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1. Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (1)

A medical research organization seeks to recruit a suitably qualified and highly motivated Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. She/he will be a member of management and shall provide technical expertise in project and program monitoring and evaluation (M&E), coordinate use of information management systems by project staff, develop indicators for monitoring project performance, developing project annual project work plans and monitoring plans, and developing and maintaining project performance management plans. She/he will also be responsible for in-house clinical monitoring and will work closely with external clinical research organizations (CROs) in providing quality assurance. She/he will create project level monitoring and evaluation plans, supporting project design, producing annual performance reports, and support the organization decision-making based on evidence generated from monitoring and evaluation data.

 Job Summary: The M&E Officer will work closely with other programme and operations officers so as to help ensure efficient, effective, and timely delivery of the results of the organizations various programmes. The M&E Officer will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a practical system for monitoring and evaluation of the organizations ongoing programmes of work including clinical research studies and program interventions. The M&E Officer will work in liaison various stakeholders, partners, CROs and technical staff on the organizations programmes of work to ensure the use of results-based indicators, project data collection and analysis to inform programming decisions and implementation readjustment processes.

Duties and responsibilities

Duties shall include but not limited to, the following:

  1. Provide technical leadership to produce monitoring and evaluation results and deliverables
  2. Ensure the quality of monitoring results for programme partners through setting up indicators and training staff on how to collect data.
  3. Advise management in designing, planning and executing programme evaluations.
  4. Develop project performance monitoring plans and assess the validity of information and indicators that contribute to that plan.
  5. Assist the programme team to select relevant data for assessment of monitoring and evaluation of implementing partners programme performance.
  6. Coordinate periodic review of programmes toward achieving targets through program reviews or other processes
  7. Champion the use of performance information for effective resource allocation and process streamlining.
  8. Work as an M&E point of contact for all the organisations programme implementation partners.
  9. Ensure the Sponsor, Investigator, and study team adhere to current national and international regulations, applicable ICH/GCP guidelines, local policies and standard operating procedures.
  10. Manage, coordinate, and support clinical monitoring activities in liaison with the external monitors.
  11. Monitor clinical trial progress internally through a combination of data review and on site monitoring visits
  12. Verify that trial data is consistent with patient clinical notes and other source documentation (source data verification/review)
  13. Independently coordinate ongoing and upcoming monitoring assignments with external monitors
  14. Assist in the development and writing of clinical trial monitoring plans.

 

Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in monitoring and evaluation or relevant discipline including science or social science.

Knowledge and Experience

  1. At least 2 years of monitoring and evaluation experience, including experience in designing, implementing, and managing complex monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
  2. Expertise in designing monitoring and evaluation frameworks, including setting up theories of change, results frameworks, indicators, targets, and data collection plans.
  3. Working experience in developing results-based M&E frameworks, mechanisms and tools.
  4. At least one years of clinical research experience is desirable
  5. Any experience in clinical trial monitoring (added advantage)
  6. Ability to work effectively in teams as well as independently
  7. Experience working with USAID (highly preferred).
  8. Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  9. Fluency in English is required.
  10. Proficiency in current office software applications.

 

Expected start date: 1st July 2021

For more information about the job and how to apply please follow the link  https://forms.gle/mgnxMBw4GF3VApch8

Closing date for receiving applications is 28th May 2021.

 

 

Vacancy

 

2. Data Cleaning Technician (4 posts)

A medical research organization seeks to recruit a suitably qualified and highly motivated Data Cleaning Technician to be based in Zomba or Chikwawa. She/he will be a member of the Data Science Department and shall provide technical expertise required in this department. The appointment is on a temporary-term basis for 6 months, which may be renewed depending on performance and availability of funds.  

 

Job summary: To transfer research data from printed / written documents to electronic database format, and perform checks on the quality of the data provided and entered into databases.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties shall include but not limited to, the following:

 

General tasks

  1. To enter data into research databases;
  2. Present necessary clinical updates to Team Lead, Data Manager, and research coordinators in order to identify any data collection or recruitment procedure gaps;
  3. To run procedures for identification of data entry discrepancies (differences) and check listed discrepancies against source data documents for research studies;
  4. Manage routine data, including data cleaning and entry in the ODK Data Kit and REDCap software platform to ensure completeness and quality;
  5. Report any errors identified during data review to appropriate team members and assist in resolving issues with guidance from appropriate team leads, build new components of database data collection and aggregation tools;
  6. Maintain master copies of data collection forms (ensuring accurate updating as needed) and supporting documentation for data management system in electronic venue accessible to relevant teams;
  7. To liaise with the Data Manager and the Team Leader, or his/her appointee in addressing queries raised in 3, 4 and 6 above;
  8. To know and follow Standard Operating Procedures adopted by the Data Team;
  9. To maintain all equipment entrusted to him/her and report any break-downs preferably in good time for remedial actions to be taken;

