Assistant Research Officer Job–Neonatal Care



Reference Number: ARO230617

Category: Other

Grade: 6.01

Location: NAIROBI

Country: Kenya


OVERALL JOB PURPOSE: (6 months position) To support study planning, implementation and coordination in work to understand and improve neonatal care and contribute to development and supervision of data capture, data quality and data analysis as part of a programme of work with hospitals in Nairobi and elsewhere. The work will involve liaison between and with researchers and hospitals’ clinical, nursing and administrative teams in Nairobi County and other counties.  The post-holder will be expected to use and develop REDCap software, train staff in data entry, and manage data quality checks. They will use be expected to use the statistical software package R and its related interface function R studio and will analyse data to help produce hospital reports and cross-hospital analyses.

REPORTS TO:  Principal Investigator



BUDGET AND RESOURCE RESPONSIBILITY: Some responsibility for ICT hardware maintenance to support data collection and planning for updates / additions. Some responsibility for managing small sums of money as part of managing fieldwork activities


  • The post-holder will work with a Neonatal Research Team led by senior clinicians and epidemiologists and in partnership with a wider team undertaking extensive work of a related nature on paediatric hospital care. The post-holder will be expected to:
  • Participate in the collection, processing, and compilation of hospital data on neonatal care and ensure all related records and reports are handled and managed in line with study protocols.
  • Ensure staff in hospitals are familiar with studies being conducted in the field of neonatal care by providing regular updates to hospital staff on study progress (ensuring hospitals have up to date protocols and study documentation)
  • Help develop, update and test data collection tools using REDCap software and fully document the databases and data collection procedures including any changes over time
  • Provide support in training of data collection clerks including developing training materials, preparation of hardware / software, training schedules and conducting training.
  • Provide ongoing support to hospitals to ensure accurate and timely data collection by:
    • Monitoring the work of records clerks
    • Undertaking quality assurance of collected datA
    • Ensuring timely transmission and quality checking of data
    • Working with clerks to make corrections to collected data
    • Maintaining good records of the need for data error correction
  • Ensure harmonisation of project work with hospital routines and health information collection procedures so that as far as is possible projects support partnering hospitals needs
  • Support development of hospital feedback reports based on analyses of data for individual hospitals and across hospitals as part of efforts to improve monitoring and evaluation of neonatal care and efforts to improve quality of care
  • Develop advanced skills in using R software to perform data analysis routines that can be used in providing regular feedback reports to hospitals and to develop scientific reports
  • Present data on projects and progress to hospital staff and county / national ministry of health personnel as required
  • Help write scientific reports for submission to scientific journals
  • And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.


  • Degree in a relevant health care discipline (eg nursing) plus relevant experience and skills indicating a good understanding of neonatal care provided in Kenyan hospitals
  • One year post-graduate work experience in a relevant position
  • Some experience / training in using or managing databases and experience in database design
  • Experience in the process of data quality assurance and data cleaning and managing data collection activities


  • Experience with training non-specialist staff to collect health care data
  • Experience with report writing for data quality
  • Experience with REDCap software or other database sytems
  • Basic understanding of the statistical programme R


  • Basic understanding of database design, quality control and data cleaning
  • Understanding of data and ability to communicate results of basic analysis in writing and verbally
  • Well developed troubleshooting capacity and clarity of thought
  • Have high energy, clear goal orientation and strong work ethics
  • Strong organisation skills with the ability to prioritise workloads and work within tight deadlines
  • Excellent customer support and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment and to multi-task
  • Ability to interact with users/ office colleagues in simple non-technical language
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills (verbal and written)
  • Team worker, able to work in a multi-cultural environment and with multi-disciplinary teams

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