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Research Coordinator – Neonatal Research Group: Research Support Centre
Deadline: 17 January 2020
Contract: Full time
Duration: 12 months
Start date: Immediate
The University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health has a Neonatal Research Group (NRG) that conducts various donor funded research in the newborn babies. One of the studies is the Gestational Age Study (GAS) whose scope is to determine the gestational age of babies using newborn metabolic profiles and maternal blood with particular focus on preterm births. The study is being funded by the Gates Foundation and being conducted in collaboration with Stanford University. The other studies include, Jaundice study, the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) Helping Babies Breathe Study, the Neonatal sepsis study.
The position involves coordinating all the ongoing research, assisting in carrying out research related clinical duties including patient recruitment, data collection, clinical evaluation and follow up, according to internationally recognized standards of ethical conduct of clinical research as well as supervision of study staff. Ensuring regulatory compliance and GCP standards in research. Managing the day to day research activities. Keeping records of all communication with sponsor. Ensuring all lab requirements are met. Procurement of necessary equipment. Link between study team, study sites and PIs.
Purpose of the Position
To supervise study staff; To provide a direct link between the study participant and the study; To ensure the provision of patient-oriented care in a professional and respectful manner; To ensure participants recruitment for the study is meeting the targets, all study related procedures are carried out per protocol including consenting, recruitment, clinical evaluations, point of care tests, and participant follow up; To collect study data from participants to ensure successful implementation of the research study; To ensure onward submission of specimens to the recipient lab in collaboration with the lab scientist.
Key Tasks and Responsibilities
Ensure that all ethical approvals are submitted timely; Ensure that project procedures are being followed according to protocol and ensure that data is appropriately collected and stored; Supervise and train the Research Midwife/ Research Assistants and report to the PIs; Responsible for managing all logistic aspects of the research, including procurement and tracking of administrative and clinical supplies, participant reimbursement and refreshment, transportation and recruitment activities; Conduct quality control to ensure completeness and accuracy of data on all questionnaires; Work with PIs to review budget expenses and projections; Prepare visit projections to track project progress and support efficient planning of activities throughout the project duration; Provide weekly and monthly reports to the PI and Co-PI on the project progress; Conduct screening of study participants and provide information to participants and their relatives; Recruit participants for the study, carry out all study related procedures including consenting, recruitment, clinical evaluations, heel picks, venepunctures, scanning, point of care tests, and participant follow up; Ensure Ultrasound scanning is conducted on appropriate participants; Ensure that all procedures are done in compliance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for clinical research; Be accessible to study participants and their families in order to address all study related concerns; Work across studies that are ongoing under the Neonatal Research Group; Conduct any other duties in other studies in the Neonatal research group as assigned by the PIs.
The Research Coordinator should possess knowledge and skills of coordination of medical and scientific technology, have strong interpersonal and communication skills, the capacity to analyse and interpret data and ability to maintain confidentiality.
We expect the following qualifications
Midwifery qualification i.e at least a Health Research Degree with certificate to practice; Research experience. (Previous work as research coordinator is an added advantage); Counselling course is an added advantage; Project management experience is an added advantage; Experience working with pregnant women and newborns; Basic knowledge of the principles of the ethical conduct of research; Ability to work well with others and integrate into the public health care system
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