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CTCA Job Advert 3 Positions: Clinical Trial & Training Coordinator, Data Manager, Project Admin.

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The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA), is a constituent entity of Makerere University and the School of Public Health responsible for capacity building and research for tobacco control in Africa. CTCA in collaboration with the University of Southern California (USC) are implementing a 5-year research project titled “Quit4Life+: Adapting and Evaluating a Phone-Based Tobacco Use Cessation Program for People Living with HIV in Uganda and Zambia”. This randomized controlled trial aims to promote tobacco cessation among HIV infected persons through adapting a standard short message service (SMS) intervention tailored to meet the needs of PLWH (Quit4Life+) for tobacco cessation, and determining the efficacy of the SMS-based intervention through a randomized trial with current standard of care as the control, in Uganda and Zambia.

The study will provide insights into the efficacy, feasibility, and applicability of delivering tobacco cessation interventions by health care professionals at HIV treatment centers in two countries with different tobacco use patterns, policy environments, and health care resources and provide needed information to health care providers and policymakers looking for cost-effective tobacco cessation interventions to inform scaleup of tobacco use cessation in LMICs worldwide. The project is therefore targeting professionals with experience in training and exposure to health field to fill the following positions;

Clinical Trial and Training Coordinator

Reports Directly to: The Principal Investigator Quite4Life Project at CTCA.
Directly Supervises: None
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

The position holder is expected to facilitate and participate in training for qualitative data collection, piloting stage of the study happening in October 2022 and at the randomized trial stage and is expected to start work in October 2022. This is a specific, time-bound contract type of assignment and not full-time employment.

Job purpose

The objective of recruiting a Clinical Trial and Training Coordinator is to prepare the research assistants, interviewers, data collectors, data entrants to understand the requirements of the task to enable the perform and deliver quality work. Therefore, the project seeks to recruit a professional responsible for holding the research program training component to realize project goal and specific. The Training Coordinator will be contracted for specific segments covering October 2022 to April 2023.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Conduct a study-wide training needs assessment and identify skills or knowledge gaps that need to be addressed
  2. Development of the training plan that will cover direct training, mentorship, and training evaluation.
  3. Design, prepare and order training aids and materials
  4. Select appropriate training methods or activities such as simulations, mentoring, on-the-job training, professional development classes
  5. Participate in review and development of materials, protocols, training manuals
  6. Participate in development of annual work-plans addressing training and mentorship/research exchange needs for the collaboration.
  7. Plan, coordinate and monitor trainee placement and how they fit in the study sites health service delivery
  8. Assess instructional effectiveness and determine the impact of training on research assistants’ skills and key performance indicators.
  9. Gather feedback from trainers and trainees after each educational session
  10. Partner with internal stakeholders and liaise with experts regarding instructional design
  11. Manage and maintain in-house training facilities and equipment
  12. Develop training reports
  13. Other roles will include but not limited to
    • Ensure quality of the training processes and outputs
    • Check on deadlines of the training activities
    • Attend meetings

Qualifications

  1. Proven work experience as a Training Coordinator, Trainer, Training Facilitator or similar role
  2. Extensive knowledge of instructional design theory and implementation
  3. Adequate knowledge of learning management systems and web delivery tools
  4. A bachelor’s degree in Medicine, plus a master’s degree in Public Health
  5. Have excellent communication skills, both oral and writing skills.
  6. Proven ability to complete full training cycle:- assess needs, plan, develop, coordinate, monitor and evaluate i.e Possess training skills and experience necessary to analyse training.
  7. At least 2 years’ hands-on experience coordinating multiple training events in a research setting particularly RCTs
  8. Experience coordinating multi-site /country programs reporting, and collaboration program management will be an added advantage.
  9. Should have advanced computer skills, particularly statistical packages.
  10. Experience with e-learning platforms

Data Manager

Reports Directly to: The Principal Investigator Quite4Life Project at CTCA through the CO-I, Leading Statistics and Data Management.
Directly Supervises: None
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Job purpose

The objective of recruiting a Data Manager is to manage the quantitative data collected. Therefore, the project seeks to recruit a professional who will be responsible for managing the study data.

