Scientist B / Study Coordinator – CHAPS Project NGO Careers – Medical Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI

Organization: Medical
Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI 
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Reports to: 
Principal Investigator
Position Code:
About US:
The MRC/UVRI Uganda
Virus Research Unit on AIDS was established following a request in 1988 from
the Uganda Government to the British Government for collaboration on the
research of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection and AIDS (Acquired
Immunodeficiency. The Unit is a center of excellence in HIV/AIDS related
research. It conducts large-scale epidemiological and intervention studies,
clinical trials, virological and immunological research and behavioural
studies, and has generated a wealth of research results that have been used to inform
policy and practice that have led to a large number of scientific publications
in peer reviewed journals over time.
Job Summary: The
Scientist B / Study Coordinator- CHAPS Project will lead, support, facilitate
and coordinate the conduct of studies according to Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
with and under direction of the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Combined
HIV Adolescent PrEP and Prevention Study (The CHAPS Trial 2)
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • General Administrative Duties – develops
    training materials and tools, trains research team and maintains
    documentation of training, coordinates and facilitates monitoring and
    auditing visits, responds to any monitoring/audit findings and implements
    approved recommendations.
  • Team coordination – works in close
    coordination with all members of the study team to ensure the community
    liaison team, social scientists, laboratory scientists, clinical field
    team and others, as appropriate, meet regularly and work in close
  • Preparation of Scientific Proposal –
    Assists the PI in determining feasibility of conducting the study
    including confirmation of study population availability.
  • Protocol Development & Review –
    Participates in protocol development, reviews and comprehends the
    protocol, attends investigator meetings, prepares ethics and regulatory
    submission documents, prepares other study materials e.g. informed consent
    document, case report forms (CRFs), enrolment logs, and drug/device
    accountability logs, SOPs etc, establishes and organizes study files e.g.
    study master file, participant files etc.
  • Study/Trial Budget Preparation –
    collaborates with the PI and other appropriate persons to manage the study
    budget and confirms accuracy and completeness of budgeted costs.
  • Study/Trial Conduct – reviews and
    understands the protocol, communicates study requirements and provides
    appropriate training and tools to the study team, documents date of
    training and signatures of study personnel trained on study specific
    training log, collects documents needed to initiate the study for
    submission from the sponsor, develops and implements recruitment
    strategies, conducts or participates in the informed consent process,
    screens participants for study eligibility, coordinates participant tests
    and procedures, collects data as required by the protocol, assures timely
    completion of CRFs, maintains study timelines, maintains adequate
    inventory of study supplies, performs Investigational Product (IP)
    accountability with support from the study pharmacist, completes study
    documentation and maintains study files, maintains effective and ongoing
    communication with sponsor, ethics and regulatory authorities, research
    participants and PI during the course of the study, assists PI in
    preparation and submission of protocol amendments to the local ethics and
    regulatory authorities, manages the day to day activities of the study
    including problem solving, communication and protocol management. Ensure
    timely reporting of SAEs to sponsor, ethics and other regulatory bodies.
  • Reporting – assists PI with scientific
    and compliance reporting requirements in accordance with the sponsor and
    local ethics and regulatory guidelines.
  • Study close-out activities – study close
    documentation and notifications to the study subjects, research team, and
    other parties, completion of outstanding monitoring findings and queries,
    investigational product accountability together with the study pharmacist,
    ensures secure storage of study documents, and contributing to research
    articles and reports.
  • Perform any other roles as assigned by
    the PI
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the Medical Research
    Council (MRC) UK / UVRI Scientist B / Study Coordinator-
    CHAPS Project job placement must hold a Master’s level qualification in
    public health, epidemiology, medical statistics, clinical trials or other
    health related fields is an added advantage.
  • Three years of experience in research
  • Previous experience of coordinating
    clinical research studies
  • Understanding of ICH/GCP guidelines for
    human research
  • Computer Competency including
    proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Good writing, communication and oral
    presentation skills
  • Understanding Phases, I-IV of clinical
  • Should have basic knowledge of epidemiology and
  • Should have basic knowledge of statistical and database
    software e.g. Microsoft access, Epi-info, Stata among others
  • Should have Medical knowledge –
    information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries,
    diseases, and deformities including symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug
    properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures
  • Broad knowledge of administration and
    management- strategic planning, resource (including human resource)
    allocation, leadership, and coordination of people and resource.
  • Personal Integrity
  • Emotional Resourcefulness
  • Ability to Learn
  • Forward Thinking
  • Reliability
  • Openness to Others
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Pro-activity
  • Results Orientation
  • Thoroughness
  • Concern for Excellence
  • Flexibility towards Others
  • Service Orientation
  • Development Orientation
How to Apply:
The candidates
should send their application letters, curriculum vitae including names, email
addresses and telephone contact details of three (3) referees, plus copies of
academic qualifications should be e-mailed to
NB: Please quote the following position code in the subject line of the
email: Scientist B / Study Coordinator – CHAPS Project – SB518. Please
also fill the following online form accordingly after submitting the
application documents on the e-mail above. 
Click Here
Address to:
The Human Resource
and Administration Manager
Uganda Research Unit
P.O. Box, 49
NB: Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Note that academic
qualifications will be subjected to verification by the issuing
institutions. Please note that the Unit became part of the London School
of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine effective 1st February 2018.
Deadline: 25th May 2018
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