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Project Coordinator TB-SPEED based in Sierra Leone

10 January 2020 |  ,

Start date : 3 February 2020
Deadline for applications : 25 January 2020

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)


  • Location : Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Type of contract: VSI or CDD
  • Length of contract : 1 year
  • Starting date : ASAP


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) which stated in October 2017 with three major patient-centred outputs and three technical support outputs building evidence for future scaling up. One of the outputs, which is implemented in Sierra Leone,  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 also includes 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 is under the responsibility of SOLTHIS.  It takes 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.
  • Participate, in close collaboration with the principal investigators, in the implementation of the project.
  • 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 of working experience in resource-limited settings
  • Working experience in clinical research in limited resource countries is an added value
  • 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
  • Strong interpersonal and partnership skills in order to link the needs of a clinical research project with the realities of operational implementation in a context of resource-limited countries and the expectations of national authorities.
  • Flexible for regular travel to study sites within the country
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Fluent English

Conditions :

  • Salary: Between 1750 and 2200 euros depending on profile /Monthly Perdiem / Accomodation allowance/ Medical and repatriation insurance/33 days paid leaves

Submission of applications:

Please send your application in English (CV, cover letter, references, dates of availability) to, quoting reference “Project Coordinator TB-SPEED”, by January 25th, 2020.

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

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