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The Research Coordinator oversees the coordination, management, and conduct of the operational research portfolio of the Trachoma Control Program (TCP). Research may focus on antibiotic distribution, surgical services, and water and hygiene provision among other domains. Research projects occur within and across the four (4) countries supported by the Trachoma Control Program (Ethiopia, Niger, South Sudan, and Sudan). Serving as study coordinator, the Research Coordinator implements studies with safe and ethical considerations in strict adherence to the approved protocol, direction from the TCP Epidemiologist, data safety and monitoring committee recommendations, and technical colleague's guidance. The position reports directly to the TCP Epidemiologist and works closely with Principal Investigators to support and provide guidance on the administration of the compliance, procurement, financial, personnel, and other related aspects of the research portfolio.
FORMAL JOB DESCRIPTION:
- Responsible for managing complex research projects, including the day-to-day activities of ongoing studies.
- Using advanced knowledge of research methodology and techniques, assists in the planning and development of study instruments, guidelines, procedures, and timelines to collect required data.
- Drafts and may edit text for study protocols and ethical review documents.
- Cleans and analyzes incoming data, identifies data discrepancies, and researches and identifies causes; follows up with field teams and supervisors to resolve issues.
- Develops reports to assess or monitor study performance and results.
- Oversees overall study budget, and coordinates various procurement needs for studies.
- Develops and facilitates training for study field teams and supervisors.
- Actively contributes to the development of research protocols.
- Determines how research methodologies or tools must be modified.
- Coordinates electronic data collection tools and provides support while being used in the field.
- May design and develop databases related to specific programs at the request of supervisor and/or Principal Investigator.
- Coordinates and conducts special meetings and presentations.
- Collaborates on reports and papers. Assists in the preparation of tables and graphs for publication and presentation.
- Advises and provides leadership and guidance to staff on study implementation.
- Manages ethical review process including timely submission of required reports, applicable certifications for study staff, and adherence to all IRB policies and procedures.
- Ensures that study data and systems are maintained and accurately documented.
- Ensures compliance with all organizational policies and procedures. Coordinates efficient procedures in support of department activities.
- Maintains professional growth and development of self by identifying educational/training programs, professional organizations, activities, and resources to maintain knowledge of national trends and to promote leading-edge expertise.
- Performs related responsibilities as required.
- A master's degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Sociology, Psychology, or related discipline and two years of professional level research experience, OR an equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Proven experience in epidemiology and study designs.
- An analytical mindset with problem-solving skills.
- Excellent communication and collaboration skills, as well as an understanding of data administration and management functions (collection, analysis, distribution, etc.).
- Proficient in MS Office (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, etc.).
- Experience living and working in Africa.
- Experience with STATA, SAS, R, and other analysis software, as well as experience with ArcGIS is preferred.
Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer.
NOTE: This role will be granted the opportunity to work from home regularly but must be able to commute to The Carter Center on a flexible weekly schedule based upon business needs. Schedule is based on agreed upon guidelines. The Carter Center reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.