Junior Research Assistant Needed at MSF/Epicentre Research Center

Organisation: MSF/Epicentre Research Center

Position: Junior Research Assistant

Deadline : 8th January, 2019

Duty Station:Kampala , Uganda , East Africa , 256

Date Posted: 19th December 2018 

Employment Type: Full-Time


MSF/Epicentre Research Center is recruiting a Junior Research Assistant for an Ebola Vaccine Clinical Trial (MSF) in lVlbarara – Uganda Epicentre is an organisation created by Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in 1986. We conduct field epidemiology, training and research activities for MSF interventions. Our activities with populations in precarious situations are led from Uganda, Niger and France, and on MSF and other programs. They mainly concern infectious diseases and undernutrition.
Reports to: The Principal Investigator and the Vaccine Trial Coordinator
Duration: Short-term contract, minimum 12 months
Start date: February, 2019

Mission and responsibilities
The Junior Research Assistant will assume responsibility for the proper conduct of the trial in coordination and under the supervision of the Principal Investigator and the Vaccine Trial Coordinator.

Main activities
In collaboration with the Vaccine Trial Coordinator, ensure good compliance with the tramework of the study:

  • Ensure that the study is implemented in compliance with the study protocol and in accordance with GCP regulations
  • Participate in the development and adaptation of Standard Operating Procedures
  • Ensure that Standard Operating Procedures are implemented
  • Promptly document and communicate any protocol deviations
  • Record and promptly report Serious Adverse Reactions and other notifiable events to the Sponsor, relevant local ethics and regulatory authorities
  • Maintain a Study Trial Investigator file containing all essentials documents

In collaboration with the Vaccine Trial Coordinator, supervise the study:

  • Ensure that data is collected, recorded, handled, stored and reported accurately on Case Report Forms
  • Ensure the adequate medical care of study participants for any adverse event
  • Monitor study materials including but not limited to drugs, sundries, diagnostic tools
  • Prepare, together with the pharmacist, medical orders needed for the running of the study

Participate in the supervision and follow-up of the study staff

  • Plan and execute the initial and continuous training of staff related to the study in coordination with the principal investigator, study monitor and vaccine trials coordinator
  • Supervise and advise the study doctors, nurses, field workers in performance of their duties
    Other activities
  • Communicate regularly with principal investigator and the vaccine trial coordinator
  • Generate timely study reports and contribute to writing of monthly site
  • Participate regularly in meetings and other activities of the medical department and the research centre as a whole when required
  • Take up any other responsibilities delegated by the vaccine Trial Coordinator or Director of the Centre
  • Ensure good communication with other investigators and the study team
  • Initiate and coordinate the process of obtaining study approval from the local Regulatory Authorities and Ethics Committee bodies, as applicable, including amendments of protocol and informed consent forms and regular reports.

Candidate requirements

  • Medical doctor with advanced training in clinical research, epidemiology or public health
  • Previous experience on clinical trial study implementation
  • Knowledge of ICH guidelines, GCP, and the clinical trial study process
  • Ability to work effectively in teams as well as independently
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Training in Good Clinical Practice

Job application procedure
Interested candidates should hand deliver their application package (CV, application letter and copies of their academic /work certificates) to:
The Resources Manager,
MSF/Epicentre Mbarara Research Centre,
P. O. Box 1956, Mbarara,
Or by email to: epi-ug-rec@epicentre.msf.org
Applications must be submitted not later than the Tuesday, 8th January, 2019, 5:30pm. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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