ANTIBIOGO, In vitro diagnostic medical device, Study Coordinator (M/F) based in Mexico

Médecins Sans Frontières

The MSF Foundation is a specialized satellite entity created by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) dedicated to medical innovation targeting patients living in contexts with limited resources. Ongoing projects relate, among other things, to the use of 3D printing to create personalized prostheses; the development of digital tools for epidemic control and surveillance; and the development of a smartphone application based on machine learning to streamline and automate antibiotic susceptibility testing: Antibiogo.

The Antibiogo project will contribute to the fight against antibiotic resistance, a major public health concern that is expected to cause 10 million deaths per year by 2050.

Position background: Antibiogo is a free, open source, offline Android app, that supports non-expert laboratory technicians in measuring and interpreting antibiotic susceptibility tests, in order to help doctors prescribe appropriate antibiotics to their patients and to provide accurate results that can be used for surveillance purposes.

A first version of Antibiogo has been clinically evaluated across three different sites and countries (Jordan, Mali & Senegal), and has been self-certified in May 2022 according to the In Vitro Diagnostic European Directive (IVDD) as a mobile device app used for the interpretation of antibiograms, that is intended to be largely deployed.

In parallel, a second version of the app integrating supplementary features is under development and will be further evaluated in additional countries like Mexico. The evaluation of Antibiogo in Mexico will be performed through several operational research studies implemented throughout the country in different study sites (including central and peripheral bacteriology laboratories), that will evaluate both clinical performance of Antibiogo and usability in intended use context.

Different teams work in collaboration on Antibiogo under the responsibility of Antibiogo program manager, including the clinical team, the product team, and the quality assurance team. Within the clinical team, the research coordinator is responsible for the development and implementation of Antibiogo evaluation studies in the different countries, together with local research assistants and, when necessary, with country-based study coordinators.

Mission: You are responsible for the proper conduct of Antibiogo evaluation studies in Mexico, in accordance with the study protocols and procedures, ethical principles, MSF policy, and local and international regulations.

Profile Education: Master’s degree (or similar) in epidemiology, laboratory science or biology is essential. Degree in microbiology and/or in clinical trial is an asset.

Experience : – Laboratory supervision and management experience is essential. – Participation in research coordination is essential. – Field experience with MSF or other NGO in low- middle-income countries is essential. – Experience in clinical bacteriology is desirable.

Languages: Fluent English and Spanish is essential (B2 minimum); French is desirable.

Competencies: Results and Quality; Teamwork and Cooperation; Communication with Partners; Behavioral Flexibility; Commitment to MSF Principles; Stress Management.

Knowledge: Essential computer literacy (Word, Excel); Desirable experience in software for data entry; Ethics in biomedical research.

Statut: Fixed term contract. Field Contract – remuneration according to the International Reference Field Function Grid (IRRFG) and according to previous International NGOs experiences. MSF provides: transportation, accommodation and per diem. Insurance: medical coverage and repatriation.

Duration: 4 months.

Starting date: From September 2022.

How to apply

Please submit your application (cover letter and CV) online until 3rd of July 2022 included :

Only complete applications will be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.