KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is one of the leading research centres in Africa. The Programme engages in a wide range of research on the main causes of ill health in Africa.
In addition, KWTRP has a strong commitment towards developing local research leadership.
The department under which this position falls focuses on Health Policy and Systems Research, contributing to research focused on health services, economics, policy and on the management environment of health facilities.The IMPLEMENT-CVD project is funded by UKRI and is a partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), UK. LSHTM is a world-leading centre for research and postgraduate education in public and global health. LSHTM’s mission is to improve health and health equity in the UK and worldwide; working in partnership to achieve excellence in public and global health research, education and translation of knowledge into policy and practice.
The goal of the IMPLEMENT-CVD project is to improve implementation of fixed dose combination therapies (FDCs) for hypertension and cardiovascular disease (CVD). This post is for Phase 1 of the project. The general objective of Phase 1 is to create a better understanding of the health systems factors involved in hypertension and CVD treatment in Kenya and how they interact to affect implementation of FDCs, and to co-develop strategies to improve implementation. These strategies will then be piloted and evaluated in Phase 2.
The project is seeking a Qualitative Research Officer for Phase 1 to primarily support activities related to the qualitative component of the study which looks at the experiences of patients, caregivers, health workers and policy stakeholders in relation to CVD and hypertension health care and drug treatment, and their perspectives on fixed dose combination therapy. This component will involve project co-ordination and data collection in Kiambu County. Working closely under the supervision of a team of multi-disciplinary researchers at KWTRP and LSHTM, the Research Officer will be responsible for co-ordinating and conducting data collection with patients, caregivers and health workers, and contributing to qualitative data analysis. The Research Officer will also provide support to convening 2-3 stakeholder workshops and will contribute to outputs from the study including policy briefs and peer-reviewed academic papers. They will be part of a study team of approximately 4 researchers from KWTRP and LSHTM who will collaborate with several study partners or advisors in the UK, Kenya, Australia and the United States