HIV Research Fellow (2 positions)

Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group

Role Overview 

The HIV Research Fellow will fill the role of a mid-level manager at the Rwanda Zambia HIV Research Group in the departments of couples voluntary counseling and testing (CVCT), data, lab, medical, or administration (sub-areas of financial administration, project management, and human resource management). Scopes of work within each department are determined by service and research directives established by funding agencies. The HIV Research Fellow will coordinate closely with their teams to ensure that project deliverables are met. In addition, they serve as an important liaison between the Principal Investigator and staff at Emory University and the field sites.

Note: RZHRG is hiring two fellows for this position, one based in Lusaka and one based in Ndola. Please indicate your location preference, or lack thereof, in your position essay for this role.


  • Coordinate clinic/lab and administrative activities in a fast-paced research environment
  • Provide oversight in the training of service providers, recruitment of participants, participant study flow, and rollout of program activities
  • Coordinate review and creation of clinic/lab and admin standard operating procedures with respective teams
    Coordinate with Medical/Lab Manager to ensure staff are adequately trained in accordance to standard operating procedures and Good Clinical Practices/Good Clinical Laboratory Practices
  • Perform quality control of medical/lab data
  • Provide oversight in data tool creation/review, data collection, data entry, data management, and program/progress reporting
  • Provide oversight in terms of query resolution of medical/lab data and admin issues
  • Coordinate with clinic/lab to ensure adequate medical/lab supplies are ordered based on clinic activities and scope of work
  • Provide oversight of financial expenditures, budgeting and reporting, and coordinate review of budgeting and expenditures with research and program teams
  • Coordinate with training and regulatory teams to ensure staff trainings are properly documented, ensure studies are being conducted in accordance to Good Clinical Practice/Good Clinical Laboratory Practice and prepare for any site, monitoring, or auditing visits
  • Manage personnel and human resources responsibilities
  • Coordinate with research team on conducting site internal audits
  • Track medical, lab, and admin staff leave and coordinate with managers in the respective departments to ensure adequate staff coverage on business days
  • Communicate admin and medical/lab-data related issues to Emory, RZHRG sites, within departments, and to sponsor

On-call responsibilities are an important part of the fellowship that rotates on a weekly basis. The number of times per month is dependent upon number of on-call persons onsite. On-call includes after hours, weekends, and holidays depending on your rotation. On-call duties include:

  • Ensuring site premises are locked and alarm set after business hours
  • Overseeing and coordinating weekend activities
  • Responding to any security issues
  • Recording temperatures and responding to alarms from temperature monitoring alarm system
  • Opening the site after hours and coordinating any repair work that may be needed for the premises
  • Arranging logistics for visitor arrivals and departures
  • Checking the generator status (preventative maintenance) and filling the generator with diesel if necessary
  • Coordinating and dealing with power/equipment failure issues; other utilities pertinent to site operations
  • Coordinating procurement of diesel
  • Taking and finalizing meeting minutes
  • Receiving shipments after business hours

Skills and Experience 

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required

  • Master’s degree in public health, research, data science, statistics, economics or other social science, or related field*
  • Data management/analysis skills*
  • Research experience, especially analyzing data from a clinic or lab*
  • At least one year of experience managing multi-faceted projects and requisite communication with key collaborators and stakeholders*
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) with aptitude and ability to learn new software*
  • Good written and communication skills*
  • Good time management and organization skills*
  • Ability to multi-task*
  • Ability to work with a multicultural workforce*
  • Experience using statistical software package like SAS, SPSS, STATA, or R
  • Regulatory/clinic/lab coordination
  • Experience writing budgets and/or managing finances
  • Experience with a database like Microsoft Access
  • Good understanding of HIV prevention strategies in key populations
  • Previous international experience a plus
  • Previous training in Human Subjects Education and/or Good Clinical Practice
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Strong accountability
  • Attention to detail
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Pro-activeness/initiative

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