Research Medical Officer at CIDRZ

  • Full Time
  • Anywhere

Job summary 
Matrix report to Principal Investigator.  The incumbent will lead the entire clinical team in the implementation of the TASKPEN intervention in the study sites, including the medical officers, nurses, community liaison officers, and consultants. S/he will also lead all adverse event reporting procedures to UNZA BREC and all IRBs together with the Study Coordinator.
Main duties
  • Acquire and maintain an in-depth knowledge of the project protocol and supporting Standard Operating Procedures and data collection tools
  • Ensures that the TASKPEN clinical team follows the study protocol and standard operating procedures at all times
  • Leads the training of MOH staff on TASKPEN clinical guidelines and review training materials for content and non-physician health worker suitability.
  • Works closely with MoH staff at facility level to ensure that the implementation of project activities does not interrupt routine service delivery and enhances routine services whenever possible.
  • Leads implementation of practice facilitation / supportive mentorship at TASKPEN study sites during the intervention phase.
  • Leads engagement with stakeholders and experts for consultative discussions through TASKPEN working groups on site-level strategies to re-organize workflow in ART and DSD clinics to accommodate HIV/ NCD care integration.
  • Acts as contact person for high-level clinical stakeholder (i.e., physicians and in-charges) engagement at study sites and referral centers to ensure good integrated NCD/HIV care during implementation of the clinical trial.
  • Acts as contact person for PEPFAR programme engagement to ensure good coordinated efforts among CIDRZ and LPHO staff during the trial.
  • Advises on site-level strategies to re-organize workflow in ART and DSD clinics to accommodate HIV/ NCD care integration.
  • Identify site specific best practices in HIV and NCD care and take innovative approaches to scale.
  • Leads the development and review of written study treatment protocols, algorithms, SOPs, and training materials for NPHWs adapted from WHO-endorsed documents, expert panel reviews, and stakeholder engagements.
  • Leads and coordinate the training of TASKPEN staff and Non Professional Health Workers (NPHW) whom we intend to task shift the TASKPEN intervention to.
  • Promotes clinical team to track and document practice facilitation.
  • Oversees all adverse event reporting procedures to UNZA BREC and all IRBs together with the Study Coordinator.
  • Participates in reporting activities of project progress to the project <PIs, funder, partners and stakeholders as required.Communicates with fellow project members, and especially the MPIs, openly and honestly about project progress, issues, and/or problems that may arise.
  • Participates in scientific output writing of manuscripts, abstracts, etc.
  • Participant in grant writing activities.
  • Participate in capacity building opportunities afforded by the Research Coordinating Center, UNZA, and CIDRZ
Qualifications 
  • MBChB or equivalent and registered medical officer with Zambia Health Professional Council
  • Have an active specialty license recognized by HPCZ in one or more of the following areas: Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Cardiology and/or Endocrinology
  • Experience in management of cardiovascular risk factors/ co-morbidities, including hypertension, diabetes, and/or dyslipidemia in PLHIV
  • Passion for patient care and clinical medicine preferred
  • Passion for clinical training and mentorship/ practice facilitation
  • Passion for research and/or clinical / implementation science
  • Must have valid GCP and HSP training certifications
  • Experience in clinical or implementation science research, ideally trials related to HIV and/or NCDs
  • Excellent written and spoken English skills
  • Proficiency in Nyanja and Bemba
Suitably qualified individuals are invited to apply. However, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

To apply for this job please visit jobs.cidrz.org.