Clinical Research Training Fellow at Kemri-Wellcome Trust Programme in Kilifi

On Saturday, September 8th, 2012

Clinical Research Training Fellow
Reference Number: CRTF-09-12
Category: Research, Science and Biotechnology
Grade: 7.06
Location: Kilifi
Country: Kenya

The Medical Officer’s role is to develop and co-ordinate the implementation of clinical research in Reproductive health in KDH. Research training is embedded into the clinical fellowship post.

The Kemri-Wellcome Trust Programme at the Centre for Geographical Medicine Research-Coast (CGMRC) and Kilifi District Hospital Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology are jointly running research studies of maternal and perinatal health, centrally based in the maternity department at Kilifi District Hospital, but with studies also running in peripheral sites.

The study involves collection of clinical data and samples for all admissions and deliveries, and more detailed studies of infection and fetal growth on a proportion of mothers.
The study integrates with existing surveillance studies of paediatric disease and invasive infections in Kilifi. 

The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme is well known internationally for its work tackling malaria and other infectious diseases, particularly bacterial and viral childhood infections.
It conducts basic, epidemiological and clinical research in parallel, with results feeding directly into local and international health policy, and aims to expand the country’s capacity to conduct multidisciplinary research that is strong, sustainable and internationally competitive.

Reporting Lines:
The post holder will report to the respective study PIs.

Key Responsibilities:
    Coordinate the study, liasing with hospital obstetrician, clinical staff, nurses, field workers, laboratory staff, and IT services.
    Supervise fieldworkers and other staff involved in the project.
    Oversee nurse locums with and coordinate with the nursing supervisors
    Quality control: Ensure high quality data collection through regular confirmation that each patient admitted has a complete record, fully entered onto the clinical database.
    Assist in coordination of and training within the maternity unit for study staff, interns and nurses
    Develop and follow standardised operating procedures (SOPs) for study procedures in maternity
    Liaise with laboratory services to ensure  investigations are carried out for study and clinical care and results returned and entered on the database
    Collaborate with the maternity department in the production and implementation of standardised definitions and clinical guidelines
    Partake in an on call rota for the collection of research samples out of hours
    Work with the KEMRI-MOH liaison officer to ensure the continued smooth running of the study.
    Participate in the clinical care of patients, which may include on call duties.
    Any other duties that may be required by the study or clinical team

Skills and Competence:
Essential Qualifications:
    Degree in Medicine and Surgery
    Registered with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board
    Ability to lead and work within in a team.
    Use of Windows, Microsoft Office software

    Demonstrable interest and experience in maternal-perinatal health
    Previous research experience in maternal or child health
    Demonstrable excellent communication and supervisory skills
    Demonstrable excellent organizational skills.

    Excellent diagnostic, analytical and investigative skills
    Strong leadership skills
    Strong interpersonal and communication skills
    Ability to work independently, in a team and in a multi-cultural environment
    Confidential, attentive to detail, proactive, punctual and possess high integrity.

Application Procedure:
To apply for this post you must be a registered user. Log into your account then go to Vacancies, view the post and click on the button: “Apply for this job”. (

All applicants are required to state their current /last salary.

Candidates must supply an email and telephone contact that will be used when offering interviews. The application closing date is 18th September 2012. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) is an equal opportunity employer. 

Direct or indirect canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification. 

KWTRP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, processing, training or any other fees).

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