The Data Manager will;

  • Participate in the design of the data collection tools, data collection, and analysis
  • Take lead in the design of electronic data entry/capture files/ formats
  • Process data collection, and completing data collection tools
  • Take lead the development of data collection and data management standard operating procedures
  • Prepare regular checks on study data to help project management teams monitor data flows and data quality issues during the conduct of a study.
  • Ensure accuracy, accessibility and data security and confidentiality, and storage of study data files and subject records.
  • Participate in the preparation and execution of dissemination activities. These will include the preparation of technical reports, publications, blogs, PowerPoint presentations and engaging in-country stakeholders in dissemination activities.
  • Participate in manuscript writing.
  • Participate in meetings
  • Execute any other data management related duties that may be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

Suitable applicants MUST possess

  • A master’s degree in either Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Statistics, or equivalent degrees.
  • At least two years of demonstrated relevant experience in managing health-related project research data, for projects of similar size and design.
  • Demonstrated statistical programming skills in statistical software and database management particularly using STATA, R and other any other relevant software.
  • Demonstrated experience in analytical skills and data management for projects of similar size and design.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, strong interpersonal communication, and ability to work with diverse sectors as well as meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to process, analyse, and present study results in a quality publishable format.
  • Experience in database design and data management.

Project Administrator

Reports Directly to: The Principal Investigator Quite4Life Project at CTCA
Directly Supervises: None
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

Job purpose

The objective of recruiting a Project Administrator is to support the administrative components of the study to realize the project goal. The project administrator will be contracted for specific segments covering October 2022 to September 2023, and is renewable upon satisfactory performance. The Project Administrator will be required at dedicate 50% of their time on the project.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with the team to plan and track administration work for the Quit4Life+ project
  • Organize project events, liaise with delegates, venues and trainers as required
  • Perform clerical duties including typing, photocopying, scanning, faxing, filing, and mailing
  • Assist project leads in the development of logistics plans for meetings, trainings, field activities and workshops • Assist respective project leads in drafting and distributing letters; and seek confirmation of participation for events organized by Quit4Life+ project
  • Coordinating and scheduling conferences, meetings, and travel arrangements for traveling within and outside of Uganda
  • Determine needs and coordinate the procurement of office supplies, equipment, repair and maintenance services.
  • Ensure timely settlement of vendor payments (internet, transport, office rent etc.)
  • Monitor monthly project expenditure and compile a quarterly budget request
  • Support finance department with invoicing and expense tracking
  • Coordinate with accounts for the submission of complete and accurate financial report
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Principal Investigator

Qualifications and Attributes

  • Degree in business administration with a bias in either or accounts, finance, and administration, and any other related field.
  • At least 1 years’ experience in administrative work
  • Excellent verbal and written English language skills
  • Financial management skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Proven capacity to take initiative and willingness to learn new skills as needed
  • Strong work ethic and the ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to interact with individuals at all levels including the ability to communicate in an effective manner with a wide range of stakeholders

How to apply

i) Qualified and interested candidates are invited to submit their application documents and a motivation letter clearly highlighting the position being applied for and address this to;

The Dean,
Makerere University School of Public Health,
College of Health Sciences, Makerere University,
P.O. Box 7072, Kampala, Uganda

ii) Application Documents

a) Motivational Letter
b) Resume with contacts of 3 professional referees
c) Copies of all relevant academic documents

iii) Soft copies of the applications should be submitted as one PDF file to the following email address EOI@ctc-africa.org by 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Please quote the position you are applying for in the subject head of your email.

