JOB DESCRIPTION – Project Coordinator – Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure

LOCATION: Dar es Salaam. Tanzania

REPORTS TO: Principal Investigator/Project Manager


Under the supervision of the NY-based Principal Investigator and Project Manager, the Project Coordinator - Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure will be responsible for coordination and development of specific project activities relating to bloodborne pathogen exposure and the supervision of 3 project-related country teams (Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana) from ICAP’s Tanzania central office. The Project Coordinator will work with ICAP-NY, ICAP-Tanzania and CDC country teams to develop and implement the project implementation and data collection plans.


  • Manage and coordinate all aspects of the Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure project, including implementation plans, institutional review board submissions, study logistics, protocol development, revision and implementation, and maintenance of regulatory files.

  • Recruit, hire and oversee project staff for 3 project-related country teams, including the Country Coordinators, Project Assistants, Data Collection Officers, Lead Trainers and Assistant Trainers.
  • Coordinate the training of staff on study protocol and procedures and develop retraining curriculum.
  • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs), study specific procedures, and training manuals.
  • Ensure adherence to protocol, SOPs, and other appropriate regulations, procedures and policies.
  • Assist in the development of protocols for intervention practices and pre- and post-intervention data collection mechanisms.
  • Ensure study teams maintain confidentiality of study participants and adhere to principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and ethics of human subjects research.
  • Write, edit, and coordinate the development of training manuals, guidelines, job aids, newsletters, and/or brochures relating to the program.
  • Liaise with, support, and coordinate outside contractors to ensure timely completion of study activities and collection of high quality data, including frequent field visits.
  • Liaise with representatives from the country MOH and CDC teams, ICAP-NY, and Botswana-Harvard Partnership to discuss progress of the evaluation project and to address any challenges or issues that arise during conduct of the project.
  • Prepare progress reports and study documents.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • MPH, MD, PhD or other relevant advanced degree required


  • 2-5 years of operational or clinical research and/or experience as a project manager overseeing the activities of comparable projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in blood safety, universal precautions and injection safety.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising technical staff, team building and day-to-day management of technical staff in multi-site operations.
  • Demonstrated experience with ethical review processes.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite Applications.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, verbal and written communication skills.

Frequent travel to Zambia and Botswana field locations is required.

NOTE:  This position will be treated as a local Tanzanian hire governed by the provisions of the ICAP Tanzania Local Hire Manual.  Qualified Tanzanian and foreign nationals are encouraged to apply.  The compensation package is competitive and includes relocation benefits if the incumbent is eligible.


Please send cover letter, CV, and salary requirements to Please indicate you are applying for position Project Coordinator – Tanzania in the subject line of your e-mail.

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