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Assistant Coordinator Job in Suba Kenya

Program Description: The Research Care and Training Program (RCTP), is collaboration between Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and University of Washington (UW). 

RCTP leads the Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) program, a comprehensive HIV prevention, and care and treatment program working in over 100 clinics in Nyanza Province, Kenya.

RCTP is seeking a motivated individual to fill the following vacancy for Sustainable East African Research for Community Health (SEARCH). 

SEARCH is a five year cluster randomized trial to test whether universal ART can improve health, educational, and economic outcomes. 

We are going to be conducting a household census in 12 communities and annual multi-disease diagnostic health campaigns. 

We will also be supporting ART delivery through FACES clinics.
Job Title: SEARCH Assistant Coordinator - Community Health Campaign Laboratory Coordinator
Duty Station: Suba with frequent travel to Rongo
Duration: Annual appointment, starting March 1, 2013
Job Summary: Overall coordination of the multi-disease Community Health Campaign (CHC) field laboratory and mobile RNA lab for 12 annual CHCs in 12 communities of 10,000 persons each in Nyanza, Kenya.
Key Requirements:
  • Laboratory Technology diploma from the Kenya Medical Training College or any relevant, recognized institution
  • Registered with the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB)
  • Current KMLTTB practice license
Prior Work Experience
  • Prior leadership experience managing teams
  • Experience with supervising research (public health or clinical studies)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Laboratory Skills:
  • Good clinical and laboratory practices training (GCLP)
  • Phlebotomy
  • Conduct of HIV AB testing, Malaria RDT test
  • Sample aliquoting, archival and storage.
  • CD4 and Viral load testing
  • Laboratory data and inventory management
  • Laboratory commodity management
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills:
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing in English and Dholuo
  • Maintain frequent contact using cell phone, email, and Skype
  • Diplomatic with strong leadership skills
  • Able to monitor, gather and evaluate information of broad scope and complexity
  • Enthusiasm for community-based development work.
  • Natural ability to multitask, problem solve, and work with others to resolve challenges
  • Competent with computer software applications including Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and internet-based applications
  • Interest in working in an innovative and demanding environment with extensive travel to rural sites in southern Nyanza Province
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of all CHC lab activities
  • Develop CHC laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) with support from the Study Coordinator
  • Recruit, train and supervise laboratory staff to conduct CHC laboratory activities according to the protocol
  1. Detailed training on the implementation of protocols, SOPs, and data collection forms
  2. Provide mentorship and supervision
  • Manage relationships with collaborating institutions and partners
  • Participate in the ordering of laboratory supplies for the CHCs with appropriate use of local resources when available
  • Ensure effective and efficient utilization of petty cash
  • Ensure the CHC lab activities are performed within the timeline of the study (12 campaigns/year)
  • Provide monthly reports on the CHCs and regularly communicate with the Study Coordinator
  • Other duties as specified by the investigators or Study Coordinator.
Applications should include the following:
  • A cover letter with current position and salary (if applicable), and date available
  • A current CV
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • Copies of official certificates
  • Copy of the latest pay slip
  • Names and telephone contacts of at least 3 referees
  • An email address and a telephone number (land line or mobile)
Applications should be sent electronically to the email addresses below and followed with hard copies of the same to the address below:
Human Resources Manager,
RCTP, Lumumba Health Centre Site
P.O. Box 614, Code 40100

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