Community Researcher | Community Input & Communications Coordinator

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NEW DEADLINE ONLY FOR Community Input & Communications Coordinator CONSULTANCY: 16 AUGUST 2021

EATG is looking for consultants for the HIVACAR project: Community Researcher and Community Input & Communications Coordinator.

EATG is involved in the EU-funded H2020 project Evaluating a Combination of Immune-based Therapies to Achieve a Functional Cure of HIV Infection (HIVACAR, Grant No 731626). The overall objective of this project is to change the current paradigm of HIV treatment by obtaining a functional cure for HIV thanks to effectively targeting residual virus replication and viral reservoirs.

 

In order to do so, the planned novel strategy is to successfully combine immune-based therapies, including therapeutic vaccines and broadly neutralizing antibodies with latency reversing agents, in a proof-of-concept phase IIa clinical trial. EATG are partners in the project leading mainly on the psychosocial impacts of the trial through research, as well as disseminating information and results from the project to the community.

 

We are looking for 2 consultants to work on the HIVACAR project for the following positions to coordinate different streams of work on behalf of EATG in 2021-2022:

 

  • Community Researcher (payment of 8500 EUR, based on 34 days at the payment rate per hour/day  (31.25 EUR/ 250 EUR) (VAT included).
  • Community and Communications Coordinator (payment of 7750 EUR, based on 31 days at the payment rate per hour/day  (31.25 EUR/ 250 EUR)  (VAT included).

 

How to apply

Please read the Terms of Reference for the positions for full information and send your CV and cover letter to

The deadline to apply is Thursday, 29 July.

 

About HIVACAR

 

EATG is involved in the EU-funded H2020 project Evaluating a Combination of Immune-based Therapies to Achieve a Functional Cure of HIV Infection (HIVACAR, Grant No 731626). The overall objective of this project is to change the current paradigm of HIV treatment by obtaining a functional cure for HIV (i.e., control of viral load to levels below the threshold of 50 copies/ml and maintenance of high CD4+ T-cell count after discontinuation of antiretroviral therapy) thanks to effectively targeting residual virus replication and viral reservoirs. In order to do so, the planned novel strategy is to successfully combine immune-based therapies, including therapeutic vaccines and broadly neutralizing antibodies with latency reversing agents, in a proof-of-concept phase IIa clinical trial.

 

The HIVACAR project will lead to a reduction of the actual costs related to HIV treatment and management and of the social public health as well as an improvement in the patients’ quality of life. HIVACAR project has been conceived under the framework of responsible research and innovation, so patients and other stakeholders will have a key role from the inception of the project until obtaining the results. Patients will be perfectly aware of how this therapy has been conceived and the real impact and change in their actual quality of life, as well as how the clinical trial has been designed and the consequences of participating in it. In addition, patients (and the general population) will tailor the project and its results dissemination and communication. This patient engagement will not be limited to the clinical trial but also to the rest of the activities of the project, so patients and the general society will be aware of how the research is developed and can include the patients’ point of view in the research activities.

 

Community researcher for HIVACAR: Work package 6

 

Task description

One of the deliverables of the project is to obtain research on the potential psychosocial impacts of the new treatment for Task 6.1 in work package 6.

Task 6.1 aims to provide an evaluation of the impact of the project for the patient community and, at a larger scale, for the general audience (mainly the key communities affected by HIV such as MSM, migrants, IDU, etc.).

 

The Consultant will conduct research through the following means:

  • A broad public survey is currently being responded to by key populations that are not involved as trial participants. The consultant will be expected to analyse the response data from the community-based survey on knowledge about HIV (‘functional cure’) and expectations from the research for an intervention that could enable the control of HIV infection without taking medicines every day.
  • Through two surveys with trial participants, the consultant will check what expectations participants have; what needs; what impact it has on their social environment (to look at the psychological dimensions, including the perceived impact of a potential cure on coping styles and health seeking behaviour, quality of life, stigma, etc.).
  • Coordinate the drafting, finalisation and submitting of the Deliverable: Report on the Potential Psychosocial Impact of the development of a functional HIV cure containing the outcomes of the surveys and an overview of challenges, needs, lessons learned and recommendations.

