Study Manager

Job description – Study Manager, ACT5 Study

Organisation: Woolcock Institute of Medical Research in Vietnam

The Woolcock Institute is leading international lung health research organisation, affiliated with the University of Sydney in Australia ( The Woolcock Institute has operated researches in Vietnam since 2009 and undertaken large operational, epidemiological and clinical research projects in several provinces, including Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City. The Woolcock also runs training in epidemiological and operational research methods for Vietnamese doctors and public health workers. Currently the Woolcock directly employs more than 50 full-time staff and has expanded the research activity to other fields, including antimicrobial resistance, climate change, agriculture, environmental health, etc.

Overview: ACT5 Study is to acquire and present the evidence that will underpin a transformation in the global approach to TB elimination in low and middle-income countries with a high burden of TB. The study primary objectives is to test the effect of universal testing for, and treatment of, latent TB infection together with active case finding for TB on the population prevalence of bacteriologically-confirmed TB after four years.

Location: Based in Ha Noi, with regular travel to Ca Mau and Can Tho

Duration: 12 months appointment, with consideration for subsequent extension. This position will be on a fulltime basis.

Roles: To lead the implementation of the ACT5 study in Ca Mau. The role includes:

  • Taking a leading role in planning, executing, monitoring and controlling the study
  • Overseeing quality assurance and safety for the study, in keeping with international standards of Good Clinical Practice
  • Building a team of enthusiastic and capable research staff in study sites.

Direct report:

Country Director, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, and, through this person to Professor Guy Marks, Principal Investigator for the trial.

Direct line, supervisor for:

  • Study Officers
  • Data Manager
  • A local financial controller and admin officer
  • Field team leader and field staff
  • Technical managers (such as Laboratory staff)

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and strengthen key relationships with government partners
  • Planning and executing the study
    • Developing and implementing pilot projects to test key components of the study
    • Assembling and training a team to oversee the study
    • Development and evaluation of study-related materials including the Standard Operating Procedures, study documentation and forms, and study marketing (promotion) materials
    • Overseeing preparation and submission of routine regulatory and ethical review submissions and reports
    • Obtaining and maintaining facilities, equipment, investigational products, and licences as required for implementing the study
    • Training field research teams and government health staff to implement the SOPs (including informed consent, safety and compliance issues)
    • Develop and update project GANTT chart regularly

    • Co-ordination and monitoring of the study

    • Monitoring of the implementation of the study including subject recruitment and implementation of all study procedures
    • Data collection and management
    • Monitoring data quality
    • Collection and archiving of source documents
    • Registration and management of adverse events
    • Managing monitoring visits and dealing with queries
    • Preparing reports for the Country Director and the Principal Investigators on progress of study implementation

    • Communication with the Country Director, the Woolcock management team, and the Chief Investigators

    • Coordination of visits by Chief Investigators
    • Managing communication with key stakeholders in Australia and other countries if required
    • Prepare project progress reports

    • Financial accountability

    • Establish effective procurement control and asset management
    • Oversight of budget, audit and financial accounting
    • Ensure efficient expenditure of resources
    • Ensuring appropriate financial control processes are followed

    • Human resource management accountability

    • Recruit local staff to conduct the research
    • Supervise performance of all staff
    • Foster a community of learning and teamwork, continuous quality improvement and continuous professional development for staff

    • Close-out of the study

    • Study closure
    • Communication with organisations involved
    • Assisting in preparation of the final study report
    • Oversee completion of financial reporting

    • Working closely with and notifying Country Director and Chief Investigators about problems arising in the study

Key attributes:

  • Ability to work within a team and organise it
  • Management skills
  • Strategic planning
  • Ability to prioritise
  • A motivator with good listening skills
  • Focused, but flexible approach
  • Willingness to work hard
  • Knowledge/experience of all relevant guidance/regulations
  • Ability to pay close attention to detail


  • Required formal qualification in study management, clinical study management, international development or a field of study related to the scope of position.

Essential criteria

  • Excellent team leadership skills
  • Strong organizational management skills
  • Experience working in a cross-cultural context and in developing country setting (preferably Vietnam, but this is not essential)
  • Skills in institutional capacity-building
  • Experience in engaging with government and non-government partners
  • Proven experience in negotiation and managing conflict
  • Fluency in English and excellent communication skills
  • Ability to communicate in Vietnamese


For interested applicants, please send a cover letter together with a CV (with the name and contact details of at least three senior referees) in English (both CV and cover letter), no later than 20 February 2019 by submitting the application form in the link as follows:

We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Woolcock Institute
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Application Deadline: 
Wed, 2019-02-20