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  • Posted: Sep 3, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • The Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership (GARDP) is a not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organization that addresses global public health needs by developing and delivering new or improved antibiotic treatments, while endeavouring to ensure their sustainable access. Initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Drug...
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    Clinical Trial Manager (CTM)


    DNDi GARDP Southern Africa was established in 2018 and is a non-profit South African company that aims to provide health care services by developing safe, effective and affordable new health technologies that tackle global or regional public health priorities, with a contribution to the fight against antimicrobial resistance and diseases that affect vulnerable and neglected populations.

    GARDP’s mission is to work in partnership with the public and private sectors, to develop and deliver new treatments for bacterial infections where drug resistance is present or emerging, or for which inadequate treatment exists.

    Purpose of the position


    The CTM will play an important role in the development of treatments to combat anti- microbial resistance (AMR). S/he will provide support to coordinating regional clinical activities and developing clinical trial capability for the Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership (GARDP) portfolio of clinical projects. The initial focus will be on supporting studies within the established portfolio (neonatal sepsis, paediatric and gonorrhoea) and with the opportunity to support for set up our new serious bacterial infection project where possible.

    This role will be responsible for coordinating regional clinical trial activities from contribution to development of study documents, site capability and feasibility assessments, site set-up and coordination of monitoring from site assessment to closeout in South Africa and regionally. The post is based in Cape Town or Johannesburg South Africa with occasional travel to Europe, or within the Southern African region expected.


    Tasks and Responsibilities:


    Coordination of the clinical trials conducted by GARDP in the Southern African region

    • Day to day management and/or oversight of clinical research associate(s) involved in the studies, including review of monitoring reports, identifying and resolving issues identified during the monitoring visits

    • Provide backup, support and advice/mentorship for trial monitors including co-monitoring and substitute monitoring as and when required

    • Contribute to safety reporting activities .g. Serious Adverse Events (SAE) reporting including with sites, ethics and regulatory agency as specified by safety management plan

    • Ensure coordination of local monitoring and data management activities and provide support to the trial data management team including Trial Statistician and Data Managers

    • Liaise with GARDP and/or DNDi GARDP Southern Africa Finance & Administration for trial related activities and payments

    • Support and respond to requests from trial site team members and PIs on trial related matters

    • Arrange trial specific and applicable training for trial site teams and identify training needs for collaborative sites.

    • Management of local vendors: i.e. local courier and local labs

    Development of clinical trial capability

    • Support site identification, assessment and development of capability to support existing and new clinical projects and studies.

    • Provide clinical operation expertise to the planning and set-up of Southern African clinical trial sites and laboratory networks for new projects and studies

    Ensure regulatory compliance for projects

    • Be familiar with drug development regulatory requirements, documentation and processes for major international agencies and have thorough knowledge of the clinical development process.

    • Ensure projects follow GCP and applicable regulatory requirements and keep appropriate documentation

    • Participate in preparation and submission of regulatory documentation for allocated countries

    • Prepare and review clinical SOPs and other standard documents required for clinical trials

    • Contribute to the set up and to review of GARDP systems related to clinical operations as appropriate

    Manage and develop project reporting systems

    • Develop project schedules with the Project Leader and the Project Team

    • Monitor milestones for project evaluation with the above project team

    • Interact with study site teams on a regular basis to ensure that projects achieve set milestones

    • Collect data and information to enable the Project Lead and Head DNDi GARDP Southern Africa Office to make effective and cost-efficient use of GARDP/DNDi resources

    • Provide logistical support and tracking for all trial resources/materials with the trial monitors, trial managers and site investigators

    • Liaise with the project consultants and collaborators within the project network

    Support for Project team and DNDi GARDP Southern Africa office objectives

    • Play a full role in the GARDP R&D team and to be an active member of the GARDP global team, as well as the DNDi GARDP Southern African team

    • Under supervision of the Project leader and the Head of DNDi GARDP Southern Africa, be able to represent GARDP and DNDi GARDP Southern Africa to the relevant medical authorities (Ministries of Health and drug regulatory authorities) as and when needed

    • Under supervision of the GARDP Project leader and Head of DNDi GARDP Southern Africa to be able to represent GARDP and DNDi GARDP Southern Africa in both scientific and communication events as and when needed

    • Help to build long term relationships with key research centers and individual investigators to support GARDP and Southern Africa office’s objectives and presence in the region


    • Develop and maintain the skills required for delivery of all aspects of clinical trials

    • Develop and/or build an understanding of the specific challenges of antibiotic clinical trials, in particular in a Southern Africa setting

    • Maintain an awareness of developments in clinical development, the regulatory environment and specifically in the designated disease areas and relevance to Southern Africa.

    • Support the building of the knowledge base by feeding insight and intelligence to the, respective GARDP project team and DNDi GARDP Southern Africa


    Reporting line

    • The CTM reports directly to the Head of DNDi GARDP Southern African Office with additional reporting to the Clinical Operation Leader and the relevant GARDP project leads.



    • To work closely with relevant GARDP disease teams

    • To work with the broader DNDi GARDP Southern African team

    • To work with local and international partners including investigator site teams, local and international project partners, CROs and others as required

    Core Skills and Attributes

    • Ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines

    • Clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates strong judgment and problem-solving competencies

    • Strong communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual environments

    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural international research collaborations

    • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and matrix structure

    • Very well organized and structured with strong analytical skills

    • Ability to exercise high degree of independence to support program delivery

    • Ability to interact with internal and external stakeholder

    • Excellent knowledge in software packages used in word processing, presentations, management and finance

    • Fluent in English and proficient in local language(s) would be an added advantage


    DNDi - GARDP Southern Africa Leadership Competencies

    • Forward thinking

    • Respect

    • Reliability

    • Recognition

    • Care

    • Effectiveness


    • Bachelor’s life sciences, pharmacy of nursing degree required S/he will have high level scientific qualifications in a relevant discipline with a proven record of organizational skills. Degree should be in a scientific, medical, business, or drug development discipline

    • Masters degree in a relevant clinical field maybe added advantage

    • GCP Training



    • At least 6 years’ experience in clinical R&D and GCP training

    • Experience of working in public and private sector is highly desirable

    • Experience and understanding of issues related to antibiotic treatment of bacterial infections would be an advantage


    • Fully remote, preferred Cape Town thereafter Johannesburg or Durban. The candidate must be able to come to Cape Town


    To apply

    • Please submit your application using the online form

    • Deadline for application: Accepting applications until September 26th 2021

    • All candidate will be reviewed after closing date

    • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted




    • R56000pm - R67000pm plus benefits (South African Rand)

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Global Antibiotic R&D Partnership (GARDP) on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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