Neonatal Research Group - Research Nurse/Coordinator University of Zimbabwe, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Research Support Centre Deadline: 1 February 2021 Location: Harare Contract: Full time Duration: 12 months Start date: Immediate Organization profile The University of Zimbabwe Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Child and Adolescent Health Unit has a Neonatal Research Group (NRG) that conducts various research in new born babies. One of the studies is the Helping Babies Breathe study (HBB), a skills-based curriculum focusing on the basic steps of neonatal resuscitation. HBB decreases early (24-hour) neonatal mortality and stillbirth rates This study will evaluate whether proper implementation of the HBB resuscitation program will result in improvement in both short / long term outcomes in a sample of non-vigorous (not crying) babies requiring resuscitation. The study is being funded by the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Foundation and being conducted in collaboration with American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Job description The position involves coordinating the research, managing the day-to-day research activities, assisting research nurses in carrying out research related clinical duties including patient recruitment, data collection, clinical evaluation and follow up, according to internationally recognized standards of ethical conduct of clinical research as well as supervision of study staff. Ensuring regulatory compliance and GCP standards in research. Keeping records of all communication with sponsor. Ensuring all lab requirements are met. Procurement of necessary equipment. Link between study team, study sites and PIs. Purpose of the position To supervise study staff; To provide a direct link between the study participant and the study; To ensure the provision of patient-oriented care in a professional and respectful manner; To ensure participants recruitment for the study is meeting the targets, all study related procedures are carried out per protocol including consenting, recruitment, clinical evaluations, and participant follow up; To collect study data from participants to ensure successful implementation of the research study; To ensure onward submission of data to the investigators. Key tasks and responsibilities Ensure that all ethical approvals and renewals are submitted timeously; Ensure that project procedures are being followed according to protocol and ensure that data is appropriately collected and stored; Supervise and train the Research Midwife/ Research Assistants and report to the PIs; Responsible for managing all logistic aspects of the research, including procurement and tracking of administrative and clinical supplies, participant reimbursement and refreshment, transportation and recruitment activities; Conduct quality control to ensure completeness and accuracy of data on all questionnaires; Work with PIs to review budget expenses and projections; Prepare visit projections to track project progress and support efficient planning of activities throughout the project duration; Provide weekly and monthly reports to the PI and Co-PI on the project progress; Conduct screening of study participants and provide information to participants and their relatives; Recruit participants for the study, carry out all study related procedures including consenting, recruitment, clinical evaluations, heel picks, venepunctures, scanning, point of care tests, and participant follow up; Ensure developmental assessment is conducted appropriately on participants; Conduct HBB training; Ensure that all procedures are done in compliance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for clinical research; Be accessible to study participants and their families in order to address all study related concerns; Conduct any other duties in other studies in the Neonatal research group as assigned by the PIs. The Research Coordinator should possess knowledge and skills of coordination of medical and scientific technology, have strong interpersonal and communication skills, be computer literate, have the capacity to analyse and interpret data and ability to maintain confidentiality.
We expect the following qualifications - RGN with Midwifery qualification with a valid practising certificate; - Research coordinating experience; - Experience working with pregnant women, newborn babies and children; - Ability to conduct neurodevelopmental assessment is an added advantage; - Training in neonatal resuscitation, HBB, is an added advantage; - Basic knowledge of the principles of the ethical conduct of research; - Ability to work well with others and integrate into the public health care system.
To apply Only applicants who meet ALL the above criteria should apply. If you are interested and qualify, please submit your CV and cover letter (as 1 document) addressed to the Principal Investigator, Neonatal Research Group email@example.com or hard copies can be submitted to the Research Support Centre, University of Zimbabwe, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.