About the Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI)
The BRTI was registered in Zimbabwe in 1995 as a non-profit making organization under Section 22 of the Companies Act (Reg. No.1676/95). The Institute implements research projects and provides training and support services in public health, biomedicine and health research mostly focusing on HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria and operational research. Its mission is to promote the health and quality of life of the peoples of Zimbabwe and the Southern Africa Development Community SADC region through fostering research, training and research informed interventions in all fields that are relevant to essential national health needs. The main role of the BRTI is to provide the support that researchers in all aspects of health need to become effective in influencing policy.
The ERASE – TB study
The study will be conducted in order to fill a critical unmet need for tuberculosis (TB) control. Persons who are in contact with an infectious TB case may become infected themselves. Among those who are infected, most will stay healthy but some will develop TB themselves. These people would benefit from preventive treatment, which would also stop TB from being spread to other persons. The ERASE – TB project will evaluate a number of newly developed diagnostic tests, to see which of those will be able to predict TB in persons at risk, and therefore steer preventive treatment well. For this, we will invite 2,100 household contacts of infectious TB patients (700 in Zimbabwe), who are at least 10 years old, into the study. Everyone will be examined initially, and again in regular intervals, for 1.5 to 2 years; and whenever they will present with symptoms that could indicate that they develop TB. At every visit, we will perform an X-ray, ask questions about symptoms suggestive of TB and take some blood and urine samples which will be stored. Anybody who screens WHO TB symptom screen positive or has a CXR suggestive of TB will be asked to provide a sputum sample which will be tested using the GeneXpert platform.
The project will work closely with the National TB program (NTP) and Harare City Health. The project will be conducted in partnership with our collaborators in Mozambique and Tanzania and led by the University of Munich, Germany. The post holder is expected to contribute towards this EDCTP funded project through project management and research activities, overseeing ERASE-TB activities in Zimbabwe that are specific to the delivery of the ERASE-TB Award.
H/she be responsible for:
- Logistics management, technology support, digital problem solving and coordination of the local site study office.
- H/she will contribute to the delivery, ethics, protocol development, management, governance and dissemination of the study specific to Zimbabwe by working closely with the Zimbabwe-LSHTM research partnership co-directed by the Associate Professor Kranzer (ERASE-TB co-PI), the Zimbabwe site PI and the international ERASE-TB team.
- Relevant experience of project management within the target country, will be essential for this application.
- The post will suit someone who is proactive and has the ability to work independently to a high standard.
- A bachelor’s and master’s degree in a health-relevant domain is mandatory; training/education in project management and in a field relevant to global infectious disease research is preferred;
- A PhD (or about to submit a PhD) in a health-relevant domain would be advantageous;
- GCP/Ethics training would be an added advantage and the candidate should be computer literate
- Administrative/project management experience is essential, including the training and supervision of junior staff;
- Background in health research related work is mandatory;
- Experience of conducting literature searches/identifying key publications is essential;
- Experience of conducting and supervising field research or clinical trials is essential:
- Experience in writing ethics applications for relevant research projects is preferred;
- Experience in quantitative research methods of data collection and analysis is preferred;
- Experience of writing and submitting papers for peer-reviewed journals is preferred;
- Experience of referencing software packages such as Refman or Endnote is preferred;
- Skills and experience in data analysis using analytical software (such as Stata/R/NVivo) is preferred.
- Project management of the ERASE-TB project in Zimbabwe: Stakeholder management within country and with overseas partners;
- Line management of junior ERASE-TB staff;
- To lead on the conduct of the quantitative data collection including;
- Training of research team on data collection;
- Recruitment and follow-up strategy;
- Monitor recruitment, follow-up, biological samples (volume and samples taken) and data entry;
- Liaise with ZVITAMBO laboratory to monitor bio repository;
- Liaise with imaging facility to ensure regular downloads of CXRs;
- Analysing quantitative data supported by the data team at BRTI and the University of Munich;
- Writing report of results;
- Adhere to all best practice guidelines for research; including information governance and good clinical practice (including maintaining a Master file);
- Produce other information about research e.g. for insertion in websites or newsletters;
- To contribute to and comply with procedures to ensure compliance of projects with research ethics approval, governance and data confidentiality;
- Compiling monthly reports of key progress and operational issues to feedback to study team;
- Contribute to report writing/ dissemination of research findings (including academic papers/ public engagement work);
- Provide support to lead researchers in field work and other research activities;
- Support organising of research and dissemination meetings for ERASE-TB and other Zimbabwe-LSHTM Research group projects;
- Provide logistical support to ERASE-TB affiliated PhD students;
- Oversee procurement for ERASE-TB and liaise with logisticians at the Zimbabwe-LSHTM Research group projects;
- Provide administration support where appropriate towards the ERASE-TB project.
Personal characteristics required:
- High personal motivation and self-management;
- Ability to stay organised and handle multiple tasks simultaneously/prioritise effectively;
- Fluency in English and Shona with ability to communicate effectively, and to write and present clear scientific reports for a range of audiences;
- Enthusiasm and willingness to learn and accept feedback;
- Confident, communicator who can work comfortably with diverse groups of people;
- Excellent time management;
- Reliable, diligent, detail-oriented worker who can see tasks through to completion;
- Accurate, honest, dependable and flexible;
- Excellent problem- solving skills;
- Excellent organizational and record-keeping skills;
- Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and handle and protect sensitive data with integrity;
- Ability to work with limited supervision and on own initiative;
- Ability to search, understand and synthesize evidence;
- Ability to establish rapport with a variety of colleagues and to work flexibly with the line manager;
- Excellent team- workers, nurturing personality supporting and mentoring junior academic and non-academic staff
Interested candidates can submit their detailed CV and cover letter to:
The Office Manager,
Biomedical Research and Training Institute (ERASE-TB Project),
10 Seagrave Road,
Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Note: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Deadline: 14 June 2020