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  • Posted: Oct 31, 2022
    Deadline: Nov 11, 2022
  • 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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    Project Manager Assistant

    Position summary

    The candidate will be expected to support the management team in the effective coordination and execution of activities and resources to achieve project deliverables and successful project completion within allotted timelines. The candidate will work under a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, trial coordinators, study compliance officers, and clinicians, mainly reporting to the project management team. The successful candidate will oversee a variety of tasks delegated to them by the project management team, which will range from administrative to more project specific and change throughout the course of the project.

    Job Specification

    • Support the project manager team in the daily functioning of the project and developing of tasks.
    • Monitoring the achievement of project activities.
    • Ensure compliance with internal and the sponsor’s directives of administrative documentation.
    • Prepare tracking documents and tools for deliverables, meetings, and update them regularly.
    • Maintain follow-up system for action and deadlines.
    • Schedule meetings, appointments, teleconferences, trainings, and videoconferences logistics.
    • Support the financial manager by handle financial reimbursements, and imprest management.
    • Assist in planning and organizing transport, engagements, events and visits, including travel logistics, reservations, and agendas.
    • Manage casual labour contract needs and other professional service needs.
    • Organize and maintain copies of all appropriate project documentation.
    • Other tasks as directed by the project manager team.

    Person specification

    • Diploma Certificate in a relevant field.
    • A minimum of C+ KSCE
    • At least 2 years of experience as a project assistant (or a similar type of coordination position) with a demonstrated track-record in handling administrative duties and coordination of activities from different workstreams.

    Key Skills and Competencies

    • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to motivate and inspire others.
    • Solid organizational skills, including attention to detail and multitasking skills.
    • Excellent time management, prioritization and organizational skills.
    • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills, ability to handle troublesome situations and anticipate issues with a decisive attitude.
    • Outstanding communication skills with ability to adapt to different types of audiences maintaining cultural sensitivity and professionalism.
    • The ideal candidate will also have a high degree of integrity, discipline, and work ethic.

    Desired but not essential

    • Experience working in Kwale.
    • Experience working in health-related research.

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    Insectary Manager

    Position summary

    The candidate will be expected to lead the setup of the insectary facilities in accordance with the needs of an insectary specific to malaria vectors, establish a colony of insecticide-susceptible Anopheles arabiensis using field collected larvae.

    Job Specification

    • Provide technical support for the root setup of an insectary lab.
    • Draft SOPs for insectary maintenance, colony monitoring and quality assurance in accordance with best practices.
    • Setup monitoring systems: temperature, humidity, pupation rate, blood feeding and oviposition rates.
    • Lead larval and adult resting collections in Kwale for colony setup.
    • Conduct insecticide susceptibility tests and selection of susceptible F1 mosquitoes for colony setup.
    • Oversee colony adaptation and stabilization to insectary setting.
    • Cooperate with senior and junior scientists when needed for setting up of experiments.

    Person specification

    • Diploma Certificate in a relevant field.
    • KCSE with minimum D+.
    • At least 5 years of experience maintaining a colony of Anopheles mosquitoes.
    • Solid understanding of mosquito life cycle and biology.
    • Experience with larval collections.
    • Experience with adult resting collections.
    • Experience drafting standard operating procedures.

    Method of Application

    Terms of Employment

    One (1) year renewable contract as per KEMRI scheme of service. Probation period for the first 3 months. Salary is payable within the stated job grade.

    Applications MUST include the following:

    • Letter of Application (INDICATE VACANCY NUMBER)
    • Current Curriculum Vitae with telephone number and e-mail address
    • Contacts of three referees including telephone numbers and/or e-mail addresses
    • Copies of Certificates.
    • Contact telephone number

    Application letter should be addressed to the

    Deputy Director,

    CGMR (C),

    P. O. Box 428– 80108 Kilifi. 

    Application deadline is November 11, 2022

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