Maryland Global Initiatives Cooperation
Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation (MGIC), an international non-profit affiliate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), works to strengthen health systems and reduce the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS in operational areas. Currently, MGIC has a presence and offices in six countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zambia.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
The Research Coordinator will work closely with the Principal Investigators in ensuring smooth running of Research programs within the Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation Zambia. The Research Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing research projects, managing a team of researchers, developing research strategies, and ensuring the timely delivery of high-quality research outputs.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Fosters teamwork and communication among Research staff.
- Helps Investigator to ensure the study adheres to protocol and established procedures.
- Meets with program staff on a regular basis to assess progress and problem solve issues.
- Supervises data collectors
- With the support of the Investigator, the study coordinator also serves as a key liaison with hospital staff, as well as other key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to ensure that study implementation proceeds as planned.
- Helps identify roadblocks to planned study activities and works at all levels to identify solutions to promote full and timely realization of the study.
- Contribute to the development of abstracts & papers and participate in presentations at national & regional meetings.
- Effectively collaborate with the community and district staff as necessary, related to post-discharge activities.
Programmatic & Research Support:
- Oversee day to day project related activities and personnel to help with delegation of tasks, prioritization, and overall responsibility in task completion.
- Maintain approvals and regulatory documents for the study
- Contribute to the development and documentation of standard operating procedures, research tools, and related materials.
- Collects both qualitative and quantitative data
- Help trouble-shoot problems that arise with data collection and/or implementation
- Assisting with the data quality control and cleaning.
Administration and logistics:
- Contribute and support the development of monthly, quarterly reports and plans as requested by the donor.
- Recruits and supervises a team of data collectors / research assistants
- Liaise with operations units to ensure the study is conducted per internal guidelines.
- Any other duties as required by supervisors.
Required Education, Skills, and Experience
- Either a degree in Nursing or Clinical Medicine OR a master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) or equivalent (e.g. MSc, MS in a health science
- Minimum of 2 years of experience coordinating biomedical or behavioural projects
- Good familiarity with the Zambian health system
- Strong computer skills including Microsoft excel and PowerPoint
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
- Exhibits team spirit and works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve study goals
- Keeps abreast of new developments and actively seeks to contribute to the learning of colleagues and subordinates; shows willingness to learn from others; seeks feedback
- Anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions;
- Comfortable with ambiguity, shifting priorities, and need to juggle competing demands in a fast-paced and challenging work environment.
- Fluency in English, both written and oral.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including with international contacts