Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) – Clinical Officers (Homabay).

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Opening date: October 7, 2021     

Vacancy: CGHR/212/09/21 

Position: Clinical Officers (1 positions) KMR 8

Location: Homabay

Reporting to: Clinical Research Scientist/ Hospital Pediatrician

Project Description

The Malaria Vaccine Implementation Program (MVIP) Evaluation in Kenya is a collaboration  between  the  Kenya  Medical  Research  Institute  (KEMRI)  and  the  Centers  for  Disease Control  and  Prevention,  USA  (CDC).  The vaccine is implemented by the National Vaccines and Immunizations Program (NVIP) in moderate to high malaria transmission settings in eight counties in Western Kenya: Bungoma, Busia, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Kisumu, Migori, Siaya, and Vihiga.   The primary objective of this evaluation is to estimate the effect of the routine delivery of RTS,S/AS01 on all-cause mortality in children aged 5-48 months.  Secondary study objectives include evaluation of the safety and feasibility of vaccine implementation in this setting.  The Malaria Branch has a vacancy for a Clinical Officer for the Malaria Vaccine Pilot Evaluation study.

Job Summary

The clinical officer will track and ensure compliance with Kenya Pediatric guidelines and provide quality assurance for hospital surveillance.  S/he will work closely with the clinical surveillance coordinator, study coordinator, pediatrician, laboratory manager, and hospital teams. S/he will  have  direct  supervisory  role  of  study  clerks  based  at  the  hospital  and  will  report  directly  to  the clinical surveillance coordinator and the hospital pediatrician. The successful candidate will be trained on human subject protection and the Evaluation protocol before commencing work.

Major duties and responsibilities

The specific roles for this position are as listed below: 

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the study design and goals
  • Daily review of medical notes for completeness
  • Taking additional history and completing case record forms where necessary
  • Perform clinical procedures and duties as may be required
  • Consenting parents/guardian for storage of samples
  • Liaising with laboratory personnel for appropriate sample processing and storage
  • Provision of regular updates to study coordination team
  • Coordinate the production of regular summary reports with the surveillance coordinator and data manager
  • Coordinate supply and ensure availability of required materials in hospitals
  • Reinforce adherence to clinical algorithms by clinical teams
  • Work closely with the clinical, nursing, laboratory and health records teams to ensure smooth conduct of the evaluation.
  • Support study monitoring visits and respond to monitoring queries

Requirements 

  • Diploma in Clinical Medicine.
  • Be registered and with a valid practicing license from the Clinical Officers Council of Kenya.
  • At least 1 year of experience working in a hospital
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office suite.
  • Be willing to reside near the assigned Health Facility in the respective County
  • Post-basic training in pediatrics will be an added advantage
  • Certificate in “Good Clinical Practice” and/or “Human Subjects Protection”

Knowledge, skills and abilities 

  • Advanced Life Support (ALS)
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Experience using tablets (handheld computers)
  • Excellent written/oral communication, interpersonal and organization skills
  • Fluency in English and Swahili, written and spoken
  • Familiarity with Kenyan Paediatric Guidelines
  • Ability to perform lumbar puncture, venipunctures, intravenous cannulation etc

Terms of Employment:  This is a one (1) year renewable contract as per KEMRI scheme of service with a probation period in the first 3 months.  

Remuneration:  The salary is as per the stated KEMRI scales.

How To Apply

Applications should include the following:

  1. Letter of Application (Indicate Vacancy Number)
  2. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae with Telephone number and e-mail address
  3. Three letters of reference with contact telephone numbers
  4. Copies of Academic Certificates and Transcripts

Apply to Director, CGHR,

 P.O. Box 1578-40100, 

Kisumu 

Not later than October 27, 2021.

Applications should be sent by e-mail to: cghr@kemri.org 

KEMRI IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER; WOMEN AND DISABLED PERSONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.  KEMRI  DOES  NOT  CHARGE  A  FEE  AT  ANY  STAGE OF  ITS  SELECTION  PROCESS  INCLUDING  APPLICATION,  INTERVIEW  MEETING AND PROCESSING OF OFFER LETTER. IF ASKED FOR A FEE, REPORT SUCH REQUEST IMMEDIATELY TO RELEVANT AUTHORITY 

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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