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METS Newsletter May 2024

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The newly appointed CDC Uganda Country Director, Dr. Adetinuke Mary Boyd (7th from left) met with country implementing partner Executive Directors to get insights on ongoing projects, discussed leveraging of partnerships as well as strategizing for how best to strengthen health systems. Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)-McKinnell Knowledge Centre, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Support (METS) Program is a 5-year CDC-supported collaboration of Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and Health Information Systems Program (HISP Uganda).

Highlights of the METS May 2024 Newsletter

  • Enhancing Response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
    • Responding to and preventing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and Violence Against Children (VAC) are critical components of Uganda’s national HIV prevention program. METS developed a new app designed to improve support for SGBV survivors. This followed an assessment in December 2022, that revealed gaps in service access and coordination in Fort Portal and Kampala Regions.
    • The METS team, in collaboration with regional implementing partners, is scaling up the app’s use in pilot districts such as Masaka, Kiryandongo, Fort Portal, and Mubende. The team visited facilities and police stations to install the app and train selected focal persons on its use.
  • Assessing Readiness for Integrated HIV and NCD Care Services
    • METS supported the Ministry of Health to conduct a site readiness assessment for integrated delivery of HIV and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) services from 22nd to 26th April 2024, in collaboration with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and various implementing partners. The activity was conducted in selected health facilities in Acholi, Mubende, Kayunga, and Rwenzori regions to determine their feasibility for participating in a comprehensive NCD evaluation.
    • The 48 facilities visited have already integrated NCD services (mental Health, diabetes, and hypertension). Of these, 78% have integrated mental health services in their PMTCT clinics. 40% of the facilities have a dedicated NCD services physicians /doctor in the ART Clinic, 29% have doc have dedicated physicians in the PMTCT clinics. 90%. Most of the facilities have clinical and nurses in the ART than PMTCT facilities but more nurses offering NCD services in PMTCT sites.
  • Digitalizing the health sector through strategic partnerships
    • In collaboration with CDC and METS, the MoH organized a national Electronic Medical Records (EMR) stakeholders meeting to orient stakeholders on the national EMR agenda and transition towards a comprehensive digital health facility package. Key actions discussed included expanding the rollout of the EMR and Community Health Information System (eCHIS) and urging development partners to support prioritized health information and digital health investments.
    • The introduction of electronic medical records (EMRs) in health facilities aims to improve the quality of health service delivery by providing real-time accountability transparency, and traceability of medical supplies, monitoring health worker absenteeism, enhancing patient satisfaction through efficient care provision, reducing unnecessary or duplicate diagnostic tests, and offering easy access to management reports for decision-making. Additionally, EMRs will lay the foundation for the implementation of national health insurance.
  • UgandaEMR+ Implementation Showcased at Kisenyi HCIV
    • METS and Reach Out Mbuya (ROM) showcased the implementation of UgandaEMR+ to representatives from the USG and the Ministry of Health (MoH) at Kisenyi HCIV. The visit was aimed at providing a clear understanding of the system’s functionality at the health facility, which serves over 1,200 outpatients daily and supports over 1600 clients on ART.
    • Dr. Peter Akonyera, the ART Clinic In Charge shared positive end-user experiences, noting simplified data use and analysis, efficient data retrieval, and the system’s popularity among users despite existing challenges. He appreciated METS’ support in maintaining system synchronization. The data visualization tools have been particularly useful for clinicians to manage patient schedules and workload distribution effectively, ensuring timely and efficient healthcare delivery.
  • METS Showcases Research at INTEREST 2024 Conference in Benin
    • The International Conference on HIV Treatment, Pathogenesis, and Prevention Research (INTEREST) brought together global scientists to share cutting-edge knowledge in HIV diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. The conference also aimed to build a community of African physicians and scientists to develop local solutions for managing HIV and preventing its transmission.
    • METS submitted an abstract titled “Enhancing HIV Case Identification through a National HIV Testing Services (HTS) Continuous Quality Improvement” based on support to the Ministry of Health (MoH) in designing, implementing, and evaluating initiatives to increase the identification of HIV-positive clients, crucial for achieving the global target of 95% of people living with HIV (PLHIV) knowing their status.
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    • New CDC Director meets Country implementing partner Executive Directors
    • UgandaEMR+ support supervision at Kisenyi HCIV visit
    • EMR Stakeholders meeting
    • CBS guidelines meeting
    • INTEREST 2024 conference – Benin
    • Key Populations assessment – Ishaka district

