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Kenya Medical Research Institute
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Opening date: 9th March 2016 

Vacancy No.K24/03/16
Program description: This program is a collaboration between Kenya Medical Research Institute, Henry Jackson Foundation MRI and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention whose remit is to conduct research in Malaria, HIV, Tuberculosis and other diseases. 

Due to its continued growth, the Kisumu clinical research site has the following vacancy in the pharmacy unit of the HIV Research branch.

Position: Pharmacist  

(1 Position) 

MR 10 

(Job Group N)
Location: Kisumu
Reporting To: Head of Pharmacy
Essential Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy
  • Must be licensed by the Pharmacy and poisons Board of Kenya.
  • A minimum of one (1) year clinical pharmaceutical experience.
Desired Requirements:
  • Experience in research related activities an added advantage.
  • Good judgment in problem solving, awareness of own limitations and strong internal motivation.
Position Description: The Pharmacist will report to the pharmacy lead and will be responsible for investigational products management and accountability for the clinical research site. 

S/he will be required to make contribution to protocol development and implementation, including providing technical advice on pharmacy related issues.
Major duties and responsibilities:
  • Coordinate all issues related to investigational products importations, supply and preparation of all doses for administration/use to/by the study participants.
  • Maintaining appropriate records of the receipt and disposition of investigational products and inventory of all medicines.
  • Maintain a system to monitor and document storage conditions for investigational products to ensure quality of the products is not compromised.
  • Manage study participant randomization process where applicable, and ensure compliance to assigned treatment groups.
  • Maintains the blinding of the participant’s treatment assignment to investigators, study nurses, clinic staff and participant, where required.
  • Maintains the confidentiality of the participant, participant’s pharmacy file and the study drug/placebo accountability record.
  • Establishes a system to ensure that the participants sign an informed consent before dispensing the drugs and the current IRB approved version of the protocol is being followed when dispensing the investigational products.
  • Prepares pharmacy related standard operating procedures ensuring they meet GCP, NIH and other regulatory requirements.
  • Follows established departmental policies, procedures and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives and safety, environmental and/or infection control standards.
  • Ensure compliance to established local and international pharmacy research standards, and delivering acceptable monitoring reviews.
  • Perform any other duty as assigned by the pharmacy lead.
Terms of Employment: A one year Renewable contract as per KEMRI scheme of service. Probation period for the first three months.

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

Position: Medical Officer

MR 10 

Job Group N
Location: Kisumu
Reports to: Primarily to the study coordinator, and to the lead, clinical trials unit on related issues
Essential Qualifications;
  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery from a recognized university.
  • Experience: 2 years’ experience, working in a busy out and inpatient set up
  • Registered by Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board
Desirable Qualities:
  • Ability to prioritize workload of self and program team members and balance conflicting demands.
  • Ability to lead and work within a team environment and in a diverse cultural environment.
Position Summary: Incumbent will have oversight of the clinical and nursing teams in the execution of the medical requirements of the designated protocol.
S/He will carry out medical evaluations of participants, oversee study investigational product administration, report safety events and provide medical care to participants.

  • Develop thorough knowledge of the designated protocol, study design, objectives and procedures for implementation.
  • Review participants, perform study specific procedures including physical exam and appropriately provide medical care.
  • Collection and labeling of specimens.
  • Prescribing medications for treatable medical conditions and monitor participants’ safety, manage, document, report and track adverse events.
  • Complete study specific CRFs/eCRFs and relevant study forms.
  • Respond to field monitor queries as well as Data management team queries
  • Create Standard Operating Procedures for Clinical Management of participants, and ensures implementation of clinic related SOPs and study specific procedures.
  • Liaises with National and County MoH offices to ensure clinical staff are updated/trained on relevant current clinical care guidelines.
  • Supervise clinical and nursing personnel within the designated study.
  • Scrutinizes and interprets lab results. Ensuring smooth running of the clinic-lab interface; monitoring and ensuring timely availability of lab results for study participants.
  • Provision of sexual and reproductive health services to study participants
  • Performs any other duties as assigned by study coordinator, PI or clinical trials unit lead.
Applications should include the following:
  • Letter of Application (indicate vacancy number)
  • Current Curriculum Vitae with telephone number and e-mail address
  • Letters of reference from 2 referees
  • Copies of Certificates and academic transcripts
Terms of Employment: 1(one) year renewable contract as per KEMRI scheme of service and a Probation period for the first 3 months. 

Remuneration: Compensation is negotiable within the relevant grade, based on educational levels, relevant experience and demonstrated competency.

