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Statistician – Intern

Vacancy No: CGHR/217/10/21

Project description:

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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 in line with the Kenya Vision 2030. The KEMRI internship program (KIP) seeks to develop a pool of young talent adequately exposed to working in the research industry. After the planned one year (Non-renewable) internship program, the candidates will have gained practical workplace experience to enable them to have a competitive edge in their job search.

Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, Biostatistics, Applied Statistics or Mathematics (Statistics Major)
  2. Working knowledge of Stata
  3. Below thirty (30) years old

Terms of Engagement:
Appointment in the Internship program will be for a period of one year. The successful candidate (s) will be paid a monthly stipend without any other benefits. Interns will be expected to take up a
personal accident cover and medical Insurance cover for the period of internship

Research Administrator (Regulatory) 

Vacancy No. CGHR/218/10/21

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Program description:
This program is collaboration between the Kenya Medical Research Institute and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whose mandate is to conduct research in malaria, HIV, TB,
and other diseases. To effectively carry out its mandate, the Family Health Unit (FHU) is seeking to fill the position of a Regulatory Officer within Family Health Unit.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Bachelor of Science Degree nursing, social sciences or a health-related discipline
  2. Experience in Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance
  3. Training on Regulatory Affairs/Quality Assurance/Clinical trials will be an added advantage
  4. Fluency in Kiswahili and English – both written and oral
  5. Training in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and other applicable regulations.

Skills and abilities:

  1. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  2. Attention to details,
  3. Ability to work with minimal supervision

Position Descriptive:
The Regulatory Officer will report the Family Health Unit Head and will be responsible for ensuring that studies within FHU are conducted in the highest standards possible as per the specific study protocols, SOPs, GCP and all the applicable regulations. S/he must be flexible, keen to details, strict on timelines, have vast knowledge of the applicable regulations to the conduct of clinical research and work within the existing structure, in a professional and ethical manner with competence, accountability and integrity.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

  1. Maintain studies’ compliance with applicable guidelines and regulations as well as all relevant local laws. at all times.
  2. Keep track of all FHU protocols at the various IRBs and the regulatory body with an aim of ensuring strict adherence to submission/reporting timelines.
  3. Maintain documents as required by regulatory agency guidelines.
  4. Organize, coordinate, and document all training undertaken in respect to the study and to file all the relevant training records.
  5. Conduct periodic internal monitoring and audits of studies within FHU to ensure compliance with the protocol, SOPs, GCP and all the applicable regulations.
  6. Assist in conducting periodic internal monitoring activities for studies within FHU
  7. Tracking, documenting, and reporting adverse events
  8. Training of staff on quality assurance issues.
  9. Writing and reviewing of Standard Operating Procedures.
  10. Developing of study source documents.
  11. Any other duties assigned by the immediate supervisor.

Terms of Employment:

  1. Terms of Employment: One (1) year renewable contract as per KEMRI scheme of service and a probation period for the first 3 months.
  2. Remuneration: Compensation is as per the stated salary scale, which is based on academic level, relevant experience and demonstrated competency.

Statistician

Vacancy No. CGHR/216/10/21

Program description:

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), through the Centre for Global Health Research Family Health Unit (FHU) has a position in the statistics section. The FHU encompasses various studies focusing on family health among them, the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network (CHAMPS) program; Several Pregnancy (pre and post Natal) surveillance studies; COVID-19 related studies and maternal child health implementation studies. The project seeks to fill the following position.

Minimum Requirements

  1. A Master’s Degree in Statistics, Biostatistics or Health Informatics
  2. At least 4 years’ experience in similar position with demonstrated research experience, in the health/medical research
  3. Excellent computer skills and familiarity with one or more statistical packages (including Stata, R or SAS)
  4. Knowledge of any SQL-compliant DBMS (e.g. MS-Access, MS-SQL, MySQL Postgres, Oracle, DB2 etc); exposure to GIS analysis an advantage
  5. Proficiency with statistical and data management procedures (data cleaning, manipulation, summarization, tables, listings, graphics, and inferential statistical output), and report generation.
  6. Knowledge of Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence
  7. Knowledge and training in epidemiology
  8. MUST have contributed to 1-3 publications of which at least 1 s/he is the first author

Skills and Abilities

  1. Good analytical ability, planning and organisational skills
  2. Attentive to detail with the capacity to work with/ follow laid down processes and procedures
  3. Ability to work independently/ with minimum supervision and within stipulated deadlines and schedules
  4. Confidentiality and integrity
  5. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  6. Team working and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

Job description;

Provide statistical support and data management oversight for ongoing studies in the Family Health Unit. The successful candidate will work with the Principal Statistician, Data Management team, Study Coordinators and the Principal Investigators in planning for data analysis, setting up of analytical datasets, help junior staff carry out analysis using the appropriate tools and technique;, guide data validation and cleaning process; and finally analysing the data. The holder of this position shall be based at the KEMRI-CGHR

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Developing study analysis plans and inputting into data management plans
  2. Guide database development for study data management
  3. Overseeing data entry, conducting routine data checks, resolving queries and generating reports.
  4. Liaising with trial and data managers and programmers about data quality and missing data, verifying data accuracy and validity. Scheduling and preparing progress reports and/or analyses for independent Data Monitoring Committees, Steering Committees, and publications.
  5. Actively interrogating the data for discrepancies, errors, and missing data, in order to verify the accuracy and validity of the data. Reporting and liaising with study investigators, data clerks, data managers and programmers on the quality of the data and resolving any errors according to the study protocol.
  6. Discussing and interpreting results with colleagues and collaborators in the trials/studies.
  7. Ensuring deadlines and project milestones relating to data and analyses are met, coordinating with other members of staff and external collaborators as necessary
  8. Support the production of summary tables and graphics for interim and final analyses
  9. Preparing and depositing research data and documentation for curation and archiving
  10. Ensuring that all study data processes complies with the appropriate data protection regulations

Terms of Employment:

  1. One (1) year renewable contract as per KEMRI scheme of service and a probation period for the first 3 months.
  2. Remuneration: Compensation is as per the stated salary scale, which is based on academic level, relevant experience and demonstrated competency. 

Research Scientist – Intern

Vacancy No. CGHR/219/10/21

Project 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 in line with the Kenya Vision 2030. The KEMRI internship program (KIP) seeks to develop a pool of young talent adequately exposed to working in the research industry. After the planned one year (Non-renewable) internship program, the candidates will have gained practical workplace experience to enable them to have a competitive edge in their job search. 

Requirements:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences (Medical Laboratory Technology, Biochemistry,
  2. Biomedical Sciences, Medical biotechnology, Microbiology) or any relevant field from a recognized university in Kenya
  3. Be below thirty (30) years in age

Terms of Engagement:
Appointment in the Internship program will be for a period of one year. The successful candidate (s) will be paid a monthly stipend without any other benefits. Interns will be expected to take up a personal accident cover and medical Insurance cover for the period of internship

Applications are due no later than: November 22, 2021 Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are encouraged apply to: The Deputy Director, CGHR, P. O. Box 1578- 40100, Kisumu or submit via email address cghr@kemri.org. Indicate the vacancy number in the subject headline

Application Documents

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  1. Letter of application (Include vacancy)
  2. Most current CV with names of at least 2 referees
  3. Copies of academic and professional certificates
  4. Copy of Certificate of good conduct
  5. KRA Certificate of Tax compliance
  6. Clearance Certificate from HELB
  7. Copy of certificate of clearance from Credit reference Bureau