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Laboratory Analyst

Essential Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in any of the following fields; Medical Laboratory Sciences Laboratory Sciences .i.e. Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, or Microbiology from a recognized institution;
  • Be registered by the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB)
  • if applicable, with a valid current practicing license
  • Proficiency in computer application;
  • At least one (1) year relevant work experience;

Job Description

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The successful applicant will be part of molecular team including next generation sequencing. This includes work on novel multiple pathogen assays using real time PCR machines and sequencing platforms specifically Illumina NGS. S/he will work closely with the laboratory staff, data analysts, field workers, and the laboratory supervisor/management to effectively perform her/his duties. Her/his functions will be, but not be limited to the following:

Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Perform nucleic acid extraction of various sample types and analyze the specimen by PCR
  • Work with quality assurance officer in development, implementation and continuous review of standard operating procedures
  • Support laboratory functions including but not limited to general cleaning of allocated workspace, preparing reagents etc
  • Carry out initial analysis of project data and liaise with supervisor on further analysis
  • Organizing biological samples for appropriate storage and shipment
  • Monitor operational supplies and requirements and make timely requests through the laboratory supervisor
  • Comply with all policies and regulations related to safety, cleanliness and infection control in the Laboratory
  • Participate in Quality Assurance (QA) procedures and ensure that these procedures are followed, with respect to samples, reagents and equipment.
  • Maintaining good clinical laboratory practice when discharging assigned responsibility
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned by the immediate supervisor

Key Skills and Competencies

  • Planning kills
  • Communication and reporting skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Team player

Terms of Employment: A one-year renewable contract as per KEMR scheme of service and a probation period for the first 3 months

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Closing date 19 May 2022

Laboratory Internship – Kisumu

Job Description

The Kenya Medical Research Institute is committed to providing the youth with opportunities to acquire, sharpen their knowledge and gain technical/practical skills to complement their studies in order to enhance their employability

Vacancy Requirements:

  • BSc in Laboratory Science / Technology, Biotechnology, Biological Sciences/ Medical Laboratory Science or equivalent from a recognized institution.    
  • Registration Certificate issued by the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB) where applicable or any other recognized regulatory body    
  • Valid practicing license from Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists where applicable    
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili both written and spoken.    
  • Be a Kenyan youth below 30 years of age    Affirmative Action
  • Should have graduated and obtained the relevant final certificate    
  • Provide a Certificate of good conduct    
  • Should possess strong analytical 
  • Must be computer literate.

Closing date 19 May 2022

Data Manager

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support, in collaboration with the NIH data support team, the development of the clinical trial database specifications, eCRFs, user requirements, edit rules/checks, query logics and data validation rules within the DF Discover system
  • Develop and maintain data management plans, standard operating procedures for conducting data management activities for the trial including backup systems for power and internet
  • Ensure quality and accuracy of data submitted from the study sites and assure timely entry and review of the database, query resolution and appropriate reporting and follow-up for all safety events by site personnel
  • Create and maintain data management files, data dictionaries and other required documentation in compliance with the national and international standards, regulations and guidelines on data protection, governance and sharing
  • Design and implement procedures for automation of data outputs and regular statistical reports and configure dashboards for data visualization and other products for information dissemination
  • Provide training and mentoring to research staff and study teams on data management processes and mentor data clerks and interns
  • Maintain study electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and other equipment used for data collection, ensuring data is secure and forms are updated as needed
  • Extract data and perform regular reviews to identify issues, generate queries, communicate and track their resolution working with the program staff and supervisors for corrective action/query resolution in a timely manner
  • Work with the Trial data management support team to ensure the EDC system can lock/unlock and freeze/unfreeze for statistical review, interim review and/or final database checks
  • Ensure good internet connectivity for data entry at the trial sites and troubleshoot as needed
  • Work with the study team to ensure that data reporting needs are scheduled and
  • Manage and supervise the daily data collection at the field sites
  • Participate in planning meetings and scheduled conference calls with the study team and study partners
  • Perform additional duties as may be assigned by their supervisor

