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  • Posted: Jul 30, 2021
    Deadline: Aug 18, 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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    Research Assistants

    (8 Positions)

    KMR/7 Vacancy No. FN-031-07-2021

    Reports to: Project Coordinator

    Duration: A renewable one year contract, as per KEMRI scheme of service. The first three months being probation period.

    Qualifications:

    1. Diploma in Nursing, Public Health, Sociology, Community Health & Development; Social Work,
    2. Counselling or any other relevant health/social sciences required. Bachelor’s Degree qualification in the related field preferred
    3. Experience with community-based research for public health or clinical studies preferred
    4. Experience with research studies or programs on TB/COVID-19 will be an added advantage
    5. Training and experience in conducting quantitative surveys preferred

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    1. Implement all components of the study protocol at the site level
    2. Ensure compliance to protocol and procedures for all study components
    3. Explaining the study to and recruiting eligible participants for the study
    4. Administering informed consent and enrolling eligible participants
    5. Administering baseline assessments surveys for participants recruited into the study
    6. Assist in sample collection for SARS-CoV-2 screening
    7. Regularly monitoring participants progress as per the study protocol
    8. Conduct routine follow up visits and assessments of the participants during the study period
    9. Conduct contact tracing for close contacts of all TB and COVID-19 cases confirmed
    10. Ensure completeness of all data collected
    11. Participate in study meetings (in-person, internet conference calls)
    12. Assist with dissemination of study findings
    13. May perform other project related duties as requested or required

    Other required skills:

    1. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
    2. Fluency in English, Kiswahili and Dholou required
    3. Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
    4. Ability to effectively handle multiple priorities and organize workload
    5. Excellent time and resource management skills
    6. Ability to work with tight timelines and meet deadlines
    7. Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
    8. High level of competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook
    9. Must be willing to work in informal and low-income settlement
    10. Flexibility to work non-business hours; being available for calls outside of business hours due to time differences between the U.S. and Kenya

    Applications should include the following:

    • Letter of application (Indicate Vacancy Number) and date available to start working for the study
    • 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

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    Project Coordinator

    KMR/ 5

    Vacancy No. FN-031-07-2021

    Reports to: Co- Principle Investigator

    Duration: A renewable one year contract, as per KEMRI scheme of service. The first three months being probation period.

    Qualifications:

    1. A Master’s Degree in a health-related field with qualifications in public health or a related discipline preferred
    2. Bachelor of Science or an equivalent Degree in Medicine, Nursing, Public Health or relevant field
    3. Experience with community-based research for public health or clinical studies preferred
    4. Knowledge on TB/COVID-19 epidemiology will be an added advantage
    5. Prior leadership experience managing research teams preferred

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    1. Provide management oversight to the project and ensure it is in line with the approved protocol and work plan;
    2. Coordinate implementation of all components of the study protocol at the site level
    3. Provide technical support for all study components
    4. Ensure compliance to protocol and procedures for all study components
    5. Oversee participant recruitment, follow-ups and communications
    6. Maintain all documents related to participant recruitment and consent, data collection and management
    7. Oversee collection and management of data for all study components by research staff
    8. Assist with administrative needs of research study, including procurement of supplies
    9. Establish and monitor study plans, schedules, work hours, budgets and expenditures
    10. Document and follow up on important actions and decisions from meetings
    11. Assist in training, supervision and mentorship of the Kenya-based research staff
    12. Represent the TB-COVID project management and build strong cross-functional relationships with government authorities and other partners;
    13. Communicate on a regular basis with the project team on the progress of the overall project and related issues;
    14. Organize and participate in study meetings (in-person, internet conference calls)
    15. Assist with dissemination of study findings
    16. Act as liaison between investigators, participants and staff. 

    Other required skills:

    1. Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
    2. Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
    3. Ability to effectively handle multiple priorities and organize workload
    4. Excellent time and resource management skills
    5. Ability to work with tight timelines and meet deadlines
    6. Ability to manage and supervise a multi-disciplinary team
    7. Ability to plan, initiate, coordinate and enforce protocols, policies and procedures
    8. High level of computers proficiency
    9. Flexibility to work non-business hours; being available for calls outside of business hours due to time differences between the U.S. and Kenya

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    Laboratory Analyst

    KMR 6 Open Position One (1)
    Location: Kisian lab and Asembo Field Lab

    Reports to: Study Coordinator

    Requirements:

    • Diploma in any of the following fields: Medical Laboratory Sciences, Analytical Chemistry, Applied Sciences, Food Science and Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Biotechnology or any other equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;

    OR

    • Bachelor’s Degree in any of the following fields; Medical Laboratory Sciences Laboratory Sciences, Analytical/Applied, Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Applied Sciences/Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Food Science and Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology or Biotechnology or any other equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.

    Job Description

    The Research Assistant will report to the Study Coordinator and will be responsible for conducting Laboratory assays, morphological and molecular identification of mosquito samples and maintenance of study supplies inventories.

    Tasks and Responsibilities

    The responsibilities shall include:

    1. Plan and work with Community study staff to conduct laboratory and field studies
    2. Conduct molecular assays specifically PCR and ELISAs
    3. Conduct colorimetric assays such as the Anthone test
    4. Conduct resistance testing of selected insecticides using a range of methods for topical and systemic insecticides
    5. Maintain study supplies inventories
    6. Be courteous, respectful, proactive, conscientious, punctual, honest and hardworking

    Terms of Employment:

    Six (6) months contract as per KEMRI scheme of service. Salary is negotiable within the appropriate grade depending on education, experience and demonstrated competency.

    Applications MUST Include the Following:

    1. Letter of Application (Indicate vacancy Number)
    2. Current Curriculum Vitae with telephone number and e-mail address
    3. Contacts of three referees i.e., telephone numbers and e-mail addresses
    4. Copies of Certificates.
    5. National ID
    6. Must have Certificate of Good conduct
    7. Tax compliance Certificate
    8. Must have Clearance Certificate from HELB
    9. Must have Credit Reference Bureau Certificate 

    Method of Application

    Use the emails(s) below to apply

     

    Applications to be done through the email below later than 18th August, 2021. (Indicate Position & Vacancy Number as the subject of your Email) KEMRI or any of its programs, Studies or Projects does not solicit for Money or any form of reward for a Job applicant to be considered for employment. Any such requests should be immediately reported to the HR department. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. KEMRI IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITED TO DIVERSITY PERSONS WITH DISABILITY, WOMEN, YOUTH AND THOSE FROM MARGINALIZED AREAS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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

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