Lassa fever (LF) is an acute viral illness (epidemic prone disease) that can result in a viral hemorrhagic fever (VHF) syndrome. The causative agent is the Lassa virus, which is primarily transmitted by rodents. The illness was first reported in Borno State, Nigeria in 1969. Since then cases and outbreaks continue to be reported in Nigeria and the diseases is increasingly recognized to be endemic in many other parts of West Africa. Treatment includes the antiviral drug ribavirin and supportive care. However, there is relatively little scientific information on the disease and its treatment, and there is a significant need for research data. The WHO has therefore classified Lassa fever as a priority disease for research and development.
As part of the LASCOPE study, sponsored by INSERM, the University of Oxford, the ALERRT consortium, we are looking for an Assistant Field Research Coordinator who will help the Filed Research Coordinator to ensure the proper conduct of clinical research studies on Lassa fever (LASCOPE cohort study and related projects). This includes ensuring daily management of clinical research staff in clinical sites, guaranteeing the quality of data collection as well as conducting the internal monitoring of databases, participating to the organization and the conduct of training activities for clinical research staff. S/he will work in close collaboration and under the supervision of the Field research coordinator the LASCOPE project (INSERM / ALIMA), the Infection Control and Research Center (ICRC) team and the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Laboratory team at FMC Owo, and ALIMA’s team in Owo.
This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience in clinical research, working alongside an international team of doctors, nurses and researchers. The post holders will receive regular training in clinical research methods, as well as the use of advanced clinical monitoring equipment.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The clinical research nurse will work a shift based system in the Infection Control and Research Center, in both the suspect and confirmed Lassa fever wards. The clinical research nurse will report to the study coordinator.
The clinical research nurse will:
The clinical research nurse will be expected to
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
Additional training in clinical research is desirable
Contract term: 6 months’ renewable.
Salary: Level 5 – N225,969.60
The responsibilities mentioned above are not exhaustive and other work can be required according to the needs of the mission.
Mobility is requested from ALIMA staff, including short term assignments from their usual place of work.
Part of any ALIMA-employee responsibilities is the attendance of trainings as per the requirements of the organisation.
The job description can be modified according to the evolution of the work.
NB: This job description is not intended to be all inclusive as it could be amended from time to time according to the needs of the mission.
Only successful applicants will be called for interview.
No monetary transactions, neither demands of favors in kind, nor other types of favoritism will be tolerated in the recruitment process.
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