Research Assistant - IMPAACT
FHI 360 (FHI 360)
Location: Durham (United States)
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Job Description

Job Summary:

Staff within the Science Facilitation Department of FHI 360 serve as the Operation Center for the US National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT) Network. The Operations Center is responsible for contributing to and supporting the development, implementation and reporting of all IMPAACT clinical trials and for providing a central point of coordination, communications, and support to the IMPAACT Leadership Group and all network committees, protocol teams, and working groups. The Operations Center is also responsible for arranging and supporting all network meetings; for the governance of the network and communications; and for providing logistical and administrative support for the IMPAACT leadership and other committees.

Operations Center staff work closely with the IMPAACT leadership, staff from the Statistical and Data Management Center (SDMC), Laboratory Center (LC), Clinical Research Sites (CRSs), Division of AIDS (DAIDS) within NIAID, network committees, study teams, clinical research sites and their community programs on all aspects of the IMPAACT scientific research agenda.

The Research Assistant is a member of the IMPAACT Operations Center team 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 responsible for ordering and shipping of supplies in coordination with all phases of the studies. Coordinates, reviews and develops study related documents and assists with data management, site communication, and implementation of study components based on standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Accountabilities:

  • Coordinates, develops, reviews, tracks and revises assigned study-related documents including protocols, SOPs, monitoring plans, analysis plans, reports, and publications.
  • Conducts document reviews to ensure quality and compliance standards.
  • Assists with development of study site training materials and presentations; prepares conference call summaries.
  • Develops and maintains central files, dossiers for IRB reviews, and sets up conference calls.
  • Communicates with clinical research site staff to ensure updates and the successful completion of study goals.
  • Performs administrative duties; assists 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.

Education:

  • Associate’s Degree or its International Equivalent • Knowledge/Information Services, Communications, Education, Health, Behavioral, Life/Social Sciences International Development, Human Development or Related Field.
  • MPH or equivalent strongly preferred

Experience:

  • 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.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift 5-50 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, telephone, printer, calculator, copier, cell phones, etc.

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.