Research Midwife: Neonatal Research Group

  • Full Time
  • Zimbabwe

Neonatal Research Group

Deadline: 10 April 2019

The University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences, Department of Paediatrics and Child Health has a Neonatal research group that conducts various donor funded research in the new-born babies. One of the studies is the Gestational age study whose scope is to determine the gestational age of babies using newborn metabolic profiles and maternal blood with particular focus on preterm births. The study is being funded by the Gates Foundation and being conducted in collaboration with Stanford University. The location is Harare with a full-time contract with duration 10 months to start immediately.

Job Description
The position involves carrying out research related clinical duties including patient recruitment, data collection, clinical evaluation and follow up, according to internationally recognized standards of ethical conduct of clinical research.

Purpose of the Position
To provide a direct link between the study participant and the study; To provide patient-oriented care in a professional and respectful manner; To recruit participants for the study, carry out all study related procedures including consenting, recruitment, clinical evaluations, point of care tests, and participant follow up; To collect study data from participants to ensure successful implementation of the research study.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities
To conduct screening of study participants and provide information to participants and their relatives; To recruit participants for the study, carry out all study related procedures including consenting, recruitment, clinical evaluations, heel picks, venepunctures, scanning, point of care tests, and participant follow up; To conduct Ultrasound scanning on participants; To complete case reporting forms and enter data into a database; To ensure accurate clinical data is obtained from all study sites; To ensure timely collection and delivery of specimens to the clinics; To ensure timely receipt of results for study participants; To ensure that all procedures are done in compliance with Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for clinical research; To be accessible to study participants and their families in order to address all study related concerns; Review and assess data collected and write reports; To work across studies that are ongoing under the Neonatal Research Group; To conduct any other duties in other studies in the Neonatal research group as assigned by the PIs.

The midwife should possess knowledge of medical and scientific technology, have strong interpersonal and communication skills, the capacity to analyse and interpret data and ability to maintain confidentiality.

We expect the following qualifications
Midwifery qualification i.e. at least a Diploma with certificate to practice; A basic nursing degree is an added advantage; Skills of performing ultrasound scans is an advantage; Research experience; Counselling course; Experience working with pregnant women and new-borns; Experience in research; Basic knowledge of the principles of the ethical conduct of research; Ability to work well with others and integrate into the public health care system

To apply
Only applicants who meet ALL the above criteria should apply. If you are interested and qualify, please submit your CV and cover letter (as 1 document) addressed to the Principal Investigator Neonatal Research Group or hard copies can be submitted to the Research Support Centre, University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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