BACKGROUND The National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) is a Parastatal Organization established by an Act of Parliament No. 23 of 1979 (CAP.59, R.E.2002) and became operational in 1980. NIMR-Mbeya Medical Research Centre (MMRC) is one of the NIMR Centers located in Mbeya within the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital Compound. The Centre is currently conducting research on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, NCDs as well as other diseases of public health importance.
On behalf of the Director General of the National Institute for Medical Research, the Centre Director of NIMR Mbeya is looking for the qualified, experienced and well-motivated personnel to fill the following vacant position whose duty station will be in Mbeya City.
Candidate shall be responsible for coordinating and administering all aspects of Clinical Trial activities for assigned project(s) with respect to managing and conducting research activities such as collecting data, informing participants about study objectives and administering questionnaire as per the Good Clinical Practice (GCP). Managing protocol related documents, project plans, timeline management, quality standards, risk mitigation and others while implementing research activities. Furthermore, he/she will be responsible for conducting and disseminating scientifically and ethically sound health research that addresses the national health priorities to alleviate health problems for scientific advancement and human wellbeing.
The Clinical Research Coordinator will report and work under the Head of TB & Emerging Diseases Department.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
i. To proactively manage operational aspects of research/clinical trial teams including daily supporting, facilitation and coordination of research/clinical trial activities (data collection, analysis and report writing) and management of SOPs, study manuals, research timeline, budget, and resources;
ii. To conduct and participate in the informed consenting process including interactions with ethics and regulatory authorities and discussions with research participants, including answering any questions related to the study;
iii. To participate in developing sound and fundable research proposals to attract research funding
iv. To ensure timely submission of study proposal to the relevant ethical and regulatory authorities for review and approval
v. To provide efficient updates on research or trial progress to the head of department, with respect to project plans and timeline management, quality standards and risk mitigation
vi. To participate in sponsor study start-up processes, including site initiation activities, conduct trial kick-off meetings, set-up of Trial Master File(TMF),site selection and finalization of site Clinical Trial Protocols
vii. To review and approve site visit reports; ensure tracking, follow up and resolution of site issues in a timely manner
viii. To train, coach and mentor new staff, young scientists, research fellows and interns;
ix. To disseminate research findings in different formats including publishing in peer reviewed journals, scientific conferences etc
x. To participate in engagement and collaboration with public and private sectors in the health researches for scientific advancement and improvement of human and social wellbeing
xi. To participate in local and international scientific forums for exchange and sharing health research information and networking;
xii. To perform any other relevant duties that may be assigned by the supervisor.
QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCES:
- A holder of Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Science, Public Health or related field; with first degree in Medicine (MD);
-A minimum of 4 years working experience with research organization or research institution;
- A valid professional license from the Medical Council of Tanganyika (MCT);
-A candidate must have a thorough knowledge of clinical research concepts, practices, and regulatory and ICH GCP Guidelines regarding drug or vaccine development phases, clinical research and data management methods;
-Able to work under pressure and multi-tasking settings with a high level of integrity;
- Strong language skills, fluency in written and spoken English and Swahili including presentation skills;
-Good analytical skills and ability to understand complex subjects, extract and communicate relevant information from data and documents;
-Ability to prepare report using MS Office software, for internal and stakeholders’ communication;
-Excellent organizational skills with the ability to organize time appropriately and effectively;
Self-motivated; able to work independently under minimal supervision to complete tasks and respond to appropriate project authority requests and to collaborate with others;
-A team player with a strong organization, planning with ability to prioritize tasks for both self and team to meet requirements and deadlines.
-The applicant should be a Tanzanian below 45 years old.
One-year employment contract which may be renewed on the basis of performance and mutual agreement.
The successful candidate will be based at NIMR-Mbeya, Mbeya City.
A competitive salary will be offered as per Government of Tanzania Regulations.