KWTRP is a large Programme, now including 800 staff and 50 Principal Investigators working across hubs in Kilifi, Nairobi and Uganda. We account for £20M spending per year, 200 scientific publications per year and direct influences on areas such as vaccination policy, care of critical illness and health economic policy across Africa. Capacity building is a central aim and has been highly successful, included 76 completed PhD students and newly independent scientists through 10 Training Fellowships, 5 Intermediate Fellowships, 4 African Research Leader awards and an Oak Fellowship. We are now expanding our scientific leadership team to support the next phase of the Programme’s development.
The Head of Health Systems/ Research Ethics (HSRE) will be a critical part of the new team, with responsibility for scientific strategy and decision making and for a transition in leadership within the Programme. She/he will take a leading role in the core funding renewal and shape the direction of the Programme for the near future and longer term with a centre of gravity based in Kenya, and in addition act as a Principal Investigator in their own right leading independent research.
A key multi-disciplinary Department in the Programme includes researchers with interests in Health Systems (including Health Economics, Health Systems Governance, Policy Analysis, Applied Social Sciences, Health Services work with an overlap into clinical research and broader Health Systems studies) and in Research Ethics (focussing on empirical work). Our HSRE work is based in both Nairobi and in Kilifi, supported by a network of collaborating Healthcare Facilities, Universities and Health System engagements across Kenya. The HSRE Department also manages a community engagement and public/policy/stakeholder engagement platform. With support from managers of these platforms, the Head will be responsible for setting strategic priorities and plans for HSRE, in addition to the broader Programme-wide responsibilities described above. The post will include substantial allocated time for developing and leading new independent research initiatives, with the expectation of building an independent research portfolio that addresses critical healthcare challenges in our setting.
The post requires a scientist with a track record of extensive and noteworthy independent scientific output, with proven capacity to attract funds for research relevant to LMIC settings. Experience of leadership in research is essential, reaching at least group level. External coaching in leadership skills will be made available to the successful applicant.