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KEMRI/USAMRU-K “The Walter Reed Project” Jobs: Medical Maintenance Technician

“The Walter Reed Project” is a research-based organization that is affiliated to the Kenya Medical Research Institute. Our mission is to develop and test improved means for predicting, detecting, preventing and treating infectious diseases.
The organization seeks to recruit a highly skilled and experienced Medical Maintenance Technician.
Closing Date: 13 July 2010
Duty Station: Nairobi
Job Summary:

Essential Functions: Maintain all laboratory and clinical equipment to meet national and international standards, including repairs, installation, calibration and routine maintenance needs.

Key Responsibilities

  • The incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:
  • Inspect and test malfunctioning medical and related equipment following manufacturers’ specifications.
  • Examine medical equipment and facility’s structural environment and check for proper use of equipment, to protect staff from electrical or mechanical hazards.
  • Ensure compliance with safety regulations.
  • Disassemble malfunctioning equipment and remove, repair and replace defective parts
  • Keep records of maintenance, repair, and required updates of equipment.
  • Update the Pi’s and Lab Managers on progress.
  • Perform preventive maintenance or service such as cleaning, lubricating and adjusting equipment.
  • Test and calibrate components and equipment following manufacturers’ manuals and troubleshooting techniques, using hand tools, power tools and measuring devices.
  • Explain and demonstrate correct operation and preventive maintenance of medical equipment to personnel.
  • Study technical manuals and when available, attend training sessions provided by WRAIR or manufacturers to upgrade current knowledge
  • Plan and carry out work assignments, using blueprints, schematic drawings, technical manuals, wiring diagrams, and liquid and air flow sheets, while following prescribed regulations, directives, and other instructions as required.
  • Test, evaluate, and classify excess or in-use medical equipment and determine serviceability, condition, and disposition in accordance with regulations.
  • In coordination with the medical maintenance team in the US, contribute expertise to develop medical maintenance standard operating procedures.
  • Compute power and space requirements for installing medical equipment and install units to manufacturer’s specifications.
  • Work closely with the medical maintenance team at WRAIR and keep designated personnel abreast of all relevant issues
  • Other duties as requested by the supervisor
  • Minimum of a higher National Diploma or (Diploma plus considerable experience) from a recognized medical training institution in Medical Engineering.
  • Registration with AMEK (Association of Medical Engineering of Kenya)
  • At least 2 years of verifiable hands experience -on medical equipment maintenance experience preferred, preferably from a research unit or hospital set-up.
  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP)
  • Good writing and communication skill
  • Experience working in a fast paced demanding environment.
  • Ability to prioritize and finish work in a timely manner
Terms of Employment:
The successful candidate will be engaged on Contract for 1 year, renewable as per KEMRI Scheme of Service; Probation period is for the first 3 months
Remuneration: Compensation is negotiable within a relevant grade, based on educational levels, relevant experience and demonstrated competency.
Applications should include a Cover letter, Resume, copies of relevant Academic and Professional certificates, at least 2 reference letters and relevant testimonials, and send to:
The Human Resources Office,
Walter Reed Project,
P.O. Box 29893- 00202
Only short listed candidates will be contacted

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