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21 Nov 2022

Full-Time Jobs at Kenya Medical Research (5 Positions)

KEMRI – Posted by Sunlit Centre Kenya Anywhere

Job Description

Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is a State Corporation established through the Science and Technology (Amendment) Act of 1979, which has since been amended to Science, Technology and Innovation Act 2013. The 1979 Act established KEMRI as a National body responsible for carrying out health research in Kenya.

Study Clinician -10 Positions

  • Location; Kisumu

Vacancy No. FN-04-11-2022

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Register and consent study participants and assist with eligibility determination, screening and enrolment of study participants.
  • Administer and collect participant tobacco use history and medication use history as per study protocol.
  • Provide health education on tobacco use cessation counselling support.
  • Screening and enrolment of participants.
  • Administer study intervention medication
  • Monitor and report AEs
  • Respond to questions about the study posed by participants and the community.
  • Ensure participant retention and adhere to site retention strategies and requirements.
  • Maintain up to date participant visit notes.
  • Administer Case Report Forms (CRFs), accurate recording of data on CRFs and perform self QC.
  • Assess adherence to study products.
  • Develop and review study related SOPs.
  • Laboratory results interpretation.
  • Prepare weekly and monthly progress reports of personal study activities.
  • Closely work with other staff members to ensure the success of the study

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Clinical Medicine and hands-on Clinical experience.
  • Must be registered with the Clinical Officers Council of Kenya.

Required Experience

  • At least 2 years of clinical experience working in a busy HIV clinic.
  • Good Clinical Practice training/Human Subjects Protection training in behavioural Health
  • More than two (2) years Clinical research experience is an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of tobacco cessation interventions will be an added advantage

Research Assistants – 4 Positions

  • Location; Kisumu

Vacancy No. FN-05-11-2022

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Register and consent study participants and assist with eligibility determination, screening and enrolment of study participants.
  • Administer and collect participant tobacco use history and medication use history as per study protocol.
  • Provide health education on tobacco use cessation counselling support.
  • Respond to questions about the study posed by participants and the community.
  • Ensure participant retention and adhere to site retention strategies and requirements.
  • Maintain up to date participant visit notes.
  • Develop and review study related SOPs.
  • Prepare weekly and monthly progress reports of personal study activities.
  • Ensuring safety of data collection tools and equipment assigned.
  • Accurate and prompt study documentation.
  • Transport Reimbursement for participant
  • Other duties as assigned by the Study Coordinator

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a Diploma in Public health or Social Science or Community Development or related field.
  • At least 2 years’ experience in Counselling and Psychosocial support.
  • At least 2 years of experience working in HIV Clinics.
  • Good Clinical Practice training/Human Subjects Protection training in behavioural Health

Other required skills

  • Must be keen and attentive to details and have ability to follow instructions and procedures properly.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication required.
  • Must be non-judgmental and flexible to mix with all cadres of people
  • Prior working knowledge in tobacco use cessation programs is desirable
  • Must have good interpersonal skills, flexible and a team player.

Study Coordinator

  • Location; Kisumu , Siaya

Vacancy No. FN-01-11-2022

Duration: 9 Months as per KEMRI Scheme of Service. The first 2 months is a probation period

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the study protocols, goals and logistics required to conduct research studies and implementation projects
  • Maintain daily oversight of study implementation
  • Coordinate study team to ensure proper performance of study and project activities
  • Evaluate potential patients for inclusion in the study according to the study protocol
  • Oversee the recruitment of study participants by providing counseling and linkage of study participants in conjunction with research assistants
  • Perform study visits and clinical assessments of participants, document study procedures, and interpret laboratory results in collaboration with study PIs.
  • Ensure participant safety through monitoring of clinical and laboratory adverse events
  • Ensure timely reporting of SAEs/UAEs and protocol deviations.
  • Take the lead in training and supervising the functions of relevant clinical personnel.
  • Ensure participant privacy and confidentiality are maintained
  • Overseeing, improving, and coordinating the study implementation in the health facilities and ensuring all services comply with the Quality Management Plan
  • Mentoring and supervising clinic staff members in participating sub-counties
  • Compiling clinical and study data and regular reports from the study sites
  • Developing clinic Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS) to be used in the study sites
  • Oversee and monitor study budget expenditure
  • Maintain relationships with collaborating partners and the MoH
  • Work professionally and ethically with competence, accountability, and integrity
  • Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the study PIs
  • Works professionally and ethically with competence, accountability, and integrity

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from a recognized training institution.
  • Be duly registered by the relevant professional body
  • Hold a valid practicing license

Additional desirable qualities

  • At least three years’ experience working in a clinical trial or research setting – or equivalent, preferably in a supervisory role or with supervisory duties
  • Experience working in HIV care, either in a clinical or research setting
  • Comfortable working in Siaya and Kisumu County, including in rural clinics and communitybased projects
  • Be able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in English and preferably Dholuo
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Effective written communication skills, including project reporting, including using MS Word, Power point, and MS Excel

