Jobs and Vacancies in SHARP, Kenya

Job Vacancy: Study Coordinator 

(1 Position)

The SHARP study aims to investigate the use of assisted partner services (APS) and phylogenetic testing to prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Nairobi. 

We are looking to hire the above position in our research team based in Nairobi. 

We are committed to excellence in our research, and to working with vulnerable populations with the utmost respect and care. 

We require all team members to provide ethical and respectful services to vulnerable, key populations, and to maintain flexible hours in order to interface effectively with international partners.

The study coordinator will be responsible for overseeing all daily study operations in Nairobi, including supervising study personnel, maintaining up-to-date study protocols and approvals, and liaising with key stakeholders, both locally and internationally. 

S/he will report to the study manager and Principle Investigator. 

S/he must be self-directed, working with minimal supervision, and must be committed to providing services and care for vulnerable populations.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Coordinate the development of the study protocol and tools
  • Training staff at study site
  • Ensure necessary local ethics review board approvals and renewals are obtained for the study and Managing study ethics and human subjects protection
  • Participate in Database development and management
  • Coordinate all meetings required for the success of the study
  • Ensure that necessary supplies/materials are in stock for study implementation.
  • Serve as the liaison between the study team, the study Principal Investigators (PI’s), and collaborators. 
  • Oversight of study implementation at study sites
  • Coordinate and participate in the data analysis and report writing activities
  • Preparation of study research reports
  • Oversight of community advisory board (CAB) and safety monitoring board (SMB)
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Medicine (MBChB or equivalent)
  • Registration with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board
  • Prior experience as a research Study Coordinator, or Assistant Study Coordinator - mandatory
  • Certification in Human Subjects Protection and Good Clinical Practice
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, lead, coordinate, and accomplish research activities
  • Strong analytic, organizational, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to maintain flexible work hours, including occasional nights and weekends, in order to interface with key populations and international partners
Desirable qualities, skills and abilities:
  • Experience with HIV research, antiretroviral therapy (ART) and HIV testing and counseling (HTC) programs
  • Familiarity with smart phone technology for data collection, including ODK
  • Attention to detail and good work ethic
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Respectful, punctual, hardworking, conscientious
  • Responsive to multiple communication modalities with international team members
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a collaborative team
  • Experience working with key populations, particularly people who inject drugs (PWID)
Please note that the appointment is on a one-year contract term renewable on mutual agreement and availability of funds.


Job Vacancy: Data Manager

(1 Position)

The SHARP study aims to investigate the use of assisted partner services (APS) and phylogenetic testing to prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Nairobi. 

We are looking to hire several positions for our research team based in Nairobi. 

We are committed to excellence in our research, and to working with vulnerable populations with the utmost respect and care. 

We require all team members to provide ethical and respectful services to vulnerable, key populations, and to maintain flexible hours in order to interface effectively with international partners.

The data manager will be responsible for the design of data collection and management systems, supervision of study data collection operations, and routine data cleaning, quality control and analysis.

S/he will be report to the Study Coordinator and Principal Investigator. 

S/he must be able to work with minimal supervision and for long hours when necessary.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Database development and maintenance
  • Tabulating program data to generate weekly and quarterly reports for the study
  • Ensure source documents are safeguarded and that optimal data quality is maintained.
  • Maintain a clean log frame of data queries and how they have been resolved.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of study data activities
  • Database development and management
  • Oversight of data collection modalities, including mobile technology
  • Data cleaning and validation once study is complete
  • Managing integration of biometrics and data collection
Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science or more advanced degree in biostatistics or related field.
  • Proficiency in Stata and/or Microsoft Access
  • Experience with smart phone data collection and Open Data Kit (ODK)
  • Prior research experience
  • Experience with biometric identification systems
  • Certification in Human Subjects Protection and Good Clinical Practice
  • Strong analytic, organizational, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to maintain flexible work hours, including occasional nights and weekends, in order to interface with key populations and international partners
Desirable qualities, skills and abilities:
  • Previous experience in a similar position will be an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of QSL
Please note that the appointment is on a one-year contract term renewable on mutual agreement and availability of funds.

Job Vacancy: Laboratory Technician


(1 Position)

The SHARP study aims to investigate the use of assisted partner services (APS) and phylogenetic testing to prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Nairobi. 