Specific Tasks

  1. Pull data from the company system on daily basis;
  2. Ensure the clinical trial database are updated and accurately captured in system;
  3. Check and verify the accuracy and completeness of data recorded in relevant databases;
  4. Amend any inaccuracies data in the system;
  5. Any other duties assigned by the Data Manager, Team leader and Site Manager from time to time;

 

Qualifications

  1. The candidate should be a holder of Diploma in Information Processing or Computer Science or Statistics.
  2. Experience in REDCap, Open data Kit (ODK) and Mobile computing.
  3. Good command in spoken and written English.
  4. Excel in data analysis and data maintenance.
  5. Basic knowledge in Microsoft Excel (Pivot Tables, Vlookup and etc.).
  6. Strong attention to detail.
  7. Comfortable to handle high volume of data.
  8. Capable to work under pressure and tight deadlines.
  9. Interested in clinical research

 

Professional requirements

  1. To work only under guidelines and standard operating protocols (SOPs) as laid out by the Data Manager, Team Leader and/ or Principal Investigator.

 

TRUE is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate according to nationality, gender, race or religion.

 

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.

 

Expected start date:  Immediately

For more information about the job and how to apply please follow the link  https://forms.gle/mgnxMBw4GF3VApch8

Closing date for receiving applications is 24th May 2021.

 

 

 

Testimonials

Kennedy’s research interest is in the biology, ecology and behaviour of mosquitoes and other disease vectors. His desire is to see a malaria free world by contributing to the discovery, development and application of tools to reduce the transmission of vector borne diseases. He hold a BSc from the University of Malawi, Chancellor College.

Kennedy Zembere worked under TRUE as a voluntary entomology research intern for three months (October to December, 2016) and later got a paid internship for an additional three months between February and April, 2017. During his internship, he co-investigated two research sub studies, viz: assessment of the Suna trap for sampling mosquitoes indoors and outdoors (published in the Malaria Journal) and impact of cattle on the resting behaviour of malaria vectors (manuscript submitted for peer-review). Through mentorship from senior researchers within TRUE, Kennedy gained research and communications skills, developed critical thinking and had an opportunity to network with other scientists. During the 2017 College of Medicine research dissemination conference, he presented an abstract on the assessment of the Suna trap for sampling mosquitoes indoors and outdoors and received a second best presenter award. By working with Suna traps, Kennedy has developed an interest in developing and applying novel tools which attract and trap mosquitoes by mimicking human hosts, and hence reduce indoor and outdoor malaria mosquitoes. This approach can potentially complement current mosquito control tools and reduce residual transmission of malaria.

Currently he is a Pre-MSc research intern at Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust under the Wellcome Trust (CORE) training research grant. His main focus is to develop an outdoor sampling mosquito trap, the host decoy trap (HDT), and assess its efficiency in sampling outdoor malaria vectors in Malawi. He is also working towards securing funding for a competitive master’s fellowship.

Kennedy Zembere

Chikondi Chapuma is a medical doctor who completed her a research internship under TRUE. “I have acquired skills in research methods, interdisciplinary thinking, leadership and innovation” She now works as a Clinical Trial Physician.

Dr. Chikondi was an intern at TRUE for 8 months in 2017.

Dr. Chikondi Chapuma

My participation in the project has been worthwhile. The expertise, mentorship, commitment, and team-spirited drive embodied within TRUE goes a long way in shaping research capacity and bridging the knowledge gap while striving towards the desired goal: improving quality of life! I have been diversely motivated, mentored, taught and translated through the multiple disciplines and by every endeavor ranging from community interface, data interaction, laboratory basics, conferencing, publication and leadership. To this day TRUE will always leave an indelible mark as I sojourn towards my realisation of research potential and will remain the home of excellence.

Dr. Anthony was an intern at TRUE for 5 months in 2017. 

Dr. Anthony Emeritus Chirwa MD

Between October 2015 and June 2016, I interned in the Majete Malaria Project (MMP). Specifically, I assisted Dr Alinune Kabaghe (then PhD student) with designing and conducting a health facilities’ assessment survey that assessed the facilities’ preparedness to treat uncomplicated malaria in children. Specific skills acquired included: conceptualising, designing and administering ODK-based questionnaires, data management and analysis and manuscript write-up. As outputs from this internship, I was offered the opportunity to present the findings from the survey at a research dissemination conference and to co-author what would become my first peer-reviewed article. I also used the MMP platform to develop a project idea, with the support of MMP co-investigators, for which I secured 30-month funding for 18-month master’s studies and 18-months research work.

Mphatso was an intern at TRUE for 5 months in 2016. 

Mphatso Phiri

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