Project coordinator TB-SPEED

Organization: Solthis

Closing date: 29 Sep 2017

Solthis is an international medical NGO invested in Health System Strengthening (HSS) and whose objective is to build the capacities of the actors in charge of major components of the HSS : : care services (medical and paramedical staff, midwives, therapeutic educators and psycho-social workers, etc.); laboratory (technicians, etc.); pharmacy (procurement, logistics supply chain teams, pharmacist, etc.); the health information system; and lastly the coordination bodies (Ministry of Health and its DHMT; CCM; national networks of PLHIV)


The TB-SPEED project goal is to contribute to the reduction in childhood mortality from tuberculosis by delivering an available, feasible, cost-effective, and decentralized childhood tuberculosis diagnostic approach to enhance case-finding and access to treatment. This is a four-year UNITAID funded project implemented in seven countries (Cambodia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia) to start in October 2017 with three major patient-centred outputs and three technical support outputs building evidence for future scaling up. It will validate a decentralized diagnostic approach low level health care facilities using battery-operated GeneXpert OMNI and Xpert ultra cartridge on nasopharyngeal aspirate and stool. The approach will also include optimised screening, clinical and radiological diagnosis through training, mentorship, and use of digital radiography and establishment of quality control of x-ray reading. The central research unit is at the University of Bordeaux in France. In Sierra Leone, the project will be under the responsibility of SOLTHIS. It will take place in one reference hospital in Freetown and health facilities of two districts.


Under the supervision of Solthis Head of Mission, the Project coordinator will coordinate the preparation and implementation of the TB-SPEED project in Sierra Leone.

Tasks and responsibilities

Project preparation

Coordinate the submission of the project study protocols to ethics and other necessary regulatory bodies.

Follow the development of collaborative agreements with institutions involved in the project.

Prepare national and international orders of material and equipment.

Coordinate the site assessment selection for the evaluation of the decentralised diagnostic strategy.

Participate in the recruitment of the project personal and elaborate the training plan.

Elaborate the country project plan.

Ensure that all project documents, procedures and forms are available on site. If necessary, elaborate specific site procedures.

Organise the patients and samples flow with the sites.

Project Coordination

Oversee the project progresses according to the project plan

Organise country project meetings

Assure the technical supervision of the project personal according to their job descriptions.

Ensure that the project is implemented following Good Clinical Practices (GCP), project procedure and protocols.

Ensure that quality assurance procedures for clinical, laboratory and data management are in place

Facilitate the site visits by national and international project partners.

Follow the recruitment in the different studies and identify reasons for low recruitment rate.

Project communication and reporting

Reporting of the project progresses to the country scientific director and the central research unit.

Coordinate the communication with the ethics committees: safety reporting and renewal of approvals.

Participating in the project teleconferences and meeting with the central research unit.

Organise the bi-annual project country committee

Participate in the elaboration of the national project communication plan.


Minimum degree: Master level: MSc, Master of Public Health, Master of international health or Master of Epidemiology.

Minimum 2 years working experience in clinical research in limited resource countries.

Training in project management is an added advantage.

Knowledge of ICH guidelines, GCP, and the clinical trial study process. Training in Good Clinical Practice

Ability to work effectively in teams as well as independently

Experience in resource-limited settings would be an added value

Flexible for regular travel to study sites within the country

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Fluent English

Conditions :

Location : Freetown, Sierra Leone

Type of contract: CDD

Length of contract : 1 year (renewable)

Starting date : October 2017

Salary: according to professional experience + package (medical and repatriation insurance, transport, common accommodation, monthly living allowance)

How to apply:

Please send your application in English (CV, cover letter, references, dates of availability) to, quoting reference “Project Coordinator TB-SPEED”, by September 29th, 2017.

Solthis reserves the right to close any vacancy before the advertised deadline. Thank you for your understanding.


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