The consultant will collaborate with the EATG HIVACAR Project Officer, the EATG Partners in Science Programme Manager and Programme Chair.

 

Timeframe

July 2021 – December 2022

Tasks and deliverables DeadlinePayment per deliverable
Collection, cleaning and analysis of data from the broad community surveyOctober 20218 days=
2000 Eur
Produce report on findingsNovember 20216 days= 1500 Eur
Collection and analysis of data from trial surveysTo be confirmed  202212 days=

3000 Eur

Coordinate the drafting, finalisation and submitting of the Deliverable: Report on the Potential Psychosocial Impact of the development of a functional HIV cure containing the outcomes of the surveys and an overview of challenges, needs, lessons learned and recommendations. 2022 (one month before deadline of project- to be confirmed)8 days= 2000 Eur

Payment

The overall amount available is 8500€, based on 34 days at payment rate per hour/day  (31.25 EUR/ 250 EUR) (VAT included). The appointed consultant will be compensated upon delivery of the deliverables as described above. Tasks that are not delivered will not be compensated.

Required Skills

  • Understanding of psychosocial research applied to HIV and participation to clinical trials
  • Good knowledge of methodologies applied to social science research
  • Good research skills to extract necessary information
  • Good analytical skills and the ability to synthesise information from multiple sources
  • Capacity to collect and organise information quickly and efficiently
  • Excellent English oral and writing skills
  • Ability to establish collaboration with stakeholders and partners
  • Structured writing skills
  • Good computer skills (Word, Excel, Internet …)
  • Capacity to work autonomously and reporting to the EATG Office

 

The work must be carried out in an EC or associated country (https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/grants_manual/hi/3cpart/h2020-hi-list-ac_en.pdf)

 

Community input and communications coordinator for HIVACAR: Work package 6

 

Task description and timeframe

The community input and communications coordinator will represent the community perspective and assist with communications to the community in WP1, WP4 and WP6. The consultant tasks will run from July 2021 – December 2022.

 

Work packageWP Task Consultant tasks  Payment per taskTimeline
WP1Task 1.5: Reporting and FinancesRepresent the community voice and communicate information back to the community where necessary in GA calls, SC calls, Consortium meetings (F2F)5 daysOngoing 2021-2022
WP4Task 4.1: Patient selection and recruitmentProvide community input in to call and reviews Steering committee calls; WP calls; document review2 daysOngoing 2021-2022
WP6Task 6.1 Potential Pyschosocial impactCoordinate community communications around survey analysis and results8 days

 

 

December 2021-until end of the project
Task 6.3: Patient engagementCoordinate with local partners, support psychosocial study participants, advising on webpage updates and assisting in the development of materials from community perspective16 days

 

 

 

Ongoing 2021-2022

 

The consultant will collaborate with the EATG HIVACAR Project Officer, the EATG Partners in Science Programme Manager and Programme Chair. The Consultant(s) will fill in a timesheet and send a monthly invoice.

 

Payment

The overall amount available is 7750€, based on 31 days at payment rate per hour/day  (31.25 EUR/ 250 EUR)  (VAT included). The appointed consultant will be compensated upon delivery of the deliverables as described above. Tasks that are not delivered will not be compensated.

 

Required skills

  • Expertise on research on HIV cure, therapeutic vaccines, long term functional remission of HIV, analytic treatment interruption and related topics
  • Experience in providing community feedback on
  • Capacity to work and coordinate with different stakeholders
  • Prior experience and contacts with projects on this subject is an advantage
  • Good English oral and writing skills
  • Ability to establish collaboration with stakeholders and partners
  • Structured writing skills
  • Good computer skills (Word, Excel)

 

The work must be carried out in an EC or associated country (https://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/grants_manual/hi/3cpart/h2020-hi-list-ac_en.pdf)

 

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