Lighthouse Trust is a registered Public Trust established to manage Centres of Excellence (CoEs) and provide leverage for leadership and delivery of integrated HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services in Malawi. Lighthouse has been involved in the development of locally applicable HIV care and treatment models. It is strategically positioned in Malawi’s national HIV response due to its close collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH). The Lighthouse in close coordination with MoH operates integrated services at Kamuzu Central Hospital, Bwaila Hospital and some health facilities in urban and rural areas in Lilongwe, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Zomba Central Hospital and District Support Program for Ntchisi district and Northern region districts. Its strategic approach focuses on client-centred care based on four goals which are: –
Goal 1: Service delivery: to enhance high-quality, integrated HIV Prevention, treatment, care and support services for adults and children
Goal 2: Model interventions and operations research: to develop, pilot, evaluate, and disseminate innovative programs and policies across the continuum of prevention, treatment, care and support for HIV infection and its co-morbidities, both infectious and non-infectious.
Goal 3: Quality management: to ensure that all patients at LH clinics and all supported sites are receiving quality health care and services as recommended the MOH and other health development partners by utilizing quality improvement (QI) methodologies in a multidisciplinary team approach.
Goal 4: Capacity strengthening: to build and strengthen healthcare capacity for high quality HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services
Lighthouse Trust with funding from the National Institute for Health (NIH) through the University of North Carolina (subaward No.5118954) and University of Washington (Subaward No. UWSC12509), wishes to recruit highly qualified and experienced persons to fill the post of:
Post Title: Studies Coordinator (Quote Ref #SC1: )
Reports to: Research Manager
Team: Research Team
Location: Lighthouse Trust, Lilongwe
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION
The incumbent will join the Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) team to coordinate research studies conducted at Lighthouse and Martin Preuss CoEs. The study coordinator will support, facilitate, and coordinate daily study activities and will play a critical role in the conduct of studies. In performing these duties, the study coordinator will work with the Research Manager, MER Director, and Principal investigators from other institutions involved in the studies, to support and provide guidance on the administration of the compliance, personnel and other study related aspects.
- Review and comprehend the study protocols.
- Coordinate study activities to help ensure that related activities are performed in accordance with the protocol, Institutional Review Board (IRB) standards and policies and Good Clinical Practice.
- Work closely with quality assurance and compliance officer facilitating and reporting on clinical audits
- Document and report any breach in compliance to IRB
- Coordinate activities of study staff through communication and planning, to ensure efficient flow during study visits.
- Assist study principal investigators in developing data collection tools, training materials and standard operating procedures necessary around issues related to (but not limited to) protocol requirements.
- Ensure proper training of research personnel and maintain documentation of training.
- Lead the preparation for study monitoring.
- Attend weekly study specific team meetings, departmental, all-staff meetings
- Screen all laboratory results when received and follow protocol procedure regarding abnormal results.
- Prepare weekly reports and updates to the study team and other stakeholders.
- Establish and organize study files, including but not limited to, regulatory binders, study specific source documentation and other materials.
- Ensure all financial expenditures related to studies are properly tracked.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
- MBBS or bachelor’s degree in clinical medicine and at least three years’ experience in coordinating clinical trials and observational studies. (Those with Master’s degree in Public Health, Statistics, Epidemiology or related field will have added advantage)
- Experience with HIV/AIDS programming
- Experience developing and maintaining organized study record systems
- Possess in depth knowledge of Good Clinical Practice and federal regulations for the conduct of clinical trials.
- Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Ability to multi-task and thrive in a detail-oriented environment
- Superior computer skills with word processing, database operations, spreadsheets, and data analysis in STATA and SPSS
- Strong interpersonal communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Eligible candidates meeting the required qualifications and experience should send their applications with Cover Letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), copies of certificates, names, addresses and telephone numbers of three traceable referees.
Please clearly quote the reference number on the outside of the envelope.
Applications should be received not later than Monday, 23rd August 2021 to the following address:
The Executive Director
Kamuzu Central Hospital
P.O. BOX 106
Or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.