The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is a State Corporation established through the Science and Technology (Amendment) Act of 1979.
It is one of the leading health research Institutes in Africa responsible for carrying out research in Kenya.
KEMRI’s vision is to be the leading centre of excellence in the promotion of quality health and its mission is to improve on the quality of health and human life through research.
The HIV Infant Tracking System (HITSystem) program, started in 2011, as a supplement to the Early Infant HIV Diagnosis services provided pro bono by the Kenya Medical Research Institute in support of the national HIV Program.
The HIV Infant Tracking System (HITSystem) is an online system that links the hospital, laboratory and mothers of HIV-exposed infants to improve communication and accountability for improved Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV outcomes in Kenya.
The HITSystem utilizes an algorithm for EID interventions and provides electronic alerts when time-sensitive interventions are needed.
The program seeks to evaluate Early Infant HIV Diagnosis outcomes from a health facility’s perspective.
To do so effectively, the program is seeking to fill the following position
Vacancy No: VN-HITS01-2014
Location: Kilifi County and Nakuru County
- Bachelor’s degree in a science or health related field
- Diploma’s in science or health related field with relevant experience may be considered
- Knowledge of HIV prevention and treatment services
- 1-2 years’ experience with research
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Ability to effectively communicate with HIV providers, HIV patients and the research team
- Exceptional eye for detail
- Strong organizational skills
- Commitment to integrity and high quality performance
- Strong professional references from previous supervisors
- Above average computer applications experience and proficiency
- Currently reside in or be willing to relocate to the Study Sites
- Master’s degree in a science or health related field
- 3-5 years research/clinical setting experience
- Experience with Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) of HIV
- Experience in health systems research
Summary of Position: The Site Coordinator will be part of a NIH funded study team to evaluate the impact of the HIV Infant Tracking System (HITSystem) to improve quality and retention of EID.
The Site Coordinator will work directly with the EID providers at the two study hospitals in their region to monitor HIT System outcomes and facilitate follow-up services for HIV+ mothers and their infants.
The Site Coordinators will communicate routinely and work collaboratively with the entire research study team in planning and conducting targeted data collection.
The Site Coordinator will be based at the intervention hospital and with scheduled trips to the control hospital in their region.
He/she will be responsible for the coordination of all study related activities at the two hospitals in their region to ensure adherence to study protocols and routine reporting to the Program Director and Principal Investigator.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Develop an in-depth understanding of study design and goal, and ensure that the study is conducted in compliance with study protocols and other regulatory requirements
- Participate in monthly research team conference calls
- Respond to questions about the study posed by participants and study team
- Monitor and report on enrolment progress
- Ensure all items necessary for successful conduct of the study are available to staff
- Provide progress reports as well as report and solve problems encountered in the field to the Principal Investigator
Applications must include the following:
- A cover letter stating current work (if applicable), current salary and date available to start work on the project
- A current detailed CV with names and telephone contacts for at least 2 referees
- Copies of academic and professional certificates and testimonials
- Three letters of reference
Interested candidates who meet the above criteria should send their applications electronically quoting the vacancy number and position on the envelope and subject line of email to [email protected]
and cc [email protected]
followed by hard copies which should be hand delivered or posted so as to reach the following address not later than 17th January, 2014.
Director, Centre for Virus Research
Kenya Medical Research Institute
P.O. Box 54628-00200
Attention: Director, HITSystem Project
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.