KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme – Research Medical Officer I.

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Reference Number: RMOI-12-11-21
Employment Type: Full time
Category: Clinical Healthcare and Research
Job Grade: 8.03
Country: Kenya
Location: Nairobi


KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is one of the leading research centres in Africa. The Programme engages in a wide range of research on the main causes of ill health in Africa.

In addition, KWTRP has a strong commitment towards developing local research leadership.

The Health Economic Resaerch Unit department under which this position falls focused on Health Policy and Systems Research, contributing to research focused on health services, economics, policy and on the management environment of health facilities.

A newly funded 3-year QuEST project aims at building the evidence base to support transformation to high quality health systems by improving measurement, testing solutions, and creating generalizable knowledge in partnership with changemakers in low- and middle-income countries ( The objectives of the QuEST project are to to deliver critical research expertise to strengthen evidence on improving health systems. The goal is to have health system that are responsive to the people that they aim to serve by working closely with country governments and global partners to design and test future health system models and measures. This will be accomplished through preparing the base for service delivery redesign-by conducting feasibility assessments and codeveloping models for service delivery redesign for maternal and newborn survival and by developing and testing an E-Cohorts for Maternal and Newborn Health.The project is seeking a Medical Research Officer to support activities related to feasibility assessment of the service delivery redesign in one county and lead the design and testing of the e-cohort while working closely and supervising junior team members supporting these research activities.


REPORTS TO: Study PI and Study Supervisor.



BUDGET AND RESOURCE RESPONSIBILITY:  Responsible for allocated hardware and software


Under the direction of supervisor to:

  • Coordinate activities across the service delivery re-design and e-cohort components of the Kenya QuEST centre and in collaboration with other QuEST centres
  • Support activities to design and undertake feasibility assessment of service delivery redesign in one county in Kenya
  • Lead the design, testing and implementation of an e-cohort by validating measures longitudinally mapping the care trajectory and health outcomes of mothers and newborns
  • Collate, clean and archive data associated with both the service delivery redesign and e-cohort research activities
  • Undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis and appropriately document these analyses
  • Develop written reports on the analyses conducted and their interpretation
  • Develop peer-reviewed manuscript quality reports for submission for publication
  • Engage and support consultations with local, regional and national governments and other key stakeholders
  • To provide support in analysis to less experienced research staff / interns / collaborators
  • And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.


The successful applicant will have:

  1. Holders of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B; Ch.B.) degree or its equivalent degree from any recognized university or institution
  2. Masters degree in relevant subspecialty (e.g. Health Systems Management, Public Health)
  3. Proven research experience and ability to undertake mixed methods research
  4. Strong leadership, organisational and planning ability
  5. Highly developed oral and written scientific English as evidenced by scientific publications.
  6. Experience in undertaking research in a cross-cultural context

Desirable Criteria

  • Previous clinical experience in clinical research leading to publication
  • Excellent understanding of and experience in procedures for ensuring high quality data management
  • Good understanding/ experience of the Kenyan health system.
  • Project and team management skills an added advantage
  • Demonstrated ability to act with sound judgement, sensitivity, and flexibility, and to exercise initiative in adapting preferred approaches when and where required


  • Experience in use of STATA and / or ‘R’ for analysis of health data.
  • Experience using Nvivo/equivalent for Qualitative research analysis
  • Have high energy, clear goal orientation and strong work ethics
  • Strong organisation/programme management skills with the ability to prioritise workloads and work within tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment and to multi-task
  • Ability to interact with users/ office use in simple non-technical language

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT/CONDITIONS: This position will be entirely based in Nairobi even though currently working from home.


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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 ORIGINALS 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. 

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The application closing date is 19th November 2021. 

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).




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