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  • Posted: Feb 11, 2021
    Deadline: Mar 3, 2021
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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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    Clerk (Interviewer)

    Vacancy: CGHR /178/02/21

    Program Description: The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be conducting a large community-based study of Attractive Targeted Sugar Bait (ATSB) aimed at reducing malaria transmission in western Kenya. The 3-year project is part of a larger international ATSB consortium involving three countries in Africa, and international partners in the UK and USA. As part of this effort, KEMRI is searching for an exceptional trial manager with three years of relevant work experience to lead the study team.

    J/G KMR 10

    No of Positions: 6

    Location: Alego Usonga

    Reports to: Research Scientist

    Job Description

    The Community Interviewer will report directly to the Research Scientist, he/she will be responsible for consenting study participants, collecting timely and accurate data in his/her assigned households. S/he must be flexible and work within the existing structure, in a professional and ethical manner with competence, accountability and integrity

    Essential Requirements:

    • O-level Secondary Education with a Minimum grade of C-(Minus)
    • Good English, Swahili and Dholuo, both spoken and written
    • Ability to ride a motorcycle
    • Knowledge of office computer packages or ability to work with smart phones
    • Must be able to write brief reports and keep records.
    • MUST be a resident or willing to live and work in Alego Usonga

    Specific Tasks and Responsibilities.

    • The Community Interviewers’ responsibilities shall include and not be limited to the following:
    • Consent study participants
    • Collect a blood sample by fingerpick (adults) and/or heelprick (infants)
    • Prepare a Dried Blood Spots (DBS) on filter paper
    • Prepare Blood slides (BS)
    • Perform a Malaria RDT.
    • Complete study forms accurately and completely
    • Ensure proper labelling, storage and tracking of samples and work with the Research
    • Scientist to arrange for transport to the laboratory
    • Conduct interviews with study participants within the study villages
    • Communicate with the Research Scientist on field issues
    • Ensure that one has requisite supplies in good time
    • Attend study field meetings and report on progress of work
    • Be courteous, respectful, proactive, conscientious, punctual, honest, and hardworking
    • Work closely with the Data Manager to solve queries
    • Perform any other duties assigned or delegated by the study management.
    • Must be able to relate well with Ministry of Health staff and the community.

    Terms of Employment: 1(one) year renewable contract as per KEMRI scheme of service with probation in the first 3 months.
    Remuneration: Salary is negotiable within the appropriate KEMRI pay grade depending on education and experience

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    Data Specialist

    Vacancy: CGHR /177/02/21

    Program description: The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be conducting a large community-based study of Attractive Targeted Sugar Bait (ATSB) aimed at reducing malaria transmission in western Kenya. The 3-year project is part of a larger international ATSB consortium involving three countries in Africa, and international partners in the UK and USA. As part of this effort, KEMRI is searching for an exceptional trial manager with three years of relevant work experience to lead the study team

    Reports to: Data Analyst

    Essential Qualifications

    • Diploma in Computer Science, Information Technology, Mathematics or Statistics from a recognized institution
    • Excellent Microsoft Office skills
    • Experience working with relational database management systems

    Desirable qualities

    • Experience in data cleaning and validation
    • Experience in source data verification other quality control activities
    • Attention to details and good work ethic
    • Good judgment in problem solving, awareness of own limitations and strong internal motivation
    • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet set deadlines
    • Must have good organizational skills
    • Flexible and able to work well with minimum supervision

    Job Summary:

    Reporting to the Data Analyst, the Data Specialist will be responsible for the data management procedures of the various sites within the study area. S/he will be expected to work on various databases and therefore should be able to prioritize tasks to meet set deadlines.