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SIMCS-Trial Vacancy Announcement: Twenty-Five (25) Research Assistants

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An elevated shot of the School of Health Sciences and School of Medicine Building, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University. Mulago Campus, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Makerere University College of Health Sciences School of Medicine in collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine received funding from US National Institutes of Health – Fogarty International Center to carry out a study on “Development and evaluation of an information management and communication system for population-wide point of-care infant sickle cell disease screening (SIMCS-Trial)”. The program seeks to recruit 25 research assistants at its study sites. 

Roles and responsibilities  

  • Identify and screen participants for possible enrolment into the study according to the Study Protocol.
  • Obtain informed consent from caregivers of eligible participants as per protocol accordance with GCP and HSP principles.
  • Counsel and explain study procedures to the caregivers of study participants using the mobile app.
  • Enrol eligible participants into the study to meet the study accrual targets.
  • Complete study CRFs, correctly and accurately in compliance with trial procedures/ SOPs and GCP standards.
  • Ensure study participants’ safety and privacy, data integrity and confidentiality.
  • Participate in collection of appropriate study samples/specimens from the participants as per protocol and SOPs as well as performing the test.
  • Carry out any other duties as assigned by superiors in line with your work.

Required Qualification and experience 

  • A degree in any health-related discipline, and registered with the relevant national bodies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with Microsoft word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access as well as basic internet applications 
  • Skills in using common relevant computer packages and mobile technology for data collection
  • Previous work in a research environment is added advantage.
  • Basic knowledge of clinical research regulatory procedures. 
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training and Research Ethics training skills and knowledge
  • Excellent command of English (written and oral) as well as the local languages (Luganda or Lusoga)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to develop relationships with participants.
  • Experience of living and or working both in urban and rural environment.
  • Team-working skills to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team 
  • Time management skills and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented and self-motivated/driven. 
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. 
  • Ability to professionally communicate in writing, verbally or other means deemed appropriate. 

Reports to: The SIMCS Co-Investigator/SIMCS Trial Coordinator 

Expected start date: July 2024

How to apply: 1-page type written application letter addressed to the Principal Investigator SIMCS Trial MakCHS SOM together with current CV, copies of academic certificates, and recommendation letters from two past employers should be e-mailed as ONE PDF DOCUMENT to makimpact22@gmail.com

Deadline for receiving applications: Friday 20th June 2024 at 5:00 pm

Only shortlisted candidates will be invited to the interview. 

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CTCA Call for Proposals: Enhance Tobacco Control Institutional Capacity in Africa

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Call for Proposals - Project Title: Enhance Tobacco Control Institutional Capacity in Africa; Grant #339. Deadline 30th June 2024, by 5pm EAT. The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA), School of Public Health, College of Health Sciences (CHS), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda, East Africa.

Project Title: Enhance Tobacco Control Institutional Capacity in Africa; Grant #339

Introduction:

The Centre for Tobacco Control in Africa (CTCA) received funding from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) for the 2024-2026 to implement a project on institutional capacity. The project investments are geared towards sustaining human resource capacity and knowledge generation to reduce use of all forms of tobacco products in Africa. Specifically, the project aims to:

  1. Enhance training opportunities for African governments and relevant actors in tobacco control in
    the continent
  2. Increase access to knowledge for guiding tobacco use prevention and control in Africa
  3. Reinforce the institutional development of CTCA for an optimal performance of its functions
    and processes.

In 2020, CTCA developed a Tobacco Control Research Agenda (TCRA) with the aim of providing a guide for generating local evidence to drive tobacco control policy formulation and implementation in Africa.

