Locally known as the Walter Reed Southern Highlands AIDS Program, the Henry Jackson Foundation Medical Research International(HJFMRI) is an international non-governmental organization working in several countries conducting research studies and providing care and treatment to people affected by HIV/AIDS. HJFMRI is funded by the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief PEPFAR. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHSW), HJFMRI has been leading a comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and treatment program in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania since 2004 with support from the President's Emergency Plans for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The program is based in the Mbeya and has since extended to more than 100 health facilities in Mbeya, Rukwa and Ruvuma regions, which collectively represent a catchment area of about 6 million people. Mbeya region is one of high prevalence regions in Tanzania and expansion of HIV care and treatment programs is critical. Walter Reed Program is seeking qualified candidate to fill the positions below.
Position: HIV Study Physician Reports to: Research Coordinator Location “Mbeya Regional Hospital
Position Overview: The Walter Reed Program of the Southern Highlands together with the NIMR-Mbeya Medical Research Center (MMRC); the University of Munich and the Mbeya Referral. Hospital (MRH aim to improve treatment and care of HIV Infected patients through clinical research tightly Integrated into the routine implementation of the national ART Program. Projects conducted in the collaborative setting focus on treatment experienced HIV infected patients, the management of HIV associated diseases such as Cervical Carcinoma and Tuberculosis and program evaluation of the PEPFAR funded ART program in the southern highlands of Tanzania, integrating research activities into the routine patient care, capacity building and infrastructure development. In this context, the collaboration alms to implement the AFRICOS Study, a cohort study following up to 500 HIV positive patients on Care at MRH and 100 HIV negative participants over a long period of time.
Duties and Responsibilities: The candidate will be responsible for preparation and day-to-day clinical implementation of AFRICOS at CTC MRH. This will require close on-site collaboration with the AFRICOS Principal and Clinical Investigators, the AFRICOS Study Coordinator, the Head of the Department of Clinical on HIV of the NIMR-MMRC, the WRP Research Coordinator and with the administration' of the different partners at the MRH. He/ She will be supporting the collaborative partners in their respective responsibilities including communication with Ethical Committees and Regulatory boards as much as communicating with the AFRICOS Sponsor. The candidate is expected to harmonize AFRICOS with the implementation of other projects of the departments conducted at the study site, as much as the routine clinics of MRH, ensuring integration of AFRICOS into the clinic setting at MRH.
The main responsibilities of the AFRICOS study Physician will be: Support the Principal Investigator (PI) and the different Heads of Departments to ensure-that clinical research and related activities of AFRICOS are performed in accordance with federal regulations, partners and sponsoring agency "policies arid Good Clinical Practice and principles of ethical research and other requirements that apply; Assists the PI in all responsibilities as stipulated by ICG-GCP including development of study document materials and tools necessary to implement and document all phases of the AFRICQS Study, including but not limited to budgets, protocols amendments, training material, checklists, study logs and IRB submission; Support, coordinate and facilitate all phases of study implementation including but not limited to patient selection; recruitment-and Informed Consent Process, Patient enrollment and follow up, clinical management and reporting of Adverse Events and Serious Adverse Events management of study specific training and study close out.
Qualifications: A suitable candidate should: Hold an advanced degree in the medical field or comparable qualification Have at least one year of experience-in Clinical Research in Africa as Sub-Investigator. Have documented Ethical and GCP training including CITI. The person should have extensive experience in dealing with IRB Approvals, Review of Protocols and conversant with Codes of Ethics of Clinical Research, Further formal training in HIV (e.g. counseling, treatment literacy, PMTCT, PITC) is an added advantage. Knowledge of English required
Personal Skills: High degree of commitment Developed Communication skills Results orientation - ability to meet deadlines with competing priorities. Willing to work independently in a multidisciplinary team.
Cover letters and resumes should be sent to the
Human Resources Manager,
P.O. Box 6396,
NOTE: to be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE.
Deadline for submission of the application is April 20th 2016. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements as detailed below should not submit applications.