CIHEB Research Officer - Jobs in Kenya

CIHEB Research Officer - Jobs in Kenya

Ciheb is an international health, education, and research center founded by the Institute of Human Virology within the University of Maryland, Baltimore's School of Medicine. The center is comprised of a network of international experts who work with local stakeholders to combat infectious and non-communicable diseases in resource-limited regions of the world. CIheb currently implements programs in seven countries.

Our expertise is in technical assistance for health service delivery (with a particularly strong history of improving service delivery for HIV/TB prevention, care, and treatment; and for associated infectious and non-communicable diseases), training and equipping human resources for health, quality improvement, health information and research, and outbreak surveillance and biosecurity. Ciheb works at all health system levels, and all our programs incorporate facility and community-based programming.

Job Summary

The Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity – Kenya (CIHEB-Kenya) is looking for a Research Officer who will coordinate and oversee activities related to a study on Cohort Event Monitoring (CEM) for COVID-19 vaccine. This study aims to capture all adverse events that occur in a defined group of patients after COVID-19 vaccination.

The Research Officer will further supervise Research Assistants involved in this study in designated facilities. This position will be based in Nairobi with frequent travel to health facilities in other counties for supervision and mentorship.

Roles and Responsibilities

Reporting to the COVID-19 Vaccination Lead, the Research Officer will;

  • Provide oversight for all study activities and coordination to Research Assistants in the identification, recruitment and follow up of study participants based on the study protocol.

  • Ensure study procedures are adhered to in all study sites as prescribed in the protocol

  • Provide mentorship to the Research Assistants to ensure the study enrollment targets are met and follow up is adequate.

  • Review the study data on an ongoing basis to inform decision making and for presentation to the program and donors. Monitor performance, identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in study data to provide study reports relating to
    implementation of study protocol.

  • Work closely with the consortium partners to manage daily study activities and consortium calendar

  • In collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, monitor participants’ data collection, quality control and ensure study data is well captured and entered in the relevant project data collection tools.

  • Work with partner specific Research Study Leads, County/Sub County and project team to ensure accurate and complete study data is reported on time.

  • Take lead in planning for CEM activities in accordance with the budget and work plan, following through to ensure deadlines are met and targets achieved.

  • Any other duties as assigned

    Experience and Academic Qualifications

  • Diploma in Pharmacy or Degree in a health-related field

  • At least 3 years participation in health-related research

  • At least three (3) years’ experience working in public health with familiarity with the public health systems

  • Proficiency in MS Office suite.

  • Strong quantitative analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze, and disseminate significant amounts of information with attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Experience in electronic data collection with a bias to RedCap

    Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Excellent Coordinator

  • Ability to plan and work with minimal supervision

  • Willingness to travel for field work at regular intervals.

  • Communication skills both oral and written (proficiency in Swahili, English and local language spoken in the county of choice).

  • Networking and collaboration skills.

  • Team player.

  • Ability to work under minimum supervision.

  • Training in COVID-19 vaccination and/or AEFI will be an added advantage

    For more information and job application details, see; CIHEB Research Officer - Jobs in Kenya

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