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Project Manager II, Uganda

Project Manager II, Uganda

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Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Clinical Research Support Services

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Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer with minimal side effects. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first and largest cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.


Fred Hutch Global Oncology (GO), a Cross-Divisional program overseen by the Director’s Office at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has a mission to reduce the global burden of cancers, especially in low and middle-income countries, through the advancement of research and the development of new low-cost prevention and treatment strategies. A cornerstone of the program is a decade-long alliance with the Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) that advances research, capacity building, and cancer care in Uganda. Fred Hutch operates in Uganda as the Hutchinson Centre Research Institute of Uganda (HCRIU).


This Kampala-based position manages scientific research projects for Fred Hutch Principal Investigators in consultation with international co-investigators. The position collaborates closely with members of the Global Oncology program to achieve the GO program’s strategic research objectives in a global research setting.


Under the direction of the GO Deputy Head and the Clinical Trials Manager, this position manages assigned research projects throughout their lifecycle (i.e., from concept development to study closeout) and contributes to research systems development for all studies in the portfolio. The Project Manager plays a major role in management and coordination of cross-program research project teams and research systems support.


The Project Manager works closely with faculty and staff based in Seattle and Kampala, including administrative, research, laboratory, and data management. This involves supervision of select staff, participation in multiple weekly teleconference calls, and may require travel to Seattle, as necessary. This position provides direction to study staff regarding study-related timelines, milestones, activities, and challenges under the oversight of GO Program Principal Investigators. The Project Manager is responsible for tracking day-to-day operations related to research and training activities, providing overall


Clinical and Translational Research Operations

  • Liaise with key research staff in Uganda and Seattle
  • Develop project timelines and monitor milestones
  • Develop, interpret and administer project/study policies and procedures according to protocol, IRB, grant/contract and Center specifications.
  • Develop, review, edit and revise research materials which may include case report forms, data abstraction forms, data management plans, quality management plans, and study-specific procedures materials.
  • Carry-out complex research responsibilities in support of project/study, requiring related education and/or experience.
  • Assess study progress, proposing and implementing solutions to challenges/problems
  • Assist in writing of protocols and informed consent forms
  • Assist the PI in the design of project/study methods such as study subject selection and retention, data collection and database management.


Analysis and Dissemination of Research Findings

  • Assist in the compilation and coordination of study data
  • Coordinate the submission of study results, articles, and manuscripts for publication and presentation at scientific meetings, writing portions of abstracts, articles, and / or manuscripts as required.


Trainee Research

  • Coordinate research activities for international trainees in accordance with goals of training grants, with a focus on monitoring and achieving research milestones.


Administrative Management

  • Supervise staff including hiring, training and performance evaluations, and handle disciplinary actions including terminations and layoffs.
  • Serve as project/study liaison, interacting with other Center departments, funding sources, affiliated individuals or institutions, and outside organizations.
  • Coordinate grant/contract application and renewal process, writing portions of grants/contracts as required.
  • Develop and monitor project/study budget, ensuring that all financial allocations and expenditures are in accordance with grant/contract guidelines and requirements.

Other Duties as Assigned


  • Master’s in Public Health required.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in global health project management.
  • Minimum of five years’ experience in patient-oriented research operations and quality management.
  • Minimum of two years’ experience working with an international research program. Experience living and working in Africa preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • High level of attention to detail, organizational skills, and a commitment to accuracy.
  • Ability to effectively work with study teams and research site personnel remotely and in person.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Commitment to collaboration and effective in working in a team environment
  • Flexibility with work priorities, and work schedule
  • Comfort in an “iterative environment” in which periodic rework is inevitable.
  • Ability to solve problems and work independently, as well as provide guidance and leadership among peers on a team.
  • Experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint required.
  • Clinical research professional certification (e.g., SOCRA CCRP) or equivalent preferred.
  • Project Management Development Pro 1 certification or equivalent preferred.
  • Experience using SharePoint preferred.
  • Experience using Stata, SAS, and/or R preferred.

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