    Duties and responsibilities

    • Conduct 100% source data verification, validation, and discrepancy management
    • Perform data cleaning and quality assurance and control
    • Ensure all missing data are captured in compliance to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) standards and within strict study timelines
    • Ensure that data is routinely backed up, anti-virus scans are conducted, and security measures are adhered to in order to protect data
    • Troubleshoot and solve common electronic data capture system problems
    • Ensure timely and accurate data entry and validation
    • Ensure timely response to data requests
    • Provide field support to the study teams, as needed
    • Perform any other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor

    Terms of Employment: 1(one) year contract as per KEMRI scheme of service and a Probation period for the first 3 months. Salary negotiable within the appropriate grade depending on education, experience and demonstrated competency.
    Remuneration: Compensation is negotiable within the relevant grade, based on educational levels, relevant experience and demonstrated competency.

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    Field Supervisor

    Vacancy: CGHR /174/02/21

    J/G KMR 8

    Location: Field Based throughout 8 counties in Western Kenya (Bungoma, Busia, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Kisumu, Migori, Siaya, and Vihiga)

    Reporting to: Field Coordinator

    Job Summary: The Regional Field Supervisor (Feasibility Component of MVPE) position requires the incumbent to supervise multiple teams of community interviewers during a large cross-sectional household survey taking place in 46 sub-counties in 8 counties (Bungoma, Busia, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Kisumu, Migori, Siaya, and Vihiga) in western Kenya. Each Regional Field Supervisor will be responsible for the following duties in approximately one third of the area, including: coordination, field staff supervision, quality control, data management, logistics and operations management, community coordination and sensitization, and reporting in an accurate and timely fashion.

    Person specification:

    • Diploma in Social Sciences, Community Health, Public Health, or other related field.
    • Excellent knowledge and Microsoft Office suite
    • Fluency in English and Swahili, written and spoken, with fluency in the local language spoken in the study area being an added advantage

    Skills

    • Able to work in challenging field conditions, within tight timelines, and in the conditions of roving field operations.
    • Ability to develop an in-depth understanding of study goals and its implementation.
    • Strong self-motivation and ability to work in a team, with good interpersonal skills.
    • Proven leadership skills, assertiveness, and ability to take initiative
    • Ability and willingness to quickly learn additional development skills and strategies on the job and be able to apply these.
    • Strong writing, communication, and public relations skills.
    • Strong management, decision making, and analytical skills.
    • Ability to meet strict deadlines.
    • Ability to work with little or no supervision
    • Experience with electronic data collection, preferably with tablets.
    • Experience working in complex household survey, preferably in supervisory capacity.
    • Experience in the first round of the malaria vaccine feasibility study (baseline survey, 2019) would be a strong advantage.

    Specific duties and responsibilities

    • The Regional Field Supervisor (Feasibility component) is the senior member of the field team. She/He is responsible for the well-being and safety of team members from 4 teams, as well as the completion of the assigned workload and the maintenance of data quality. The supervisor receives her/his assignments from, and reports to, the Field Coordinator, Study Coordinator, and the Study PIs. The specific responsibilities of the supervisor are to:
    • Make the necessary preparations for the fieldwork;
    • Organize and direct the fieldwork; and
    • Monitor interviewer performance with the aim of improving and maintaining the quality of the data collected.
    • To prepare for fieldwork, the supervisor must do the following:
    • Obtain sample household lists and maps for each area in which his/her team will be working.
    • Become familiar with the area where the team will be working and determine the best arrangements for travel and accommodations.
    • Contact local authorities to inform them about the survey and gain their support and cooperation.
    • Obtain all monetary advances, supplies, and equipment necessary for the team to complete its assigned interviews and parasitemia tests.
    • Lead training of field staff

    During the fieldwork, the supervisor will do the following:

    • Assign work to interviewers, taking into account the linguistic competence of individual interviewers and ensuring that there is an equitable distribution of the workload.
    • Maintain fieldwork control sheets and make sure that assignments are carried out.
    • Regularly send (or upload) completed questionnaires and progress reports to the central office and keep headquarters informed of the team’s location and progress.
    • Communicate any problems to the field coordinator/study coordinator/PIs.
    • Arrange for lodging and food for the team. Accountability procedures (financing/receipts) will be specified by KEMRI.
    • Take charge of the team vehicles, ensuring that it is kept in good repair and that it is used only for project work. Coordinate team’s use of public transportation when vehicles are not used.
    • Ensure that biowaste materials are disposed of in accordance with the standard protocol.
    • Conduct regular review sessions with each interviewer and advise them of any problems found with their work.
    • Ensure completed consent forms and questionnaires are kept in order and pack them up to be sent to the central office.
    • Other responsibilities:
    • Develop an in-depth understanding of project design and goal and ensure that the project is conducted in compliance with project protocols and other regulatory requirements.
    • Work with the data manager to resolve any data queries in the field.
    • Respond to questions about the project posed by participants, field coordinators, study coordinators, and/or PIs.
    • Provide progress reports and solve reported problems encountered in the field to superiors.
    • Arrange community sensitization activities.
    • Perform any other duties as assigned by field coordinators, study coordinators and/or PIs.

    Terms of Employment: 5 months Fixed Term contract.
    Remuneration: Compensation is negotiable within a relevant grade, based on education levels, relevant experience and demonstrated competency

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    Clerk (Data)

    Vacancy No. CGHR/175/02/21

    Program description: The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be conducting a large community-based study of Attractive Targeted Sugar Bait (ATSB) aimed at reducing malaria transmission in western Kenya. The 3-year project is part of a larger international ATSB consortium involving three countries in Africa, and international partners in the UK and USA. As part of this effort, KEMRI is searching for an exceptional trial manager with three years of relevant work experience to lead the study team

    Reports to: Data Manager
    Essential Qualifications
    Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education minimum grade of D plus.
    Minimum of 2 years working in data entry preferable within the research set-up
    Good Clinical practice (GCP) certificate
    Experience in MS-Access and MS-Excel
    Desirable Qualities

    • Experience in working with Tele forms or other scanning software is an added advantage
    • Attention to details and good work ethics
    • Good judgment in problem solving, awareness of own limitations, and strong internal motivation essential
    • Experience in Data Cleaning
    • Ability to prioritize tasks and meet set deadlines
    • Must be able to multitask with several programs at the same time including Ms Excel, Ms Access and Tele forms scan stations
    • Must have good organizational skills
    • Be able to work well in a team

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    The Data entry Clerk will report to the data manager to perform the following tasks.

    • Scanning of forms and verification of data from the field
    • Ensure data is entered accurately and timely – meet data team allocated targets
    • Communicate closely with Data Manager to ensure priority tasks are completed.
    • Work with Data Specialist to ensure that data is routinely backed up, anti-virus scans are conducted, and data security measures are adhered to protect data and patient confidentiality
    • Deal with routine problems or issues that arise during data handling
    • Perform data cleaning and QA
    • Work well with members of the program/research teams including Laboratory technologists, field workers & field supervisor
    • Perform other duties as assigned by Data Manager

    Terms of Employment: Contract for 1 year, renewable as per KEMRI schemeof service.

    Probation period for the first 3 month.

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    Laboratory Interns

    Vacancy: CGHR /180/02/21

    Project description: The Kenya Medical Research Institute is committed to providing the youth with opportunities to acquire, sharpen their knowledge and gain technical/practical skills to complement their studies in order to enhance their employability in line with the Kenya Vision 2030. The KEMRI internship program (KIP) seeks to develop a pool of young talent adequately exposed to working in the research industry. After the planned one year (Non-renewable) internship program, the candidates will have gained practical workplace experience to enable them to have a competitive edge in their job search.

    Internship Area: Laboratory - Intern (2 positions)

    Project: Malaria Branch, Laboratory Section, MALCOV study

    Requirements:

    Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences (Medical Laboratory Technology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Medical biotechnology, Microbiology) or any relevant field from a recognized university in
    Kenya.

