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11 Employment Opportunities at The National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR)

Published by Ajira Zetu tz on Thursday, July 19, 2018

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BACKGROUND:
The National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) is a Parastatal Organization established
by the Act of Parliament No. 23 of 1979 and became operational in 1980. Integrated Care for HIV and Non Communicable diseases in Africa is a collaborative Research Study between National Institute for Medical Research Muhimbili Centre, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine – UK, MRC/UVRI – Uganda, Makerere University, IDI & The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) in Uganda, Diabetes Federation in Tanzania and Ministries of Health for both countries.
The study will be conducted in Dar es Salaam and Coastal Region aim to develop and evaluate a model of integrated HIV and NCDs care that could be both sustainable and effective. Project is funded by National Institute for Health Research – United Kingdom.
Director General of the National Institute for Medical Research advertise the Study Coordinator and Clinical Research Nurse which are required to be filled with highly motivated and competent Tanzanians on contract basis.


SCOPE OF WORK:
The overarching objective of the assignment is to provide operational and technical support to the study coordinator and Principal Investigator (Pi) to ensure efficient planning, programming, and monitoring of project activities. NIMR now invites applications from suitable, qualified and experienced persons to fill the following available vacancies.
1. ASSISTANT STUDY COORDINATOR (1 POST)
JOB DESCRIPTION
The assistant study coordinator will assist the project coordinator in supports, facilitates and coordinates the daily project activities and plays a critical role in the conduct of the study. By performing these duties, the assistant coordinator works with the project coordinator, PI, sponsor, and institution to support and provide guidance on the administration of the compliance, financial, personnel and other related aspects of the clinical study and.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. As assistant study Coordinator, ensures assigned study is conducted in accordance with
the National IRB regulation and Good Clinical Practices (GCP) guidelines:
2. Ensures site compliance with research protocols by reviewing all regulatory requirements to confirm implementation of appropriate methods, practices, and procedures for all research activities
3. Develops accurate source materials and ensures compliance from site staff
4. Provides accurate and timely data collection, documentation, entry, and reporting in both sponsor and study databases
5. Ensures appropriate credentialing and training of the entire study team
6. Supports the regulatory staff in the maintenance of regulatory documents in accordance with Study SOP and applicable regulations
7. Interfaces with research participants, to support efforts to determine eligibility and consenting of study participants according to protocol
8. Communicates and collaborates specific study requirements to the research team,
including internal and external parties, sponsor, monitors, PI, and study participants
9. Ensures compliance with research protocols, by providing ongoing quality control
audits, including maintaining ongoing investigational drug accountability
10. Disburses investigational drug and provides patient teaching regarding administration,
as necessary
11. Communicates and collaborates w/ study team including internal and external parties,
sponsors, PI, and study participants
12. Facilitating communication of patients’ progress to NIMR and MoHCDGEC on
implementation strategies; this include, provide regular status updates and progress reports to project management.
13. Facilitate timely and effective stake holders’ communication through regular meetings,
reporting, site visits and conference calls.
14. Manage effective relationships and open communication with project site facilities and
key stakeholders.
15. Compile and maintain all project documentation in accordance with Project SOPs and
procedures. Prepare quarterly, annual and terminal progress reports of the work done as well as scientific report.
16. To help study coordinator organize meetings, as necessary, with study team members
and collaborators, including programme, accommodation, travel, venues and social events
17. And carry out any other related duties as may be assigned
18. Day to day running of clinical trial
19. Screening, enrolment and randomisation of study patients
20. Day to day clinical management of patients & OPD management of patients after discharge
EDUCATION QUALIFICATION AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS
1. Bachelor of Medicine (MD) or equivalent knowledge
2. Experience to work with research organization.
3. Analytical skills ability, to understand complex subjects, extract and communicate relevant information from data and documents.
4. Ability to prepare comprehensive project documentation and reporting, using MS Office software, for internal and stake holders’ communication.
5. Project management skills, including a demonstrated ability to define scope, manage stakeholders, manage schedule/task activity, manage change and communicate risks.
6. Communication skills fluent written and spoken English and Swahili including presentation skills
7. Previous experience in the field of clinical trials, and knowledge of good clinical practice would be highly desirable;
8. Self-motivated; able to work independently to complete tasks and respond to department requests and to collaborate with others to utilize their resources and knowledge to identify quality solutions.
9. Strong ability to prioritize tasks for both self and team to meet requirements and deadlines
DURATION OF CONTRACT:
