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  • Posted: Nov 11, 2020
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    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.
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    Costing Research Assistant

    KMR/6 Vacancy No. FN-017-11-2020

    Reports to: Costing Officer
    Locations: Suba/Rongo
    Duration: 7 Months

    Qualifications and Experience:

    Diploma/Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in biomedical or Social Sciences, or other relevant field.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Assist to conduct the costing exercise but not inclusive:
    • Gathering the cost data in each study community once a year, which involves quantification of resources and unit costs;
    • Entering the cost data in uniform Excel data sets and perform basic quality checks;
    • Reporting to the SE/C team on the data collection progress
    • Conduct the time and motion (T&M) exercise at each study clinic including but not inclusive:
    • Providing training on the time and motion (T&M) exercise to the clinic staff;
    • Coordinate and conduct the T&M exercise at each study clinic once a year
    • Conduct the micro-costing exercise at each study clinic including but not inclusive:
    • Working in close consultation with clinic staff and administrators to quantify resources used to provide ART services under standard expenditure categories (e.g., personnel, capital goods, ARV drugs, etc.);
    • Gathering expenditure data from various sources (e.g., administrative records, study budget and expenditure, etc.);
    • Identifying other information sources when cost data is not available (e.g., donated items);
    • Completing the uniform cost data collection protocol retrospectively in 12-monthly intervals for each study clinic;
    • Assuring accuracy of data entry and resolving discrepancies in data in consultation with the SE/C team;
    • Collecting monthly patient data (e.g. number of patients on ART) at each clinic
    • Liaison with other local Study teams (e.g., , study sites, and off-site administrators
    • Communicate (e.g., Skype calls) with the SE/C team weekly on the overall data collection progress and other issues

    Other required skills:

    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to maintain frequent contact using cell phone, email.
    • Ability to monitor, gather and evaluate information of broad scope and complexity
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in English, Kiswahili, and Dholuo.
    • Interest in working in an innovative and demanding environment, with extensive travel within rural sites.
    • Enthusiasm for rural health and/or development work.
    • Ability to multitask, problem solve, and work with others to resolve challenges.
    • Strong communication, training, leadership skills
    • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated competence with managing administrative records.

    Method of Application

    Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are encouraged to send in their applications through email; hrrctp@kemri-ucsf.org

    Applications should include the following:

    • A cover letter stating current position and date available to start working for the program
    • A current CV including email and mobile phone contact
    • Name and phone number for two professional referees
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • A copy of the latest pay slip (if applicable)
    • Copies of academic and professional certificates

    KEMRI IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITED TO DIVERSITY; PERSONS WITH DISABILITY, WOMEN, YOUTH AND THOSE FROM MARGINALIZED AREAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. KEMRI DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF ITS SELECTION PROCESS INCLUDING APPLICATION, INTERVIEW AND PROCESSING OF OFFER LETTER. IF ASKED FOR A FEE, REPORT SUCH REQUEST IMMEDIATELY.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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