HIV Study Physician (AFRICOS) at HJF Medical Research International, Inc.(HJFMRI)

Job Summary

HJFMRI is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of HIV Study Physician (AFRICOS)

Job Description
Reports to: Study Coordinator (AFRICOS)
Location: Mbeya
Contract: One year, with option(s) to renew

Position Overview:
The Walter Reed Program of the Southern Highlands together with the NIMR-Mbeya Medical Research Center (MMRC); the University of Munich and the Mbeya Referral Hospital (MRH), aim to improve treatment and care of HIV infected patients through clinical research tightly integrated into the routine implementation of the national ART Program. Projects conducted in the collaborative setting focus on treatment experienced HIV infected patients, the management of HIV associated diseases such as Cervical Carcinoma and Tuberculosis and program evaluation of the PEPFAR funded ART program in the southern highlands of Tanzania, integrating research activities into the routine patient care, capacity building and infrastructure development. In this context, the collaboration is implementing a study, the African Cohort Study (AFRICOS), a cohort study following up to 500 HIV positive patients on Care at MRH and 100 HIV negative participants over a long period of time.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The candidate will be responsible for preparation and day-to-day clinical implementation of AFRICOS at CTC MRH. This will require close on-site collaboration with the AFRICOS Principal and Clinical Investigators, the AFRICOS Study Coordinator, the Head of the Department of Clinical Research on HIV of the NIMR-MMRC, the WRP Research Director and with the administration of the different partners at the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital (MZRH) and Mbeya Regional Referral Hospital (MRRH). He/She will be supporting the collaborative partners in their respective responsibilities including communication with Ethical Committees and Regulatory boards as much as communicating with the AFRICOS Sponsor. The candidate is expected to harmonize AFRICOS with the implementation of other projects of the departments conducted at the study site, as much as the routine clinics of MZRH and MRRH, ensuring integration of AFRICOS into the clinic setting at MZRH and MRRH.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
The main responsibilities of the AFRICOS study Physician will be:
1. Support the Principal Investigator (PI), the WRP Research Director, and the AFRICOS Study Coordinator to ensure that clinical research and related activities of AFRICOS are performed in accordance with federal regulations, partners and sponsoring agency policies and Good Clinical Practice and principles of ethical research and other requirements that apply;
2. Assists the PI and the Study Coordinator in all responsibilities as stipulated by ICH-GCP including development of study document materials and tools necessary to implement and document all phases of the AFRICOS Study, including but not limited to budgets, protocols amendments, training materials, checklists, study logs and IRB submission;
3. Support, coordinate and facilitate all phases of study implementation including but not limited to patient selection, recruitment and Informed Consent Process, Patient enrollment and follow up, clinical management and reporting of Adverse Events and Serious Adverse Events, management of study specific training and study close out;
4. Obtain and Manage the Site investigator file containing essential documents for the study according to ICH- GCP;
5. Deputize for the Study Coordinator in his/her absence to ensure that AFRICOS study activities are going on as required.
6. Other Clinical duties as assigned by the Study P.I. and/or Study Coordinator
Other Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Work with Study Coordinator to develop research concepts from the AFRICOS Study for Research purposes.
2. Prepare presentations of the AFRICOS Clinical Work to share with Program staff.
3. Work with other study staff to contribute to contribute to publications or disseminate research findings using other appropriate methods.
4. Carry out other clinical research activities as guided by the study coordinator.
5. Participate in Program evaluation research activities and provide clinical expertise to Program staff in the field.
6. Analyze study data with the aim of generating progress reports for the study.
7. Support the study coordinator in preparing wire forecasts for AFRICOS study budgets.

Qualifications:
A suitable candidate should:
– Hold of degree in the medical field or comparable qualification, MPH will be an added advantage
– Have at least one year of experience in Clinical Research in Africa as Sub-Investigator.
– Have documented Ethical and GCP training including CITI.
– The person should have some experience in dealing with IRB Approvals, Review of Protocols and conversant with Codes of Ethics of Clinical Research.
– Further formal training in HIV (e.g. counseling, treatment literacy, PMTCT, PITC) is an added advantage.
– Be conversant with Principles of Good Clinical Practice
– Knowledge of English is required 

Personal Skills:
– High degree of commitment
– Developed Communication skills
– Results oriented – ability to meet deadlines with competing priorities.
– Willing to work independently in a multidisciplinary team.

How to Apply

To be considered, applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE. CVs should not include any reference to marital status, birthplace, or tribal and/or religious affiliations. Any CVs containing this information will not be considered for employment. Hand delivery applications will not be accepted. Deadline for submission of the application is November 26th 2019. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements as detailed in the job description below will not be considered.

Please manually apply for this job using the details below: Cover letters and resumes should be sent by mail through post/EMS/DHL/ or any reliable courier to the Human Resources and Administration Manager, P.O. Box 6396, Mbeya, or transmitted by email to: recruitment@wrp-t.org.

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