HIV Research Fellow

Global Health Corps
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HIV Research Fellows fill the role of a mid-level manager in the departments of CVCT, data, medical, or administration (sub-areas of financial administration, project management, and human resource management). Scopes of work within each department are determined by service and research directives established by funding agencies. HIV Research Fellows work closely with their teams to ensure that project deliverables are met. In addition, they serve as an important liaison between the Principal Investigator and staff at Emory University and the field sites.

Note: RZHRG is hiring two fellows for this position, one based in Lusaka and one based in Ndola. Please indicate your location preference, or lack thereof, in your position essay for this role.

The Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group (RZHRG) has been a global leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS for more than 25 years, supporting prevention programs and research at its sites in Ndola and Lusaka, Zambia (ZEHRP) and in Kigali, Rwanda (Project San Francisco). RZHRG is committed to supporting Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing (CVCT) as an effective and economical way to decrease HIV/AIDS transmission throughout southern Africa. Operating from Emory University, RZHRG programs/research varies according to donor funding. Our primary areas of interests involve CVCT and couples family planning and counseling with the provision of long acting reversible contraceptives; research among key populations; clinical trials; data management and analysis; molecular work in the laboratories; and financial and administrative management. Much of the work RZHRG conducts relies on collaboration with local and international organizations.

This position is part of the Global Health Corps fellowship. Global Health Corps (GHC) is a leadership development organization focused on building the next generation of diverse, disruptive global health leaders. Founded in 2009, we competitively recruit talented professionals (ages 21-30) from a range of sectors and backgrounds and place them in high-impact roles within partner organizations — including Clinton Health Access Initiative, Partners in Health, Planned Parenthood Global, and Government Ministries in Zambia, Rwanda, and Uganda — working on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia.

Coordinate clinic and administrative activities in a fast-paced research environment
Provide oversight in the training of service providers, recruitment of participants, participant study flow, and rollout of program activities
Coordinate review and creation of clinic and admin standard operating procedures with respective teams
Work with Medical Manager to ensure staff are adequately trained in accordance to standard operating procedures and Good Clinical Practices
Perform quality control of medical data
Provide oversight in data tool creation/review, data collection, data entry, data management, and program/progress reporting
Provide oversight in terms of query resolution of medical data and admin issues
Work with clinic to ensure adequate medical supplies are ordered based on clinic activities and scope of work
Provide oversight of financial expenditures, budgeting, and reporting
Coordinate review of budgeting and expenditures with research and program teams
Coordinate with training and regulatory to ensure staff trainings are properly documented, ensure studies are being conducted in accordance to Good Clinical Practice, and to prepare for any site monitoring or auditing visits
Manage personnel and human resources responsibilities
Work with research team on conducting site internal audits
Track medical and admin staff leave and work with managers in the respective departments to ensure adequate staff coverage on work days
Communicate admin and medical-data related issues to Emory, RZHRG sites, within departments, and to relevant sponsor
Fellows live onsite and on-call responsibilities are an important part of the fellowship which rotates on a weekly basis. The number of times per month is dependent upon number of on-call persons onsite. On-call includes after hours, weekends, and holidays depending on your rotation. On-call duties include:
Ensuring site premises are locked and alarm set after working hours
Overseeing and coordinating weekend work activities
Responding to any security issues
Recording temperatures and responding to alarms from temperature monitoring alarm system
Opening the site after hours and coordinating any repair work that may be needed for the premises
Coordinating to arrange logistics for arrivals/departures visitors
Checking the generator status (preventative maintenance) and filling the generator with diesel if necessary (see fuel gauge on generator)
Coordinating and dealing with power/equipment failure issues; other utilities pertinent to site operations
Coordinating procurement of diesel
Taking and finalizing meeting minutes
Receiving shipments after working hours

Skills and Experience
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required:
Master’s degree in public health (MPH, MSPH, MSc, MPhil)*
Previous work experience with financial management*
Project management experience*
Data management/analysis skills*
Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Access) with aptitude and ability to learn new software*
Good written and communication skills*
Experience managing multi-faceted projects and requisite communication with key collaborators and stakeholders*
One year or more of Regulatory/Clinic coordination
Previous international experience a plus
One year or more of experience with budgets
One year or more of experience with SAS
Housing provided onsite for fellows; ZEHRP will not provide housing for spouses or family members
Good time management and organization skills
Ability to multi-task
Ability to work with a multicultural workforce
Ability to work with minimal supervision
Strong accountability
Attention to detail
Adaptability and flexibility