Medical Officer Job at MRC/ UVRI


Medical Officer Job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2023 - 2024

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: April 19 2024

Hiring Organization: MRC/ UVRI

Job Details:

The Unit is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with dominant research themes in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases and cancer. Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies, the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and worldwide. Following the signing of strategic transfer agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018.
The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health issues in Africa and throughout the world. The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts. The Unit is now seeking enthusiastic and experienced individuals to fill the following position:
Medical Officer – (01 Position)
Position Code: MO -424
Reports to: Head of Research Governance
Station: Entebbe
Job Purpose
The position holder will be responsible for developing and implementing clinical components of protocols and study tools, recruiting, clinically evaluating, and providing quality medical services to study participants as well as participate in analyzing and writing up clinical aspects of research studies, contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge.

Roles & Responsibilities
Principal duties
1. Protocol Development & Review:
• Participates in protocol development, reviews and comprehends the protocol and other study materials;
• Attends investigator meetings; and
• Develops clinical standard operating procedures and clinical report forms;
2. Community engagement and sensitization:
• Obtains informed consent, screens for study eligibility, enrols and follows up study participants;
• To screen individuals for possible inclusion in the study;
• To enrol eligible participants;
• To provide follow-up assessment and care to the enrolled participants; and ,
• To conduct home visits and visit hospital in-patients as required.
3. Clinical care:
• To carry out the clinical evaluation of participants and provide care as appropriate;
• To manage medical emergencies among study participants; and,
• To ensure appropriate referral as necessary.
4. Data collection and management:
• Participate in designing of Case Report Forms (CRFs);
• Collection of reliable and credible data as required by the protocol;
• Complete source documents and CRFs;
• Data entry and resolution of queries;
• Ensures completeness of CRFs submitted; and,
• Takes a lead role in cleaning of clinical data.
5. Prescription of Investigational Product (IP):
• To prescribe and where appropriate administer IP or request for study procedures for study Participants; and,
• To monitor study participants for efficacy and/or safety of the investigational product.
6. Administrative:
• To provide co-supervision of other team members such as field workers, nurses/counsellors and clinical officers during the day-to-day conduct of their work:
• Provide CME support to other staff as may be required; and,
• To order, monitor and ensure clinical and other supplies needed for study conduct are always adequate through appropriate projection of medical needs.
7. Intellectual:
• Contributes input into the design of the study;
• Participate in the analysis, write-up and presentation of the clinical results;
• To contribute to research and writing of scientific papers as required; and,
• Presentation and attending MUL science seminars and scientific conferences
8. PI designee duties:
• To identify, complete forms and report adverse events as appropriate;
• To identify, complete forms and report serious adverse events in a timely manner as appropriate ;
• To prepare study progress reports in liaison with the study coordinator and data manager;
• To apply and communicate with ethics and regulatory authorities; and,
• Perform any other duties assigned by the principal Investigator or supervisor.

Person Specification
• Basic medical degree; MBChB or its equivalent;
• Training in basic data analysis, Paper writing, GCP, Clinical Research, and Evidence based Medicine;
• Postgraduate training in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field;
• Other relevant training e.g. short courses in epidemiology and biostatistics, management of specific conditions;
• Should possess Two (2) years clinical care experience, Registered with the Uganda Medical and Dental Practitioners’ Council (UMDPC).;
• Experience with care of paediatrics in a Clinical research setting;
• Experience working with the EMaBS clinic;
• Should possess Medical knowledge with ability to diagnose and treat common acute and chronic illnesses;
• Should possess Knowledge of preventive health-care interventions including for HIV/AIDS;
• Should possess understanding of ICH/GCP guidelines for human research;
• Should be Computer Competency including proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
• Excellent good writing and communication skills;
• Analytical Thinking and Conceptual Thinking skill;
• Emotional Resourcefulness and Proactivity; and,
• Personal Integrity, Reliability, and Independence.

Application procedure

Follow the link below to fill a form and submit your application documentation: 
Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity while filling the form is required and will be considered during shortlisting.
Combine all your application documentation i.e. cover letter, CV & certified copies of academic documents into one PDF document. Deadline for application is 19th April 2024, 5:00pm. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. This position is open to Ugandan nationals only. Strictly follow the application procedure as failure to do so will lead to automatic disqualification. Only online applications through the link provided will be accepted. You will receive a notification in your email if your application and documentation have been successfully received.
N.B: You will be required to present certified copies of your academic documentation before employment.
The applications should be addressed to:
The Head of Human Resources,
MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit,
P.O. Box, 49, Entebbe,Uganda.
Consider your application unsuccessful if not contacted within eight (8) weeks after the closing date of the advert. Any form of lobbying at any stage will lead to automatic disqualification. By submitting your personal information, you consent to the MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit holding and using it in accordance with its recruitment policy and procedure. The Unit reserves the right to verify documents attached with the relevant awarding institutions to authenticate their validity.

Date Posted: 2023-04-14




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