Research Coordinator, Nigeria

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a:
Research Coordinator for a short term assignment for the TB REACH Nomadic pastoralist’s zoonotic TB project 

Duty station: Yola National TB reference laboratory, Nigeria

 

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization based in The Hague, The Netherlands dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), still the deadliest infectious disease in the world. KNCV is an international center of expertise for TB control that promotes effective, efficient, innovative and sustainable tuberculosis control strategies in a national and international context.  We are an organization of passionate TB professionals, including doctors, researchers, training experts, nurses and epidemiologists. We aim to stop the spread of the worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB.

TB REACH
KNCV is leading a TB Reach (Wave 6) project among nomadic pastoralists in Adamawa, Gombe and Taraba through January 2020 to improve TB case detection. As part of this project, we aim to measure zoonotic TB among a sub-sample of patients who are GeneXpert MTB/RIF or ULTRA positive on a pulmonary specimen and who consent to participate with a short questionnaire and further testing with culture and rapid molecular testing with the Hain MTBC test to determine which mycobacteria was identified in their sputum samples.  This will lead to better understanding and controlling zoonotic tuberculosis in this population.

Purpose of the Assignment
KNCV aims to generate a solid evidence base for the above described new tools and interventions as they are implemented in test sites. Across the 3 aforementioned North Easter Nigerian states, there are approximately 20 GeneXpert sites that will be sending samples over a two month period to Yola for this study. This will require coordination, validation, intake and further processing with additional testing at Yola. Your work will require close coordination with the Technical Officer of this project, and collaboration with the local stakeholders including the NTP and acting CBOs in the project.

 

Activities within the Assignment

  • Develop project plan for implementation of the research protocol;
  • Become familiarized with the materials and tools from the operational research protocol;
  • Based on the approved research protocol and guidance from KNCV, train data collectors (one at each GeneXpert site) on requesting consent, administering and entering a one page questionnaire into a smartphone or tablet, coordinate collection of sputum samples for further testing at Yola;
  • Organize and support data collection;
  • Validate data received from studies;
  • Ensure the confidentiality of the study participants and data collected will be maintained
  • Ensure seamless flow of work in Yola TB reference Laboratory including sample reception after working hours.
  • Participate in scheduled results dissemination activities;

Reporting Channels
The Research Coordinator reports to the KNCV Nigeria Technical Officer.

Timeframe: Short term assignment from mid-October 2019 until January 2020 with possibility to extend  by 1-2 months pending project continuation and funding.

 

Who are we looking for?

  • BS or MSc or corresponding degree in laboratory sciences, epidemiology, health economics, statistics, medicine, pharmacy, or in international health
  • Knowledge of and experience with quantitative and qualitative epidemiological research techniques;
  • Skills in applying using software for data collection & data validation;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently;
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload;
  • Excellent oral and writing skills in English

Location : Yola, Adamama region, Nigeria

 

Application and information
Your application (including your curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, proof of prior experience, and 3 professional references) can be sent to Jerod Scholten (jerod.scholten@kncvtbc.org) before Saturday October 5th 2019.

Please include “Research Coordinator for TB REACH Nigeria Zoonotic TB Project” in the subject line and please note that incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.