Quality Manager


MRC Unit The Gambia is the leading research centre in sub-Saharan Africa and has been carrying out internationally competitive research into tropical medicine for over 70 years. Our current research agenda focuses on three themes: Disease Control & Elimination; Nutrition; Vaccines & Immunity. Looking towards the future, we are aiming to push forward with a West Africa expansion strategy with new and challenging areas, reflecting changes in national and global health priorities.

The Quality Manager will be the champion for the Unit’s Quality Management System (QMS); maintaining and strengthening the current system, whilst also developing it in areas that are key for the Unit’s overall strategy. S/he will work closely with the research themes as well as other scientific and support areas, and in particular with the Clinical Trials Support Manager. It is anticipated over a 2-3 year period the post-holder will develop West African capacity and talent to support biomedical research in the subregion.

The post holder is will administer, maintain, develop and evolve the MRC Unit The Gambia’s quality management system to ensure best practice in research and medical laboratories in accordance with the principles of ISO 15189:2012, MRC Good Research Practice, ICH Good Clinical Practice, Good Clinical Laboratory Practice, ISO 17025, and other statutory, legislative and policy requirements. S/he will aim for and realize continual improvement in quality systems and procedures.

Minimum requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent, preferably in a life science or related discipline.
  • Previous experience working in a senior role within Quality.
    • Considerable experience and knowledge of quality management standards and procedures applicable to biomedical research.
    • Good knowledge and understanding of risk management.
    • Good planning and organizational skills.
    • Strong communication skills.
    • Previous quality auditing experience.
    • Good interpersonal skills.
    • Good Microsoft office skills.

The salary will be paid in Grade 2, 37 Points of MRC Unit The Gambia’s payscale at a net monthly salary of 85, 240 Dalasi. This converts to a net pay of $2029 approximately per month using the prevailing Dalasi/USD exchange rate.

Please note that the salary will be paid in Dalasi and that the USD figure quoted is only given as a guide.

For displaced staff the package will include rent-free furnished accommodation, flights, displacement allowance for spouse and children, contribution to school fees and shipment of personal effects.

The appointment is up to 31st March 2021 initially and extendable by mutual agreement.

If you are interested and have the skills and abilities for this position, please contact the Human Resources Office for an application form and a copy of the job description by emailing Completed application forms together with photocopies of qualifications should be returned to:

Human Resources Office:

Vacancy for: Quality Manager
MRC Unit The Gambia
P. O. Box 273
Banjul, The Gambia
Tel: 00220 4495442/6

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 11th July 2016.

MRC is an Equal Opportunities Employer and operates a strict no smoking policy.


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