In partnership with the Ministry of Social Development and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ICAP will conduct a nationwide household based survey among children and young adults aged 13-24 years in 2018, also called Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS). VACS will collect information that can be used to estimate the prevalence of emotional, physical and sexual violence against children and youth in Lesotho. The data from VACS are intended to inform the Government of Lesotho to develop and review programs and policies and refine laws related to the protection of children.
Project Coordinator – HIV Drug Resistance Survey
POSITION Project Coordinator
REPORTS TO Technical Director
LOCATION All Districts, Lesotho
OVERALL JOB FUNCTION
Reporting to technical director, the Project Coordinator -HIV DR Survey
(DRS) will provide project management and operational support in
furtherance of the HIV DRS activities implementation and work with senior
staff in the country program to ensure compliance with donor/sponsor
requirements and to facilitate communication with donors/sponsors
and ICAP in New York staff. Additionally, the the PC will lead the design,
implementation and management of the HIV DRS project related country
office operations, including work plan development, supervision and
monitoring of implementation, and documentation of program achievements
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Oversee and review all aspects of laboratory based activities as well as fieldwork at the ART clinics (sampling units) on a daily basis
- Supervise- study teams (regional study nurse supervisors, laboratory supervisors, phlebotomists, data manager and data clerks) and clinic facility staff on a daily basis
- Ensure that study teams adhere to HIV DRS protocol and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), including patient eligibility, study enrolment, chart abstraction, obtaining consent, completing study questionnaires, sample collection, storage and transport.
- Monitor closely the progress of the survey towards its targets.
- Collect specimens and survey questionnaires from sampled clinics on a weekly basis.
- Assure the accurate and timely implementation of all laboratory testing (DBS VL measurement, DNA extraction and amplification, HIV DR Genotyping) within and outside Lesotho.
- Assure the accurate and timely implementation of return of results (VL, resistance testing) and provision of expert guidance for further clinical management.
- Supervise data handling and record keeping including database management and maintaining adequate and accurate participant records as per the study protocol.
- Ensure data quality by performing completeness and consistency checks.
- Ensure that all necessary equipment is available and working properly.
- Resolve questions from healthcare workers and/or participants:
- Plan and implement the training of study teams and healthcare workers from selected sites.
- Plan the logistics for laboratory and health facility (ART clinics) based work and data collection.
- Write weekly progress reports that will include the number of blood draws and interviews conducted per study site.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Laboratory / Health or Social Sciences or related field from a reputable academic institution. A Master’s Degree will be an added advantage.
- Minimum five (5) years of research or survey experience including national level surveys.
- Extensive knowledge and experience in design, implementation and management of laboratory services in HIV programs.
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge of procurement procedures and equipment/supply/stock tracking and inventory.
- Strong interpersonal and communication (written and spoken) skills in English as well as Sesotho.
- Proficiency in relevant computer applications: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, Email, etc.
- Ability to meet tight deadlines and successfully manage multiple assignments concurrently.
- Ability to spend an extended period of time in rural areas and away from home.
- Ability to function independently; results-oriented; detail oriented.
- Strong organizational and analytical skills, good attention to detail.
- Ability to problem solve and work as part of a team.
- Travel Requirements.
Requires lengthy trips to rural / remote areas as this positions are based in the ten districts of Lesotho.
- Applications Instructions:
Suitably qualified and experienced candidates should hand deliver their
applications, including a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter
The HR and Admin Manager
Lancers Inn Corner Kingsway
NB: Applications will be received from 09:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon ONLY every day until the closing date.
Please clearly indicate you the position you are applying for on the envelope of the application letter. Do not attach any certificates when submitting. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.
This is a temporary employment which will at the most last for 4 months,
- Closing Date:
The closing date for receiving applications is Friday April 13, 2018 at 12:00 noon
NOTE: These are local hire positions and the successful candidates will be
temporary employees of ICAP in Lesotho and subject to the local terms and
conditions of employment which includes a competitive salary and travel
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