KEMRI Wellcome Trust Kenya Jobs - Research Medical Officers Vacancies

KEMRI Wellcome Trust Kenya Jobs - Research Medical Officers Vacancies

Reference Number: RMO270219
Employment Type:
  • Full time
  • Clinical Healthcare and Research
    Job Grade: 7.11
  • Kenya
  • Kilifi

    Job Purpose:

    The Epidemiology & Demography Department at KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme is advertising for three research-training positions.

    These are open to recently qualified doctors with little or no research experience and include sponsorship to undertake a Masters in Epidemiology.

    The posts will be funded until September 2021 in the first instance.

    Post 1- The post holder will be responsible for aiding day-to-day coordination and leading safety monitoring on a clinical trial of fractional doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (FPCV).

    Post 2- Post holder will be responsible for day-to-day activities for clinical, radiological and laboratory surveillance of pneumonia and invasive pneumococcal disease in children and adults at the Kilifi County Hospital (KCH) for the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Impact Study (PCVIS).

    Post 3- Post holder will contribute to proposal development, organisation and coordination of field research activities for a multisite expanded nasopharyngeal carriage survey study aligned to PCVIS.

    Although these are the primary responsibilities, the three post-holders will work as a team and will be expected to share the load, as guided by their line manager, to ensure an even distribution of work.

    All positions include on the job training in research methods and programme management as well as roles in data management, field-laboratory liaison, sample/specimen management, analysis, and preparation of publications.

    This is in addition to enrollment in a sponsored part-time distance learning Masters in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (subject to successful application).

    Job Dimensions:

    The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Collaborative Research Programme (KWTRP) researches diseases with the highest burden in developing countries for which it is recognised internationally within the fields of international public health, clinical tropical medicine, epidemiology and immunology.

    The programme aims to maximise opportunities for learning and training in order to maintain a cadre of highly skilled and experienced staff from all disciplines.

    The Kenya Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Impact Study (PCVIS) domiciled in the Epidemiology and Demography Department (EDD) is a before-after study of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) embedded within the demographic surveillance system, with specific analyses for vaccine effectiveness against carriage, IPD, clinical and radiologically confirmed pneumonia.

    In the current phase of the project, the focus is on analyses for serotype replacement disease, individual level and indirect vaccine protection.

    The extended carriage studies are designed to examine alterations in the schedule of PCV.

    Post holders will work with the FPCV Trial Manager, PCVIS Clinical Epidemiologist and Principal Investigator to contribute, where applicable, to tasks preparatory to projects including developing and submitting proposals and protocols, developing study work plans, organising and conducting training for project-specific staff.

    Post holders will also be involved in higher level responsibilities for ensuring field and laboratory procedures are carried out to quality standards as well as data analysis, preparation of reports and manuscripts.

    Key Responsibilities

  • Work with the Principal Investigator, Clinical Epidemiologist, Trial Manager and other relevant staff members to prepare and execute research plans in liaison with other teams in the Kilifi Health and Demographic Surveillance System and laboratories.
  • Take the lead in/contribute to Pneumonia and IPD surveillance in KCH, multisite nasopharyngeal carriage surveys, the FPCV trial and related studies including set up, identification resource requirements, documentation of protocols and training of the same etc.
  • Work with the clinical team and researchers to provide good quality clinical care of patients admitted to the wards (paediatric and/or adult wards), including on call duties (at a frequency of between 1/4 and 1/7, depending on the size of the clinical team), and to the out-patient clinics.
  • Supervise and mentor other study team members, i.e. Clinical Officers, Nurses, Interns, Fieldworkers, including staff from both KWTRP and the County Ministry of Health.
  • Ensure adherence to the clinical SOPs regarding clinical, laboratory and radiological investigations of patients in PCVIS and related clinical studies.
  • Collate, digitize, catalogue and interpret radiographs for patients with
    pneumonia and maintain a database of films and readings (post 2).
  • Carry out desktop research/ literature reviews and prepare/ draft write-ups as may be required for inclusion in/ to support proposals, presentations/seminars and publications.
  • Lead the collection, processing, compilation and analysis of study data/samples and ensure all related records and reports are handled and managed in line with study protocols.
  • Prepare, analyse and present research summaries to supervisors, hospital staff, Kilifi County public health staff, international collaborators and sponsors.
  • Liaise with EDD statistics and data management teams to ensure that all data is entered into relevant databases on time and verified.
  • Carry out data analysis and interpretation and provide relevant matrices/ information including statistics, summaries, charts, graphs, reports etc.
  • Prepare and submit draft reports as required including activity reports, project progress reports etc.
  • Attend and actively participate in investigator’s meetings and other meetings within the department and programme e.g. journal clubs/seminars as needed.
  • And any other duties that may be assigned by supervisors from time to time.



  • A degree in Medicine and Surgery.
  • Demonstrable active interest and/or experience in biomedical research.
  • 1-3 years’ post qualification work experience.
  • Eligibility for registration with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board i.e you should have completed your internship by the time you commence the position.
  • Competency in basic procedures of clinical investigation including lumbar puncture, venepuncture, chest drain insertion, etc. (posts 1 and 2 in particular).
  • Ability to lead and work within a team.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills.
  • Training and/or experience in epidemiology/public health.
  • Training/ experience in literature research, critical appraisal of literature and evidence reviews.
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft applications.

  • Training in ICH-GCP.
  • Experience/qualification in basic biostatistics and epidemiology.
  • Training in adult or paediatric life support (basic and/or advanced).
  • Experience or post-graduate training in radiology (post 2).
  • Current passport and ability to travel for international meetings.

  • Knowledge of basic epidemiologic study designs and how to conduct field studies.
  • Good analytical and follow through ability.
  • Good planning, organisation and co-ordination skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to take and follow instructions, initiative, keen to learn and proactive with the ability to work under minimal supervision.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, ability to multi-task.
  • Confidentiality and integrity.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Team working and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Conscientiousness, timeliness and willingness to work to meet deadlines.

    Physical Environment/Conditions:
  • Based at the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi, Kenya.
  • Be available to work out of hours if necessary.
  • Exposure to materials considered infectious and/or biohazards.

    How to Apply
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  • 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 Original 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 13th March, 2019.
  • KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is an equal opportunity employer.
  • Direct or indirect canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
  • KWTRP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees).
  • For more information and job application details, see; KEMRI Wellcome Trust Kenya Jobs - Research Medical Officers Vacancies

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