Clinical Research Assistant I– COVID-19 Prevention Network
FHI 360 (FHI 360)
Location: Durham (United States)
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Job Description

Job Summary:

The Research Assistant is a member of the COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN) Leadership and Operations Center (LOC) team and works and assists with implementation and maintenance of clinical trials and other research-related activities. Maintains, updates, and may establish various databases for tracking research studies. Maintains research files and files study documents in an electronic database. Responsible for ordering and shipping of supplies. Coordinates, reviews and develops study related documents and assists with clinical research site communication, and implementation of study components based on standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Staff within the Science Facilitation Department of FHI 360 serve as the LOC for the US National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored CoVPN. The LOC is responsible for contributing to and supporting the development, implementation and reporting of a subset of CoVPN clinical trials and for providing coordination, communications, and support to the CoVPN leadership. The LOC is also responsible for arranging and supporting meetings and communications, and for providing logistical and administrative support to the CoVPN, as needed.

Staff from the LOC work closely with CoVPN staff from the statistical and data management support center(s), laboratory support center(s), NIH, pharmaceutical partners, study teams, clinical research sites and their community programs on various aspects of the CoVPN scientific research agenda.


  • Coordinates, tracks and edits assigned study-related documents
  • including protocols, procedures manuals, reports, and publications.
  • Conducts document reviews to ensure quality and compliance standards
  • Uploads files into an electronic database.
  • Assists with development of study site training materials and presentations
  • Maintains central files, dossiers for IRB reviews.
  • Communicates with clinical research site staff to ensure information is received and to track completion of study milestones.
  • Performs administrative duties including setting up conference calls, preparing conference call and meeting summaries, ordering supplies, and assisting with meetings and travel plans.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Works on assignments that are varied in scope that require analysis or interpretation of the situation.
  • Exercises good judgment within established procedures and practices to solve problems.
  • Decisions may affect a work unit or area within a department.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Has no supervisory responsibility.
  • Follows established procedures on routine work, receives instruction on new assignments.
  • Typically reports to a Manager.


  • Associate degree or its International Equivalent - Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences or Related Field.
  • MPH or equivalent strongly preferred.


  • Typically requires 0-2 years of clinical trial or public health research experience; 1+ year of clinical trials or public health research experience strongly preferred.
  • Articulate, professional and able to communicate in a clear, positive manner with clients and staff.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English; fluent in host country language as appropriate.
  • Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization.

Travel Requirements:

  • 10%-25%

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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About FHI 360

FHI 360 is an international nonprofit working to improve the health and well-being of people in the United States and around the world.

We partner with governments, the private sector and civil society to bring about positive social change and to provide lifesaving health care, quality education and opportunities for meaningful economic participation. We do this by using research and evidence to design and deliver innovative programs that change behaviors, increase access to services and improve lives. 

Our staff of more than 4,000 professionals work in more than 60 countries. Their diverse technical expertise and deep understanding of local conditions provide a 360-degree perspective that allows us to develop customized responses to the toughest human development challenges.