Assistant Research Officer Job at Kemri Kenya


Reference Number: ARODPHR06032016
Category: Research, Science and Biotechnology
Grade: 6.01
Location: NAIROBI
Country: Kenya
JOB PURPOSE: To support coordination of research projects as part of the Health Systems that Deliver for Newborns (HSD-N) study; working closely with study investigators to deliver high quality research. This work focuses on describing the role of nurses caring for sick newborns in health facilities in Nairobi City County. The study aims to qualitatively characterize the clinical tasks carried out by nurses and assess the quality of care provided to sick newborns, using ethnographic methods such as interviewing, transcription and observation. A Qualitative Research Assistant Officer is needed primarily to play key role in data collection, analysis and writing up, with support from a wider group of behavioral and epidemiological scientists. Additionally, the Assistant is expected to carry out observation at several hospitals in the Nairobi area, help plan, carry out and transcribe interviews. The position requires a competency in qualitative methods, experience in research, and some knowledge of clinical healthcare would be useful.
REPORTS TO: PI & Study Coordinator
The primary responsibility will be to assist in the implementation and write up of a research project entitled “How can we improve neonatal care in Kenyan Hospitals? An ethnographic exploration of Kenyan neonatal nursing”. The research will be carried out in three county hospitals within Nairobi
For the Health Services Research Group to:
• Identify additional relevant published and unpublished literature relevant to the study
• Work closely with study investigators in developing observation checklist and work plans and updating research tools
• Participate in organizing for interviews / meetings related to project activities
• Participate in data collection which will include non-participant observations, focus group discussions and in-depth interviews with neonatal nurses in three public county hospitals within Nairobi
• Writes notes during data collection activities on nursing in hospitals in Nairobi City County (qualitative interviews and observations) – this work may involve spending time in health facilities including occasionally at nights and weekends as required.
• Comprehensive note taking is expected and good written English is important
• Transcribe and translate (if necessary) completed in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.
• Assist with data analysis, including preliminary coding of data and drafting the finding
• Ensure regular backup of the data collected
• Collate and provide information/feedback to the moderator/researcher through debriefing meetings.
• Attend and take notes during project meetings.
• And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time

• An undergraduate degree public Health, Community Health and development, Project Management, Health Systems Research, Sociology, Psychology or its equivalent from a recognized institution.
• One year relevant work experience
• Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft applications
Desirable Criteria:
• Experience in conducting and taking notes of interviews or transcribing interviews
• Applicants should have interest and ideally experience in health systems the Kenyan health sector
• Interest in understanding of nursing practice and newborn care
• Excellent organisational and communication skills
• Good observation skills
• Ability to coordinate well via email and skype with overseas staff
• Good presentation skills
• Confidentiality and integrity
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills a meticulous approach to documentation (including word processing and spreadsheet skills)
• Team working and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
• Ability to work with limited supervision and meet deadlines
• Sensitive, patient, and a good listener
• Office based
• Health facilities across Nairobi City County
• Willingness to travel throughout Nairobi
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