We are seeking a Regulatory Manager - Africa for the Target Malaria project.
Target Malaria is a not-for-profit research consortium that aims to develop and share genetic control technologies intended to provide a durable and cost-effective tool for reducing the burden of malaria in Africa through mosquito vector population control. The developmental pathway for the technology involves the release of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes into the environment in multiple project countries through a phased approach using different mosquito strains. Each phase is anticipated to have increasingly complex regulatory demands as releases of GM insects have limited regulatory precedent for technical approaches analogous to earlier project phases, while no global precedent exits for strains anticipated for use as a health intervention. The project is subject to regulation under national frameworks for biosafety for the use of genetically modified organisms, as well as under environmental law.
The post-holder will be responsible for supporting regulatory operations across African partner institutions within the Target Malaria research consortium currently in Burkina Faso, Mali, Uganda, and Ghana. They will need to possess a strong background in regulatory affairs and government relations in order build relationships with government officials and help project partners navigate the regulatory landscape for this novel technology. A solid foundation in either technical regulation of genetically modified organisms, or environmental and social impact assessment is essential, as the post holder will be required to draft and review various technical documents, submissions and conduct formal and informal exchanges with government authorities, stakeholders and consultants. Additionally, the post holder will be responsible for support and oversight of regulatory compliance and permitting issues for project partners.
The post will be fully supported by the project global regulatory team based in the UK, and will work very closely with management teams in partner institutions in Africa to ensure that delivery of the regulatory function across legal and national jurisdictions in Africa is consistent with relevant quality and professional standards set by the global team, as well as national and international legal obligations.
You will report directly to the Global Regulatory Manager, and work closely with the Senior Project Manager, and Professor Austin Burt, Global Principal Investigator for Target Malaria.
A deep commitment to the mission of developing and sharing new, cost-effective and sustainable genetic technologies to modify mosquitoes and reduce malaria transmission is required.
In this role, you will be responsible for the following key areas:
- Manage the delivery of core regulatory activities to established timelines and expected project standards across Target Malaria research consortium partners in Africa through a close working relationship with the global regulatory and project management teams.
- Build and maintain professional working relationships with relevant national regulatory bodies, principally the National Competent Authorities for Biosafety and the Environment in partner countries, as well and regional standard setting bodies in Africa principally in the areas of Biosafety, Vector Control, and the Environment. Some interactions with Health agencies are also anticipated.
- Interpret current and emerging national legislative and administrative requirements, standards or guidance documents for project activities, and maintain a knowledge base for target regions or countries in Africa.
- Support African partner institutions through implementation of policies, procedures, templates and tools for managing regulatory submissions and to ensure legal compliance for planned and ongoing project activities.
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This post is fixed term to 31 January 2024.
Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Geoff Turner, Global Regulatory Manager, email@example.com.
Closing Date: 2nd November 2020 (midnight GMT +1hr)
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