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  • Posted: Dec 17, 2020
    Deadline: Jan 15, 2021
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  • HJFMRI was organized as a nonprofit corporation to be operated exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes. HJFMRI offers international support for programs advancing medical research and providing care, treatment and education. HJFMRI's services include program administration, managing and conducting research trials and providing infr...
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    Deputy Director for Science

    HJFMRI is seeking  to recruit a Deputy Director for Science  for an anticipated U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreement for Advancing Public Health Research in Kenya. The purpose of the consortium is to conduct and/or facilitate epidemiologic studies and surveillance, clinical research, clinical trials, laboratory, and operations research on infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, and environmental health in Kenya to better understand disease burden, risk factors, and effective interventions to influence policy and decrease morbidity and mortality.

    Job Summary

    The Deputy Director for Science will be  responsible for the oversight of research and administrative core activities which support HJFMRI’s Consortium for Advancing Public Health Research in Kenya (HJFMRI Consortium) as funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The purpose of the consortium is to conduct and/or facilitate epidemiologic studies and surveillance, clinical research, clinical trials, laboratory, and operations research on infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, and environmental health in Kenya to better understand disease burden, risk factors, and effective interventions to influence policy and decrease morbidity and mortality.

    The incumbent will coordinate research and monitoring activities among the consortium members, the Government of Kenya (GOK) and other participating institutions/labs in the areas of infectious and non-infectious disease and epidemiology/surveillance. In this capacity the incumbent will integrate consortium members, GOK participating institutions, and other collaborators into a cohesive team to meet research objectives and award deliverables. The incumbent will directly supervise and support elements of the team to ensure deliverables regarding lab development, capacity building and operations are met. Although direct supervision of protocols is vested in the consortium and GOK facility PIs, it is expected that the incumbent will closely support protocols and publications. In particular, the incumbent will work closely with the consortium’s PIs to support their research efforts and contribute to the strength of the science and translation of the work for public consumption and for application to local/national policy. The incumbent will be responsible for the management of the performance of consortium sub awardees focused on executing the research under this cooperative agreement, overseeing the execution of the management plan and serving as a key point of contract to the funding agency on many technical matters of the award.

    Responsibilities:

    • Represents the technical research components for the HJFMRI Consortium with the GOK, partnering research institutions, other international and domestic governmental and non-governmental partners including the funder, HJFMRI Home Office staff, and civil society and private industry where appropriate.
    • Contributes to the development of and directs the technical components of execution and monitoring of a management plan under the HJFMRI Consortium and in related research and development activities with a focus on capacity building of the GOK research institutions.
    • Supports the development and management of the broader scientific effort of the consortium in alignment with the funder’s requirements.
    • Participates, as required, in the development of research protocols in accordance with the objectives of the HJFMRI Consortium’s cooperative agreement covering infectious and non-infectious disease research and epidemiological studies.
    • Participates in and monitors the submission and continuing review of clinical research protocols with all applicable Institutional Review Boards (IRB) and regulatory bodies, and other relevant international and domestic agencies and collaborative partners.
    • Coordinates with the members of the HJFMRI Consortium to train and support research personnel as needed. In this capacity, the incumbent is also responsible for ensuring key deliverables in research administration in staffing, training and management of the project management staff.
    • As required or directed, assists investigators with the analysis, presentation and publication of scientific papers and research and for presentation at local, national and international meetings.
    • Monitors and evaluates the quality and appropriateness of clinical development activities and execution of research.
    • Directly responsible for monitoring of sub awardee performance and research budgets and serves as the lead technical POC for activities under this award to the sponsor to include reviewing and validating all award reports and deliverables to the sponsor. Responsible for all technical elements of relevant program status reports to the consortium and funder of clinical research programs/studies.
    • Maintains clinical currency and other technical proficiency required for credible execution of duties.

    Minimum Required Qualifications:

    • MD and/or PhD in related scientific field
    • At least 10 years directly related research and management experience
    • Knowledge of complex clinical, preclinical and scientific procedures and experiments; ability to take initiative and develop new protocols; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
    • Experience working with government research institutions and ministries, in Kenya preferred.

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    Chief of Party

    HJFMRI is seeking to recruit a Chief of Party for an anticipated U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cooperative agreement for Advancing Public Health Research in Kenya. The purpose of the consortium is to conduct and/or facilitate epidemiologic studies and surveillance, clinical research, clinical trials, laboratory, and operations research on infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases, and environmental health in Kenya to better understand disease burden, risk factors, and effective interventions to influence policy and decrease morbidity and mortality.

    Candidates for this position should be senior-level professionals with a proven track record of successfully implementing and managing large scientifically or research focused awards/projects in Africa. The COP will be responsible for oversight of the entire project, will be required to work with various stakeholders, including high level government and CDC officials and will serve as the lead for HJFMRI’s Consortium for Advancing Public Health Research in Kenya (HJFMRI Consortium).

    The COP will provide overall technical and administrative leadership and expertise over the program, ensuring an integrated vision among different components and actors, and a focus on achieving the results defined in the cooperative agreement. S/he will serve as the primary liaison with CDC Kenya on management and technical matters. The COP will be responsible for management of all aspects of activity implementation for the purpose of meeting the objectives of the award including, but not limited to, technical, administrative, operational, and logistical management of project activities and reports sent directly to the designated CDC representative. This individual will be expected to identify issues and risks related to program implementation in a timely manner and suggest appropriate program adjustments. This individual shall act as the key liaison between CDC/Kenya and collaborators and stakeholders involved with work executed through the cooperative agreement. The position requires significant coordination skills, broad general and technical knowledge in the areas of surveillance, basic and clinical research, experience in developing countries and skills to ensure coherence and consistency of execution and achievement of deliverables against urgent deadlines.

    Job Summary

    1. Establish and foster relationships with a broad network of research organizations/principle investigators, government representatives and scientific leaders;
    2. Direct overall management and strategic direction for the execution of work under the cooperative agreement, overseeing technical and operational functions for achieving the goals of the award;
    3. Serves as the lead for the HJFMRI Consortium, consisting of all sub awardees under this cooperative agreement and the CDC, other in country and international stakeholders, and local and national government bodies;
    4. Responsible for the financial management and accountability of all project deliverables;
    5. Supervise all project personnel, consultants, and other personnel as assigned;
    6. Monitor award activities for results and maintaining frequent contact with the home office, informing about project progress and actual or potential problems;
    7. Oversee the development of the annual research and operational plans, budgets, and other deliverables;
    8. Ensure that managerial, administrative, and financial procedures directly executed and through subawards and contracts comply with CDC policies and procedures and that the project is implemented according to HJFMRI business principles, policies and procedures; bring any issues of risk, liability, or fraud to the immediate attention of the appropriate staff at the Home Office;
    9. Ensure fundamental elements of safety and security management are fulfilled, including a basic level of training for all project staff and;
    10. Oversee all financial affairs of the project, including budgets, adherence to effective internal financial controls and review of monthly financial reporting.

    Minimum Required Qualifications:

    • Advanced degree in related scientific research
    • At least 10-12 years’ in executing clinical studies or associated research
    • 8-10 years’ experience of directing and managing large research studies and programs
    • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage challenging projects involving both public and research sector stakeholders;
    • High level of leadership, interpersonal, technical and analytical skills, including a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders.

    Method of Application

    If you meet the minimum requirements, submit your application & CV via email to [email protected] indicating the position you are applying for by January 15,2021. Applicants must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the SUBJECT LINE. Those who do not meet the minimum requirements as detailed in the job description will not be considered. Only successful candidates will be contacted.

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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