Vacancy Requirements:

  • BSc in Computer Science, Biostatistics, Applied Statistics, or any other related field. A master’s degree will be an added advantage.    
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and a focus on quality and innovation    
  • Ability to prioritize work, exercise initiative and work with minimal direction    
  • Ability to manage multiple studies of medium complexity or size concurrently    
  • Adaptability to changes in work duties, responsibilities, and requirements    
  • Excellent communication and problem-solving skills    
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with colleagues, including research scientists

Closing date 19 May 2022

Clerical Officer (Community Interviewers) (3 Positions)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collect and document accurate information from the study participants in line with the standards and guidelines set in the study protocol and SOPs
  • Schedule and prepare a work plan of home follow up visits and reminders for study visits during home visits
  • Report to the field coordinator and to the clinical team any adverse events as instructed in the field work/home follow-up visit SOP
  • Ensure that all the relevant case report forms and diary cards are filled appropriately, and all questions asked during the interviews
  • Check questionnaires for accuracy and completeness at the end of interviews
  • Keep clean and comprehensive records of study visits and their outcomes
  • Conduct debriefing with the study participants at conclusion of interviews
  • Adhere strictly to the project deadlines for completion of duties assigned
  • Use motorcycles to carry out study trial related activities as assigned by the supervisors
  • Responsible for the security, maintenance and timely renewal of motorcycle insurance
  • Attend all scheduled meetings on time and report on progress of work
  • Perform HIV testing and counselling of mothers and children during screening for study participation
  • Any other assigned/ delegated duties by the immediate supervisor

Vacancy Requirements:

  • O-Level secondary education with a minimum grade of a D+ (plus)    
  • Be trained in VCT/HIV Counselling certificate – (an added advantage)    
  • Be in possession of a valid motorcycle riding license    
  • Have a Good command of English, Swahili and Dholuo, both spoken and written    
  • Be able to write brief reports and keep records.    
  • Previous experience in research and particularly in clinical trials    
  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practices (GCP) principles and Human Subjects Protection (HSP) 

Closing date 19 May 2022.

Clinical Officer (2 Positions)

Job Description

This is the entry and training grade in this cadre. An officer at this level will work underguidance and supervision of a senior officer.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the study’s goals and activities to conduct the study
  • Perform screening & consenting, enrollment, prescription of medications and follow up of participants, including medical history, physical examination and
  • Document applicable study data during all study procedures
  • Clinical management of ill participants and conducting clinical procedures including venipuncture, insertion of IV cannulas and collection of biological samples when necessary
  • Report any adverse events to the Study Pediatrician, PI, MO and Study Coordinator
  • Ensure that all the necessary documentation pertaining to screening, enrollment, follow up, clinical processes, other specific study procedures and operations are documented in the proper manner as provided for and in conformity with good clinical and documentation practice
  • Respond to and resolve queries about participants’ information documented in the study files
  • Adequately respond to questions about the study posed by participants and the community
  • Offer basic nursing care to the study participants
  • Make diagnoses and decisions on patient’s management according to study protocols and the recommended national guidelines
  • Arrange laboratory tests according to study protocol
  • Any other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisorThis is the entry and training grade in this cadre. An officer at this level will work underguidance and supervision of a senior officer.

Vacancy Requirements:

  • Diploma in clinical medicine;    
  • Registered and with a valid practicing license from the Clinical Officers Council of Kenya    
  • At least 1 years combined post-internship clinical experience (working with children)    
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office suite    
  • Fluency in English and Swahili languages, both written and spoken.    
  • Must be willing to reside in/within the study site (the assigned Health Facilities) in Siaya County    
  • Advanced Life Support (ALS)    
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)    
  • Experience working in a research study    
  • Post-basic training in pediatrics will be an added advantage

Closing date 19 May 2022.

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