Jobs in Uganda - Clinical Research Coordinator - Scientist B Job at MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit


Clinical Research Coordinator/ Scientist B Job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2021 - 2022

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 06 August 2021

Hiring Organization: MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Job Details:

The Unit is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with dominant research themes in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases and cancer. Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies, the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide. Following the signing of strategic transfer agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018.
The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health issues in Africa and throughout the world. The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts. The Unit is now seeking enthusiastic and experienced individuals to fill the following position:

Clinical Research Coordinator/ Scientist B (01 Position)
Position Code: CRC -721
Reports to: Project Leader/Senior Scientist
Station: Entebbe

Job Purpose:
To lead clinical aspects of the development and conduct of controlled human infection (CHI) studies for Schistosoma mansoni (CHI-Sm) in Uganda including dose-finding and vaccine trials. To contribute to coordination of other vaccine trials within the I-Vac programme.

Roles & Responsibilities
Principle responsibilities:
• Participating in leadership and coordination of clinical trials, specifically CHI-S; other trials as determined in discussion with the Head of Programme;
Contributing to the design of research studies and trials and taking an active role in;
• Assist Writing study protocols & SOPS;
• Gaining approval from regulatory bodies;
• Developing detailed implementation plans & resourcing budgets;
• Recruiting and training study team members; and,
• Writing progress reports to regulatory bodies.
Leading the implementation of the research studies and trials, ensuring that;
• Plans, protocols and procedures are reliably followed;
• Research is conducted according to best practice/high standards in conducting Clinical trials;
• Any research volunteers are treated ethically with respect and compassion
• Data is entered accurately and reliably and data security routines are developed and implemented;
• Continuing approvals for studies are obtained before expiry;
• Participating in data cleaning, analysis and project evaluation; feeding lessons learned back into the design of new projects;
• Participating in the roll-out of the research findings at dissemination of results to stakeholders
• Participating in managing study resources (including finances, HR, equipment & facilities), ensuring efficient and ethical usage and complying with all Unit and research sponsor accountability requirements;
• Leading the clinical study and field work team, in a manner that empowers them to operate according to GCP in clinical trials;
• Contribute to communication of study results through publications, poster presentations and scientific conferences;
• Provide mentorship to medical officers, nurses/counsellors, clinical officers, field technicians and study clerks;
• Provide clinical care and psychosocial support study participants; and,
• Work with the communications and social science teams to ensure excellent engagement with the research communities and stakeholders including Ministry of Health, regulators and the general public.
Financial Management:
• Delegated financial (signing) authority for Imprest of up to Uganda Shs 500,000, with expenditures above this limit being secondarily approved by the Head of Programme.
Line management responsibilities:
• Supervise a small clinical and field work team, and will be responsible for safeguarding and well-being of study participants.

Person Specification
• Master’s degree in a relevant area, e.g. MMed, MPH, MSc in Epidemiology, Clinical trials, or Infectious Diseases;
• Clinical training in MBChB;
• At least 2 years’ experience in general clinical care;
• Experience working in a medical research setting;
• Team leadership experience;
• Should possess medical knowledge particularly infectious diseases including neglected tropical diseases;
• Should have knowledge about the principals of conduct of phase I-II clinical trials;
• Knowledge about principals of Good Clinical Research Practice;
• Good verbal and written communication skills;
• Good command of both English and Luganda; and,
• Proficiency in computer use (MS word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint).

Application procedure

Follow the link below to fill a form and submit your application documentation:   
Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during shortlisting. Combine all your application documentation i.e. cover letter, CV & academic documents into one PDF document. Deadline for application is 6th August 2021, 5:00pm. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. This position is open to Ugandan nationals only. Strictly follow the application procedure as failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification. Only online applications through the link provided will be accepted.

You will receive a notification in your email if your application and documentation have been successfully received. In the event you are selected as the best candidate for the job, it will be a requirement to present certified copies of academic documents prior to contracting.

The applications should be addressed to:
The Head of Human Resources,
MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,
P.O. Box, 49,
Entebbe, Uganda.
Consider your application unsuccessful if not contacted within eight (8) weeks after the closing date of the advert. Any form of lobbying at any stage will lead to automatic disqualification. By submitting your personal information, you consent to the MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit holding and using it in accordance with its recruitment policy and procedure. The Unit reserves the right to verify documents attached with the relevant awarding institutions to authenticate their validity.

MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda research Unit is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a diverse work force and does not ask for money at any stage of recruitment.

Date Posted: 2021-07-25




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