BACKGROUND

ICAP at Columbia University, through funding by the U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), is supporting the scale-up of HIV recent infection surveillance using a new HIV-1 rapid test for recent infection (RTRI) in Rwanda. Expanded used of the new test in routine HIV testing services offers opportunity to target prevention efforts, improve care and treatment of people living with HIV, and accelerate epidemic control. ICAP, a global health leader situated within the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, seeks highly qualified candidates to serve as an Evaluation Study Coordinator in Rwanda.

Reporting to the ICAP Senior Projects Coordinator, the Evaluation Study Coordinator will serve as the main point of contact in country for project management and coordination of the headquarters-led evaluation to: 1) assess the impact of HIV-1 Recency testing on HIV positive yield of index testing and 2) the risk (including intimate partner violence and changes in health-related quality of life) associated with Recency testing and returning testing results. The Evaluation Study Coordinator will provide day-to-day management of operational and technical activities to ensure the completion of evaluation study activities in a timely manner within the budget and scope of the study and to summarize progress. The Evaluation Study Coordinator will liaise regularly with the headquarters-based Evaluation Officer and, as needed, other members of the headquarters and regionally based teams who are implementing the evaluation.

Responsibilities:

In collaboration with the Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and ICAP:

  • Oversee full administration of the evaluation study
  • Provide oversight and monitoring of the operational and technical activities being conducted by the evaluation project team, partners, health agencies, and health facilities
  • Direct all activities, outputs, and outcomes related to project management and administration, including reporting, execution of study protocol, and evaluation performance monitoring at center and site level
  • Troubleshoot to prevent and resolve potential problems and review outputs for quality control. Coordinate follow-up efforts to address issues.
  • Perform supervisory visits to monitor and evaluate site-level progress. Track and document priority issues for follow-up.
  • Represent the project as assigned by the supervisor on matters pertaining to the execution of program-related activities with governmental partners, CDC, and other partners
  • Mentor and train research assistants on the operational and technical procedures required to support implementation of the evaluation study. Build capacity of study staff to support site-level activities.
  • Serve as a liaison between CDC, ICAP, and RBC to ensure communications flow smoothly around evaluation study
  • Present progress, achievements, and lessons learned to key stakeholders, including CDC, and governmental partners
  • Support dissemination of evaluation findings on the impact of recency testing HIV positive yield of index testing and the risk of harm resulting from returning testing results.

Education:

Advanced degree in epidemiology, demography, public health, or related health, medical, or social science discipline; master’s degree at minimum, doctoral-level degree preferable.

Experience, Skills, and Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • At least six (6) years of experience in private, public, and/or non-profit sectors in coordinating multiple clinical research and/or public health evaluations, studies, and/or projects, with proven capacity in building and managing a diverse team of technical and support staff.
  • Demonstrated experience working with data collected as part of routine health service delivery, and/or HIV/AIDS programs
  • Ability to coordinate a team of research assistants with varied background (epidemiologists, nurses, laboratory specialists, health care service providers, etc.)
  • Proven experience in establishing working relationships and collaborating with USG, other bilateral and/or multilateral donor agencies, and with host-country governments.
  • Demonstrated competence working within CDC or similar regulations and procedures
  • Confident and proficient use of MS suite including Excel
  • Experience in quantitative data collection, analysis of data, and ability to present results effectively
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitating the dissemination and use of monitoring and evaluation, surveillance, and study data
  • Fluent English oral and written communication skills; ability to interact professionally in English. Basic proficiency in French or Kinyarwanda beneficial

The position is contingent upon availability of grant funding. Columbia University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, religion, creed, national and ethnic origin, age, citizenship, status as a perceived or actual victim of domestic violence, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran, or any other legally protected status.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their applications by the link:https://icapacity.icap.columbia.edu/en-us/job/493814/evaluation-study-coordinator

Application Deadline:19th February 2021.

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