Nigeria- Medical Research Assistant, Acute Malnutrition-Early Warning Score (AM-EWS) Study- M/F
THE ALIMA ASSOCIATION
ALIMA’s aim since its creation in 2009 is to provide a high standard of healthcare in situations of emergency or medical disaster and to improve the practice of humanitarian medicine by developing innovative projects associated with medical research.
By joining us, you will integrate a young and dynamic organization and contribute to its associative development as well as its operational impact on the field. As Head of Mission, you will have the opportunity to manage challenging and innovative medical programs in the line of ALIMA’s values and objectives while bringing your humanitarian experience.
Since its creation, the association and its partners have successfully developed in line with the increase in humanitarian medical needs, especially in Western and Central Africa: 650,000 patients treated in 2015 including over 48,000 hospitalizations, new governance between the partners of the medical NGO platform in the Sahel, new innovative approaches and operational research projects. With operations in nine countries, 17 projects + 7 research projects, over 1,300 employees and a budget of €35 million in 2016, ALIMA is a dynamic NGO, effectively deploying medical aid for the most vulnerable.
The current methods used for detecting high risk children with severe acute malnutrition within the CMAM model Current mortality rate is high (range 5-10%). The purpose of the study is to provide evidence that objective methods for detecting high risk children can be used to optimize efficiency of Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) treatment programs and thus improve child health outcomes.
We will be collecting a set of standard health information (heart rate, breathing rate, level of anemia) from children ill with acute malnutrition admitted to the inpatient therapeutic feeding centre (ITFC) to see if we can use them all together to determine which children are at highest risk of getting sicker and would need to be more closely monitored to better care for them. Vital signs and clinical data will be collected from children admitted into the ITFC twice daily for the duration of their stay in hospital. This study is being conducted collaboratively by Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA), The Hospital for Sick Children, and The University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH).
Work environment: work takes place within the inpatient therapeutic feeding centre (ITFC) run by ALIMA in University of Maiduguri Teaching hospital
GENERAL JOB DESCRIPTION
To oversee the study implementation in an ITFC run by ALIMA in The University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) and ensure transmission of the data through secure internet-scan system to the Hospital for Sick Children. Be the focal person for the study in the ITFC, communicate with ITFC personnel and the UMTH staff pediatricians. Responsible for direct contact with the Research Fellow at Sick kids.
Location: University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State
Report to: Research Fellow Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto/Medical Referent of Muna Project, Maiduguri
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES
Facilitate identification of SAM children eligible for inclusion upon ITFC admission
Supervise study team including 4 Nurse data collectors and one data archivist).
Assure the integrity of the informed consent process
Oversee accuracy of data collection by the team
Ensure study register is accurately maintained.
Support data archivist with transmission of data through secure server
Maintain Dinamap (automatic blood pressure) and Rad-G (pulse oximeter) in working condition
Maintain regular contact with Sick kids Research Fellow with weekly meetings.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Diploma/ Certificate (or equivalent) in Epidemiology or research related studies
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
- Fluent in English
- Experience in research projects
- Experience in coordination of team
- Experience with care of children acute malnutrition
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
- Proficiency in computer/internet/scan process
- Able to maintain utmost patient confidentiality
- Good planning and organization skills
- Good communication skills
- Ability to work as a team member
- Calm, patient and able to work in busy stressful environment.
- Contract: Temporary Contract, Full time, 6 months ‘renewable.
- Starting date: ASAP
- Salary: depending on experience + per diem
- ALIMA pays
- Tavel costs between the expatriate’s country of origin and the mission location
- Accommodation costs
- Medical cover from the first day of the contract to a month after the date of departure from the mission country for the employee
- Evacuation of the employee
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please send us your CV and Cover Letter with the reference “Medical Research Assistant” in the subject line, before August 30, 2019.
N.B.: Applications are processed in the order of arrival and we reserve the right to close the offer before the term initially indicated if a good application is successful.
Only full applications (CV + Motivation Letter) will be taken into account.