Therefore, CTCA with support from ACBF is seeking researchers across the African continent to be awarded 6 small grants of USD 5000 to implement research that aligns with the TCRA thematic areas below:

  1. Patterns and trends of tobacco use and exposure for all tobacco products including the new
    products at country and regional levels (sex, age, region, types of products, new products).
  2. Effects of tobacco use and exposure on sustainable development (poverty, education, culture, food security, environment, HIV, TB, reproductive health, NCDs).
  3. Tobacco use and populations at risk (youth, young adults, women/gender, elderly, residents
    of urban areas, miltary, prisoners, mental health patients, populations in low socio-economic
    dwellings like slums).
  4. Tobacco control policy research and analysis (smoke free, TAPS, GHWs, ceasation) of cost
    effectiveness, impact, drivers, enablers, innovation, challenges, communication and advocacy
    for tobacco control.
  5. Sociocultural context of tobacco use
  6. Tobacco industry and tobacco control policy
  7. Tobacco production, alternative livelihoods and environment (distribution, value chain,
    environmental impact, historical and determinants of tobacco production)
  8. The economics of tobacco and tobacco control (product, pricing, illicit tobacco trade,
    taxation)

The full research Agenda can be accessed in English and in French.

Submissions

We are pleased to invite submissions from researchers based in Africa. Successful proposals should align with any of the 8 thematic areas of the CTCA Research Agenda. Innovative proposals that address critical issues and contribute to evidence-based policy and practice in the respective areas to inform Tobacco control in Africa are particularly encouraged.

Requirements

These grants will fund work that relates to the CTCA Research Agenda. Activities will include
proposal development, data collection and analysis, report writing and dissemination. All research to be implemented will be approved by the institutional review board and published in peer reviewed journals. These grants are intended for; 1) Researchers based in Tobacco Control Programs/Response; 2) post graduate students who would like to complete their research projects aligned to this call and 3) early and middle career researchers. It is required that this research is executed, and the report completed within 12 months. The applicant should have a mentor in an established institution.

Eligibility

Eligibility is restricted to Africa-based researchers. This refers to individuals who are (a) currently studying at a university or research institute in Africa, and/or b) currently working within a university, research institute, or in tobacco control in Africa. All persons associated with tobacco industry will not be funded and therefore should not apply. Successful applicants will be required to sign a declaration of interest that they do not have any relationship with tobacco industry.

Evaluation criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by a group of experts and researchers. Projects will be assessed against six, equally weighted evaluation criteria:

  • Knowledge contribution in respect to policy, strategy, and evidence to answer local
    challenges:
    Does the study articulate the research gap? Does study make a significant
    contribution toward advancing knowledge in the tobacco control field? Does it answer
    new questions or introduce novel methods, measures, or tobacco control interventions? Is
    it aligned to the WHO FCTC and tobacco control local context requirements? Does the
    study add to the existing body of research?
  • Policy relevance: Will results from the research have generalizable implications? How,
    if at all, will the “lessons learned” have relevance beyond the study? Will the study
    outcomes influence decisions in tobacco control?
  • Technical design: Do the methods appropriately answer the objectives and the questions
    outlined in the proposal? Is the proposed study feasible in one year?
  • Project viability: Are there any other logistical or political obstacles that might threaten
    the completion of the study, for example, government authorization or Human Subjects
    review, civil strife, social cultural sensitivity?
  • Value of research: Is the cost of the study commensurate with the value of expected
    contributions to policy? Are the planned activities justified and coherent?
  • Ethics: Reviewers will consider whether there are any risks of harm to research
    participants, what the proposed risk mitigation strategies are, and how the possible
    benefits of the research compare to the possible harms.

Application Process

Apply HERE not later than 30th June 2024, by 5pm EAT. Applicants are required to provide a
recommendation/support letter from their supervisors or heads of department.

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