KEMRI Fieldworkers Jobs in Kenya

KEMRI Fieldworkers Jobs in Kenya

Project Description

  • Cholera outbreaks caused by Vibrio cholerae are endemic in Kenya and the East Africa region
    accounting for nearly 10% of all cases reported from sub-Saharan Africa and the case-fatality rates
    remain above 2.5%, which is unacceptably high.
  • Cholera is spread through consumption of fecallycontaminated water or food.

  • Investigating the relationship between cholera occurrence in terms of
    dominant hotspots and various environmental and human factors associated with the hotspots is
    important for managing cases and preventing future outbreaks.

  • Whereas WASH interventions have
    been recommended by various studies as a control strategy for Cholera, the critical intervention
    pathways that have the most significant public health impact are not known.

  • We propose to study hotspots identified from previous outbreaks and from ongoing outbreaks in
    Kenya using drone technology to map areas for immediate sampling, exposure risks and most
    critical transmission pathways surveillance.

    Job Description

  • The field worker will report directly to the study manager.

  • S/He will be responsible for
    administering informed consent to biological parents or caretaker to children and also adults
    before enrolling them into the study, collecting stool samples for cholera testing, collecting
    environmental samples for cholera testing and administering questionnaires using tablets as
    stipulated in the protocol.

  • The Field worker must ensure that the data collection in the field is
    conducted in the highest standards possible as per the study protocol.

  • S/he must be flexible and
    work within the existing structure, in a professional and ethical manner with competence,
    accountability and integrity

    Essential Requirements

  • Minimum of a Diploma in any biomedical Sciences

  • Good English and Swahili, both spoken and written

  • Must be able to write brief reports and keep records.

  • Must be computer literate

  • Must be a team player

    Desired qualities

  • Experience in collection of stool and environmental samples also an
    added advantage.

  • Experience in household survey is an added advantage.

    Specific Tasks and Responsibilities

    The Field worker responsibilities shall include and not be limited to the following:

  • Consent study participants

  • Collect stool samples as per the protocol

  • Complete study forms and books accurately and completely

  • Ensure proper labelling and tracking of samples and accuracy before leaving the
    households and Clinics.

  • Communicate with the Study Manager on any issues from the field

  • Work closely with community volunteers and clinic staff

  • Ensure that there are requisite supplies and procured in good time

  • Attend study field briefs and share progress of work

  • Be courteous, respectful, proactive, conscientious, punctual, honest and hardworking

  • Work closely with the Team leaders.

  • Must be flexible to work during weekends and Public holidays.

  • Be responsible for the study supplies and equipment’s while in the field.

  • Perform any other duties assigned or delegated by the Study Manager.

    Terms of Employment 1-year renewable contract as per KEMRI scheme of service and a Probation
    period for the first 3 months.

  • Interested and qualified candidates should submit their application together with a detailed CV by
    email to: Director, Research and Development (, or address to
    The Director General; P.O Box 54840-00200, NAIROBI.

  • Attention: Director, Research and
    Development, CLEARLY marked with Title of Job Advert not later than December 16, 2019.

  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

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