be responsible for day-to-day activities in the 10 intervention and 10 control clinics participating in this trial (in Mzimba North and Mulanje. The Study Coordinators will be responsible for coordination of study activities at all study facilities in the districts, supervision of research assistants and data collectors, and documentation and reporting of ongoing study results, in close collaboration with study Co-Investigators at KNCV, DHOs, JHU, and the Ministry of Health. The Study Coordinators are expected to uphold the study protocols and procedures in accordance with international standards.

Position in the organization

The Study Coordinator will report directly to the IMPAACT4TB Project Manager and will also maintain close communication and coordination with the M&E Officers and KNCV co-investigators.

Duties and responsibilities

As Study Coordinator you will:

  • Train clinic staff on 3HP implementation and routine data recording;
  • Assist with training of research assistants;
  • Ensure all study specific procedures are followed as stated out in the study protocol;
  • Oversee implementation of the study protocol and in coordination with Program Manager take corrective measures where necessary;
  • Participate in any internal or external audits of study protocol;
  • Organize and coordinate joint supportive supervision visits within the Choice architecture based TPT Study sites;
  • Support identification of strengths and weaknesses in existing data collection and management system and propose solutions;
  • Strengthen documentation of information on lessons learned and success stories;
  • Ensure that data queries from the Choice architecture based TPT Study staff and other stakeholders are addressed in an accurate and timely manner;
  • Oversee study data management;
  • Ensure timely and complete reporting from all field implemented activities in accordance with approved reporting formats;
  • Prepare reports for co-investigators and program manager on pertinent study data.

Who are we looking for?

Education

  • A diploma or degree in any health-related field such as Clinical Medicine, Social Science, public health, statistics or epidemiology.

Knowledge and experience

  • At least 3 years of health information and data management experience;
  • Demonstrated experience (at least 3 years) working in communicable disease program/research projects and interventions
  • Proficiency in using statistical software and data management platforms, such as ODK, REDCap, or Epi-info;
  • Conversant with different M & E tools, surveys, evaluations and surveillance systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in qualitative research and conducting in-depth interviews
  • Familiarity with DHIS2 will be an added advantage
  • Experience in working in a non-governmental health project is an added advantage;
  • Capacity to produce high quality briefs and detailed performance reports;
  • In depth knowledge of TB and LTBI from clinical and programmatic perspectives based on local NTP and WHO policies;

Behavioral skills

  • Organizational and planning skills;
  • Analytical and strategic thinking;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Performance and results oriented;
  • Problem solving;
  • Culturally sensitive;
  • Diplomatic;
  • Ability to function well in a challenging environment.
  • Willingness and ability to travel around the study facilities regularly for activities tracking

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A fixed-term contract for a year with a possibility for extension depending on availability of funds;
  • An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where a pro-active mentality is appreciated;
  • A highly-motivated team of experienced, self-driven colleagues;
  • The salary is dependent upon education and relevant working experience;
  • KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has its own Employment Conditions Scheme;
  • Full-time employment consists of 40 hours per week.

Application and information

You can apply for this position by submitting your CV, including a motivation letter and 3 professional references, before March 8th, 2020. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our team in Malawi via +265 992 891 646; +265 999 585 042 or +265 996 208 768.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Sluitingsdatum: 8 March 2020

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