Therapeutic Efficacy Studies (TES) Technical Consultant at Management Sciences For Health – MSH

MSH, a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policymakers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, nongovernmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.Job ID: 13-11015
Location: Abuja

Overview

PMI-S is a five-year PMI/USAID flagship malaria project implemented through a consortium led by MSH.
The project is supporting the Government of Nigeria through its agencies at the federal, state, LGA and community levels to reduce under-five and maternal mortality by delivering quality services for management of malaria, its complications, and prevention.
PMI-S project focuses on strengthening the capacity of the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) and State Malaria Elimination Programs (SMEPs) for the implementation of the National Malaria Strategic Plan 2014-2020.
The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), along with a TES core team, plans to initiate activities for the 2020 TES in March 2020. We are seeking to engage a technical consultant to lead implementation of the 2020 TES with direction from the TES Core Team and reporting directly to Core Team.
S/he will assist with finalizing TES preparations, leading trainings, providing oversight of study sites, and ensuring the overall quality of TES conduct and outputs.
The 2020 DTES will be conducted in 4 Sentinel sites across 4 geopolitical zones of the country. The sites identified for the study includes Lagos, Cross-River, Sokoto and Adamawa states.

Reports To:

Technical Reporting line: TES Core TeamAdministrative Reporting line: Senior Malaria Technical Advisor

Specific Responsibilities

In collaboration with the TES core team, oversee finalization of TES protocol and all standard operating procedures (SOPs) and job aids
Lead centralized training for the TES sites staff on the study protocol, processes and procedures
Ensure adherence to study protocol at all TES sites:
Conduct study initiation along with core team members
Conduct regular monitoring visits to study sites
Provide on-site debriefs with the site study team
Document findings and recommendations in a timely manner
Provide regular updates on TES implementation to the TES core team
In collaboration with NMEP and PMI-S TES Focal Point, ensure TES sites have the needed consumables and equipment in time.
Provide monthly progress reports to core team on the overall TES activity.
Communicate any concerns or issues about the TES immediately to NMEP and Core Team
Work closely with the External Microscopist to ensure that Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Quality Improvement Processes confirm to high standards.
Take responsibility for the completeness, accuracy and timeliness of data captured and entered for all TES sites
In collaboration with core team provide direct technical supervision of the PIs and activities at the 4 TES study sites.
Participate in the TES 2020 report writing.

Qualifications and Experience

Advanced degree in Medicine or Public Health
Experience conducting clinical or epidemiologic trials
Previous successful conduct of TES as principal investigator will be an added benefit.

Desired Abilities:

Previous experience with therapeutic efficacy studies
Excellent and proactive communication skills
Excellent report writing skills is necessary.

Key Deliverables:

Approved 2020 TES protocol
TES sites staff training report
Quality data from the 4 sites
Monthly progress reports

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