Opportunities

Research Officer - Social Science/ Health Systhems

Reference Number: 
RO-SS-250419
Employment Type: 
Full time
Category: 
Social Science
Job Grade: 
7.01
Country: 
Kenya
Location: 
Nairobi
JOB PURPOSE: 

The Health Services Unit of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust in Nairobi is starting a multi-year study to evaluate a broad strategy to improve the provision of neonatal care in Kenya’s county hospitals. The project will study a multi-component intervention approach that links regular performance monitoring and evaluation with efforts to improve the leadership, management and supervision skills of senior medical and nursing staff. Such skills building will particularly aim to improve team-work, provision of family centered care (and thus families’ experiences of hospital care) and adoption of key interventions focused on reducing in-hospital mortality and morbidity. The study of senior, ward-level medical and nursing leaders is an emerging area in health services research in Kenya and this new post will help develop such work in a multi-disciplinary environment spanning epidemiologists, clinicians and other social scientists. The Health Services Unit is a collaborative grouping which is taking on two major new projects over the next 3 to 4 years that are focused on improving hospital level care for sick new-borns. This team has undertaken health systems research for some years and works closely with other scientists on quality of care and implementation studies as part of the Clinical Information Network involving multiple county hospitals in Kenya.

To gain a better understanding of the topics on which the post-holder will work applicants are encouraged to explore some of the group’s recent work:

https://academic.oup.com/heapol/article/33/suppl_2/ii27/5050014

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12960-019-0352-x

https://health-policy-systems.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12961-017-0172-1

https://gh.bmj.com/content/2/2/e000224

Research Officer - Epidemiology

Reference Number: 
RO-EP-250419
Employment Type: 
Full time
Category: 
Clinical Healthcare and Research
Job Grade: 
7.01
Country: 
Kenya
Location: 
Nairobi
JOB PURPOSE: 

The Health Services Unit (HSU) of the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust in Nairobi is starting a multi-year study to evaluate a broad strategy to improve the provision of neonatal care in Kenya’s county hospitals. The project will study a multi-component intervention approach that links regular performance monitoring and evaluation with efforts to improve the leadership, management and supervision skills of senior medical and nursing staff. As part of this work the research team helps support the Clinical Information Network that is a partnership with multiple Kenyan county hospitals. In each of these hospitals there is a uniform strategy of capturing high quality routine data on all Newborn Unit (NBU) admissions. These data are used to provide hospitals with regular reports on the NBU’s mortality and morbidity and on their performance in adhering to standard neonatal care guidelines as part of monitoring and improving the quality of NBU care provided. When pooled these data from multiple NBU become an important resource for understanding the outcomes of NBU care at larger scale than has previously been possible.

The Clinical Information Network for Newborns (CIN-N) is now seeking a new team member with epidemiological / statistical skills. This position will be linked to two major new projects over the next 3 to 4 years that are focused on improving hospital level care for sick newborns.

To gain a better understanding of the area of work applicants are encouraged to explore some of the group’s recent work:

https://gh.bmj.com/content/3/5/e001027

https://gh.bmj.com/content/2/4/e000468

https://adc.bmj.com/content/103/11/1013.info

https://wellcomeopenresearch.org/articles/2-119/v2

Head Of Bioscience

Reference Number: 
HOB010319
Employment Type: 
Full time
Category: 
Clinical Healthcare and Research
Job Grade: 
10/11
Country: 
Kenya
Location: 
Kilifi
JOB PURPOSE: 

Background

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is a large research Programme, with 800 staff supported by £20M per year.  We produce 170-200 papers per year, operating across hubs in Kilifi, Nairobi and Uganda.  We have direct influence on areas such as vaccination policy, critical care in hospitals and health economic policy across Africa.

Capacity building is central in our mission, with 76 PhD awards to date and 10 Training, 5 Intermediate and 1 Oak Fellowships and 4 African Research Leader awards over the last 5 years. We are building on this to expand and transition a scientific leadership team with a centre of gravity in Kenya. 

The Head of Biosciences will be a critical part of the new leadership team. The Head of Biosciences will be responsible for:

  • Scientific strategy including core renewal plans.
  • Personal research portfolio as an independent PI.
  • Oversight of a Laboratory Management team.