Senior Research Assistant/ Biostatistician Jobs in Kenya

Senior Research Assistant/ Biostatistician Jobs in Kenya

  • icipe is a pan-African and non-profit Centre of Excellence for research and development and capacity building in insect science and its applications.

  • Its mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food and nutritional security and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building.

  • Since its establishment in 1970, icipe has become a significant contributor to science and innovation required to meet the health and food security challenges of sub-Saharan Africa.

  • The Centre has achieved this status by developing alternative and environmentally friendly pest and vector management technologies and products that are effective, selective, non-polluting, non-resistance inducing, and are affordable to resource-limited rural and urban communities.

  • icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with offices in Ethiopia and Uganda, a major station on the shores of Lake Victoria, and several other field stations in Kenya.

  • Employing close to 500 international and national staff, icipe also has approximately 150 graduate students who contribute to its research portfolio annually.

  • The Centre currently has operations in more than 40 African countries, and thriving partnerships with universities and research organizations across the world

    Overall Purpose of the Job

  • To provide statistical support to research scientists, postgraduate students, partners and collaborators at all stages of research and development

    Specific Duties

  • Provide statistical consultation to researchers/scientists and students in the design of experiments and surveys, data collection, data management, analysis, interpretation, and reporting.

  • Undertake data analysis and relate the outcome of these to researchers in a comprehensive manner where necessary.

  • Ensure sound statistical practice by reviewing scientific reports, proposals and manuscripts for publication.

  • Maintain statistical software packages and provide trouble-shooting backups for users.

  • Investigate and
    provide statistical expertise on new methods, tools, and approaches needed by icipe research staff.

  • Develop and facilitate in-house biostatistics training courses and use of R statistical software for scientists and students.

  • Participate in relevant icipe activities such as scientific meetings.

  • Provide support to resource mobilisation and proposal development.

  • Supervise interns in the Biostatistics Unit.

  • Master’s degree in biostatistics/applied statistics/biometry.

  • At least 5 years of relevant working experience in a similar position, preferably in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment such as an international research organisation.

  • Proficiency in the use of R for data analysis is a must.

  • Experience in handling large databases.

    Core Competencies

  • Excellent planning and organisational skills.

  • Confident, effective communicator with excellent writing, editing, and verbal skills.

  • Ability to train and develop others.

    Other Desirable Attributes

  • Independent but team-oriented.

  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills

  • Results-, service- and detail-oriented.

  • Positive attitude, highly motivated, flexible.

  • Possess high sense of professional integrity.

  • Proactive and a problem-solver.

  • Creative and enthusiastic about exploring and implementing new ideas and skills.

  • Culturally sensitive.

  • Able to efficiently operate in a fast-changing environment and under pressure when faced withmultiple deadlines.


  • This position reports to the Head, Capacity Building and Institutional Development Programme.

  • The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Senior Research Assistant/ Biostatistician Jobs in Kenya

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