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Job Opportunities at NIMR Muhimbili Centre January 2022

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The National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) is a Parastatal Organization established by an Act of Parliament No. 23 of 1979 (CAP.59, R.E.2002) and became operational in 1980. The National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) Muhimbili Centre is looking for a full time qualified Tanzanians to fill the posts of Project Coordinator, Study Physician, Clinical Research Nurse, Research Officer and Project accounts Officer.

On behalf of the Director General of the National Institute for Medical Research, the Centre Director of Muhimbili Medical Research Centre wishes to advertise the mentioned posts which require a highly motivated and competent Tanzanians to fill the posts on annual contract basis with possibility of renewal.

PROJECT ACCOUNTS OFFICER (1 Position)

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Project Accounts Officer will assist NIMR Centre Accountant in supporting, facilitating, and coordinating the project activities in daily accounting activities.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A minimum of Bachelor’s degree or Advanced Diploma of Accounting or its equivalent. Intermediate stage Professional qualification, will be an added advantage;
  • A minimum of three-year experience in donor funded Research Projects in the position of financial management, project accountant or equivalent experience;
  • Ability to demonstrate his/her professional, knowledge and experience in budgeting, financial reporting, budget execution and control, procurement procedures, etc.;
  • Knowledge of the government financial management regulations;
  • Ability to communicate well in verbal and written English and Swahili languages. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The incumbent will report to the Centre Accountant and will have the following duties: –

  • To participate in budgeting, budgetary control and reviews of various projects;
  • To facilitate and support day to day projects’ operations by implementing and offering support in the financial management area;
  • Regular and proper recording of financial transactions, including payments and receivables;
  • To prepare of monthly projects bank reconciliations;
  • To management of projects imprest in terms of its retirement and reconciliation of balances;
  • To prepare of various projects’ reports, and Centre’s periodic financial report;
  • To perform activities across the various accounting functions: payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and general accounting as needs may require;
  • To offer support to other Accountants and Project leaders through providing accurate and timely projects’ financial information and reports;
  • To prepare detailed duty roster and allocation of staff in respective sections and ensure smooth rotation of duties;
  • To participate in the preparation of the Centre’s Annual financial statements; and
  • To perform any other relevant duties as assigned by Supervisor.

REPORTING:

The Project Accounts Officer will report and work under Centre Accountant.

CONTRACT:

One-year renewable contract subject to satisfactory performance.

DUTY STATION:

Will be based at NIMR Muhimbili, Dar-es-Salaam.

COMPENSATION: 

A competitive salary will be offered.

CLINICAL RESEARCH NURSE: (2 POSITION)

The Clinical Research Nurse, under the guidance and supervision of the Project

Coordinator & Principal Investigator (PI), ensures the integrity and quality of clinical trials are maintained and conducted in accordance with GCP and local regulations, Institutional Review Board (IRB) approvals, and procedures. This position 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.

JOB DESCRIPTION: 

  • To Ensure compliance with each study’s protocol by providing thorough review and documentation at each subject study visit;
  • To participate in recruitment and selection of study participants by interviewing and documenting medical history to determine compliance with eligibility requirements;
  • To perform medical tests, including, but not limited to, vital signs;
  • To Provide participant education and medical information to study participants to ensure understanding of proper vaccine dosage and administration;
  • To interface with research participants, to support efforts to determine eligibility and consenting of study participants according to protocol;
  • To obtain informed consent from participant or family member;
  • To fill consent forms;
  • To establish and maintain a positive relationship with study participants;
  • To chase outstanding blood results (in conjunction with study doctors) and informing study doctor of results;
  • To document relevant clinical information in participant records;
  • To book and chase results of investigations (Chemistries, viral load etc);
  • To trace non-attenders through note entries, phone calls, text messages or visiting them in the community;
  • To fax CRFs using Redcap; To respond error reports from Redcap in collaboration with the study doctor; xv.            To updating of patient follow-up spreadsheet;
  • To Liaise with laboratory staff on a daily basis regarding new positive results;
  • To assist with study and sub-study specimen collection, storage and shipping as required; and
  • And carry out any other related duties as may be assigned. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE: 

