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Position: Research Assistants (8 Positions)

KMR/7 Vacancy No. FN-031-07-2021

Reports to: Project Coordinator

Locations: Kisumu

Duration: A renewable one year contract, as per KEMRI scheme of service. The first three months being probation period.


  • Diploma in Nursing, Public Health, Sociology, Community Health & Development; Social Work, Counselling or any other relevant health/social sciences required. Bachelor’s Degree qualification in the related field preferred
  • Experience with community-based research for public health or clinical studies preferred
  • Experience with research studies or programs on TB/COVID-19 will be an added advantage
  • Training and experience in conducting quantitative surveys preferred

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Implement all components of the study protocol at the site level
  • Ensure compliance to protocol and procedures for all study components
  • Explaining the study to and recruiting eligible participants for the study
  • Administering informed consent and enrolling eligible participants
  • Administering baseline assessments surveys for participants recruited into the study
  • Assist in sample collection for SARS-CoV-2 screening
  • Regularly monitoring participants progress as per the study protocol
  • Conduct routine follow up visits and assessments of the participants during the study period
  • Conduct contact tracing for close contacts of all TB and COVID-19 cases confirmed
  • Ensure completeness of all data collected
  • Participate in study meetings (in-person, internet conference calls)
  • Assist with dissemination of study findings
  • May perform other project related duties as requested or required

Other required skills:

  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Fluency in English, Kiswahili and Dholou required
  • Ability to work effectively independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple priorities and organize workload
  • Excellent time and resource management skills
  • Ability to work with tight timelines and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • High level of competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, and Outlook
  • Must be willing to work in informal and low-income settlement
  • Flexibility to work non-business hours; being available for calls outside of business hours due to time differences between the U.S. and Kenya

Applications should include the following: 

 Letter of application (Indicate Vacancy Number) and date available to start working for the study

A current CV including email and mobile phone contact Name and phone number for two professional referees Two letters of recommendation

A copy of the latest pay slip (if applicable) Copies of academic and professional certificates

Application Method

Applications to be done through the email later than 18th August, 2021.

(Indicate Position & Vacancy Number as the subject of your Email)

KEMRI or any of its programs, Studies or Projects does not solicit for Money or any form of reward for a Job applicant to be considered for employment. Any such requests should be immediately reported to the HR department. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.


Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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