Senior Research Project Manager (DTHF-C001)




Job Location
- South Africa -- Amatole District -- East London

Job Type

Monday, January 10, 2022

Closing date
24 Jan 2022 23:59




The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation (DTHF) is a registered non-profit organisation focused on the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV and related infections in Southern Africa.

We have fantastic job opportunities across our businesses for talented people wanting to realize their full  potential. Could that be you? If so, we invite applications for a 5 year fixed-term contract post as the Senior Research Project Manager for The Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Implementing Evidence-Based Depression Treatment within the TB Care Platform in South Africa: A Hybrid Type I Implementation-Effectiveness Trial, based in East London, Eastern Cape Province. To learn more about this project, link to:

The main purpose of this position is to lead the implementation, coordination, and monitoring of the research study protocol, as well as to ensure the execution of all research activities/ operations.



  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Behavioural or Social Sciences
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience managing the start-up, implementation and closure of complex  research or programmatic projects
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in a leadership/managerial capacity
  • Valid code 8 Driver’s License
  • Computer skills – Microsoft Word, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, Excel, PowerPoint,  REDCAP and Outlook Express
  • Must live in or be willing to relocate to East London

Advantageous Skills and Experiences:

  • Interest to pursue a PhD through this project
  • Interest in leveraging this study for post-doctoral level research experience
  • Strong knowledge of the South African National TB Management Guidelines
  • Project Management training qualification
  • Current  certification in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and Human Subjects Protection (HSP)
  • Previous experience managing and implementing TB focussed research programs/projects in the Eastern Cape Province
  • Knowledge of research methodology, especially quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Knowledge of data quality control activities, systems, and processes (QA/QC)
  • Technical Project Management knowledge and skills
  • Knowledge of data analysis and interpretation

Other Skills and Experiences:

  • Ability to build interpersonal relationships to manage and support study staff and project    implementation
  • Excellent stakeholder relationship management
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and strong public speaking skills
  • Lateral creative and critical thinking, problem solving and detail orientated
  • Decision making & analytical skills
  • Planning and organising skills
  • Adaptive to change
  • Team player, as well as the ability to work independently
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Existing academic publications/manuscripts


  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the research project including participant recruitment and enrolment, line management of facility-based and field-based staff and project logistics
  • Working closely with the project PI, Operations Manager and Data Manager to ensure project governance and that implementation happens in line with the highest ethical and research standards and regulations
  • Maintain a strong relationship with all relevant local and clinic stakeholders and provide these regularly with written and verbal updates on project progress to these stakeholders
  • Provide comprehensive feedback on project progress, successes, and challenges to the Research Team Leadership and the (inter-)national project collaborators
  • Identify opportunities to leverage the TB project to advance portfolio, spin-offs, and outputs of the  research team
  • Compose abstracts of project results for scientific conferences and to (support) drafting scientific  manuscripts for publication
  • Operationalising study protocols into practical Manual of Procedures (MoP)
  • Development of Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs) to be included in study MoP
  • Assist with the development of electronic patient tracking and monitoring tools to guide study           implementation and generating reports
  • Development of study source documents in line with IRB specifications
  • Lead the development of job descriptions, screening, interviewing and appointing of project staff
  • Training, mentoring and performance management of project staff
  • Ensuring that ethical and regulatory requirements are fulfilled in line with GCP and IRB guidelines
  • Ensuring complete and accurate data collection
  • Oversee the management and quality control of all study documentation (case report forms (CRFs), research materials, investigator files, etc.)
  • Contributing to managing the research site and maintaining relationships with site stakeholders
  • Lead the development of a project budget and monitoring expenses against project milestones
  • Procurement and management of assets within DTHF protocols
  • Developing and presenting detailed reports of ongoing study progress against milestones and deliverables

Values fit:  Passion Innovation Progress Integrity Respect Excellence


NB: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. We are committed to equity in our employment practices. It is our intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity objectives. We reserve the right not to appoint if no suitable candidates are identified.


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I further understand that the personal information I disclose to DTHF will be processed in accordance with the requirements set out in the Protection of Personal Information Act and may include the transferring thereof to third parties for the purposes of verification.


This job may be removed before it expires.


If you have not heard from us within two weeks after the closing date please consider your application as unsuccessful.

Desmond Tutu Health Foundation is a child-friendly organisation committed to the protection of children.

Contact information

Stacey Arendse