We are looking to hire several positions for our research team based in Nairobi. 

We are committed to excellence in our research, and to working with vulnerable populations with the utmost respect and care. 

We require all team members to provide ethical and respectful services to vulnerable, key populations, and to maintain flexible hours in order to interface effectively with international partners.

The Laboratory Technician will be responsible for handling and processing of study samples in Nairobi on a daily basis, and liaising with peripheral laboratories for testing of samples and follow-up of lab results.  

The technician will strictly follow the laboratory SOPs and maintain a laboratory results database and sample inventory. 

S/he will be report to the Laboratory Director and Principal Investigator. 

S/he must be able to work with minimal supervision and for long hours when necessary.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Carry out routine and specialized laboratory procedures.
  • Specimen processing.
  • Performing isolations cryopreservation and archiving samples.
  • Safe and effective delivery of samples to different laboratories.
  • Ensure laboratory results are entered accurately and in a timely manner on the report forms and into the database and facilitate retrieval of hard copies of data as requested by principle Investigators, Co-investigator and clinic staff.
  • Prepare samples for storage and shipping as needed.
Qualifications:
  • Diploma or higher degree in Biological Sciences from a major institution of higher education.
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to interact productively with other team members
  • Excellent Communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Computer literate with working knowledge of Microsoft office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
Desirable qualities, skills and abilities:
  • BSc Biological Sciences will be an added advantage.
  • Experience in Good Laboratory practice (GLP) would be an added advantage
Please note that the appointment is on a one-year contract term renewable on mutual agreement and availability of funds.

Job Vacancy: Health Advisor

(4 Positions)

The SHARP study aims to investigate the use of assisted partner services (APS) and phylogenetic testing to prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Nairobi. 

We are looking to hire several positions for our research team based in Nairobi. 

We are committed to excellence in our research, and to working with vulnerable populations with the utmost respect and care. 

We require all team members to provide ethical and respectful services to vulnerable, key populations, and to maintain flexible hours in order to interface effectively with international partners.

Health Advisors will be responsible for the data collection activities for the study, including interviews and blood draws. 

Health Advisors must be comfortable working with PWID in the locations where PWID and their partners live and dwell. 

S/he will be report to the Study Coordinator. S/he must be able to work with minimal supervision and for long hours when necessary.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Screen and enroll eligible HIV-infected people who inject drugs (PWID) enrolled as index participants
  • Perform blood draws for PWID enrolled in the study
  • Conduct interviews with study participants using mobile data entry technology
  • Be responsible for follow up of sexual and injecting partners identified by either home visits or phone calls
  • Perform HIV testing and counseling (HTC) for index participants and partners
  • Maintain familiarity with the protocol and standard operation procedures of the study
  • Provide ongoing counseling and relevant referrals for participant support, including HIV care services, support groups, violence prevention organizations, and more
  • Document clinic, home visits and phone calls on source documents and CRFs
  • Safeguard source documents and CRFs and ensure data quality
  • Participate in community engagement activities and meetings
  • Prepare weekly, monthly and quarterly reports as needed for the Study coordinator
  • Meet the agreed targets
  • Any other duties as directed by study coordinator
Qualifications:
  • Certificate in Voluntary Counseling and Testing or HTC from NASCOP
  • Diploma or higher degree in: public health, nursing, clinical officer or other health-related fields
  • Certificate or formal training and experience in phlebotomy
  • Experience in Home-Based Counseling and Testing is desirable
  • Experience in social work and research projects will be an added advantage
  • At least one-year work experience in HTC service provision
  • Willingness to work as a team player
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to maintain flexible work hours, including occasional nights and weekends, in order to interface with key populations and international partners
Desirable qualities, skills and abilities:
  • Experience working with key populations (particularly PWID) is desirable.
Please note that the appointment is on a one-year contract term renewable on mutual agreement and availability of funds.

Interested individuals who meet the above qualifications should submit the following via email to sharphcv@gmail.com by 25th August, 2017.
  1. Application letter
  2. Up-to-date CV
  3. Relevant certificates
All applications should be addressed to the Principal Investigator SHARP Study.

N/B: Applications without the above-mentioned qualifications or required certificates will NOT be considered.

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