Vacancy: Research Project Manager (Based in Tanzania)

Vacancy:             Research Project Manager

Hours:                  40-hour work week, full-time

Location:             Shinyanga, Tanzania

Employment:     per immediate, until March 2022

The position: The Netherlands-based Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development (AIGHD) is looking for a Research Project Manager, who is the day-to-day responsible person for the management and support of AIGHD operational research on an innovative HIV Test & Treat (HIV T&T) project in Shinyanga and Simiyu regions, Tanzania. The Research Project Manager is based in Shinyanga and represents AIGHD in Tanzania. The Research Project Manager reports to AIGHD’s T&T project lead in Amsterdam. The Research Project Manager coordinates local AIGHD research activities with the operational activities of local partner organization Doctors with Africa CUAMM and the facility staff of the Diocese of Shinyanga. Doctors with Africa CUAMM is responsible for the actual implementation of the T&T project.

Background: The Shinyanga HIV Test & Treat project

The new WHO guidelines advocate the so-called ‘HIV Test and Treat approach’: immediate antiretroviral treatment (ART) for all HIV infected persons, independent of clinical stage or CD4 count. AIGHD has been awarded the task of scientific evaluation of a unique HIV T&T project in Tanzania, aiming to put 20,000 HIV patients on ART through T&T and decentralized ART provision through a Hub and Club model. The implementation of the Shinyanga HIV T&T project is led by an Italian NGO (Doctors with Africa CUAMM) through a network of Tanzanian healthcare providers, under the Diocese of Shinyanga. In this context, AIGHD, as the research partner, is responsible for performing multi-disciplinary operational research (clinical, epidemiological, economic and socio-anthropological) under the final guidance of a Principal Investigator (PI) from the United Kingdom and a co-PI from Tanzania.

Main Responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the Research Project Manager include the day-to-day management and support of all AIGHD research activities with emphasis on seamless coordination with CUAMM. More in detail, these responsibilities entail:

  • Day-to-day management and coordination of the full AIGHD multidisciplinary operational research team, including Data Manager, Data Entry Clerks, local PhD students and other local AIGHD staff.
  • Act as the local AIGHD representative and trusted counterpart for Doctors with Africa CUAMM, weekly coordination meetings both with Doctors with Africa CUAMM and AIGHD Amsterdam; regular coordination with local co-PI, and the facility staff of the Diocese of Shinyanga.
  • Supervise, coordinate and represent the local AIGHD team of researchers and support staff.
  • Coordinate all logistics related to travel and transport of AIGHD colleagues, both local and international visitors. Including accompanying the co-PI and or PI to health facilities (and testing campaigns if needed) during project visits.
  • Coordinate procurement, installation, trainings, maintenance of medical equipment and supplies at the T&T Hubs and Clubs.
  • Keep track of ethical clearance status of (additional) research; manage timely reporting to Tanzanian Ethical Board.
  • Keep sound financial track of local expenditures, manage AIGHD local bank account and coordinate with AIGHD Amsterdam.
  • Coordinate optimal working conditions (e.g. building, internet connectivity etc.) for local AIGHD staff and visitors.
  • Build and expand relations with local stakeholders pertinent to the T&T project (RMO, DMO, AGPAHI, NACP, UCC, NIMR, etc.)
  • Coordinate the contribution of the local AIGHD team to the bi-annual AIGHD T&T Progress Reports.
  • Provide supervision to the AIGHD Data Manager to oversee the full data collection and data storage process, as well as data quality checking, data improvements with pertinent stakeholders, etc.
  • Represent AIGHD during important Tanzanian events pertinent to the T&T project (e.g. with Diocese, Regional Medical Officer (RMO), District Medical Officer (DMO), etc.) 

Educational qualifications

Academic level: Bachelor’s degree and/or qualifications that indicate senior project management experience (preferably with scientific programs).

Work experience

Proven experience (at least 5 years) working in international multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder projects, preferably in the field of HIV.

Expected skills/attributes

The suitable candidate has a proven track record project management leadership with excellent interpersonal communication skills. The candidate should be able to build and maintain excellent relations with both partner organization Doctors with Africa CUAMM as well as Diocese of Shinyanga and Tanzanian MOH, with an eye on developing a fully locally sustainable program in the years to come.

Additional requirements

  • Demonstrate excellent leadership, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Develop and maintain excellent relations with local implementing partner Doctors with Africa CUAMM, have a clear eye for collaborative opportunities.
  • Being visible, supportive, pro-active, while supervising and motivating the local AIGHD team.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal (onsite) supervision
  • Ability to balance the interests of AIGHD with those of all T&T project collaborators.
  • Ability and credibility to coordinate and work effectively with Government public health officials.
  • Strong knowledge of project development life cycles
  • Attention to detail, structured and well-organized.
  • Computer software skills – Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint).
  • Willingness and possibility to relocate to / live in Shinyanga town and work at the T&T project offices at Ngokolo.
  • Willingness to travel within the project region, Mwanza and to Dar es Salaam frequently as well as to Amsterdam when needed.
  • Previous relation with stakeholders in this project is an asset
  • The position is available per immediate.

Languages

  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English and Kiswahili; Kisukuma is an asset.

AIGHD offers

AIGHD offers an excellent job opportunity in a cutting-edge working environment in global health and development and a salary in line with prevailing local sector standards. For more information about the job description please contact Ilona Sips (i.sips@aighd.org). General questions, applications including CV and letter of motivation (in English) should be sent to HR Support (hrsupport@aighd.org).

Closing date: Friday 30 November 2018

About AIGHD: Stichting AIGHD takes a problem-oriented approach and transcends the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines to provide sustainable solutions in the field of Global Health. It is a dynamic network focused on research, education and policy advising. The Institute stands for a collaboration among biomedical researchers from the Academic Medical Center (AMC), social scientists and economists from the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and from the VU University Amsterdam (VU). In addition, its constituents include a number of non-governmental organizations (NGO’s), such as the PharmAccess Foundation, The Health Insurance Fund, the Joep Lange Institute and the Medical Credit Fund, which have a pivotal place in the consortium. AIGHD links expertise, resources and programs from institutions that are involved in health-related research, education and capacity building. By doing this, it brings a “delivery perspective” to health research, and a “quality aspect” to health care services in countries with more limited resources.

To be considered you must to be already resident in Tanzania and in full possession of a Tanzanian resident and working permit.