MRC/UVRI Program Monitor Jobs in Uganda

MRC/UVRI Program Monitor Jobs in Uganda

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 an enthusiastic and experienced individual to fill the following position:

Program Monitor (01 Position)

Position Code: PM1119

Reports to: Head of Research Compliance and Quality Assurance

Duty station: Entebbe

Contract Duration: 1 Year

Job Purpose:

The Program Monitor will support the research projects under Non-Communicable Disease
Theme to verify that; the rights and well -being of human subjects are protected, the reported
trial data are accurate, complete and verifiable from source documents; and that the conduct
of the trial is in compliance with the currently approved protocol/amendments/Standard
Operating Procedures, with Good Clinical Practice guidelines, and with applicable regulatory
requirements at local and internal levels.

The Monitor will be required to familiarize themselves with the research protocols, informed
consents, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Clinical Practice and the applicable
regulatory requirements.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Assures adherence to all regulatory requirements by the local Ethics Committee,
    Uganda National Council of Science and Technology (UNCST) and any other Regulatory
    committees on record.
  • Ensures that written procedures are followed and evaluates quality systems, processes,
    procedures, and protocols for compliance.
  • Participates in developing SOP’s, guidance documents or other tools/templates
    pertinent to monitoring activities.
  • Schedules and coordinates the activities for monitoring both by internal and external
  • Conduct the monitoring reviews of the trials including issuing data
    clarification queries as necessary.
  • Writes monitoring reports and communicates monitoring results to Principal
    Investigators and study team.
  • Manages post-monitoring activities and follow-up on any necessary corrective
    and preventive actions.
  • Collaborates with PIs and staff to identify and implement ways to improve
    monitoring practices, procedures, and workflows.
  • Work with PIs and project coordinators on training in Clinical Research Compliance and
    data management during site initiation visits and based on topics/gaps noted from
    monitor visits.
  • Lead the preparation and maintenance of the investigator site file and trial master file.
  • Should liaise with the PIs/Designee to develop and track studies for expiry and work
    with the study team to ensure that continuous approval is sought prior to study expiry
  • Should ensure that adverse events
    and protocol deviation are appropriately
    documented and submitted within the timelines set by the ethics and regulatory bodies.
  • Act as a point of contact for external monitors. S/he will notify and prepare site research
    teams on upcoming external monitoring visits/audits.
  • Oversee the maintenance and tracking of research-staff CVs, GCP, HSP, SOP and
    protocol-specific trainings; and applicable practicing licenses as per local, international
    and sponsor requirements/ regulation.
  • Ensuring that the operating licenses for the Unit Labs, Pharmacy and Clinics are up-to date.
  • Maintain an inventory of all regulatory documents.

    Person Specification

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, Public Health, Health Service Management or related field.
  • Possession of a masters in a health related field is an added advantage.
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in a research institution.
  • Must have training in Good Clinical Practice or Good Clinical Laboratory Practice.
  • Should be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of local and international
    research guidelines.
  • Should be able to demonstrate ability to provide technical review of data or reports that
    will be incorporated into regulatory submissions to assure scientific accuracy and clarity.
  • Previous experience of implementing research study protocols.
  • Knowledgeable in use of Microsoft Office packages.
  • Organisation and management & communication skills (written and verbal) with ability to
    communicate throughout all levels of the organisation.
  • Ability to work independently under pressure while meeting tight deadline.



  • Personal Integrity
  • Emotional Resourcefulness
  • Ability to Learn
  • Forward Thinking
  • Reliability
  • Openness to Others

    Job Specific:

  • Independence
  • Results Orientation
  • Thoroughness
  • Concern for Excellence
  • Flexible and dependable
  • Service Orientation
  • Development Orientation

    How to Apply

    Fill an online form accordingly by following the link below and there after submit your
    application documents to the e-mail below:
    Program Monitor:
    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.

    Please email your application to Applications should include
    academic documents, a cover letter, CV, daytime telephone contact and three traceable
    professional references.

    Combine all application documentation into one PDF
    document. Deadline is 15th November 2019, 5:00pm.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview. The Unit reserves the right to
    verify documents attached with the relevant awarding institutions to authenticate their
    validity. This position is open to Ugandan nationals only.

    NB: Please quote the following position code in the subject line of the email:
  • Program Monitor: PM1119
    Strictly follow the application procedure as failure to do so will lead to automatic
    disqualification of your application.
    The applications should be addressed to:
    The Human Resource and Administration Manager
    MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit
    P.O.Box, 49
    Entebbe, Uganda
  • Consider your application unsuccessful if not contacted within six (6) weeks after the closing date
    of the advert and any form of lobbying at any stage will lead to automatic disqualification.
    MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda research Unit is an equal opportunity employer committed to having a
    diverse work force and does not ask for money at any stage of recruitment.

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