Employment Opportunities

Research Coordinator - Zambia

Over the past 40 years, Medical Care Development International (MCDI), the international health division of Medical Care Development, Inc. (MCD), has worked to strengthen health systems through practical, evidence-based and high-impact interventions across several public health sectors in over 40 countries. MCDI collaborates with donors, national governments, the private sector, health agencies, communities and local stakeholder to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations. MCDI collaborates with donors, national governments, the private sector, health agencies, communities and local stakeholders to improve health and save lives in the following areas: malaria control; maternal, neonatal and child health; water, sanitation and hygiene; tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS; and other communicable diseases communicable diseases by joining MCDI, employees join a diverse network of highly capable individuals, many of whom are experts in their field.

The ProAct Study Research Coordinator is responsible for the oversight, coordination, and monitoring of all study activities in the field. The Research Coordinator provides oversight of proper protocol implementation, manages local staff, and communicates with partners and NMEC, Provincial and District government officials. This is a full-time, two-year position based in Lusaka, Zambia, with regular travel to the study district (Chadiza) in Eastern province of Zambia. The Research Coordinator will carry out key responsibilities as outlined below:

Key Responsibilities:

Logistics and Administration

Develop and implement activity work plans
Contribute to development of data collection tools and forms, informed consent forms, standard operating procedures and training manuals and materials
Maintain an in-depth knowledge of the protocol and ensure accurate implementation
Participate in Institutional Review Board (IRB) modification submissions
Procure field and laboratory supplies
Assist in setting up required field and laboratory spaces, as necessary
Assist in interviewing and hiring local field staff and enumerators
Conduct trainings for local staff in field and laboratory procedures
Ensure all field staff are properly equipped with field supplies, per diems, etc.
Work closely with the IM Zambia Project Coordinator to manage the study budget
Identify any possible upcoming logistics and administration issues and share them with IMI Zambia Project Coordinator and UCSF technical lead (based in San Francisco).

Data Collection and Field-based Supervision

Direct and manage field teams in data collection and sample processing
Provide on-site supervision to ensure rigorous adherence to study protocol and standard operating procedures (SOPs)
Conduct trainings of field staff and provide refresher trainings as needed
Monitor study progress, data quality and lab sample processing and report progress to the project coordinator and UCSF technical lead for the study

Identify and solve programmatic, political, technical and/or communications bottle-necks as they arise to support implementation of project activities

Communicate daily with project leads to ensure success of project
Oversee transportation of blood samples to appropriate laboratory facilities for endline survey
Ensure all laboratory assays are completed on time and results are reported and merged successfully

Reporting, Writing and Communication

Contribute to writing of reports and presentations
Participate in manuscript preparation
Participate in stakeholder meetings to disseminate study findings
Serve as technical focal point for local project partners in the study district, ensuring that they are up-to-date on project progress and that their guidance and recommendations are implemented in the field
Serve as the focal point for communication with district and provincial government for community outreach


Required Skills

A masters degree in public health, epidemiology, parasitology\, infectious diseases, or related field
At least five years’ public health experience in Zambia
Detailed knowledge of good clinical and laboratory practice (GCLP)
Exceptional skills in program management and/or coordination, including development and management of workplans, milestones/targets, and budgets
Strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint
Experience managing staff and providing ongoing mentorship and capacity-building
Excellent problem-solving skills and flexibility
Excellent attention to detail
Fluent spoken and written local language (Chichewa)
Proficient spoken and written English

Desired Skills

Fluent spoken and written English
A Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, infectious diseases, or related field
Experience working with Ministries of Health, Malaria Control Programmes, or other government bodies, particularly in Zambia or rural health settings in developing countries
Experience managing a research study trial
Expeience working wih tablet-based data collection platforms (e., CommOrg, ODK, etc)
Knowledge of malaria epidemiology and malaria surveillance, particularly in low transmission settings
Open-mindedness and respect for cultural diversity
Enthusiasm for learning new skills

Start of activities: March 2020

Location: Zambia

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and USAID 1420 form to mcdijobs@mcd.org. Position will be open until filled.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.