  • Valid RN license;
  • Minimum of a diploma from an accredited nursing school required;
  • Two (2) years of recent clinical nursing experience in a hospital, clinic or similar health care setting (Bachelor’s degree may be substituted for one (1) year work experience);
  • Nursing competency skills per scope of practice (i.e., performing vital signs, nursing assessments, etc.);
  • At least one (1) year clinical trials research experience preferred;
  • Knowledge of medical terminology, drug calculation skills, clinical medicine, clinical trials and GCP concepts;
  • Detail oriented and meticulous in all aspects of work;
  • Strong follow through skills and ability to proactively identify and solve problems; demonstrated initiative is imperative;
  • Must have professional demeanor, strong communication skills with the public as well as physicians and co-workers;
  • Ability to work well independently as well as in team environment;
  • Strong interpersonal, customer service and multi-tasking skills are critical;
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Word and Excel, electronic health systems and databases used in research environment, or have a willingness to learn and demonstrate proficiency within six months of hire;
  • Possess the ability to work well under pressure, multi-task, and manage deadlines;
  • Knowledge of GCP, state, and local regulations.

REPORTING:  

The Clinical Research Nurse will report to Project Principal Investigator.

DURATION OF CONTRACT:

Initial One-year contract which may be renewed on the basis of performance and mutual agreement.

DUTY STATION: 

Clinical research nurse will be based in Dar es Salaam or Coastal Region.

COMPENSATION:

A competitive salary will be offered as per Government of Tanzania regulations.

PROJECT COORDINATOR: (1 POSITION)

 JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Project Coordinator will facilitate and coordinate daily project activities and playing a critical role in the implementation of the project. By performing these duties, the Project Coordinator will work with the Project Investigator and other stakeholders to support and provide guidance on administration, financial, personnel and other related aspects of the project.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To ensure that assigned project activities including patient’s recruitment, sample collection, packaging, storage and transportation are implemented as per the SOP’s while abiding to all ethical principles, on time and as per the work plan;
  • To develop accurate source materials and ensure compliance from project staff and stakeholders;
  • To provide accurate and timely documentation and reporting to both sponsor and NIMR;
  • To ensure appropriate credentialing and training of the project team members in the project sites;
  • To liaise with project team and stakeholders to ensure that the implementation of the project activities supports efforts of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children on the vaccination for COVID-19;
  • To communicate and collaborate specific project requirements to the project team, including PI, sponsor and stakeholders;
  • To ensure compliance with project protocols, by providing ongoing quality control audits;
  • To facilitate communication of project’s progress to all stakeholders on implementation strategies; this includes, providing regular status updates and progress reports to project management;
  • To facilitate timely and effective stakeholders’ communication through regular meetings, reporting, site visits and conference calls;
  • To manage effective relationships and open communication with project site facilities and key stakeholders;
  • To compile and maintain all project documentation in accordance with Project SOPs;
  • To prepare quarterly, annual and terminal progress reports of the work done;
  • To organize meetings, as necessary, with project team members and collaborators, including programme, accommodation, travel, venues and social events;
  • To perform any other related duties assigned by the supervisor. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A holder of Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree and a MSc in related field;
  • At least a minimum of two years’ experience in coordinating a clinical trial;
  • Good analytical skills and ability to understand complex subjects; extract and communicate relevant information from data and documents;
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive project documentation and reporting, using
  • MS Office software, for internal and stakeholders’ communication;
  • Expert project management skills, including a demonstrated ability to define scope, manage stakeholders, manage schedule/task activity, manage change and communicate risks;
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to organize time appropriately and effectively;
  • Strong language skills with fluent in written and spoken English and Swahili including presentation skills;
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently to complete tasks and respond to appropriate project authority requests and to collaborate with others to utilize their resources and knowledge to identify quality solutions;
  • Strong organization, planning and project management skills; ability to prioritize tasks for both self and team to meet requirements and deadlines.

