Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) – Clinical Research Scientist/ Pediatrician.

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Opening date: October 7, 2021       

Vacancy No: CGHR/213/09/21

POSITION: Clinical Research Scientist/ Pediatrician KMR 5- (1 Position)

LOCATION: Siaya County 

REPORTING: Principal Investigators

Program Description

The KEMRI/CGHR Research Program has expanded considerably in its research and program support activities.  This program is collaboration between Kenya Medical Research Institute and other organizations. It involves conducting research and programmatic support for activities related to Malaria, HIV, Tuberculosis and other diseases. Due to its continued growth, the program seeks to fill the position of a Medical Officer/Pediatrician in an ongoing epidemiological study in the malaria branch.  

Essential Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery from a recognized university.
  • MMed Pediatrics an added advantage and will be considered highly desirable.
  • Registered by Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board
  • Research experience is an added advantage.

Job Description

Reporting to the Principal Investigators, the Medical Officer/Pediatrician will work with a team consisting of clinical officers and community interviewers who will be based at health facilities in Gem, Bondo and Siaya and recruit/follow up children into an epidemiological surveillance study which runs alongside the pilot implementation of the RTS,S Malaria vaccine in the area. S/he must be flexible and work within the existing  structures  and  standard  operating  procedures,  in  a  professional  and  ethical  manner  with competence, accountability and integrity. 

Desirable qualities

  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexibility to work long hours including weekends and public holidays.
  • Ability to take personal initiatives and working with minimal supervision.

Specific tasks and responsibilities

The medical officer’s responsibilities shall include but not limited to the following:

  • Supervision and management of the study team, clinical and research operations of the study.
  • Development and review of study related tools (SOPs, training materials), training of study staff.
  • Medical evaluation of those children who fulfill the criteria for adverse events of special interest (AESI) and for reporting these events in a timely manner.
  • Develop an in-depth  understanding  of  the  study  design  and  goals  and  ensure  that  study  is conducted in compliance with study protocols and other regulatory requirements.
  • Attend to and give expert opinion on study patients in hospital and outpatient facilities.
  • Conduct CMEs at the hospital and lead discussions with the clinical and nursing personnel
  • Work harmoniously with non-study staff in the health facilities
  • Assist with timely and accurate data collection and data entry.
  • Collaborate with PI and institution to respond to any monitoring and audit findings and implement approved recommendations.
  • Report to the  Pharmacy  and  Poisons  Board  and  the  Ethical  Review  Committee  (SERU)  any adverse events as needed
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the PIs.

Terms of Employment:  1-year renewable contract as per KEMRI scheme of service and a Probation period for the first 3 months.  

Remuneration: Compensation is negotiable within a relevant grade, based on education levels, relevant experience and demonstrated competency.  The salary scheme is based on the KEMRI scales plus supplemental amounts.

 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

Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to:

Director, CGHR,

 P.O. Box 1578-40100, 

Kisumu 

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

Not later than October 27, 2021

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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