The Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) based at the National Institute for Medical Research campus in Mwanza, Tanzania is a collaborative research unit of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the National Institute for Medical Research. The mission of the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit is to contribute to improving health through the development and evaluation of interventions against HIV and other health problems by conducting research including clinical trials, to the highest international standards; to enhance the capacity to carry out such research in Tanzania and the East African region; and to contribute to the translation of research findings into health policy. MITU is currently collaborating with other international research partners to implement a trial evaluating dose reduction of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to prevent cervical cancer. The study is being conducted in healthy female volunteers.The Unit is now inviting applications from motivated and suitably qualified candidates to fill the following positions:

Position 1: Deputy Clinical Trial Manager

The successful applicant will be a fully-registered medical doctor, with at least 3 years clinical experience, and will ideally have a post graduate qualification in epidemiology or a related field; proven technical expertise in the quality management of clinical trials related to infectious diseases and/or vaccines; experience in clinical/laboratory procedures in research and collaborative research involving human clinical, epidemiological or laboratory outcomes; proven skills and experience in multicentre research.

Specific Responsibilities
• Assisting the Trial Manager with the day-to-day management of the clinical trial in Mwanza, Tanzania.
• Consenting, screening and following up study participants.
• Reporting and following up adverse events (AEs) and serious AEs.
• Assisting the Trial Manager in dealing with clinical results and queries, reviewing case report forms, and other relevant study documentation and maintaining Study Master Files.
• Assisting with communication between MITU/NIMR, the LondonSchool of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the trial sponsor and the other trial partners.
• Recruiting, coordinating, training and supervising field team staff in
MITU/NIMR (and other sites as required) in order to ensure that the trial is conducted to GCP and other international trial standards.
• Participating in meetings and discussions to discuss research progress, findings and any other aspects of the study.
• Assisting in submission of protocol amendments to ethics and regulatory committees.
• Handling trial monitoring visits, including preparation of responses to monitoring reports.
• Participating in writing up of the trial findings in reports and publications.
• Assisting with preparation of reports for the trial governance bodies (eg. Clinical Steering Committee, Steering Committee, Data and Safety Monitoring Board) and the funding agency .
• Travel to progress and coordination meetings as required.

• Undertaking other duties, including support to other studies, as may be required by the Principal Investigator of the trial and the Trial Manager.

Essential Qualifications
• Candidates must be fully-registered medical practitioners, with a medical degree from a recognized university
• At least 3 years' post-qualification clinical experience in hospitals or clinics.
• At least one year's relevant experience working on clinical trials, or as a research coordinator, based in sub-Saharan Africa.
• Clinically active within the past 3 years with evidence of current registration to practice medicine in Tanzania.
• Evidence of having practical experience in the management of research teams.
• Evidence of having practical experience of assisting with leading or coordinating of GCP compliant studies including familiarity of study monitoring visits.
• Evidence of having worked effectively both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary scientific team.
• Excellent inter-personal skills and a willingness to work with others to overcome problems as and when they arise.
• Evidence of having worked effectively in a multicultural environment
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
• Ability to relocate to Mwanza to start work for MITU as soon as possible and no later than end of June 2017.

Desirable Qualifications
• At least one year of experience working with school age children.
• Experience of working on vaccine-related research studies.
• Experience of working in East Africa.
• A postgraduate qualification in epidemiology or public health or equivalent experience demonstrated through publications.

Please note that government-employed clinicians that require an approved secondment to take up this position will not be eligible to apply.

Mode of application:

Interested applicants should email recruitment@mitu.or.tz to request an application fonn, clearly staling the job title for which they are applying in the subject line of the email.
The completed application form should then be submitted together with a letter of application, CV and copies of all relevant certificates, memberships and qualifications (including proof of current medical registration) to the same email address no later than 26th June 2017.
Paper applications will not be accepted.
Please note that government-employed clinicians that require an approved secondment to take up this position will not be eligible to apply.

Interviews will be held at the earliest available opportunity and only shortlisted candidates will be notified by email if selected for interview.

A competitive remuneration package will be offered.

Source: The Guardian 15 June 2017
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