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ITPC has secured funding to implement a high-impact, local, community-led monitoring initiative in South Africa and Malawi under its ‘Watch What Matters’ strategic pillar and is actively seeking a Project Cohort Study Manager to execute and oversee this aspect of the project.

Position: Project Cohort Study Manager

‘Watch What Matters’ is one of three core strategic pillars of ITPC that seeks to ensure that duty bearers remain accountable to the communities they serve. Over the past decade, ITPC has implemented numerous community-led monitoring and research projects to improve access to and quality of treatment and services for HIV, hepatitis C virus and tuberculosis. Such projects include the ‘Missing the Target’ research report series, stock-out monitoring in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and community treatment observatories (CTOs) in West and Southern Africa.

The Cohort Study, situated in the larger project, aims to support and augment data collected through the CTOs in South Africa and Malawi. ITPC will undertake a mixed-methods, community-based cohort study that uses participatory research methods to empower recipients of care to report directly on their own needs and experiences for healthcare provision.

ITPC will recruit recipients of care in each of focus (including participants who may be classified as belonging to ‘key populations’), encompassing people living with HIV and HIV/TB coinfection.

Structured, monthly questionnaires will be used to collect their testimonials, and tools will be used to facilitate participatory data collection analysis, including through digital and visual media. The materials needed to gather this data will be provided to participants in the course of the project, and interactive engagements on needs and potential uses of technologies will be explored between ITPC research and CTO leads and participants.

This Cohort Study Manager will supervise a Cohort Study Officer and work as a team. They will work in close collaboration with the ITPC Qualitative Research Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation staff and the Director of Global Programs and Advocacy.


  • Develop plan and coordinate the recruitment of cohort members in focus countries
  • Co-produce qualitative indicators and data collection tools for the cohort capture, in collaboration with the ITPC Qualitative Research Advisor
  • Facilitate the IRB-clearance process in both Malawi and South Africa for the cohort study
  • In collaboration with the ITPC Research Advisor (qualitative data), conduct training of the cohort study with Cohort Officer & implementation partners in Malawi and South Africa
  • Oversee and supervise the tasks of the Cohort Study Officer
  • Directly implement the cohort study in one focus country
  • Collate, analyze and disseminate results of the cohort study
  • Manage data collection and quality with data gatherers and project participants
  • Ensure data protection of the respondents is in compliance with donor regulations, national laws and ITPC data protection policy
  • Develop monthly progress reports, and contribute to the donor annual reports
  • Support the development of communications products, based on the cohort results
  • Troubleshoot and provide any other technical assistance required to execute the project successfully

Contract Duration & Period

This engagement will be a fixed term contract for 8 months from October 2020 – June 2021. An extension is possible pending project terms. ITPC provides a competitive package based on candidate’s experience and skills.


A qualified consultant should have:
  • Minimum 7-8 years relevant experience in health sector, M&E or public health, specifically developing and execution of program evaluations
  • Graduate degree preferred
  • Language preference – ability to work in English (other languages preferable)
  • Advanced computer experience (MS Office) and data analysis skills and software
  • Experience in web-based and electronic-based data/M&E management tools and practices

Interest, experience, and/or academic training in HIV/AIDS, public health, human rights, international development, or related field is a plus

Applicants are must be based in either South Africa or Malawi for this post.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter maximum 1 page and resume maximum 3 pages with subject line – “ITPC Project Cohort Study Manager” to 

Email: admin@itpcglobal.org  by 5pm South Africa time on October 15, 2020.

Applicants who fail to meet the minimum requirements will be automatically disqualified from consideration.

This job description reflects the core activities of the position. As the service and the post-holder develop, there will inevitably be some changes to the duties, and possibly to the emphasis of the position itself. We expect that the post-holder will recognise this and will adopt a flexible approach to work. This could include undertaking relevant training where necessary. The line manager will consult the post-holder if significant changes to the job description become necessary. Any significant changes will be reflected in a revised job description.

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