Assistant Research Officer Job in Kenya, July 2017



Reference Number: ARO-07072017

Category: Research, Science and Biotechnology

Grade: 6.01

Location: Kilifi

Country: Kenya


JOB PURPOSE: To support the programme’s approach to ethical aspects of research practice, including through assisting more senior social scientists in the department with review of literature, conduct of empirical research, and capacity building of fieldworkers and social scientists new to the area.


Chair, Health Systems Research Ethics Management Group


Any interns or fieldworkers as assigned by the Chair of the department


Responsible for a laptop computer and one or more digital voice recorders used in this work; and for petty cash budgets up to approximately kes 50,000 associated with fieldwork and meeting organisation.


  • To contribute to reviews of the published scientific literature and national and international guidelines or policy documents as appropriate.
  • To feed into proposals for (action) research to feed into research ethics policy and practice relevant to the Kenya programme and more broadly, including as illustrative examples:
  1. Developing and sharing guidelines on benefit-sharing within and beyond the programme, and
  2. Developing and working with diverse community representation structures (including for example Community Advisory Boards/Groups and KEMRI Kilifi Representatives (KCRs)
  • To contribute to the analysis of data emerging from the literature review and empirical field work.
  • To contribute to the dissemination of information from studies, including through the preparation of reports and manuscripts for publication, making presentations at scientific meetings and feeding back to participants in any consultation activities.
  • And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.
  • Provide training and support to fieldworkers and other research team members / working on related projects, including developing their skills in individual and group interviewing, transcription, translation, and summarising.
  • Contributing to the Consent and Communication Committee (CCC) through being a member.
  • And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.


  • A BSc/BA in relevant subject such as Bioethics, Public Health, Social Science (related to health), Law, Nursing, Medicine or equivalent
  • At least 2 years of research experience, ideally including experience in collecting and analysing qualitative research data
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft applications


  • A keen interest in bioethics, clinical or research ethics
  • Good planning and organisation skills
  • In-depth experience in qualitative research methods (in particular data collection and organisation)
  • Research ethics training is strongly preferred, but attendance of short courses to build knowledge can be offered
  • High levels of fluency in written and spoken English, Kiswahili and a Mijikenda language
  • Ability to take and follow instructions, initiative, keen to learn and proactive with the ability to work under minimal supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Flexibility, adaptability, multi-tasking and attention to detail
  • Conscientiousness, timeliness and willingness to work to meet deadlines
  • Confidentiality and integrity
  • Team working and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

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