Nursing Officer Job-MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Job Title:   Nursing Officer (Fresher Job Opportunities)

Organisation: MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit

Duty Station:  Masaka, Uganda

Position Code: NO – 1021

Reports to: Scientist B

About US:

The MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with dominant research themes in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases and cancer. Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies, the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide. Following the signing of strategic transfer agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018.

The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health  issues in Africa and throughout the world. The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts.

Job Summary:  The position will be responsible for providing nursing care to research participants in the COVAC Uganda trial and carrying out other duties that will enable successful implementation of the research project in a timely manner following Good Clinical Practice guidelines.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • The Clinical Research Nurse, under the guidance and supervision of the Principal Investigator (PI) or designee, ensures the integrity and quality of the clinical trials is maintained, and that the trial is conducted in accordance with local regulations and MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit policies and procedures;
  • Is primarily responsible for the accurate completion of visit procedures and collection of information from study participants according to protocols, and for protecting the health, safety, and welfare of research participants;
  • In addition, the clinical trial nurse also may be delegated to support the role of study coordination;
  • Ensure study participants adhere to the treatment prescribed and follow the scheduled appointment;
  • Participate in design of study documents such as SOPs, writing abstracts and manuscripts, etc;
  • Ensures compliance with the study protocol by providing thorough review and documentation at each subject study visit;
  • Participates in recruitment and selection of study participants by interviewing and documenting medical history to determine compliance with eligibility requirements;
  • Performs medical tests, including, but not limited to, vital signs, imaging studies, and electrocardiograms;
  • Administers investigational medications and performs patient assessments during clinic visits to determine presence of side effects; notifies Principle Investigator or designee of findings/issues;
  • Provides patient education and medical information to study patients to ensure understanding of proper medication dosage, administration, and disease treatment;
  • Documents medical data in patient chart to capture protocol requirements;
  • Participates with the PI and study team to identify and prioritize the development of systems and infrastructure to maintain research quality and compliance;
  • Occasional travel to attend sponsor study training meetings as required; and,
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal applicant must hold a Diploma in nursing field from a recognised institution;
  • Must be registered with the Uganda Nurses and Midwifery council;
  • Possession of formal training in public health, research methods, ICH-GCP is desired;
  • At least two years’ experience in clinical setting;
  • Experience in clinical trial setting;
  • Experience in provision of nursing care to COVID patients/survivors, and SARS-CoV-2 sample collection;
  • Comprehensive and current understanding of common pharmaceutical products;
  • Understanding of ICH/GCP guidelines for human research; and,
  • Computer competency including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel Good computer skills.

How to Apply:

Follow the link below to fill a form and submit your application documentation:

Click Here

  • Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during shortlisting.
  • Combine all your application documentation i.e. cover letter, CV & academic documents into one PDF document.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. This position is open to Ugandan nationals only. Strictly follow the application procedure as failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification. Only online applications through the link provided will be accepted. You will receive a notification in your email if your application and documentation have been successfully received. In the event you are selected as the best candidate for the job, it will be a requirement to present certified copies of academic documents prior to contracting.

The applications should be addressed to:

The Head of Human Resources,

MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,

P.O. Box, 49,

Entebbe, Uganda.

Deadline: 28th October 2021 5:00pm

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