Title: Study coordinator
Location: Gert Sibande District, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa
Study: Improving tuberculosis treatment and prevention for persons living with HIV in South Africa
Level of effort: Part time, 8-10 months period starting February 2015
Futures Group seeks an experienced health professional to coordinate activities for a USAID-funded operations research project, Improving Tuberculosis Treatment and Prevention for Person Living with HIV in South Africa. The study will be undertaken in four Department of Health facilities in Gert Sibande district. It will collect clinical data from patient records and facility registers as well as conduct interviews with patients and facility staff. A local research organisation will be hired to undertake data collection and management and participate in analysis.
The study seeks to encourage and enable HIV providers to (a) collect sputum specimens directly from their patients rather than referring them to the TB service for sputum collection; (b) directly access lab results rather than waiting for reports to be attached to patient clinical records; and (c) prescribe treatment of rifampicin-sensitive TB and monitor treatment adherence and outcome of their co-infected patients. The study will also test the feasibility of universal GeneXpert TB testing of HIV patients not yet on anti-retroviral therapy (pre-ART) and patients newly on ART, the groups at highest risk of prevalent TB.
The study coordinator will serve as liaison between Futures Group and local counterparts. The incumbent will work closely with the staff of the selected health facilities, the local research organisation, and other stakeholders to monitor adherence to the study protocol, identify problems if/when they arise and resolve them in a timely manner, and otherwise ensure smooth undertaking of all study activities.
The study coordinator is key to the success of the study, and will work for 100-150 days over a 8-10 month period. Specific responsibilities include:
- Facilitate discussions with provincial, district and facility managers to ensure that HIV providers are trained and equipped to collect sputum samples, fill out all required TB registers and records and treat TB-HIV co-infected patients.
- Assist program directors and facility managers to develop procedures to minimise double-counting of TB statistics from the facility to the district level.
- Participate in training and project launch.
- Conduct monthly supervision visits to all study facilities to ensure that HIV providers are adequately supplied with lab request forms and that the forms printed for the HIV services are not located in other service areas; liaise with facility managers to resolve any problems identified; and ensure the fidelity of the intervention.
- Meet with the research organisation monthly to review data extraction, data entry and study progress.
- Participate in interviewer training for patient intercept surveys, ensure that research ethics requirements are included and understood.
- Conduct site visits to study sites during patient intercept and provider surveys.
- Maintain regular communication with Futures Group in Washington, DC to advise of study progress, problems identified and solutions implemented.
- Provide input to quarterly reports to HIVCore.
- Other tasks as needed to ensure successful study implementation.
Qualifications and Experience
- Medical training (nursing certificate preferred)
- Clinical experience in HIV and/or TB preferred
- 3-5 years experience working in health facility service delivery or program management
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent English-language communication and writing skills
- Residence in or near Gert Sibande District, or ability to travel there frequently
All applications for this position should be submitted to email@example.com, with STUDY COORDINATOR in the subject line. Applications must include salary history and expected hourly rate.
Futures Group provides equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.
Closing date: 8 February, 2015