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.
Responsibilities for the Programme Director Job
The key responsibilities will include:
- Strategic planning for Nairobi in discussion with Principal Investigators who work from the Nairobi offices of KWTRP as their main focus of operations (from this point simply referred to as Nairobi) and in conjunction with the Executive Programme Director and Heads of Kilifi Scientific Departments. The purpose would be:
- To develop and evolve a scientific strategy that best meets the long-term aims of the PIs who work from the Nairobi offices of KWTRP as their main focus of operations
- To help create a recognisable identity within the KWTRP and externally for the collaborative population health / health systems work that is undertaken from Nairobi
- To help create effective institutional partnerships / collaborations with Kenyan academic centres / universities, with a particular focus on those in Nairobi, that can help promote long-term career development pathways and capacity building
- To foster effective institutional partnerships / collaborations with African or global research centres that can enable successful funding applications in line with the scientific strategy for research, long-term career development pathways and capacity building
- To represent Nairobi at meetings with The Wellcome Trust, KEMRI and Oxford (the 3 partners in the KWTRP) as may be relevant.
- To participate as a member of the Executive Management Committee and the Head of Scientific Departments Meetings.
- To represent the Programme Director and coordinate dissemination and implementation of Programme policies and positions within Nairobi.
- To coordinate scientific administration and management of resources in Nairobi together with the head of
- operations in Nairobi.
To maintain or develop a role as a Principal Investigator with full intellectual and operational responsibility for an area of research for which funding is successfully awarded.
- To support and mentor early and mid-career researchers and PhD students.
- Preparing and supporting applications for research funding for new research / collaborations linked to international investigators that would support scientific strategies relevant to the evolving strategy of Nairobi within KWTRP.
- To support appropriate representation of Nairobi on programme wide committees / advisory groups (e.g. higher degrees committee, employee / student representative groups) To help develop an effective communications approach so that the research being conducted by Principal Investigators who work from the Nairobi offices is effectively explained to partner institutions including the Ministry of Health, local academic groups, collaborators and funders.
- To support and facilitate public engagement work in collaboration with the public engagement team.
- To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required to support the aims of Principal Investigators who work from the Nairobi offices of KWTRP as their main focus of operations and the wider KWTRP within the general scope and level of the post.
Qualifications for the Programme Director Job
- PhD or equivalent research qualification or relevant experience.
- At least 6 years’ experience in supervisory/scientific leadership role.
- Experienced driver of research projects and outputs.
- Should have a track record of securing competitive funding as a Principal Investigator and independently winning substantial research funding on an ongoing basis and driving a research agenda.
- Advanced knowledge and understanding of research methodologies and protocols and quantitative / qualitative analysis techniques and software tools as appropriate.
- Track record of developing local and international collaboration linkages
- Experience of research student supervision.
- Track record of making contributions to professional bodies, national and international academic community.
- Experience in research translation and knowledge transfer.
- An international track record of high quality prestigious publications.
Competencies for the Programme Director Job
- Demonstrable leadership skills.
- Analytical skills, ability to think of new ideas
- Proactive, initiative, flexibility and willingness to help, learn
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
- Team worker, able to work in a multi-cultural environment
- Ability to train junior team members and potential for teaching of research skills in their discipline.
- Aptitude for supervising junior staff and supporting capacity building initiatives
- Should demonstrate scholarly excellence.
Method of Application
To apply for this post you must be a registered user of Kemri. Log into your account then go to Vacancies, view the post and click on the button provided.
All applicants are required to state their current/last salary.
Candidates must supply an email and telephone contact that will be used when offering interviews. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Shortlisted candidates shall be required to produce ORIGINALS of their National Identity Card, academic and professional certificates, original transcripts and testimonials, detailed curriculum vitae and valid clearance certificate (certificate of good conduct) during the interviews.
The application closing date is 31 December, 2016.
Enquiries regarding the post can be made to: firstname.lastname@example.org
KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is an equal opportunity employer. KWTRP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees).
Interested and qualified? Go to Kenya Medical Research - KEMRI career website on careers.kemri-wellcome.org to apply