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Nov 28, 2017

KEMRI Assistant Research Officer (Education Research) Job in Kilifi, Kenya

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP)
 
Job Vacancy: Assistant Research Officer

Reference Number:
AROSCH271117
 
Category: Clinical Healthcare and Research
 
Grade: 6.01
 
Location: Kilifi
 
Country: Kenya

 
Job Purpose: The KWTRP School Engagement Programme is currently establishing an appropriate approach to engage local primary schools with science and health research. 

The selected candidate, supported by the SEP team, will work closely with primary school teachers and education partners to identify, implement and evaluate a primary school engagement activity with health research. 

The candidate will contribute to all SEP research activities including proposal development, grants/ funds administration, data/sample analysis and management, training, reporting and preparation of publications.

Reports To: Principal Investigator

Directly Supervises: Any interns or fieldworkers as assigned by the Principal Investigator

Indirectly Supervises: None

Budget and Resource Responsibility:
  • Responsible for a laptop computer/desktop.
  • One or more digital voice recorders used in this work.
  • For petty cash budgets up to kes 10,000/- associated with fieldwork and meeting organisation.
Key Responsibilities:
  • Contribute in the development of research objectives and preparation of proposals and applications.
  • Carry out literature/education resource reviews and prepare draft write-ups as may be required to support proposals, presentations/seminars and publications.
  • Participate in execution of action research projects including identifying resource requirements, planning, implementing and evaluating activities. Research activities may also involve consenting and community engagement activities and initiating recruitment of study participants.
  • Under the supervision of senior researchers, develop data collection tools; collect different types of research data (qualitative and /or quantitative); oversee cleaning and transcribing of the data.
  • Liaise with relevant teams to ensure that all data is entered into relevant databases on time and carry out data verification activities as requested/required to ensure its accuracy, integrity and validity
  • Contribute to the analysis of data emerging from empirical field work and literature review.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of information from studies, including through the preparation of reports and manuscripts for publication, making presentations at scientific meetings and feeding back to participants in any consultation activities.
  • Provide training and support to fieldworkers and other research team members / working on related projects, including developing their skills in individual and group interviewing, transcription, translation, and summarising.
  • And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.
Qualifications:
  • A bachelors’ degree in biological sciences, science education or social science or equivalent 
  • Experience of working with school students, research engagement with students or early-career science teaching
  • At least one year’s experience of research
  • Experience of developing teaching aids e.g. textbooks, peer education activity plans etc.
Competencies:
  • Must be enthusiastic, with excellent interpersonal, communication and facilitation skills, both with stakeholders and students
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Good planning, organisation and co-ordination skills
  • Ability to take and follow instructions, initiative, keen to learn and proactive with the ability to work under minimal supervision
  • Flexibility, adaptability, multi-tasking and attention to detail
  • Confidentiality and integrity
  • Team working and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
Application Procedure:

CLICK HERE to apply online

All applicants are required to state their current/last salary.

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.

The application closing date is 11 December, 2017.

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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