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HIV Surveillance Logistics Technical Assistant Job in Kenya

Opening Date: 25/02/11

Closing Date: 11/03/2011

Vac. No. HIV Surv/01/2010

Program Description: In collaboration with the Prevention and Public Health Group (PPHG) of the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Global Health Sciences (GHS), the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) is seeking an 
HIV Surveillance Logistics Technical Assistant for supporting HIV surveillance projects in Kenya.

The assignment is based in Nairobi, Kenya, and the incumbent would begin work by end of March 2011. This position requires a one year commitment, with the potential for extension subject to the availability of funding.

The vacancy is situated at the KEMRI/Kenyatta National Hospital campus.

Minimum Requirements:
  • 3 years (post-qualification) work experience planning and managing/coordinating operations for public health studies
  • Bachelors in public health, epidemiology, project management, field or survey management, operations, or related field
  • Excellent organizational, planning and coordination skills
  • Fluency in English and Kiswahili
Desired Skills or Qualities:
  • Effective communication with local/international partners, field staff, computer programmers and administrative staff
  • Ability to prioritize, act independently, work under deadlines, and implement several tasks at once
  • Excellent knowledge of and skill working with computer applications (Email, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and concepts of HIV, epidemiology, and surveillance
Job Summary:

Key duties include providing technical assistance and guidance to Government of Kenya (GOK) staff and stakeholders on coordinating plans, preparations and implementation of HIV/STI surveillance projects.

The incumbent is responsible for overseeing project activities on a day-to-day basis.

This position requires a high-level of initiative, creativity, critical thinking and planning skills. The incumbent should have a strong background in project management and familiar with the systems and services in Kenya utilized for survey implementation.

Project Activities & Key Responsibilities will include:

Support for the Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey (KAIS) II
  • Logistical and operational support to GOK partners for survey related activities including: coordination of procurement, inventory, distribution of supplies, training, data collection, preparation and review of operating procedures etc.
Support of other KEMRI and/or UCSF/PPHG activities
  • Routine communication and participation with SF-based surveillance team activities
  • Other duties as assigned
To Apply: All applications include the following:
  • A cover letter stating current work (if applicable), current salary, and date available to start work on the project
  • A current CV with names and telephone numbers for at least 2 referees
  • Copies of academic and professional certificates
  • A copy of a professional writing sample
  • Copy of the latest pay slip
  • At least two recommendation letters, preferably from previous employers
All applications must be delivered or posted so as to reach the email address by 11th March 2011 Interviews will be completed by the 25th March 2011.

The applications should be sent via e-mail to

Note: Only short listed candidates will be contacted

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