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11 Nov 2022

Research Assistant x2 at Tanzanian Diabetes Association (TDA)

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Job Description

The Tanzanian Diabetes Association (TDA) is a nationally recognized leader on diabetes policy and practice, a convener of the community movement, a partner to including foundations, government, and an advocate for people at risk of or living with diabetes including type 1 diabetes.

TDA in partnership with the University of Pittsburg and Life for A Child (LFAC) are looking forward to conducting a clinical trial to determine whether insulin glargine reduces the risk of serious hypoglycemia or improves Time in Range over 3-6 months when compared against standard of care human insulin (e.g. NPH or premixed 70/30) among youth living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in low resource settings (HumAn-1 Trial). This is a two year project to be implemented between 2022-2024.

Therefore, TDA is calling for qualified candidates to apply for the following positions:

Position title: Research Assistant (2 positions)

Reports to: Site trial coordinator

Location: Sekou Toure Hospital and Bugando Medical Center, Mwanza City

Contract: Full time, 1 years, renewable

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Medical doctor (MD, MBCHB) who has completed internship with clinical experience of at least one year
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Has had prior experience in obtaining consent (preferred) Trained in or have experience with diabetes care services Completed human subjects research training requirement(s) per the local 1RB.
  • GCP qualifications, experience in clinical research including coordination of recruitment, and minimal financial skills.
  • Moderate computer skills including Ms. Office tools i.e., Word, Excel etc.
  • Excellent collaborative skills.
  •  Ability to work in a team and independently.

Job Responsibilities:

  •  Report directly to Site trial Coordinator.
  • Assist in insulin titration and monitoring of participant glycemic control.
  • Ensure that participants return to clinic for appropriate intervals for collecting follow-up data (e.g., laboratory testing, completing surveys/questionnaires.
  • Complete online study forms using a laptop computer or portable devices (e.g. iPad)
  • After training, be able to activate and place Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) sensors, download sensor data, remove and replace with new sensor.
  • Travel to study participants’ home every after specified interval to obtain CGM data.
  • Distribute compensation payments to participants following each completed study milestone.
  • Assist with recruitment and obtaining consent from participants
  • Receive training and assist in the data collection for the qualitative (1:1 interviews), quality-of-life (surveys) and cost effectiveness sub-studies.
  • Ensure the study is done according to the working protocol and adherence to the 1CH Guidelines of Good Clinical Practice (GCP).
  • Maintain a close professional relationship with the government officials and other officials in the study area and at the study area.
  • Work with the study coordinator and PI to ensure that the study-specific SOPs are complete and are updated regularly.
  • Work in a professional and ethical manner with competence, accountability and integrity.
  •  Perform any other activities as may be assigned


Competitive salary shall be offered to qualified candidates

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Method of Application

If interested, please apply by sending a CV, over letter one page maximum and contact details of 3 references in English to [email protected] by the 18th of November, 2022; 1600 hours EAT. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line. Only applications submitted via e-mail shall be considered.

Only shortlisted applicants shall be contacted.

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