The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) Careers: Research Assistant (1 Position)

Position: Research Assistant (1 Position)

REF No. FN-002-02-2021

Reports to: Study Coordinator

Locations: Suba/Rongo

Duration: 9 Months

Application Deadline: 1st February 2021

Required Qualifications:

  • Diploma in IT, computer science, community development or related field required

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct recruitment, screening, and informed consent activities for the study
  • Timely data entry of study information collected from participants
  • Conduct interviews at the clinic using tablet computers including survey administration, and measurement of participant biometric properties (height, weight, blood pressure)
  • Respond to data queries
  • Understand the study design and objectives to assist in the successful implementation of the study
  • Screen, recruit and consent study participants
  • Communicate with study coordinator, data manager and other HODs regularly on study data progress
  • Ensure compliance to protocol and procedures for the study
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting as per study protocol
  • Works in a professional and ethical manner with competence, accountability and integrity

Required Experience

  • Must have at least 2 years’ experience in data entry
  • Knowledge of computer packages such as MS Word, Excel, Access and databases such as Kenya EMR, Open MRS and comfortable working with computers
  • Familiarity with using Android tablets to collect survey data and troubleshoot tablet malfunctions

Other Required Skills

  • Good understanding of HIV data collection tools such as Blue (Green) cards, MOH registers
  • Experience with questionnaire implementation on tablets and data abstraction
  • HIV research experience strongly preferred
  • Experience with research studies in community and/or HIV care settings
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills; detail oriented
  • Independent judgment and resourcefulness, understanding of the local social and geographical landscape as well as the community required
  • Fluency in Dholuo strongly preferred
  • High level of integrity
  • Ability to travel to study sites and participant homes on a regular basis in the event that participants miss their scheduled study visit
  • Ability to ride a motorbike (with a valid driving license) will be an added advantage

Applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter stating current position and date available to start working for the program
  • A current CV including email and mobile phone contact
  • Name and phone number for two professional referees
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of the latest pay slip (if applicable) Copies of academic and professional certificates

How to Apply

Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are encouraged to send in their applications through email;

Kemri is an equal opportunity employer commited to diversity; persons with disability, women, youth and those from marginalized areas are encouraged to apply. Kemri does not charge a fee at any stage of its selection process including application, interview and processing of offer letter. If asked for a fee, report such request immediately.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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