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Job Description

Research Officer I (Human Health Theme)

  • To support research projects based at ITOC Mbita and Muhaka Filed Station with One Health and veterinary component; this includes the support of experimental work with animals, development of animal health protocols and animal surveillance at a community level.

Specific Duties

  •  Support the development of study protocols and standard operating procedures with veterinary components.
  •  Support the development of animal health protocols for semi-field experiments and field trials.
  •  Provide oversight and technical support on animal welfare in experimental studies.
  •  Provide training to field staff and community on handling of animals and application of insecticides and implementation of animal health surveys.
  •  Implement fieldwork, including screening of animals for ectoparasites and community engagement activities as well as formative surveys according to SOPs.
  •  Implement tungiasis household surveys to identify Tunga penetrans on-host and off-host stages in animals, people and the environment.
  •  Support the project PI with data analysis and preparation of summary reports.
  •  Contribute to stakeholder engagement activities.


  •  First degree in Veterinary Medicine or related field with at least 2 years of work experience in R&D.
  •  Registered Veterinary Practitioner.
  •  Minimum of 2 years’ experience in handling livestock.
  •  Trained in diagnoses of skin diseases in livestock specifically tungiasis.
  •  Registration by the Veterinary Board of Kenya.
  •  Understanding of research ethics and informed consent process.
  •  Understanding of animal welfare issues and protocol preparation for approval from the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure ethical and sensitive care and use of animals in research.
  •  Experienced in using tablets or smartphones for data entry.
  •  Practical experience in implementation of tungiasis community and school-wide surveys
  •  Experienced in the application of Metharizium-based products and monitoring of animal health indicators.
  •  Experienced in working with communities and government stakeholders.

Other Desirable Attributes

  •  Excellent problem-solving skills, working under minimal supervision.
  •  Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  •  Experience in qualitative survey techniques such as key informant interviews.


  • This position reports to the Postdoctoral Fellow.

Method of Application

Applications will be accepted up to 31st July 2023. Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidential coverletter; (b) detailed CV with names and addresses of 3 referees, including e-mail addresses; and (c) a statement illustrating suitability against the listed qualifications, requirements and attributes. Only complete applications will be considered. Candidates are required to apply online through: or by Email:

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