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  • Clinical Trial Coordinator/Clinician at Medical Research Council

  • Posted on: 17 November, 2016 Deadline: 21 December, 2016
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  • Medical Research Council (MRC) Unit, The Gambia - We are the leading research centre in sub-Saharan Africa, carrying out internationally competitive research into tropical medicine for over 50 years. Our current research agenda focuses on three themes: Disease Control & Elimination; Nutrition; Vaccines & Immunity. Looking towards the future. we are aiming to push forward into new and challenging areas reflecting changes in national and global health priorities.

    We are recruiting to fill the position below:

    Clinical Trial Coordinator/Clinician


    Location: Gambia
    Duration: The post is up to 31st December 2020 in the first instance.

    Job Summary

    • The Disease Control & Elimination Theme is undertaking a large multi-country trial to evaluate the impact of one oral dose of azithromycin given to women during labour on neonatal mortality and maternal & neonatal sepsis. This trial is the continuation of a former smaller trial that showed a strong effect of the same intervention on maternal and neonatal bacterial colonization.
    • We are looking for a Clinical Trial Coordinator/Clinician with significant experience on Clinical Trials in developing countries with the capacity to coordinate a large clinical team in The Gambia and Burkina Faso.
    • The post-holder will support the principal investigator in all aspects of the trial management.
    • S/he will oversee the daily conduct of the trial in The Gambia, supervise the data entry into the CRFs, supervise the management of Serious Adverse Events when they occur and manage the trial team of Clinicians, Nurses and Field Assistants.
    • S/he will be the focal point for communication with the sponsor and the study team at the Burkina Faso site.


    • MB BS or equivalent primary Medical qualification.
    • Post graduate studies in epidemiology, clinical trials or related subject or at least three years of clinical trial experience with proven capacity to effectively take on different aspects of a Clinical Trial.
    • At least 4 years of experience in clinical research.
    • Previous work on clinical trials with drugs or vaccines conducted following GCP requirements.
    • Practical experience of health research in developing countries.
    • Experience of staff management.
    • Excellent written and spoken English.
    • Commitment to working in a multi-disciplinary team.
    • Excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.
    • A flexible and well-organized approach to work and an ability to meet deadlines.
    • Attention to details.
    • Excellent organizational skills.
    • A team player and motivator.
    • Willingness to be on-call and work outside the normal working hours during the trial follow-up period.


    • Record of publications in peer-reviewed journals.
    • Previous experience as a Clinical Trial Coordinator.
    • Ability to work on databases and statistical packages.
    • Excellent IT skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Access).


    • The salary will be paid in Grade 2, 35 Points of MRCG’s payscale at a net monthly salary of 91, 751 Dalasi. This converts to a net pay of $2, 038 approximately per month using the prevailing Dalasi/USD exchange rate.
    • Please note that the salary will be paid in Dalasi and that the USD figure quoted is only given as a guide.
    • For displaced staff the package will include rent-free furnished accommodation, flights, displacement allowance for spouse and children, contribution to school fees and shipment of personal effects.

    Method of Application

    Applicants should contact the "Human Resources Office" at: to obtain Application Form and a copy of the Job descriptions.

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