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  • Posted: Apr 11, 2022
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is an independent, transdisciplinary scientific research institute based across two campuses in the province of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) in South Africa. AHRI’s research combines population, basic, social, and medical sciences to understand and intervene in the health and well-being of South African communities...
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    Research Study Coordinator

    The incumbent will be based at the AHRI Durban campus but may be required to travel between AHRI-Durban campus and AHRI- Somkhele campus to provide oversight and monitoring of clinical research activities.

    Specification    

    • Participate in study team meetings as required and provide constructive feedback and support to other team members
    • Liaise with staff at research sites and where necessary at other clinical sites.
    • Quality control/Quality Assurance and data collection oversight
    • Ensure that corrective and preventative action is done timeously
    • Assist with site QC processes: Complete other QC checks as required.
    • Co-ordinate research activities related to the implementation of the multiple study protocols at the site
    • Site infrastructure supervision of teams and maintenance
    • Monitoring and supervision of informed consent procedures across studies
    • Ensuring documentation management and corrective action on internal/external monitoring reports
    • Developing study specific standard operating best practices for clinical study sites and ensure they meet all local and/ international regulations
    • Ensuring implementation, monitoring and updating Standard Operating Procedures, (SOPs) for all protocol procedures, as per GCP
    • Managing risk assessments to ensure that study participants and AHRI are protected, and risks are mitigated for studies conducted
    • Ensuring recruitment and retention efforts are optimized and amended as needed through study progression
    • Training and supervision of research teams and assisting Project Managers/Program Manager with setting and assessing key performance areas of staff
    • Assisting Project Managers/Program Manager with preparation and submission of documentation to Ethics and Regulatory authorities
    • Assisting with scientific report writing/publications and presentations
    • Compile reports to PIs, collaborators, sponsors and funders etc as needed
    • Assist with compiling of budgets when required
    • Supervision of participant re-imbursement & reconcile cash close-outs

    Requirements    

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Post Graduate qualification in a Health or Social Science discipline
    • Must possess a valid South African Code B Driver’s License and own vehicle

    Minimum Experience

    • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in clinical research setting of which 2 years’ experience must be coordinating research studies

    Cloisng Date: 24th, April 2022

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    Research Assistant

    Introduction    
    The AHRI Research Assistant is responsible for assisting with the coordination and execution of functions related to the implementation and monitoring of TB, HIV, SARS CoV2 and other research projects in the KZN region.

    The candidate will coordinate the logistics for the collection of biological specimens from various healthcare sites in and around Durban. This will include liaising with the study nurse, study coordinator(s), laboratory staff and couriers to provide required specimen kits, collect biological specimens, from healthcare facilities, including operating theatres to collect tissue specimens during surgical procedures when needed.

    The candidate will be required to have basic data management skills as they will be required to assist in weekly Quality Control (QC) checks and provide overall Quality Assurance (QA) across projects involved in the Clinical Core. Documentation Management. The candidate will be tasked with compiling reports and producing basic descriptive and study progress updates. They should also assist Managers with any required information or the completion of tasks, where necessary and upon request. The candidate will also focus on the collection and verification of data, perform literature searches, and interpret information to provide feedback on technical activities. The candidate will assist with any regulatory functions, whilst coordinating meetings, and performing basic administration.

    This position may require working after hours and frequent local road traveling to healthcare sites. The successful candidate will be based in our Durban site.

    Specification    

    RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO;

    Coordination of logistics and Specimen collection:

    • Preparation and transportation of specimen collection kits and media from AHRI to clinical sites
    • Travel to healthcare sites to collect biological specimens as and when required within permissible timeframes
    • Preparation of specimens at clinical sites for transport according to standard operating procedures
    • Collect, record and maintain study related data and documentation
    • Communication with relevant research study staff and hospital staff at site
    • Perform other work-related tasks as required
    • Demonstrate compliance with and practice of infection prevention/control policies

    Ensuring a high degree of data integrity and study document completion:

    • Completion of participant data collection using appropriate tools and in accordance with GCP guidelines
    • Resolution of data queries/errors
    • Quality control/quality assurance of participant files
    • Record keeping and maintaining confidentiality of all study records

    Perform other work-related duties and participate in activities as required:

    • Arrangement of courier of study samples/specimens when required
    • Attend and coordinate required meetings
    • Compile reports and basic descriptives
    • Assist with research related activities such as literature reviews and inputs on reports and presentations
    • Perform regulatory functions

    Requirements    

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Postgraduate Degree in Health or Social Science disciplines with a minimum of 1 year experience in clinical research setting or an Undergraduate Degree with a minimum of 2 years of experience in a clinical research setting
    • Must possess a valid South African Code B Driver’s License and own vehicle

    Minimum Experience

    • Computer literacy and working knowledge of Microsoft Office software
    • Previous experience working on a research project

    Knowledge and Abilities

    • Good knowledge of HIV/AIDS and TB
    • Knowledge of the scientific research process
    • Ability to capture and organise data electronically
    • Ability to write reports

    Advantageous

    • Fluency in English and isiZulu

    Cloisng Date: 17th, April 2022

    Method of Application

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