REPORTING:

The Project Coordinator will report to Project Principal Investigator.

CONTRACT:

One-year contract which may be renewed on the basis of performance and mutual agreement.

DUTY STATION:

The successful Candidate will be based at NIMR-Muhimbili Centre, Dar-es-Salaam.

COMPENSATION:

A competitive salary will be offered as per Government of Tanzania Regulations.

STUDY PHYSICIAN: (1POSITION)

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Study Physician will provide medical leadership on project teams. He/she will provide medical/scientific consultation and therapeutic expertise. This position is primarily responsible for overseeing study specific medical/safety monitoring activities, ensuring compliance with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards as well as Sponsor SOPs.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Day to day running of clinical trial;
  • Communication between ward staff and study staff;
  • Screening, enrolment and randomisation of study participants;
  • Day to day clinical management of participants;
  • Reporting any SAEs and SUSAR immediately to the local PI;
  • Completing AE forms within 24 hours of their occurrence and communicating the AE/SAE/SUSAR to the local and international PI;
  • Completing progress reports for the DSMB/TSC and ethics committees;
  • Liaising with the study coordinator in ordering trial equipment;
  • Ensuring case report forms (CRFs) are kept accurate and up to date;
  • Ensuring CRFs and AE forms are faxed using the Redcap;
  • Checking and recording all laboratory results for trial participants;
  • Laboratory transport and storage of samples: serum, urine and plasma (in conjunction with laboratory technician);
  • Follow-up of study participants for six months from date of recruitment;
  • Responsible for ensuring secure storage and sufficient supplies of IMP and consumables in conjunction with pharmacist;
  • Ensure appropriate laboratory specimen collection, storage and sample shipping as required;
  • Preparation for external monitoring visits;
  • On-site monitoring of trial (laboratory, pharmacy, clinical areas, data entry) and
  • To perform any other related duties assigned by the supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Master of Medicine Degree (M. Med) who is registered with the Medical Council of Tanganyika and must be a holder of a Doctor of Medicine Degree;
  • Experience to work with research organization or research institution.
  • Good analytical skills ability, to understand complex subjects, extract and communicate relevant information from data and documents;
  • Ability to prepare comprehensive project documentation and reporting; using MS Office software, for internal and stake holders’ communication;
  • Expert project management skills, including a demonstrated ability to define scope, manage stakeholders, manage schedule/task activity, manage change and communicate risks;
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to organize time appropriately and effectively;
  • Strong language skills fluent written and spoken English and Swahili including presentation skills;
  • Previous experience in the field of clinical trials, and knowledge of good clinical practice would be highly desirable; and/or previous experience in Project Management will be an added advantage;
  • Self-motivated; able to work independently to complete tasks and respond to department requests and to collaborate with others to utilize their resources and knowledge to identify quality solutions.
  • Strong organization, planning and project management skills;
  • Ability to prioritize tasks for both self and team to meet requirements and deadlines.

REPORTING:  

The Study Physician will report to Project Principal Investigator.

CONTRACT:

One-year contract which may be renewed on the basis of performance and mutual agreement. 

DUTY STATION:

Duty station will be based in Dar es Salaam.

 

COMPENSATION:

A competitive salary will be awarded to a successful candidate


MODE OF APPLICATION

  •  All applications should be enclosed with certified photocopies of relevant certificates and detailed curriculum vitae.
  • Applicants are also reminded to indicate all necessary information for communication.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

Applicant is required to submit his hardcopy application to the address below.

The Centre Director,

National Institute for Medical Research,

Muhimbili Medical Research Centre,

P O Box 3436,

Dar es Salaam, TANZANIA.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

The application deadline will be on 14th January 2022.

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