Research Officer

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Research Officer

  • Post Date:September 16, 2021
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  • Career Level Officer
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 3-5 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is on a mission to create a world where no mother, child, or family is devastated by HIV and AIDS, and we are making an impact. We are a proven leader in the global fight to end HIV and AIDS, and an advocate for every child to live a full and healthy life into adulthood. For more than 30 years, EGPAF has been a leader in meeting urgent needs in pediatric HIV and AIDS in the world’s most affected regions. We carry out our values of passion, innovation, teamwork, leadership, integrity, excellence and equity every day, while maximizing our impact in the communities we serve. Join us on our fight for an AIDS-free generation!

As a global, multinational and multicultural organization, EGPAF believes that diversity in the workplace enriches our work and enhances our impact and effectiveness. We believe that employees have the right to work in a climate of mutual respect and integrity that promotes dignity and respect for all, and that enables them to reach their full potential. The Foundation is committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B), and we strongly encourage those with the following identities to apply: BIPOC (black, indigenous, and other people of color), women and non-binary, LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender), individuals with disabilities, and other members of historically underrepresented groups.

EGPAF is an equal opportunity employer and affords equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment regardless of race/ethnicity, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to country law requirements, EGPAF complies with US laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the Foundation has facilities.

The Foundation does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. If you are asked to pay a fee at any stage of recruitment, please contact [email protected]

Job summary

The Research Officer will oversee all ethical and regulatory activities related to research and evaluations carried out at the foundation. They will maintain an up-to-date regulatory file, correspond with relevant local and international research/evaluation regulatory bodies and actively participate in building research regulatory capacity at the foundation in accordance with acceptable national and international laws and regulations. The Research Officer will contribute 100% time and effort to set-up electronic and paper-based systems for safe custody of all required regulatory documents; develop appropriate SOPs that streamline regulatory processes; provide guidance and direction to researchers and research staff at the foundation, and build their capacity through mentoring and training on research/evaluation ethics and regulations. They will coordinate and advise on all regulatory activities at the facility level and at EGPAF head office in Harare; in addition, they will periodically communicate directly with the relevant office in charge of research/evaluation regulation at the EGPAF headquarters in the USA.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee and maintain safe custody of all essential documents used in the conduct of evaluations/research at EGPAF and periodically update approvals in accordance with local and international regulations;
  • Work directly with local regulatory bodies, EGPAF HQ assigned regulatory bodies, and donor recommended regulatory bodies to ensure that all protocol submissions, reviews, revisions and approvals are carried out in a timely manner;
  • Periodically conduct internal research/evaluation monitoring and auditing to enhance understanding and compliance of the research team members to the required research protocols/study source documents and make appropriate recommendations to the key stakeholders regarding the status of compliance of their respective studies;
  • Develop and regularly update general regulatory SOPs to be used for the conduct of research/ evaluation studies within EGPAF Zimbabwe;
  • Identify needs and requirements for regulatory training of EGPAF evaluation staff and, together with the research officers, Principal Investigators and co-investigators to develop and implement a training plan that meets the identified deficiencies in Evaluation staff;
  • Maintain a proper record management system for electronic and hard copy information of various studies carried out at the foundation and archive documents for completed and ongoing research studies in line with national and international regulations;
  • Prepare all the necessary documents for protocol submission to relevant institutional research board (IRB) and maintain and follow up all IRB correspondence to ensure all protocols and amendments are approved in a timely manner;
  • Coordinate and work with staff at the Operations Department to ensure all logistical requests for regulatory meetings, trainings, transport, and procurements are initiated, and processed in accordance with EGPAF policies;
  • To maintain appropriate and timely communication with IRB/ECs, Study investigators, EGPAF HQ regulatory persons and other stakeholders to ensure transparent and adequate flow of regulatory information among all stakeholders.

Qualifications

  • A degree in Statistics, Population Studies Demography, Epidemiology and other related disciplines, including Social Sciences and Public Health;
  • Certificate in Human Subject Protection;
  • 3+ years experience coordinating clinical research or related activities;
  • Good knowledge of spoken and written English;
  • Understanding of Zimbabwe and global policies and guidelines for conducting research involving human participants

Bonus points if you have:

  • Master degree in Epidemiology, or similar advanced degree in public health, maternal child health or HIV related health science;
  • Experience managing regulatory documents will be an added advantage

To apply

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Applications received outside the stated channels will be disqualified; Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 28 September 2021