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  • Posted on: 9 June, 2016 Deadline: 11 July, 2016
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  • MRC Unit The Gambia is the leading research centre in sub-Saharan Africa and has been carrying out internationally competitive research into tropical medicine for over 70 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 with a West Africa expansion strategy with new and challenging areas, reflecting changes in national and global health priorities.

    Quality Manager

     

    Job Descriptions

    • The Quality Manager will be the champion for the Unit’s Quality Management System (QMS); maintaining and strengthening the current system, whilst also developing it in areas that are key for the Unit’s overall strategy.
    • S/he will work closely with the research themes as well as other scientific and support areas, and in particular with the Clinical Trials Support Manager. It is anticipated over a 2-3 year period the post-holder will develop West African capacity and talent to support biomedical research in the subregion.
    • The post holder is will administer, maintain, develop and evolve the MRC Unit The Gambia’s quality management system to ensure best practice in research and medical laboratories in accordance with the principles of ISO 15189:2012, MRC Good Research Practice, ICH Good Clinical Practice, Good Clinical Laboratory Practice, ISO 17025, and other statutory, legislative and policy requirements.
    • S/he will aim for and realize continual improvement in quality systems and procedures.

    Minimum Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent, preferably in a Life Science or related discipline.
    • Previous experience working in a senior role within Quality.
    • Considerable experience and knowledge of quality management standards and procedures applicable to biomedical research.
    • Good knowledge and understanding of risk management.
    • Good planning and organizational skills.
    • Strong communication skills.
    • Previous quality auditing experience.
    • Good interpersonal skills.
    • Good Microsoft office skills.

    Remuneration and Benefits

    • The salary will be paid in Grade 2, 37 Points of MRC Unit The Gambia’s payscale at a net monthly salary of 85, 240 Dalasi. This converts to a net pay of $2029 approximately per month using the prevailing Dalasi/USD exchange rate.
    • 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.

    Note: The salary will be paid in Dalasi and that the USD figure quoted is only given as a guide.

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    Head of Clinical Services

     

    Job Description

    • The Clinical Services Department comprises a busy 42-bed ward, outpatients’ department, Gate (triage) clinic, X-ray department and is supported by routine clinical, diagnostic laboratories.
    • The CSD also has an endoscopy unit and trained endoscopy nurses, providing the opportunity for a suitably qualified applicant to complete regular endoscopsy and/or bronchoscopy lists.
    • There are also plans to set up a peritoneal dialysis facility together with colleagues at the University Teaching Hospital. Approximately 50,000 new patients are seen at the MRCG’s clinical facilities each year, including Gambians, nationals of countries in the sub-region.
    • The out-patient department has a number of specialist clinics for children and young adults with cardiac, renal and liver disease.
    • We seek to appoint a consultant paediatrician or physician to the role of Head of Clinical Services.  Based at MRCG’s main site at Fajara, the post holder will lead all clinical areas, make a significant contribution to the implementation of the Unit’s research plans, and oversee clinical activities at the field sites in Keneba and Basse.

    Essential Requirements

    • MRCP/MRCPCH/ FWACP, or equivalent.
    • Significant postgraduate experience.
    • Good publication record in peer reviewed journals.
    • Experience of training and supervising clinical, research and other staff.
    • Experience of clinical trials
    • Excellent written and spoken English
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Ability to work cooperatively in a team.
    • Excellent organisational and managerial skills.
    • Ability to work cooperatively with key stakeholders including The Gambia Government.

    Desirables:

    • Diploma in Tropical Medicine.
    • Experience of working in developing countries.
    • Specialist expertise/experience in either cardiology, renal or gastroenterology/hepatology would be an advantage .
    • Success at attracting research funding.

    Remuneration

    • The salary will be paid in Grade 1, 40 Points of MRC Unit The Gambia’s pay scale at a net monthly salary of 147 389 Dalasi. This converts to a net pay of $3, 509 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.
    • We cannot accept applications from individuals who are currently, or in the last six months, employed by The Gambia Government.
    • The appointment is up to 31st March 2021 and extendable by mutual agreement.

    Method of Application

    Applicants should contact the Human Resources Office for an "Application form" and a "Copy of the Job Description" by emailing via: hr@mrc.gm Completed application forms together with photocopies of qualifications should be returned to:

    Human Resources Office:
    Vacancy for: Quality Manager,
    MRC Unit The Gambia,
    P.O. Box 273,
    Banjul,
    The Gambia.

    E-mail: hr@mrc.gm Website: www.mrc.gm
    Telephone: 00220 4495442/6

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