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26 Aug 2020

Research Manager

Job Description

 

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Background

IMC has worked in South Sudan since the mid-1990s and currently operates in five of the country’s former 10 states, providing health care, psychological support, nutrition services, and gender-based violence prevention services and in particular IMC is working to contribute to improving the nutrition status of children, adolescent girls and women by implementing high impact nutrition interventions in Upper Nile (Malakal PoC, Malakal town and Maban Refugee Camps), Unity State (Nyal-Panyijar County) and Central Equatorial in Juba PoC. In addition to comprehensive primary health care, International Medical Corps also implements multiple complementary programs including mental health, reproductive and sexual health, GBV prevention and response, and health outreach activities. International Medical Corps also supports three midwiferies and nursing colleges in South Sudan in Juba, Kajo Keji and Wau. The organization is composed of over 750 national staff and 50 expatriates providing support to hundreds of thousands of people in need.

IMC works closely with South Sudan Ministry of Health and South Sudan Relief and Recovery Commission at national, sub-national and operational levels. IMC is actively participating in cluster meetings and member of SAG and three others technical Nutrition Working Groups (NWG) as well CMAM Technical Working Group, Nutrition Information Working Group and MIYCN Working Group. Furthermore, IMC has recently been selected and secured the nutrition cluster co-lead position for the year 2020-2021

International Medical Corps is partnering with Johns Hopkins University to undertake a research project: “Presenting nutrition characteristics, comorbidities and outcomes of COVID-19 in African humanitarian settings: a prospective cohort study in South Sudan and DRC”.

The study will characterize nutrition and other risk factors for poor COVID-19 outcomes and clinical progression of disease, with the aim of informing the ongoing COVID-19 response in resource-poor settings. The research will focus on patients admitted to care at the International Medical Corps isolation unit for COVID-19 patients in Juba, South Sudan

Job Purpose

The Research Project Manager is responsible for the overall coordination and implementation of the research activities at country level. The research PM will collaborate with relevant departments and stakeholders in-country and at headquarters to deliver on the technical and administrative requirements of the project.
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Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

  • Coordinate the submission of ethics review applications to local regulatory bodies.
  • Manage the procurement and recruitment of research supplies and staff in coordination with relevant departments
  • Oversee the cascade of training on the research protocol to health facility staff and community health workers.
  • Coordinate sensitization and information sessions with project stakeholders, including community and government authorities.
  • Implement the qualitative component of the study at field level, including contributing to the design and coordination of the health facility assessment and interviews with health care providers
  • Supervise research staff on data collection, including laboratory testing results and follow-up interviews
  • Oversee data entry into the Commcare platform, and ensure high level of data quality through regular data audits during the research cycle.
  • Collaborate with Medical and Program Directors to undertake supervisory visits at the health facilities to ensure research activities and related clinical case management adhere to protocols.
  • Regularly update the principal investigator and IMC research team at headquarters on the progress of data collection and the application of protocols.
  • Ensure the research progresses according to the project plan by holding regular review meetings with in-country stakeholders; participate in HQ-led research review meetings.
  • Ensure the thorough application of research ethical procedures, including informed consent practices, availability of community-based feedback and response channel and application of IMC Code of Conduct is.
  • Supervise dedicated research staff as applicable; continuously build capacity on research practices and protocols of all staff and partners involved in the study.
  • Support with the final analysis and preparations of articles
  • Support research uptake activities such as dissemination of study results to national cluster stakeholders and MOH
  • Promote and encourage a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. Communicates these values to staff and to partners and requires them to adhere to these values.

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.

Qualifications

  • Master’s in Nutrition, Public Health, Public Health Nutrition, Management or related fields, PHD or medical degree desirable
  • Project Management Certification (PMD Pro or equivalent)

Experience

  • Three or more years of professional experience managing research activities in limited resource settings.
  • Experience in the design, development, implementation and monitoring of international nutrition or health programs, including budget management, logistics and human resources
  • Familiarity with design and programming processes of OFDA
  • Ability to write clear and concise proposals and reports and to meet required reporting deadlines; Extremely flexible, the ability to work in basic living conditions and under administrative and programmatic pressures, and the ability to cope with stressful situations;
  • Excellent oral and written communication; good computer skills, strong writing skills (in English) with satisfactory organizational skills.

Competency

  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of the responsibilities specific to the job, as well as the ongoing capacity to stay abreast of changes in job function
  • Demonstrates the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with other employees. Maintains good work relationships both internally and externally and has the ability to work productively as a team.Experience in facilitation of trainings and workshops.
  • Demonstrates the ability to make good decisions about what should be done given a specific situation.Thinks carefully before taking action and behaves appropriately for the circumstances.
  • Demonstrates the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, information and available resources to resolve issues.
  • Takes responsibility for actions, decisions, and outcomes.
  • Can confidently take the lead role on a team, if and when necessary
  • Ability to cope with stress; hardship; patience and flexibility and willingness to work additional hours in order to meet tight deadlines;

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

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