Job: Program Coordinator of the African Center for Translational Genetics (ACTG) at 54gene

Status: full-time, exempt
Refer to: ACTG Director
Department: Director’s Office

Summary of work

  • We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who is passionate about research governance and publications to join our team at ACTG.
  • Under limited supervision, the “ACTG coordinator” would be aware of the governance arrangements in different research partnerships aimed at ensuring that all partners have a say and are brought into the process.
  • He/she would have experience in generating the ideas needed to add value to the various groups that are stakeholders in the projects – such as the general community which includes the group of people involved in the project, the groups of disease/patient advocacy, local authorities, etc.
  • The candidate would also have experience and is able to support different teams to develop and publish manuscripts in high impact journals to share knowledge gathered from 54gene supported studies.

Essential functions:

Fellowship, scholarship, scholarship, planning and coordination

  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs)/policies to guide the awarding of different categories of sponsorships to young African researchers to empower them to conduct genomics research on the continent
  • Design and coordinate the call for sponsorship applications for the different award categories within the framework of the ACTG
  • Coordinate the screening and selection process of sponsorship candidates
  • Design key performance indicators and monitor the performance of sponsorship recipients, as appropriate
  • Work closely with and support ACTG sponsorship recipients, especially scholarship recipients, to achieve their goals and objectives

Capacity development:

  • Identify contemporary issues in genomics and precision medicine that would benefit scientists and clinicians in African countries to improve their practice
  • Organize, collaborate and/or support symposia and roundtables, seminars, workshops and short training opportunities to keep African practitioners up to date with contemporary issues in genomics and precision medicine relevant to their practice and health needs. development of professional capacities
  • Build and maintain a database of contemporary issues in genomics and precision medicine on which a capacity building program would benefit African scientists and health practitioners by commissioning literature reviews and assessment studies needs
  • Performs related responsibilities as required.
  • Collaborations on precision medicine and translational research
  • Support the identification, discussions and establishment of collaborations with African scientists/researchers and clinicians or other scientists/researchers working or with an interest in working in Africa in the fields of precision medicine and translational research in areas of common interest with 54gene
  • Support the implementation and governance of research collaborations established by 54gene through the ACTG with a view to strengthening and enabling the precision medicine and translational research goals of these collaborations
  • Coordinate partnership meetings between 54gene and 54gene subsidiaries in the fields of basic and translational research in genomics as well as precision medicine

Education and certifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in biomedical/life sciences is preferred. A bachelor’s degree in other fields, combined with a relevant postgraduate degree and relevant experience, will be considered.
  • MBA, MPH, MD or other relevant graduate or postgraduate degree
  • A PhD in related fields will be an added advantage.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • 5-7+ years of multidisciplinary program management experience
  • Experience in managing different stakeholders – coordinating different meetings based on stakeholder interests, reporting on their meetings and following up on action points
  • Experience in developing policies, memorandums of understanding, SOPs and other similar governance instruments
  • Experience in designing and facilitating capacity building initiatives – seminars, workshops, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbal and written. The ideal candidate can communicate effectively with various stakeholders. Has excellent presentation report writing skills
  • Previous grant development experience or being part of a team that has a history of writing successful grants
  • Resourceful and motivated; you are not afraid to dive into a complex problem and wear many hats to get the job done
  • 5-7+ years of multidisciplinary program management experience in clinical research, public health, health services or systems research, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, or other work related in industry.

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