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  • Posted: Dec 22, 2022
    Deadline: Jan 5, 2023
  • The KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is based within the KEMRI Centre for Geographic Medical Research - (Coast). Our core activities are funded by the Wellcome Trust. We conduct integrated epidemiological, social, laboratory and clinical research in parallel, with results feeding into local and international health policy. Our research platfor...
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    Research Medical Officer II

    The project

    BOHEMIA (Broad One-Health Endectocide-based Malaria Intervention in Africa) is a UNITAID funded project conducting a cluster randomised controlled trial (cRCT) to evaluate ivermectin mass drug administration (MDA) for malaria prevention in Kwale county.

    The BOHEMIA project is searching for a clinical lead with experience in clinical trial research. The candidate will supervise clinical officers and will be supported by a pharmacy team and a field operations team. The clinical lead will be responsible for safety trial monitoring, communicating and assisting study monitors, evaluation and reporting of AEs, SAEs and SUSARs, as well as, assisting with reports to sponsor and regulatory authorities.


    • Lead the safety monitoring of the BOHEMIA clinical trial.
    • Supervise and manage a team of clinical officers.
    • Development of study monitoring documentation including SOPs, SSPs, training manuals, operations manuals and logs.
    • Assist with staff training where appropriate.
    • Establish a safety monitoring reporting system between the field staff, the clinical team and the Sponsor.
    • Carry out an evaluation for every registered SAE and fill out follow up reports.
    • Complete all reports in a timely manner in order to guarantee participant safety.
    • Participate in all monitoring related meetings and assist the clinical trial team during the monitoring visits
    • Address the monitoring team findings of the clinical trial
    • Identify any risks or issues of the clinical trial and communicate them to the PI and clinical trial team.


    • Holders of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B;Ch.B.) degree or its equivalent degree from any recognized university or institution.
    • 1-3 years post qualification experience
    • Valid clinical practice license and annual retention certificate from the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists’ Board or equivalent
    • Experience in clinical trials.
    • Knowledge of human research ethics and Good Clinical Practices (GCP).
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel).
    • Certification in GCP and RETC.


    • Experience working in Kwale (desirable but not essential).


    • Demonstrate high levels of integrity and confidentiality
    • Excellent interpersonal, written, presentation and communication skills and a high level of emotional intelligence
    • Good analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills;
    • Teamwork and ability to work with diverse teams
    • Strong Flexibility, adaptability, multi-tasking and attention to detail
    • Strong team coordination and Supervisory skills.

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    Research Officer


    The mass drug administration (MDA) of ivermectin to humans and/or livestock holds potential to complement current malaria vector control tools and further reduce malaria transmission, moving us closer to the goal of malaria eradication. The BOHEMIA project (Broad One-Health Endectocide-based Malaria Intervention in Africa) will evaluate the MDA of ivermectin to humans and/or livestock in two African countries – Mozambique and Kenya - during the malaria season, and will collect data on the epidemiological and economic impact to support normative guidance, global and national policy change.

    The economic impact assessment will provide a cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis that estimates economic and health impacts of iMDA at local and country-wide scales of implementation, when jointly implemented with other malaria prevention programs. Both provider and societal perspectives on cost-effectiveness will be calculated, including explicit measures of the impact of iMDA on human and livestock health and productivity.  The Health Economics Lead will oversee and/or directly perform data collection and analysis activities relevant to estimating the provider and societal costs and benefits associated with programmatic implementation of ivermectin MDA in humans and cattle in Kenya.


    • Perform literature reviews of relevant publications and summarize findings
    • Track costs associated with delivery of services during the clinical trial
    • If needed - Perform interviews with relevant stakeholders (e.g., local health care facilities, local animal health professionals, the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture) to determine average health care costs associated with treatment of malaria and delivery of livestock veterinary care
    • Oversee field teams responsible for delivery of health economic questionnaires
      • Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for questionnaire delivery
      • Train field workers in SOPs
      • Monitor field performance of teams and address any challenges that arise
    • Attend regular virtual meetings with Health Economic Investigators (domestic and international) to ensure quality and completeness of data collection and interpretation
    • Assist in summarizing country-level findings for interim and final project reports
    • Potential for leading or participating in manuscript development and publication


    • MSc in health economics, public health or any other related field from a reputable university
    • An excellent academic track record as evidenced by grades for undergraduate and post-graduate training
    • Proficiency in reading and writing in English and Kiswahili
    • Experience performing literature reviews and summarizing/interpreting findings
    • Basic statistical evaluation of quantitative data
    • Basic economics
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office.
    • Proficiency in R or other statistics software
    • Advanced statistical knowledge; previous work with survey data analysis
    • Experience in economics and economic analysis
    • Experience with malaria-related research or program (desired, but not essential)
    • Experience managing budgets associated with public health program implementation and knowledge of ongoing in-country public health interventions  (desired, but not essential)
    • Experience with logistical operations related to personnel and material supply chains as part of public health programs (desired, but not essential)
    • Experience in technical writing (desired, but not essential)
    • Excellent organizational skills, team oriented, flexibility, adaptability and proactiveness.


    • Demonstrate high levels of integrity and confidentiality  
    • Excellent interpersonal, written, presentation and communication skills  
    • Good analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills;  
    • Teamwork and ability to work with diverse teams  
    • Strong Flexibility, adaptability, multi-tasking and attention to detail 
    • Strong team coordination and Supervisory skills.  


    • The workstation will be at the KEMRI Kwale, with occasional travel to KEMRI Wellcome Kilifi.
    • Be available to work out of hours, if necessary.
    • The work environment will include both office and field-based tasks.

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