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Data Clerk (Community Interviewer) – 3 Positions

Job Summary:

The Officer will be responsible in identifying, consenting recruitment, follow up and retention of eligible study participants. S/he must be flexible and work within the existing structure, in a professional and ethical manner with competence, accountability and integrity.

Job Descriptions

The duties and responsibilities of the officer will entail: –

  •  Assist in identification of potential participants
  •  Consent and recruit eligible participants
  •  Ensure consistent implementation of research protocol over time
  •  Schedule participants for follow ups
  •  Complete study forms accurately & completely
  •  Ensure he/she has the requisite supplies in good time
  •  Work closely with the data team to resolve queries
  •  Maintain strict confidentiality of sensitive research information
  •  Participate in monthly program meetings
  •  Must be able to relate well with MOH staff and CHVs and the community
  •  Perform any other duties assigned/delegated by the study management.

Person Specifications
 For appointment to this grade, a candidate must have: –

  •  KCSE mean grade D+ and above or its equivalent from a recognized institution;
  •  Fluency in both written and oral Luo, English & Swahili languages
  •  Possession of GCP certificate is an added advantage
  •  Be in possession of a valid motorcycle rider’s license and able to ride motorcycle.
  •  Experience in electronic data collection e.g smartphone, tablets
  •  Be a resident or willing to live and work in the study area
  •  Experience in working in a research /hospital setting is an added advantage

Desired Qualities

  •  Ability to maintain project schedules and work extra hours as needed
  •  Ability to perform all duties and responsibilities independently, in a timely manner with minimal supervision
  •  Attention to details and good work ethics
  •  Must be able to write brief reports and keep records that are clear and legible
  •  Ability to adhere to research protocol as written

Key Skills and Competencies

  • Planning and Organization Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Team player

Terms of employment:

This is a one (1) year contract, renewable subject to availability of funds, with a probation period for the first 3 months. Salary is negotiable within the KEMRI scheme of service depending on education, experience and demonstrated competency.

Intern- Administration

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Essential Requirements:

  •  Diploma in Accountancy, Business Administration or Business Management
  •  MUST be fluent in English and Kiswahili both written and spoken.
  •  Should have graduated and obtained the relevant final certificate
  •  Be a Kenyan youth below 30 years of age
  •  Provide a Certificate of good conduct
  •  Should possess strong analytical skills
  •  Must be computer literate.

Terms of Engagement:

Appointment in the Internship program will be for a period of one (1) year non-renewable and is subject to availability of funds.

Please Note:

  • A modest stipend of Ksh. 15,000 will be provided which may not be sufficient and therefore the  successful candidates will need to cater for their own transport, accommodation and upkeep  during this period.
  • Successful candidates will be expected to take up a personal accident cover and medical  Insurance cover lasting through the internship period.
  • KEMRI/The program WILL NOT offer employment after the completion of internship.

Applications should include the following:

  • Letter of Application indicating vacancy number
  • Current Resume or CV with names and contact information (telephone and e-mail address)
  • Copies of Certificates and transcripts.

Principal Clinical Research Scientist

Job Summary:

The officer will be based at the Malaria Division of KEMRI’s Centre for Global Health Research in Kisumu, western Kenya. The project is interested in recruiting an exceptional Principal Investigator with a medical background and PhD training in a relevant subject, and a minimum of five years of field experience to lead the project in Kenya and support the other public health scientists, epidemiologists, social scientists and health economists from the consortium. The incumbent will be the country’s Principal Investigator (PI), responsible for overseeing all stages of the development of implementation research in western Kenya, including sustained stakeholder engagement with national and sub-national MOH partners and conduct of the formative and pilot research phases and the implementation trial. The officer will work in close consultation with all co-investigators within the PDMC Saves Lives consortium and will be supported by the Chief Investigator (CI) of the PDMC Saves Lives Consortium, based in Liverpool, UK. He/She will chair in-country management meetings and responsible for the preparation of standard operating procedures, protocol writing, managing submission of protocol amendments to SERU and regulatory authorities as required, coordinating fieldwork, and overseeing centralized functions of the study, including coordinating data management and procurement of study supplies, data analysis and manuscript writing.

 Job Descriptions
The duties and responsibilities of the officer will entail: –

  •  Identifying research gaps in line with the Institute’s research priority areas;
  •  Developing of research proposals in the relevant research thematic area;
  •  Implementing pre-clinical and clinical research projects and/or supervise designated aspects of the work;
  •  Sourcing for grants to fund the approved research protocols
  •  Managing and coordinating pre-clinical and clinical research groups working in various disciplines;
  •  Coaching and mentoring of junior scientists in formulation of research ideas, proposal writing and sourcing for grants;
  •  Monitoring and evaluating implementation of research projects;
  •  Initiate and organize scientific dissemination forums;
  •  Monitoring and directing specified pre-clinical and clinical research groups;
  •  Preparation of project progress reports and submission of the same to the overall project CI based in Liverpool in a timely fashion;
  •  Plan and coordinate meetings for both internal project staff and external collaborators and visitors.
  •  Conducting medical examinations and writing medical reports;
  •  General diagnosis, care, treatment and provision of specialized clinical care for study participants;
  •  Conducting community diagnosis, care and treatment during Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities;
  •  Establishing strategic partnerships for research, training, innovations, technology;
  •  Supervising junior professional and technical staff attached to his/her pre-clinical and clinical research program,
  •  Writing manuscripts, reports and translating research findings into lay language;
  •  Disseminating and translating research findings for evidence based policy formulations and implementation; and
  •  Identifying technology with potential for intellectual property protection.

Person Specifications
 For appointment to this grade, a candidate must have: –

  •  At least ten (10) years of relevant work experience four (4) of which should have been in a management position or leading teams;
  •  Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields; – Medicine and surgery, Dentistry, Veterinary, Pharmacy or equivalent qualifications from a recognized Institution;
  •  Master’s degree in any of the following fields; Clinical Medicine/ Surgery/ Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy; OR
  •  Doctorate degree in any of the following disciplines: – Biomedical Sciences, Analytical Chemistry, Applied Sciences, Public Health, any relevant Social Science, or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution;
  •  Professional qualification and membership;
  •  Developed at least sixteen (16) proposals, eight (8) of which have been funded;
  •  Published at least eight (8) articles in refereed journals with at least four (4) articles as the first or lead author;
  •  At least 5 years of experience in field-based research of malaria or other childhood diseases in Kenya or sub-Saharan Africa.
  •  Strong hands-on experience with current methods of clinical trials and/or epidemiological studies
  •  Advanced level analytical skills and use of at least one statistical software package, e.g. STATA, R, SPSS or SAS
  •  Experience working in collaboration with multiple agencies/partners or Donors and Ministry of Health
  •  Strong project budgeting and financial management skills
  •  Strong report and manuscript writing skills, with evidence.
  •  Leadership Course not lasting less than four (4) weeks from a recognized institution;
  •  Proficiency in computer application.

Key Skills and Competencies

  •  Strategic thinking;
  •  Proposal writing skills;
  •  Analytical skills;
  •  Creativity and Innovativeness;
  •  Critical thinking skills
  •  Research fundraising skills
  •  Communication and reporting skills
  •  Interpersonal and negotiation skills

 Team player

  • Terms of employment: This is a three (3) years contract, renewable subject to availability of funds, with a probation period for the first 3 months. Salary is negotiable within the KEMRI scheme of service depending on education, experience and demonstrated competency


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