Research Medical Officer I

Reference Number: RMOI-12-11-21
Category: Clinical Healthcare and Research
Job Grade: 8.03


The Health Economic Resaerch Unit department under which this position falls focused on Health Policy and Systems Research, contributing to research focused on health services, economics, policy and on the management environment of health facilities.

A newly funded 3-year QuEST project aims at building the evidence base to support transformation to high quality health systems by improving measurement, testing solutions, and creating generalizable knowledge in partnership with changemakers in low- and middle-income countries (https://questnetwork.org/). The objectives of the QuEST project are to to deliver critical research expertise to strengthen evidence on improving health systems. The goal is to have health system that are responsive to the people that they aim to serve by working closely with country governments and global partners to design and test future health system models and measures. This will be accomplished through preparing the base for service delivery redesign-by conducting feasibility assessments and codeveloping models for service delivery redesign for maternal and newborn survival and by developing and testing an E-Cohorts for Maternal and Newborn Health.The project is seeking a Medical Research Officer to support activities related to feasibility assessment of the service delivery redesign in one county and lead the design and testing of the e-cohort while working closely and supervising junior team members supporting these research activities.


REPORTS TO: Study PI and Study Supervisor.



BUDGET AND RESOURCE RESPONSIBILITY:  Responsible for allocated hardware and software



Under the direction of supervisor to:

Coordinate activities across the service delivery re-design and e-cohort components of the Kenya QuEST centre and in collaboration with other QuEST centres
Support activities to design and undertake feasibility assessment of service delivery redesign in one county in Kenya
Lead the design, testing and implementation of an e-cohort by validating measures longitudinally mapping the care trajectory and health outcomes of mothers and newborns
Collate, clean and archive data associated with both the service delivery redesign and e-cohort research activities
Undertake qualitative and quantitative analysis and appropriately document these analyses
Develop written reports on the analyses conducted and their interpretation
Develop peer-reviewed manuscript quality reports for submission for publication
Engage and support consultations with local, regional and national governments and other key stakeholders
To provide support in analysis to less experienced research staff / interns / collaborators
And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.


The successful applicant will have:

Holders of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B; Ch.B.) degree or its equivalent degree from any recognized university or institution
Masters degree in relevant subspecialty (e.g. Health Systems Management, Public Health)
Proven research experience and ability to undertake mixed methods research
Strong leadership, organisational and planning ability
Highly developed oral and written scientific English as evidenced by scientific publications.
Experience in undertaking research in a cross-cultural context

Desirable Criteria

Previous clinical experience in clinical research leading to publication
Excellent understanding of and experience in procedures for ensuring high quality data management
Good understanding/ experience of the Kenyan health system.
Project and team management skills an added advantage
Demonstrated ability to act with sound judgement, sensitivity, and flexibility, and to exercise initiative in adapting preferred approaches when and where required


Experience in use of STATA and / or ‘R’ for analysis of health data.
Experience using Nvivo/equivalent for Qualitative research analysis
Have high energy, clear goal orientation and strong work ethics
Strong organisation/programme management skills with the ability to prioritise workloads and work within tight deadlines
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment and to multi-task
Ability to interact with users/ office use in simple non-technical language
PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT/CONDITIONS: This position will be entirely based in Nairobi even though currently working from home.


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About KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP)

The KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is based within the KEMRI Centre for Geographic Medical Research - (Coast). Our core activities are funded by the Wellcome Trust. We conduct integrated epidemiological, social, laboratory and clinical research in parallel, with results feeding into local and international health policy. Our research platforms include state-of-the-art laboratories, a demographic surveillance system covering a quarter of a million residents, partnership with Kilifi County Hospital in health care and hospital surveillance, a clinical trials facility, a vibrant community engagement programme and a dedicated training facility. The KWTRP leadership includes the Executive Director Philip Bejon, the KEMRI Centre Director Benjamin Tsofa, the Ag. Nairobi Programme director Mike English and the Chief Operating Officer Catherine Kenyatta. Our Vision to establish long term sustainable capacity for research in human health that improves global health. Our Mission to deliver high quality research relevant to global health and to build local capacity for undertaking research. Aims of the programme •To conduct research to the highest international scientific and ethical standards on the major causes of morbidity and mortality in the region in order to provide the evidence base to improve health. •To train an internationally competitive cadre of Kenyan and African research leaders to ensure the long term development of health research in Africa