Project Manager, Brain and Mind Institute, Job in Kenya

Job Summary

The BMI at AKU is seeking a Project Manager for the British Academy funded grant ‘A canvas for change: co-producing art to reduce the stigma of neurological disorders in Kenya’, a collaboration between Aga Khan University and Newcastle University, UK.

The research Project Manager role, supervised by Principal investigator(s) (PIs), orchestrates the entire research project(s) lifecycle, from initiation to closeout. They meticulously plan, execute, and monitor project(s) activities, ensuring alignment with objectives and timelines. Through stakeholder engagement, regulatory compliance, risk management, and efficient communication, they navigate challenges and facilitate collaboration. Ultimately, their efforts culminate in successful project(s) closeout, delivering valuable insights that advance the Brain and Mind Institute’s mission of promoting brain health and mental well-being.


Implement the project’s workplan by overseeing and coordinating all activities according to established timelines and milestones.

Ensure compliance with ethical, regulatory, and institutional requirements throughout the duration of the project.

Monitor and track project progress against predefined metrics, milestones, and deliverables, adjusting as necessary to ensure project success.

Monitor project budget and expenses, tracking spending against budget allocations and identifying any variances or discrepancies.

Implement quality assurance and control measures to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and validity of research data and results.

Maintain regular communication with stakeholders, including, Principal Investigators (PIs), sponsors, collaborators, and regulatory bodies, to provide updates on project progress and address any concerns.

Lead project closeout including conducting a final evaluation of the project to assess achievements and identify areas for improvement, ensure all regulatory requirements are met, coordinate financial activities to close project budgets and reconcile expenses, establish organized and accessible archives for project documentation and materials.

Liaise with the PIs to disseminate project findings and outcomes to relevant stakeholders, including drafting manuscripts.


Bachelor’s degree in a medical related course e.g MBchB, BSN, BPharm, Clinical Medicine/ Bachelor’s in public health

A valid practising license.

Master’s level training (or higher) in a related field (i.e., biomedical sciences; neuropsychology, psychometrics, social sciences, anthropology, public health).

At least 1-year experience in research with preference for managing multi-component projects.

At least one-year experience in field data collection preferably in community and hospital settings.

Educational or experiential knowledge of basic research methods such as literature reviews and protocol writing.

Mixed methods data analysis skills will be an added advantage.

Experience in using quantitative statistical software such as SPSS, STATA or and qualitative software such as NVivo will be an added advantage.

Academic exposure and interest in brain health research is an advantage.

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