Wellcome Trust School Engagement Programme Lead Jobs in Kenya

Wellcome Trust School Engagement Programme Lead Jobs in Kenya

Job Purpose:

  • The post holder will provide leadership, management and development for the KWTRP School Engagement Programme (SEP).

  • The post holder will draw on experience from the fields of health research/education/public engagement/youth interventions to support innovation and excellence in the design, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of community and public engagement (CPE) with health research, focussing on children and young people.

    Key Responsibilities:

    This role will comprise 3 broad areas:

  • Oversight and strategic direction of SEP
    Supporting CPE evaluation and dissemination
    Contributing to the broader KWTRP CPE strategy.

    Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    Oversight and strategic direction of SEP

  • Strategic planning and leadership of the SEP at KWTRP. This includes writing funding proposals for engagement, the development, implementation and evaluation of school engagement activities.

  • Oversight of existing SEP activities, including modifying engagement activities in response to emerging challenges (e.g. social restrictions brought about by epidemics)

  • Conducting participatory research to develop and implement new and innovative school engagement methods and approaches.

    Supporting the evaluation of CPE

  • The postholder will be part of a team responsible for the monitoring and evaluation of the wider KWTRP community and public engagement programme.

    Contributing to the broader KWTRP CPE strategy.

  • Support the Head of Engagement in planning engagement to ensure that SEP activities align with the KWTRP strategy.

  • Support capacity strengthening within the team

    Other Responsibilities:

  • Managing budgets, ensuring maximum efficiency in the allocation of resources and skills for the execution of activities

    Contribution to the KWTRP through regular participation in:

  • Health Systems and Research Ethics Management Group KWTRP Communications Group – an advisory group for external communications
    Centre Scientific Committee (CSC) for the scientific and ethical review all new research proposals at KWTRP

  • Communication and Consent Committee meeting monthly to review ethical aspects of research proposals including informed consent forms;

  • Community Liaison Group planning meetings; and the

  • The production of content for the KWTRP websites and open days


    Essential Criteria:

  • Masters level degree in Education, Social Science, Health Promotion, Public Engagement or Health Research.

  • Have at least 5 years field experience

  • Proven project management skills and experience of managing at least 3 staff in youth or school-based projects, educational outreach or public engagement initiatives

  • Demonstrated experience of communication and coordination with education stakeholders at all levels;

  • Considerable experience in facilitating science or health related sessions with young people and school children, both in school and out of school.

  • Experience in evaluating outreach or educational projects

  • Excellent written communication skills with specific experience in writing applications for funding.

    Desirable Criteria:

  • Ability to communicate in Kiswahili

  • Experience in the supervision of under-graduate or diploma students

  • Experience in participatory action research

  • Experience of health research (desirable, but not essential)

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Wellcome Trust School Engagement Programme Lead Jobs in Kenya

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