Description

Position Description: The Kenya Medical Research Institute/Centre for Global Health Research (KEMRI/CGHR) Research Program, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) are collaborating to conduct research on malaria, HIV, TB and other diseases of public health importance. An exciting opportunity is currently open for an research scientist within the Program .

The staff will work on a project “Essential diagnostics: developing methods, guidelines and capacity for effective national programmes”. The project aims aims to develop an evidence-based approach, to guide the adaptation of the WHO essential diagnostics list (EDL) to national health system needs . To this end a situation and policy analyses will be conducted.

POSITION: Research Scientist KMR-6 (1 position)

LOCATION: KEMRI-CGHR

REPORTING: Principal investigator

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Health sciences, Public Health, Epidemiology, Community Health or equivalent from a recognised institution

Desired Qualities

  • Experience with literature searches in electronic databases
  • Experience with literature reviews, systematic reviews, or any form of evidence
  • Proficiency in the use of computers
  • Fluency in English- both written and oral
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Good leadership skills, assertiveness, ability to take initiative and work within deadlines
  • Flexibility to work long hours, including weekends and public holidays

Job Description

The Research Scientist will conduct a situation and policy analysis through a desk review. He/she will conduct literature searches, review reports and literature about the WHO EDL and WHO Essential Medicines List (EML) in Africa and compile a policy analysis report under guidance. He/she will be responsible for ensuring that the literature searches and policy analysis is conducted to the highest standards possible as per the study guidelines. He/she must be flexible and work within the existing structure, professionally and ethically with competence, accountability and integrity.

Responsibilities

Functions will include but not be limited to the following;

  • Mapping the policy analysis or reports on WHO EDL and EML for selected countries in Africa through a desk
  • Searching for literature in electronic databases and other sources
  • Selecting eligible primary studies for the systematic literature reviews
  • Extracting data from selected primary studies using recommended tools
  • Contribute to preparing the reports on the needs and policy
  • Engagement with decision makers in health policy and practice in East Africa to jointly decide on information needs, methods and
  • Any other duties assigned by the Study

Terms of Employment

Fixed-term contract of 6 months as per KEMRI scheme of service.

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.

How to Apply 

  • Letter of Application (Indicate Vacancy Number)
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae with telephone number and e-mail address
  • Three letters of reference with contact telephone numbers and e-mail addresses
  • Copies of Academic Certificates and Transcripts

Applications to the:

Deputy Director,CGHR,

P. O. Box 1578 – 40100,

Kisumu

send by email to cghr@kemri.org no later than January 26, 2021

 KEMRI IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER; WOMEN AND DISABLED PERSONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. KEMRI/CGHR 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.

 Only short-listed candidates will be contacted