Study Coordinator VTEU (NGO Careers) at Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

General Summary

The VTEU study aims to determine the relationship between dihydroartemisinic (DHA) exposures following intravenous dosing and markers of physiologic dysfunction associated with severe malaria in children aged 6 months to 14 years.

The coordinator will supervise and train study nurses and research assistants to implement the research protocol. Roles will generally include: Study protocol development, manage regulatory submissions, and develop standard operating procedures, participant identification and recruitment, data management, biological specimen collection, inventory management, shipment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assisting Principal investigators with implementation of study protocols, planning and problem-solving at IDI study site.
  • Assist the senior study coordinators in the setting-up and maintenance of regulatory approvals for the various protocols.
  • Contribute to the setting-up, maintaining and documenting regular communication within the study site.
  • Coordinate various aspects of the study including but not limited to; data collection, study log maintenance, data entry, biological specimen collection, storage and shipment at all study sites, including those located in Uganda.
  • Participate in various study procedures including consent, enrolment, biological specimen collection and follow-up of study participants
  • Participate in quality assurance and quality control of study data collected.
  • Supervise research nurses and study assistants and ensure that they achieve the objectives of the study as indicated in the protocol following the stipulated standard operating procedures.
  • Conduct ongoing performance reviews with direct reports as well as IDI-required performance appraisals.
  • Participate in the drafting of study progress and performance reports.
  • Participate in the development of materials and training of study staff to implement study procedures.
  • Participate in the procurement of study equipment and sundries
  • Participate in administration of study financial resources in accordance with IDI’s guidelines.
  • Contribute to the administration of study materials and resource inventory.
  • Contribute to the writing of scientific abstracts, papers or any other dissemination material from the study.
  • Attend relevant Research and Prevention Care and Treatment department meetings.

Person Specification

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in clinical medicine and surgery or related field with a relevant Master’s degree is required.
  • Previous experience working as a researcher in a coordination role for at least 2 years will be an added advantage.
  • Knowledge and training in Good Clinical Practice and Human Subjects research is required.

Required experience and skills 

  • Good interpersonal skills, organizational skills, strong service ethic, sensitivity to patients, professionalism, and attention to detail are required.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and extensive previous experience in clinical research is strongly preferred.
  • Proficient in MS Office application.
  • Experience in working
  • Paediatric experience is an added advantage.

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