Position: Principal Research Officer (HIVR Branch Chief) 

MR 13
Reports To: Program PI
Location: Kisumu.
Essential Requirements:
  • Ph.D. or MD with Masters in Epidemiology, Public Health, or related field
  • Highly experienced (minimum 7 years) in clinical, epidemiological, sociological, demographic, clinical or population science research and/or program management
  • Supervisory experience including effective management of support personnel in health research projects and research teams.
  • Publication experience – At least five (5) articles published in peer- review scientific journals in relevant fields.
Desirable Qualifications
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in HIV research studies
  • Experience with designing, initiating, implementing, analyzing, presenting and publishing successful research projects as an investigator and Principal Investigator
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the range of laws, policies, regulations and precedents applicable to research and especially research ethics
  • Grants application and management experience
  • Ability to lead and work within a team environment and in diverse cultural environment.
  • Expertise with research study logistics including budgets, equipment and study products, staffing, etc.
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft office suite, proficiency in Excel, Access or other database application and internet searches.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, initiative, resourcefulness and attention to detail.
  • Works well with minimal supervision, employing sound judgment in problem solving and awareness of own limitations
  • Work in a professional and ethical manner with competence, accountability and integrity, maintaining positive working relationships
Job Description: Specifically, the Principal Research Officer will lead the conduct of epidemiologic studies and clinical trials in HIV research areas such as prevention, treatment and cure studies and others. 

The primary responsibility of the Principal Research Officer will be to optimize the scientific activities of the Branch from inception through publication. 

The Principal Research Officer will work closely with the CDC Senior Technical Advisors for HIV Research, the deputy Branch Chiefs for operation and management, clinical Trial and epidemiology, laboratory director and other colleagues on overall leadership of the branch and staff capacity building. 

The incumbent will provide leadership, direction and technical expertise to the HIVR Branch, MOH, non-governmental organizations, universities, medical institutions and other stakeholder agencies.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Development, preparation, implementation, analysis and dissemination of high-impact HIV research portfolio through scientific journals, periodic reports and public presentations.
  • Oversee the research and capacity building activities of the HIV Research Branch.
  • Serve as Principal Investigator, co-Principal Investigator and/or co-investigator for various Branch studies
  • Supervision and mentorship of Branch staff
  • Work closely with the Deputy branch chief, CDC Technical Advisors and other scientists to determine the scientific agenda of the Branch
  • Review all scientific presentations and manuscripts prepared by members of the branch and provide feedback.
  • Maximize the quality of all study activities conducted in the Branch and diagnose and resolve study implementation problems, designing and implementing necessary organizational systems to ensure efficient and effective delivery of quality research activities and outputs.
  • Works with Branch administrative staff and others to ensure that financial, human, and other resources are allocated and managed efficiently
  • Review scientific presentations and manuscripts prepared by members of the Branch and provide feedback
  • Lead efforts to find and apply for funding for scientific activities in the Branch
  • Oversee human resource management to ensure that branch staffing is optimized.
  • Work closely with HIV Research leadership to develop the capacity of branch staff through training and mentoring.
  • Attend internal and external scientific meetings for the Branch and represent the Branch externally in scientific, media, and community forums.
  • Review scientific literature, keeping self and staff up to date on scientific advances in relevant areas of HIV and public health.
  • Manage change during transitions in organizational focus
  • Coordinate and supervise monitoring and evaluation systems
  • All other duties as assigned
Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent scientific writing and presentation skills
  • Must have a good understanding and experience in HIV research, including protocol development, data collection,
  • analysis and report writing
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to work well in a team, and be able to collaborate well with the Ministry of Health and other partners
  • Fluency in English, written and spoken
  • Ability to offer excellent research mentorship
Terms of Employment: A one year Renewable contract as per KEMRI scheme of service. Probation period for the first three months.
Remuneration: Compensation is negotiable within a relevant grade, based on educational levels, relevant experience and demonstrated competency. 

The salary scheme is based on KEMRI scales plus supplemental amounts.

Applications must include the following:
  • Letter of Application (Indicate Vacancy Number)
  • Three referees with contact telephone numbers and e-mail addresses
  • Copies of Certificates and Transcripts
Applications are due no later than: 30th March 2016


Human Resource Manager, 
KEMRI/CDC Program, 
P.O. Box 1578, 

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Internal candidates interested in applying for this position are strongly advised to access an internal candidate application form available in the CDC Intranet; print and process it through their project Managers and attach it before forwarding their application to HR.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted