East African Community Jobs in Arusha - EAHRC: Principal Ethics, Regulatory Affairs, and Research Environments Officer Vacancies

East African Community Jobs in Arusha - EAHRC: Principal Ethics, Regulatory Affairs, and Research Environments Officer Vacancies

Position Summary:

  • This position is responsible for collaboration and coordination in health research ethics and regulatory affairs.

  • Specifically, it is responsible for designing, strategizing and implementing interventions for regional harmonization of health research ethics and regulatory guidelines; and for mutual recognition of ethics and regulatory bodies of the EAC Partner Sates.

  • The position is meant to oversee the quality assurance of health research in the region.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

  • The Principal Health Officer Ethics, Regulatory Affairs and Research Environment will deliver the following duties and responsibilities in a manner that is consistent and cognizant of the EAHRC philosophy:

  • Liaise with the management of the EAHRC
    Work under the supervision of the Deputy Executive Secretary (Research) to provide technical expertise on Ethics, Regulatory Affairs and Research Environment

  • Set up harmonisation of health research ethics and regulatory guidelines

  • Facilitate establishment of mutual recognition of ethics and regulatory bodies of the partner states

  • Assist in development of the partnership with ethics and regulatory authorities within the Partner States

  • Facilitate carrying out audit of research projects

  • Research protocols and proposals

  • Coordinate strengthening of ethics review framework and regulatory capacity

  • Facilitate joint ethics clearance of research protocol and proposals in the region.

  • Help member institutions identify and implement good practices in the conduct of research.

  • Assume the EAC liaison role with national, regional and international health institutions and other collaborating organisations.

  • Develop quality control and quality assurance processes.

  • Provide regulatory guidelines and standardization of research protocols and proposals.

  • Assist in establishment of quality assurance in health research in partnership with the national regulatory authorities.

  • Address common intellectual property rights issues of relevance to health in the Partner States.

  • Use resources availed by the Partner States to implement the Commission's functions

  • Facilitate assessment of the extent of informed community involvement in health research

  • Put in place strategy for joint clearance of research protocols and proposals

  • Coordinate assessment of research quality assurance procedures of international standards and quality assurance of health research in the region.

  • Organize, Coordinate and follow up the work of the work of the Ethics, regulatory Affairs and research Environment experts Working Group

  • Facilitate promotion of intellectual property rights, patency, copyright

  • Prepare progress reports and follow up on the implementation of Commission, Sectoral Council on Health and Council decisions by the department;

  • Promote a positive corporate culture and image of the Commission.

  • Perform any other relevant duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Deputy Executive Secretary (Research) from time to

    Minimum Job Requirements:

    Academic Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Health Sciences ;

  • A post graduate qualification in ethics review capacity strengthening and /or in monitoring clinical trials an added advantage

  • Relevant working experience of at least ten (10) years in health research or related fields with five (5) of which must at senior level.

  • Must have published at least two (2) articles in international peer review journals, with at least one (1) article as the first or lead author

    Skills and competencies:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of and competency in ethics review frameworks ;

  • Knowledge and Experience in research ethics review processes.

  • Ability to develop integrated results oriented annual work plans and other organization-wide activities (setting objectives, developing strategies, budgeting, developing policies and procedures, and organizing the functions necessary to accomplish the activities);

  • Should have extensive and demonstrable knowledge of ethics review frameworks

  • Proficiency in computer office applications
    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
    Should be fluent in the English language;

  • Working knowledge of French and or Kiswahili will be an added advantage;

  • Excellent communication and report writing skills;

  • Ability to work as a team leader and to motivate others;

  • Ability to work under pressure and to deliver on the set deadlines

    Eligibility for applications:

  • Only applicants from the Republics of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and South Sudan are eligible to apply for the above position.

    Terms and Conditions of Service:

  • The above position is tenable for a contract of five (5) years none-renewable.

  • This position is subject to the application of the Quota System .

    Fringe Benefits:

  • The established posts offer attractive fringe benefits including housing allowance, transport allowance, education allowance, a medical scheme, and insurance cover.

    Education Qualifications:

  • All candidates applying must have qualifications that are recognized by the relevant national accreditation body in their respective Partner State. This condition is applicable for locally and internationally attained qualifications.

  • All professions that require registration with the specific professional bodies will be expected to do so in compliance with the requirements of their respective Partner States.

    Relevant Working Experience:

  • Internship, training and apprenticeship will not be considered as relevant work experience.

    Equal Opportunity:

  • The EAC is an equal opportunity employer; therefore, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

  • EAC will only respond to those candidates who strictly meet the set requirements.

    How to Apply:

  • Interested candidates who meet the qualification and experience requirements for the above mentioned position are advised to :

    The Secretary General

    East African Community

    P. o Box 1096

    Arusha - Tanzania.

    Tel: +255 27 2162100

    Fax: +255 27 2162190

    E-mail: vacancies@eachq.org

    Website : www.eac.int

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