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  • Posted: Jan 11, 2021
    Deadline: Jan 22, 2021
  • 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 Officer - HERU

    Reference Number: RO-HERU -141220

    Category: Research Health Economics

    Job Grade: 7.01


    The research officer will be responsible for 1) Supporting a body of work focused on examining healthcare priority setting in Kenya the broader East African region, 2) Support institutionalization of health technology assessment in Kenya and the East African region, 3) Conduct health technology assessments in collaboration with government






    JOB DIMENSIONS: The primary responsibility will be to coordinate and support a body of work focused on the costing and economic evaluation of healthcare interventions.


    For the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) to:

    • Develop research proposals for ethics and scientific review
    • Lead the implementation of studies once ethics review has been obtained
    • Lead the analysis and write-up of study findings
    • Support HERU policy engagement initiatives
    • Develop grant applications for funding
    • And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.


    • A Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, statistics, economics or a health-related subject
    • A masters in health Economics
    • At least three (3) year related work experience.
    • Experience and skills in health technology assessments (including skills in costing, and cost-effectiveness analysis of healthcare interventions including using modelling approaches such as decision tree and markov models, budget impact analysis, and evidence synthesis).
    • Experience and skills in econometrics and its application to the economics of health systems such as equity and efficiency analysis
    • Strong quantitative data analysis skills using R and Stata as a minimum

    Desirable Criteria  

    Excellent organisational and communication skills


    • Good writing skills
    • Good presentation skills
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills a meticulous approach to documentation (including word processing and spreadsheet skills)
    • Team working and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
    • Ability to work with limited supervision and meet deadlines


    Office based

    Field work in selected counties

    Willingness to travel throughout the country

    Working hours:

    Requires flexibility in the hours worked, with the priority being meeting the team’s research goals

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    Early Post Doctoral Researcher

    Job Description/Requirements


    An experienced mid-level post-doctoral social scientist with responsibility to develop and conduct research with a broad focus on ethics-related issues in the context of international health research in low-and-middle income country settings.

    In the first instance, the post holder’s research will address social and ethical implications on one or a few of research studies undertaken at the KWTRP programme. These include clinical research, populations health, biobanking, participatory action research on community engagement in health research. The post-holder will be expected to identify a research area within these and to be supported to seek further independent funding. There will be an opportunity for international collaborative work through regional and international networks including the Global Health Bioethics Network.

    The post holder will contribute to social science and health systems strategic planning, implementation and teaching at KWTRP. Teaching will include PhD supervision, training of post-graduate and masters’ level research assistants, and organising and running short courses locally and externally.  The post holder will contribute to strategic science and ethics support at KWTRP through proposal review and departmental management responsibilities.



    Head, Health Systems and Research Ethics (HSRE) Department.

    Directly supervises

    Research officers and assistant research officers employed in the project they lead.


    The post holder will be responsible for managing funds allocated to the research at KWTRP; and additional independent funding that they attract through grant applications



    This post will be based at the KWTRP in Kenya, with some periods of time spent at the Nairobi office. The post holder will be expected to bring in additional funding to support staff salaries employed in the projects they will be leading and for funding the research activities.


    1. Contribute to strategic development and lead the implementation of high-quality social science research embedded in core platforms of the KWTRP programme.  
    • Developing proposals for new research initiatives on any of the core thematic areas of research undertaken at the Programme, with ongoing leadership responsibilities for identified areas of personal research.
    • Take a lead in dissemination of research findings through presentations at (inter)national meetings, and through a strong set of outputs in high profile peer reviewed publications, book chapters, policy reports and briefs.
    1. Contribute to training in the Health Systems Research Ethics department, wider KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme and (inter)nationally
    • Contribute to capacity building activities in social science/empirical ethics within the research programme and linked to our international networks and collaborations
    • Mentor and train PhD students, and mentor and supervise post-graduate and masters’ level interns and research assistants in the department
    • Contribute to securing grants that build strategic collaborations for the department, and that ensure members of the group benefit through training, supervision, networking, and experience
    • Support with the organisation of (inter)national meetings that support the development and maintenance of the above collaborations
    1. Contribute to management of the Health Systems Research ethics department
    • Active participation as part of the senior leadership team in the HSRE department in shaping its scientific strategy
    • Participate in various several scientific and management teams/committees in the KWTRP programme that support the strategic development of the programme.


    • A PhD in a relevant subject such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, history, political science or human geography, or equivalent academic experience
    • Upto 4 Years Postdoctoral experience.
    • Significant experience in independently conducting high quality health-related social science research, including post-doctoral research, in low-and-middle income countries
    • Experience and skills in capacity building for junior colleagues, including masters level students, and ideally PhD level thesis supervision
    • Experience and skills in developing and managing research relationships, ideally in multi-disciplinary research programmes, consortia or research institutions.



    • Significant experience of independently conducting high quality health-related social science research, including post-doctoral research, in low-and-middle income countries
    • A strong publication record in health-related or social science peer-reviewed journals
    • Experience, skills and commitment to capacity building for junior colleagues, including masters level students
    • Experience and skills in developing and managing research relationships, including in multi-disciplinary research programmes, consortia or research institutions


    • Experience of addressing ethical issues in health research through social science approaches, including as empirical ethics research
    • Professional and research experience has included settings in Africa, and ideally in Kenya
    • Successful independent applications have been made for research funding
    • Experience of successful supervision of PhD students


    • Interest in being based in Kenya for the majority of a two year period
    • We are seeking an individual with a strong professional commitment to developing scientific capacity in social science and ethics in global health, particularly in Africa, as part of an active international collaborative community. 

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    Field Supervisor


    • Field Manager.


    • Field Workers.


    • Train and supervise fieldworkers, carry out regular visits and spot checks to ensure adherence to data quality, ethical guidelines
    • Ensure questionnaires/ data forms are well completed and track questionnaires/forms sent back for call-backs and take corrective action including re-training of field teams on use of research instruments.
    • Participate in planning and carrying out community mobilization activities.
    • Maintain relevant census documentation and records.
    • Provide support and guidance to the Field Workers on data collection, resolve any problems and report on actions taken.
    • Prepare reports on field operations as required.
    • Take care of assigned equipment including timely reporting of damages and required repairs.
    • Participate in continuous quality control and validation; chair weekly Field workers’ debriefs; attend weekly quality control meetings; attend quarterly CAST meetings;
    • Supervise and evaluate census enumeration/manual editing and oversee mapping 
    • Offer technical support to the Field Management Office on how best to nest onto the KHDSS and to liaise with transport and other departments to overcome complicated logistics.
    • And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.


    • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Mean Grade C Minus (C-).
    • Relevant Diploma from a renowned training institution.
    • At least four years (4) experience of fieldwork
    • Clear supervisory role in job description.
    • Be registered with relevant professional body where applicable


    • Co-ordination and management skills or technical skills
    • Good organisational skills
    • Strong Supervisory skills
    • Good interpersonal and communication skills .
    • Team working with the ability to work in a multicultural environment

    Method of Application

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    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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