Research Assistants – 2 Positions

  • Location; Kisumu , Siaya

Vacancy No. FN-02-11-2022

Duration: 9 Months as per KEMRI Scheme of Service. The first 3 months is a probation period

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Mobilize and sensitize facility health workers on cervical cancer screening and prevention
  • Conduct health talks to patients on cervical cancer screening and treatment
  • Conduct community engagement and entry through meetings and regular communication with key stakeholders on cervical cancer screening.
  • Define and manage client flow to cervical cancer screening rooms to eliminate missed opportunities for screenings and treatment
  • Ensure all study data collection tools and consent forms are available and kept in a safe lockable cabinet.
  • Attend facility departmental and PI meetings sharing study updates
  • Conduct pre-test and post- test interviews using tablet computers
  • Data collection, entry, and cleaning using REDCap and Open Data Kit (ODK)
  • Conduct In-depth interviews and develop transcripts from transcription and translation
  • Lead study focus groups with the support of the study coordinator and Principal Investigators
  • Conduct participant tracing through phone call reminders, short message service (SMS), and home tracking by the use of locator information
  • Other duties as assigned by data management, Study coordinator, or Study Principal Investigators.

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Clinical Medicine, Nursing, Community Health, Sociology, and Social Work. A degree in any health-related course will be an added advantage.
  • At least two years relevant experience in research or clinical setting, preferably with significant counseling and social science department role
  • Experience in working in HIV care or communities affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Experience in conducting surveys, in-depth interviews or focus groups, and working in the community will be an added advantage

Other required skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Data collection and entry experience using REDCap (and/or ODK) (preferred)
  • Strong communication skills
  • Fluency in English, Kiswahili, and Luo required
  • Must be keen and attentive to details and can keenly follow instructions and procedures

Data Analyst

  • Location; Kisumu

Vacancy No. FN-03-11-2022

Duration: 9 Months Contract as per KEMRI Scheme of Service. The first 3 months is a probation period

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop study and project data collection tools for specific projects and determine the types and sizes of sample groups to be used in conjunction with study investigators
  • Set up and maintain high-quality research databases on REDCap and ODK with other data collection tools.
  • Train, supervise, and oversee data collection teams, including clinicians, research assistants, and community health workers, as needed throughout the project to ensure high-quality study data at all levels.
  • Responsible for weekly data cleaning and reporting of high-quality research data, as well as identifying and managing threats to data integrity in collaboration with study teams
  • Analyze and reports the results of statistical analyses, including information in the form of graphs, charts, and tables.
  • Presentation of statistical and non-statistical results using charts, bullets, and graphs in meetings or conferences to audiences such as clients, peers, and students.
  • Use various statistical software, methods, and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret research data to derive useful information for research data.
  • Reporting and liaising with trial investigators on the quality of the data, and resolving any errors according to the study protocol.
  • Assist in preparing clinical trial documents and reports, protocols, investigator brochures, scientific abstracts, peer-reviewed manuscripts, and responses to requests from regulatory agencies, local Institutional Review Board, and other health authorities.
  • Reviews and analyzes safety reporting and other aspects of clinical trial monitoring.
  • Assist in planning data collection methods in both facility-based and community-based projects in collaboration with multiple stakeholders
  • Help develop and test experimental designs, sampling techniques, and analytical methods.
  • Discuss and interpret results with colleagues and collaborators in the trial/study.
  • Ensuring deadlines and project milestones relating to data and analyses are met in collaboration with members of the research team and external collaborators as necessary.
  • Mentorship and support of junior investigators affiliated with the project.
  • Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the study Coordinator and designated supervisors

Required Qualifications:

  • A Degree in mathematics or statistics and 2 years’ experience – or equivalent – in a similar position with demonstrated research experience, preferably in the health sciences.

Desirable Qualities:

  • Great attention to detail and excellent analytical skills
  • Good presentation skills.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Excellent computer skills and familiarity with one or more statistical packages (including Stata, R, SPSS or SAS) or other research databases.
  • Excellent skills on REDCap and ODK.
  • Prior experience working in HIV care or research
  • Demonstrated research experience, preferably in the health sciences.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing as evidenced by publications or project reports
  • Proficiency with statistical and data management procedures (data cleaning, manipulation, summarization, tables, listings, graphics, and inferential statistical output) and report generation.

How to Apply

  • All applicants must meet each selection criteria detailed in the minimum requirements.
  • Indicate Position & Vacancy Number as the subject of the Email
  • Must include a current CV with names of at least three referees.
  • Must include copies of academic and professional certificates.
A duly signed application letter indicating the vacancy reference with copies of documents listed above should be sent to: hrrctp@kemri-rctp.org not later than 2nd December, 2022.

Job Categories: Many positions. Job Types: Full-Time.

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