Malaria remains a public health problem across the developing world. After achieving remarkable advances from 2000 to 2015, the global fight against malaria has stalled. The World Malaria Report 2018 estimates an increase to 219 million cases in 2017 compared to 216 million in 2016. We are currently not on track to achieve the goals proposed by WHO in the Global Technical Strategy for Malaria 2016-2030 (GTS).
Vector control, our most effective prevention strategy, is now doubly threatened by residual transmission and insecticide resistance. New tools are needed to control residual transmission, one of the key liabilities of vector control today.
Ivermectin is an endectocide, a drug with excellent safety profile that can kill ecto- and endo-parasites, as well as mosquitoes fed on treated humans or animals. Mass drug administration (MDA) of ivermectin to humans and/or livestock holds the potential to complement the malaria toolbox by tackling residual transmission and help overcoming insecticide resistance.
BOHEMIA is a Unitaid funded, 4-year project that combines evidence generation and stakeholder engagement to create an enabling environment for ivermectin as a first-in-class endectocide for malaria prevention. This will be achieved by generating evidence to support a WHO policy recommendation, briefing and engagement of country and regional leaders and civil society in order to forge country ownership and create demand, as well as ensuring supply of quality product by enabling manufacturer engagement as suppliers of quality, high volume/low cost product sufficient for malaria indication.
Evidence generation will consist of two independently powered cluster-randomized clinical trials in Tanzania and Mozambique with analysis of impact on infection incidence, as well as supporting entomological outcomes.
ISGlobal – Barcelona Institute for Global Health is a research center in international health whose ultimate goal is to help close the gaps in health disparities between and within different regions of the world. For this, we leverage on knowledge generation (research), transmission (training) and application (policy and global development). ISGlobal is a WHO Collaborative Center for Malaria Elimination and Eradication.
ISGlobal is looking for an experienced Project Manager for the BOHEMIA project.
Job title: Project Manager (CTM)
Reports to: BOHEMIA Principal Investigator (PI) / Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)
I. Primary Responsibilities
The Project Manager will provide coordination of a cross-functional team in the execution of the project. This position is responsible for overseeing project execution and achievement of project objectives in accordance with pre-defined processes, agreed timelines, resources and quality standards. The PM serves as the primary liaison between the internal bodies and external collaborators, supervises staff of the project team and manages task delegation.
II. Specific Responsibilities
1. Project planning
- Ensuring the Milestones and timelines are defined and approved
- Ensuring the timely and formal project reporting with full and accurate information as determined by the funder´s requirements
- Developing or supporting development of project description and budget
- Developing or supporting development of project governance structures
- Developing or supporting development of contractual agreements
- Ensuring project acceptance by the applicable internal and/or external committees (e.g. Ethics Committees, Scientific Boards, etc.)
- Generating specific documents needed such as Project Management plan, Project Management metrics. Overseeing and contributing to the development of study specific tools and templates in accordance with the study requirements
- Manage development of contractual agreements
- Participating in vendor selection, negotiation and management, including monitoring of associated budgets and contracts
2. Project execution & monitoring
- Ensuring that project activities are implemented according to project objectives and timelines
- Monitoring the project progress and ensure timely decision making
- Monitoring the adherence to the applicable SOPs and guidelines, legal frameworks, written procedures and agreements with the funders/sponsor
- Ensuring a proper filing (hard copies or electronic documentation) of all project related documents
a. Team and line management
- Organizing team meetings and training, if applicable
- Participate in recruitment, training and supervision of project staff (as applicable)
- Delegating specific tasks and responsibilities to the project staff and external support
- Liaising with external subcontracted services, manage development of relevant agreements/contracts for the services to be provided, as well as ensuring management of these contractors according to the project requirements
- Provide input into team members performance evaluation
b. Communications, partnerships and reporting
- Reporting on project to funding bodies and the Principal Investigator
- Ensuring timely reporting and appropriate dissemination internally and to stakeholders and project partners
- Serving as focal point for internal and external communication, maintaining contacts with funders, stakeholders, providers, etc.
- Organizing and documenting regular project meetings (teleconferences and face-to-face), including developing agenda, minutes and action items
- Coordinating with communication department and ensure communication and dissemination at technical level
- Participating in publications and oral presentations
- Driving internal synergies with other projects within the institution
c. Budget accountability and invoicing
- Work tightly with financial manager to oversee budget management and procurement
- Advising the Principal Investigator on spending such that resources are available for project activities
- Identifying critical issues and budget needs
- Assuring appropriate and timely allocation of resources necessary to achieve objectives
- Developing or supporting development of financial reports, with special attention on financial justification of activities done
3. Project closing & evaluation
- Coordinate study closeout activities in accordance with the project management plan, protocol and relevant ISGlobal SOPs
- Manage closing of each contract applicable to the project or project phase
- Ensuring the financial closing of the project budget and account, if applicable
- Enabling the formal acceptance of the project by presenting timely and accurate final reports and agreed deliverables
- Track submission of the Clinical Study Report to the regulatory Author
- Documenting lessons learned
- Collaborating with the dissemination of results and outcomes
- University degree (equal to 4 years of college) or equivalent.
- Excellent command of English is required. At least basic Spanish. Portuguese is an asset.
- Excellent computer skills. Experience working with project management tools.
- Experience in managing.
- Understanding of regulatory requirements that may impact global clinical studies
- Knowledge of GCP, ICH guidelines and regulatory requirements for clinical trial management
- Strong organizational skills to cope with multi-tasking daily work, used to work in a goal-oriented approach, and attentive to details
- Stress tolerance and a strong team play with the ability to work independently without supervision
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills, ability to handle troublesome situations and think ahead with a decisive attitude
- Good people management skills and strong communicator with the ability to set clear performance-oriented objectives and to use persuasive strategies
- Ability to lead and to encourage a team, to anticipate and to refocus if necessary
- Strong presentation skills
- Objective, upright and diplomatic approach towards internal and external customers, with the ability to negotiate and set fair agreements
- Ability to adapt to changing situations focusing on the needs, goals and priorities of the organization
- Willingness to travel internationally for up to 4 weeks a year
Compensation for this position will be based on the applicant’s experience and qualifications. This position starts immediately. Applications will be accepted until 15 April 2019.
Please send a CV and a cover letter referring to “BOHEMIA Project Manager” to firstname.lastname@example.org
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