  • One-year contract which may be renewed on the basis of performance and mutual agreement.
COMPENSATION:
  • A competitive salary will be awarded to a successful candidate.
2. CLINICAL RESEARCH NURSE (5 POSTS)
JOB DESCRIPTION
The Clinical Research Nurse, under the guidance and supervision of the Project coordinator & Principal Investigator (PI), ensures the integrity and quality of clinical trials are maintained and conducted in accordance with GCP and local regulations, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals, and procedures. This position is primarily responsible for the accurate completion of visit procedures and collection of information from study patients according to protocols, and for protecting the health, safety, and welfare of research participants.
RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Providing nursing care to research study patients:
2. Ensures compliance with each study’s protocol by providing thorough review and documentation at each subject study visit
3. Participates in recruitment and selection of study participants by interviewing and
documenting medical history to determine compliance with eligibility requirements
4. Performs medical tests, including, but not limited to, vital signs
5. Provides patient education and medical information to study patients to ensure understanding of proper medication dosage, administration, and disease treatment
6. Documents medical data in patient chart to capture protocol requirements
7. Interfaces with research participants, to support efforts to determine eligibility and consenting of study participants according to protocol
8. Obtaining informed patient consent from patient or family member
9. Filing of consent forms
10. Establishing and maintaining a positive relationship with study patients
11. Chasing outstanding blood results (in conjunction with study doctors) and informing
study doctor of results
12. Documentation of relevant clinical information in patient records
13. Organizing follow-up care on patient discharge
14. Book and chase results of investigations (Chemistries, viral load )
15. Tracing non-attenders through note entries, phone calls, text messages or visiting them in the community
16. NCDs & HIV (ARV) counselling of study patients and their treatment supporters
17. Faxing CRFs using Datafax
18. Responding to error reports from Datafax in collaboration with the study doctor
19. Updating of patient follow-up spreadsheet
20. Liaising with laboratory staff on a daily basis regarding new positive results
21. Assist with study and sub-study specimen collection, storage and shipping as required
22. Positive relationship building with all hospital staff.
EDUCATION QUALIFICATION AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS
1. Diploma of Nursing from an accredited nursing school
2. A valid registration from reputable Board of Nurses
3. Two (2) years of recent clinical nursing experience in a hospital, clinic or similar health
care setting.
4. Nursing competency skills per scope of practice (i.e., performing vital signs, nursing assessments, etc.)
5. Ability to proactively identify and solve problems; demonstrated initiative is imperative
6. Must have communication skills with the public as well as physicians and co-workers
7. Ability to work independently as well as in team environment
8. Strong interpersonal, customer service and multi-tasking skills
9. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Word and Excel, electronic health systems and
databases used in research environment
10. Ability to work under pressure, multi-task, and manage deadlines
DURATION OF CONTRACT:
  • One-year contract which may be renewed on the basis of performance and mutual agreement.
COMPENSATION
  • A competitive salary will be awarded to a successful candidate.
3. STUDY CLERK (5 POSITIONS)
Ensure complete, accurate and timely data collection through efficient use of resources and tools, observing the welfare of participants
RESPONSIBILITIES:
The post holder will be responsible for accomplishing the following
1. Ensure that all clients/ study participants who come to the clinic are registered
2. Ensure that all study documents are kept following study procedures in a confidential place.
3. Ensure that all study participants are given appointments and study registers are completed before the participants leave the clinic.
4. Ensure that case reporting forms are retrieved and help to locate missing forms and in a timely manner
5. Ensure that they maintain restricted access to the registry and always keep it under lock
and key.
6. Ensure proper accountability of project resources including participant reimbursements in line with NIMR policies
EDUCATION QUALIFICATION AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS
  •  Certificate in nursing/record keeping or a relevant field.
  •  2 years’ working experience on medical/health Organization
  •  Keeping clinical trial/observational study participant records
  •  computer skills including internet and emailing
DURATION OF CONTRACT:
  • One-year contract which may be renewed on the basis of performance and mutual agreement.
COMPENSATION:
  • A competitive salary will be awarded to a successful candidate.
Mode of Applications
All applications should be enclosed with certified photocopies of relevant certificates and detailed curriculum vitae. Applicants are required to submit their applications not later than 30th July, 2018 to the address below. Applicants are also reminded to indicate all contact information necessary with which information can reach them easily. Only shortlisted applicants will be notified. In case you do not hear from us in two weeks’ time after the closing date consider yourself unsuccessful.
e-mail: muhimbili@nimr.or.tz  and  career@nimr.or.tz
The Centre Director,
National Institute for Medical Research,
Muhimbili Medical Research Centre,
P O Box 3436,
Dar Es Salaam, TANZANIA.
e-mail: muhimbili@nimr.or.tz & career@nimr.or.tz  J2

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