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Call for EPHA-IRB Member Position

Introduction

The Ethiopian Public Health Association (EPHA) owns Institutional Review Board (IRB) that is registered on 31 October 2006, and re-registered on September 01/ 2019 with “level A” license to provide independent assistance, advice and decision on health research or other specific research protocols (in the form of “approved”, “approved on conditions” and ‘disapproved”).

EPHA wants to ensure merit-based member engagement according to their specific expertise and educational background in the IRB. For the last few years until now EPHA IRB members are largely and purposefully delegated from the staff among the secretariat. Taking the positive experiences and major lessons got in the past few years into consideration, the EPHA management wants to introduce new IRB members based on a specific criteria and approach. It is believed that this approach will bring an innovative approach and improve the facilitation of the ethical approval process.

IRB members will be elected by EPHA for three-year terms. They may be re-elected but not for more than two consecutive terms. Should they resign or be disqualified, EPHA-Management elect a replacement until the completion of the normal term.

Chair

  • A person with high standing in scientific community mainly in higher learning education
  • The chair must hold at least a Master of Public Health and above degree level of education
  • Have at the minimum two-year experience of serving on a research ethics committee.
  • Responsible to chair the meetings and liase directly with EPHA to report the meeting outcomes.
  • Invite independent reviewers to provide special expertise to the EPHA-IRB on proposed research protocol

Co- chair

  • Have at the minimum two-year experience of serving on an ethics committee.
  • Responsible to chair the meetings in the absence of the Chairperson and act as vice-chair during meetings with the Chairperson.
  • A person with high standing in scientific community mainly in higher education
  • The co-chair must hold a Master of Public Health and above
  • Invite independent consultants to provide special expertise to the EPHA-IRB on proposed research protocol in the absence of chair.

Roles of EPHA-IRB members

  • Attend IRB Meetings and participate in discussions and deliberations so that appropriate decisions can be arrived at.
  • Review, discuss and consider research proposals submitted for evaluation
  • Monitor serious adverse event reports and recommend appropriate action(s)
  • Review the progress reports and monitor ongoing studies as appropriate
  • Do onsite visits wherever needed
  • Evaluate final reports and outcomes
  • Maintain confidentiality of the documents and deliberations of EPHA-IRB meetings
  • Declare any conflict of interest in writing to the Chair/vice chair, if any, at each meeting. Participate in continuing education activities in biomedical ethics and biomedical research
  • Provide information and documents related to training obtained in biomedical ethics and biomedical research to the IRB secretariat
  • Provide an updated CV when requested for by the IRB secretariat
  • Carry out the work delegated by Chairperson,
  • Assist Chair and IRB Administrator in carrying out IRB work as per SOPs
  • Be updated on relevant laws and regulations

Specific Requirements

Scientific Members: Scientific members (Social and Biomedical Science) are expected to hold MSC /MPH and above. At least three people are required. These members are able to advise the IRB, if additional expertise in a scientific area is required to assess if a research project adequately protects the rights and welfare of subjects.

Nonscientific Member: Nonscientific members are expected to hold second degree in law/ LLB. One person is needed. Nonscientific member advises the IRB if additional expertise in a nonscientific area is required to assess if research project adequately protects the rights and welfare of subjects.

Community Member: Is expected to hold first degree and above in any field. Community representative is expected to provide input regarding their individual knowledge about the local community and be willing to discuss issues and research from that perspective.

Deadline: Three weeks from date of advertisement / announcement

Interested applicants can apply for the chair, v/chair and member position of EPHA-IRB committee. Interested applicants who fulfill the above requirements can submit their applications letter, short CV not more than three pages (No credential is need at this stage) to EPHA Head Office in person close to Dreamliner Hotel on the way to Meskel Flower about 500 meters from Dembel City Center, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia or send to Mulugeta Abate e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. cell phone +251 911770877

 

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