KEMRI Principal Research Officer Jobs in Kenya

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is a State Corporation established in Kenya in 1979 through the Science and Technology (Repealed) Act, Cap 250 of the Laws of Kenya and as currently established and dully accredited to continue to operate as such under the Science Technology and Innovation Act, 2013 as the national body responsible for carrying out research in health in Kenya.


KEMRI’s vision is “to be a leading center of excellence in human health research” and its mission is “to improve human health and quality of life through research, capacity building, innovation and service delivery”.

The holder of this position will be the Head of KEMRI’s Scientific and
Ethical Review Unit (SERU) and will report to the Deputy Director (Research & Development).
He/She will be responsible for provision of regulatory expertise for purposes of regulatory
compliance and ensuring provision of efficient and timely review of research proposals.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the day-to-day administrative and regulatory operations at the Scientific and Ethical Review Unit (SERU).
  • Developing and implementing policies and procedures and in the design and implementation of projects and programs supporting SERU activities.
  • Providing analytical, technical and professional support to the Institutional Review Board.
  • Supporting all aspects of applicable regulatory compliance.
  • Ensuring optimal service to the research community and accurate compliance with
    relevant government and Institutional policies.
  • Advising investigators on compliance with Kenyan laws, regulations, policies and
    procedures related to human research participants' protection.
  • Ensuring maintenance of an up-to-date understanding of the national and international
    policies and regulations.
  • Participating in the development, design, and delivery of research ethics training for
    researchers, SERU members, and/or SERU Secretariat staff.
  • The Human subjects protection officer for the FWA.
  • Be responsible for mobilizing resources for SERU activities.
  • Providing oversight in the development and implementation of Monitoring and Quality
    assurance systems for SERU;
  • Providing training, day-to-day guidance and supervision of SERU Staff, research analysts
    and research administrators; and
  • Engaging in research on ethics / human subjects’ protection.

    Requirements for Appointment:-

    For appointment to this grade a candidate must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields;- Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy Biomedical Sciences, Public
    Health or any relevant Social Science, or equivalent qualifications from a recognized Institution;
  • Master’s and PhD degree in any of the above fields;
  • A higher qualification in research or Clinical ethics will be an advantage;
  • Diploma in ethics or Certified IRB professional;
  • Four (4) years or more in research management experience in a similar organization, membership in an ethics committee;
  • Training in management for at least one month;
  • Analytical skills to interpret data and present findings;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively work with a wide range of
    individuals and constituencies in a diverse research environment;
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of SERU information and records;
  • Meets the requirement of Chapter six of the Constitution of Kenya; and
  • Ability to lead a team and to be a team player with strong mentoring and capacity building skills.

    How to apply

    The following will be required during the interviews :-

  • Certificate of good conduct, Higher
    Education Loans Board compliance certificate,
  • KRA Tax compliance certificate, Credit Reference
  • Bureau clearance certificate, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission clearance.

    Interested candidates should submit their applications enclosing a detailed CV, copies of academic and professional certificates, email address, a day time telephone contact and the details and contact information for three referees to the following address, not later than 22nd May 2018
    to:-

    The Director,
    Kenya Medical Research Institute,
    P.O. Box 54840-00200,
    NAIROBI,
    (Attn: Assistant Director (HR))


    KEMRI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. Persons with disability, women, youth and those from marginalized areas are encouraged to apply.

    For more information and job application details, see; KEMRI Principal Research Officer Jobs in Kenya

    NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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