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  • Posted: Aug 11, 2021
    Deadline: Aug 25, 2021
  • 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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    Grant Accountant


    This role is responsible for ensuring financial resources are disbursed, accounted and reported efficiently. To manage and co-ordinate the work of assigned staff, ensure preparation of internal management reports, grant donor reports and other financial accounting information. 



    • Senior Accountant.


    • Assistant Accountant.


    • Managing grant expenditure. 
    • Approval of requests of the financial management system (FMS). 


    • In charge of preparing timely management reports internally
    • Ensuring that standard accounting procedures are followed in preparing the financial reports & that any SOPS in place are followed
    • Verifying that all transactions are properly authorized, documented, and ensuring that accounting transactions are posted to the correct ledgers/account codes
    • Preparing balance sheet reconciliations monthly to be reviewed by the Head of Finance
    • Setting up new grants in the accounting database
    • Supervising weekly cash counts and periodic stock takes
    • Preparing Grant Reports for Donors and ensuring these go out in accordance with deadlines, and with all the correct supplementary backing information required
    • Meeting with PIs and other unit staff to discuss finance matters and advise on procedures
    • Check and review coding of transaction before posting to accounting system
    • Check and review supplier payments as necessary
    • Prepare bank reconciliations if required
    • Analyze income & costs for specific queries
    • Monthly variance analysis
    • Assist in the preparation of budgets
    • Preparation of the CORE payroll
    • Checking the KWP payroll, Supplement and Locum payrolls.
    • Other tasks that may reasonably be required of the post holder.


    • Bachelor degree in accounting, Finance or in a relevant field; Masters Degree is an added advantage 
    • CPA (K) Qualified accountant and registered member of ICPAK. 
    • Minimum four (4) years relevant experience; One(1) year supervisory experience an added advantage.


    • In-depth knowledge and experience in computerized Grants accounting systems; 
    • Knowledge of International Financial Reporting Standards and their applicability. 
    • Knowledge of Tax Laws and Company’s Act.


    • Demonstrate high levels of integrity and confidentiality 
    • Excellent interpersonal, written, presentation and communication skills 
    • Basic analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills. 
    • Team working and ability to work in diverse teams 
    • Flexibility, adaptability, multi-tasking and attention to detail.

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    Research Officer (Kilifi)


    1. Operate and oversee the programme’s Next Gen Sequencing Facility.
    2. Manage and maintain the malaria qPCR service
    3. Coordinate a Sanger sequencing service with 3rd party providers
    4. Manage and maintain the molecular biology laboratory section



    • Head of Biosciences


    • Assistant Research Officers.
    • Interns, students.


    • None


    • Manage all stocks of consumables and reagents for 1,2 & 3 above and maintenance of equipment for 4 above.
    • Provide timely budget reports and invoicing for services provided.


    • Coordination, operation and maintenance of the Next Generation Sequencing facility and Malaria qPCR service.
    • Maintain a robust stock control and grant billing system to ensure stock-outs are minimised and budgets remain balanced.
    • Ensure all equipment are fully maintained and operational.
    • Work closely with senior scientists to develop sequencing assays.
    • Develop and maintain SOPs and other controlled documentation.
    • Maintain clear and accurate records and results.
    • Coordinate a Sanger sequencing service with 3rd party providers, including sample shipment and payments.
    • Provide a clean and safe working environment for laboratory staff.
    • Monitor and maintain relevant GCLP procedures and standards in order to deliver a quality service at all times.


    • A laboratory based MSc in a relevant subject, e.g. Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry, Molecular biology, evolution, genetics.
    • At least 3 years of research experience in a Medical Research Laboratory.
    • Knowledge of GCLPs, QMS and other relevant best practices and standards.
    • Knowledge and experience of implementing, operating and maintaining Quality Assurance & Quality Control systems including; Internal Quality Control and External Quality Assurance (EQA) Schemes
    • Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft applications and Bioinformatics software.


    • Significant hands-on experience in Next Generation Sequencing, particularly utilising the Illumina MiSeq platform.
    • Significant experience in performing quantitative PCR assays.
    • Strong budgeting and stock management skills.
    • Experience in troubleshooting molecular assays and equipment and working with Service Providers, when required, to provide rapid solutions that ensure minimum downtime.


    • 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. 

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