    Terms of Engagement:

    Appointment in the Internship program will be for a period of one year. The successful candidate (s) will be paid a monthly stipend without any other benefits. Interns will be expected to take up a personal
    accident cover and medical Insurance cover for the period of internship

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    Administrative Intern

    Administrative Intern (2 Positions)

    Vacancy No.FN-01-02-2021

    Reports to: Study Administrator

    Duration: 8 months

    Duties and Responsibilities

    This is a training opportunity and the Interns will be trained on the following:

    • Imprest reconciliation
    • Management of petty cash
    • Bank reconciliations
    • Tracking expenditure
    • Prepare variance reports
    • Monitor & ensure payments for vendors are actualized
    • Management of Asset register
    • Inventory management
    • Procurement and tracking of supplies 

    Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor of Commerce Degree, (Finance/Accounting option), Business Administration or equivalent, CPA (II)
    • Below 30years of age

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    Administrative Assistant

    Vacancy: CGHR /181/02/21

    Project description: The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be conducting a large community-based study of Attractive Targeted Sugar Bait (ATSB) aimed at reducing malaria transmission in western Kenya. The 3-year project is part of a larger international ATSB consortium involving three countries in Africa, and international partners in the UK and USA The project has an exciting opportunity for an administrative assistant as follows:

    J/G KMR 8
    Reports to: Study PI

    MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

    • Diploma in Business Administration or equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
    • Knowledge of administrative, budgetary, financial, and human resources policies and procedures.
    • High level of proficiency in computer applications.
    • Key Skills and Competencies
    • Strong communication and reporting skills
    • Good interpersonal, decision making and analytical skills.
    • Team player
    • Excellent personnel and financial management skills
    • Strong organizational, office and time management skills
    • Ability to multi-task and take initiatives with minimal supervision

    Major Duties and Responsibilities

    • Work with finance on activities related to budgets for new funding, project/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, developing and planning budgets for each project strategic area and assists in forecasting future resource needs.
    • Track expenditure and prepare timely reports for submission to Project Manager, PIs, Partners and Donors
    • Review financial and administrative vouchers and monitor MPESA payments.
    • Recommend approvals of project operating invoices and vouchers for payment. 
    • Liaise with finance to ensure funds are available before processing LPOs and with relevant departments to ensure Request for Purchases is completed for timely procurement and delivery of project supplies.
    • Maintain an inventory register and conduct unannounced inventories inspection to ensure all assets are available and maintained per schedule.
    • Manage office transport, track vehicle and motorbike expenses and highlight concerns
    • Liaise with Human Resource on hiring and orientation of project staff.
    • Manage timesheet tracker per project and maintain leave schedules.
    • Coordinate archiving of office records.
    • Coordinate project meetings and take minutes.
    • Facilitate processing of project staff travel requisitions.
    • Coordinate clearance of visitors to the branch and liaise with relevant departments for clearance, work permits, hotel reservations, ground transportation and office space.
    • Prepare welcome packets for visiting scientists.
    • Generate reports on project expenditure
    • Any other related duties as may be assigned from time to time by the immediate supervisor

    Terms of Employment: Contract for 1 year, renewable as per KEMRI scheme of service with a probation period in the first 3 months.

    Method of Application

    Use the emails(s) below to apply

     

    Applications MUST include the following:

    1. Letter of Application (Indicate Vacancy Number)
    2. Current Curriculum Vitae with telephone number and e-mail address
    3. Letters of reference from your referees
    4. Copies of Certificates and transcripts

    Applications should be sent through the emails below no later than March 3, 2021 and indicate the vacancy number as the email subject.

    KEMRI IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER; WOMEN AND DISABLED
    PERSONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. KEMRI DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF ITS SELECTION PROCESS INCLUDING APPLICATION,
    INTERVIEW MEETING AND PROCESSING OF OFFER LETTER. IF ASKED FOR A FEE, REPORT SUCH REQUEST IMMEDIATELY TO RELEVANT AUTHORITY

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

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

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