SAMU : PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

The Southern Africa Medical Unit (SAMU)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 8 March, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Employment
 
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR 
THIS IS A 12 MONTH HALF-TIME POST

ABOUT MSF

Doctors without Borders (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation committed to two objectives: providing medical assistance to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion, natural and man-made disasters; and speaking out about the plight of the populations assisted.

MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Today, MSF is present in more than 60 countries, where thousands of MSF doctors, nurses, logisticians, water-and-sanitation experts, and other medical and non-medical professionals work together to bring essential health services to people caught in humanitarian crises.

JOB OVERVIEW

The principal investigator will lead all aspects of the AMBI-ONE multi-centre study of single dose liposomal amphotericin B for the treatment of cryptococcal meningitis and other studies from protocol writing until publication of the final manuscript.

 KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • To develop and submit the study protocol including consent forms and case report forms to MSF and local ERBs, after having agreed upon the specific objectives of each study with referents and medical coordinators in each field.
  • To develop a study database in RedCap for the AMBI-ONE study
  • To set up a data safety and monitoring board and report to this DSMB according to rules specified in the protocol
  • To create and coordinate the study investigation team.
  • To ensure continuous coordination and communication between different partners involved in the study outside and inside MSF (Ministry of Health, potential academic and laboratory partners, and within MSF, field, coordination, and headquarters).
  • To prepare standard operational procedureTo prepare and to supervise the field implementation (logistic preparation, recruitment of study teams).
  • To supervise the implementation of the study.
  • To ensure highest possible quality of results.
  • To ensure ethics principles and standardized operation procedures are respected at any time during the study.
  • To supervise and insure quality of data entry.
  • To organise and coordinate quarterly study coordination meetings to feedback on interim results and discuss upcoming issues
  • To do the data analysis and write first draft of the paper, and coordinate input from all investigators.
  • To submit the final paper and follow-up until publication

REQUIREMENTS

Essential

  • University degree in public health epidemiology (MPH, MSc, or equivalent),
  • At least 2 years practical experience in epidemiology, with a focus on health problems of the developing world
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing at least one of the following studies: randomised trials, observational cohort, sample survey, prospective surveillance, outbreak investigation, quantitative impact evaluation
  • Proficiency in basic statistical techniques, including sample size calculation, survey data analysis, diagnostic test evaluation, and regression
  • Good knowledge of common statistical software (STATA, SPSS or equivalent)
  • Good communication skills
  • Fluent in English and French (Portuguese is an added value)
  • Demonstrated ability in technical writing (reports or peer-reviewed publications)
  • Willingness to travel up to 3-4 months a year.
  • Demonstrable commitment to humanitarian issues

Preferred

  • Substantial experience of working in sub-Saharan Africa (>2 years)
  • Proven experience in field research (as study co-ordinator or principal investigator)
  • Specific training/experience in at least one of the following field epidemiology techniques: feasibility studies, implementation research, multi-centre cohort studies
  • Proficiency in advanced statistical techniques, including multivariate analysis of cohorts, survival data, and case-control studies;
  • Track record of peer-reviewed publication (at least one accepted article as first author)
  • Track record in HIV/AIDS research
  • Knowledge of French or Portuguese

The closing date for applications is 8 March 2019.  If you have not heard from us by 12 April 2019, please consider you application unsuccessful.  MSF SA reserves the right to not make an appointment.
 
 To apply to this positon, please follow this link:  https://msfsa.bamboohr.co.uk/jobs/view.php?id=124.

Closing date 8 March 2019 

Location: 
South Africa

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