Study Coordinator

REPORTS TO:                                   Co- Principal Investigator (Stationed in Blantyre)

DURATION OF CONTRACT:       18 Months

 

BACKGROUND
The Malawi Government aims to achieve the 90-90-90 Goal for HIV and AIDS interventions: By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy; and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. In order to achieve these ambitious goals, there is need to provide effective HIV Counseling and Testing (HTC) and antiretroviral treatment (ART) irrespective of personal and social circumstances of the person living with HIV. In this regard the College of Medicine is collaborating with the Population Council to assess the effectiveness of HIV and AIDS Service Delivery Models (HASDM) for at-risk women in Lilongwe and Mzuzu. The service delivery models are being delivered by Partner Organizations (POs). The College of Medicine wishes to recruit a Study Coordinator to assist in the study.

JOB DESCRIPTION
The candidate will work under the guidance of the Co-Principal Investigator. He/she will be responsible for managing administrative and logistic component of the study, including the pre-implementation activities. S/he will also be responsible for site supervision and data quality assurance. In addition they will supervise research assistants in both Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate in the development of operations manuals
  • Assist in the hiring, training, and supporting research assistants
  • Coordinate all training related to the study in conjunction with implementation partners
  • Oversee the logistics of data collection at site preparation
  • Involve relevant MoH officer and facility in-charges to ensure successful implementation of the study
  • Conduct assigned visits to the Mzuzu study site
  • Assist in coordination of all aspects of data collection and regular quality assurance checks
  • Supervise research assistants to ensure that the technical requirements of the study are met and to monitor participant recruitment, and quality of data
  • Ensure that research assistants at each site adhere to approved ethical procedures in survey protocol as these relate to informed consent, data collection, storage and security
  • Oversee the quality of data collection, and manage data with secure backup
  • Participate in weekly meetings with the Co-PI to identify any concerns with the procedures and adverse situations
  • Coordinate communication between collaborating organizations
  • Be flexible to new tasks throughout the project period and available to respond to unexpected logistical and other needs that may arise.

QUALIFICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE

  • Minimum experience of 3 years in a research institution
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences/Management OR Health Professional qualifications
  • Thorough understanding of the survey protocol

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Strong organizational skills and management
  • Communication and good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work in shifts (including nights and weekends), if necessary
  • High sense of professionalism, including sensitivity to issues related to HIV
  • Ability to work within HIV treatment sites.

 

The successful candidate will be offered an attractive salary package commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

Applications with copies of certificates and CVs with names of three traceable referees should be sent to:

 

The Registrar

College of Medicine

Lilongwe-Mzuzu Evaluation Project

Private Bag 360,

Chichiri,

Blantyre 3,

Malawi

 

Email to: hr@medcol.mw
Interested applicants looking for further details should send emails to the Co-PI: Prof Adamson S. MUULA: amuula@medcol.mw
• NOTE: Successful candidates will be required to report immediately upon accepting the offer and to be available for the whole duration of the survey.

 

Due: June 30th, 2017