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The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) is the worlds largest publicly funded multi-disciplinary international collaboration facilitating the development of vaccines to prevent HIV/AIDS. Most recently, the COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) was formed by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the US National Institutes of Health to respond to the global pandemic. Using the infectious disease expertise of their existing research networks and global partners, NIAID has directed the HVTN to utilize their experience and expertise to address the pressing need for vaccines and antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The mission of CoVPN is to conduct Phase 3 Efficacy Trials to prevent infection and COVID-19 disease. CoVPN will work to develop and conduct studies to ensure rapid and thorough evaluation of United States government-sponsored COVID-19 vaccines and antibodies for the prevention of COVID-19 disease.
The Regional Medical Liaison plays a key role in providing clinical support for clinical research sites (CRSs) implementing vaccine & prevention trials of the HVTN/CoVPN in Southern Africa. The position is based in Southern Africa and is part of the Clinical Development Unit, Leadership Operations Center (LOC) of the HVTN/CoVPN and reports to the Programme Lead/Protocol Team Lead. The Regional Medical Liaison is a resource for CRS staff and other LOC staff based in Southern Africa and is a liaison between Southern Africa-based clinical CRS staff, Seattle-based Clinical Safety Specialists and Clinical Trials Physicians, and Network Leadership. The main responsibilities of the position are to be involved in the safety monitoring of trials being conducted in the region.
Project Management, coordination, support and implementation (20%)
Provide on-call coverage of HVTN 24/7 Safety Phone
As needed and working in close collaboration with other Network staff, participate in teams that support the development and implementation of trial sites and clinical trials in Southern Africa; this may include contributing to the design of clinical monitoring plans
Other duties and assignments as requested for the overall performance of the department and company
Serve as the primary contact for medical related queries
Conduct active monitoring and review of safety data from all phases of vaccine clinical trials; this may include serving on the Protocol Safety Review Teams (PSRTs) for clinical trials
Help ensure completeness, accuracy, and safety compliance of clinical data provided by CRSs, including querying sites for clarification and updates as needed during the conduct of the trial
Provide ongoing consultation on protocol clinical safety issues to protocol teams and to CRS and Network staff
Contribute to the preparation, review, and distribution of safety reports for the PSRT
Contribute to the preparation of reports for the Safety Monitoring Board (SMB) and Data & Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) if applicable
Clinical Research Support, quality assurance, protocol adherence (20%)
Provide training to CRSs and respond to CRS queries on clinical matters related to the Network's vaccine trials, including but not limited to clinical data collection, and optimal assessment, management, and reporting of adverse events
Contribute to the development of clinical case report forms (CRFs), Study-specific Procedure documents (SSPs), and other protocol documents
As needed and working in close collaboration with other Network staff, participate in teams that support the development and implementation of the Network's trial sites and clinical trials in Southern Africa; this may include contributing to the design of clinical monitoring plans
Other duties as assigned (10%)
EDUCATION, CERTIFICATION, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE NEEDED
A medical doctor (MBChB, MBBS, MD or equivalent degree) with clinical experience in Southern Africa is strongly preferred
Postgraduate education in public health or clinical research or administration
Preference will be given to those applicants with experience in public health or a research field and to those with data management experience in international research
Candidate should possess familiarity with clinical trials safety data collection practices, clinical data and adverse event reporting, and regulatory requirements
COMPETENCIES / JOB SPECIFICATIONS REQUIRED TO DO THE JOB
Meticulous attention to detail
Good numeracy, literacy and organizational skills
Ability to follow lab protocols and Standard Operating Procedures
Clinical Research Expertise
Good communication skills and an interest in learning
Good interpersonal and time management skills and ability to work in a team
Willingness to be flexible in working hours, including working evenings and weekends as needed
Should demonstrate the ability to identify, communicate, and follow up on clinical trialconduct and clinical data issues with study sites and research collaborators
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At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, teams of world-renowned scientists and humanitarians work together to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Researchers are discovering new ways to detect cancers earlier, improve treatments, and learn how to prevent cancers from growing. Although Fred Hutchinson opened its doors in 1975, its history began about 20 years before that. In 1962 Fred Hutchinson envisioned a center devoted to studying cancer, a disease that took his brother’s life. Today Fred Hutchinson is contributing to the next waves of breakthrough treatments and prevention strategies. Fred Hutchinson collaborates with the Seattle Cancer Alliance, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Washington.