Clinical Officer Job in Kenya(6Months Contract)
Reference Number: CO03112017
Category: Clinical Healthcare and Research
Location: Kilifi,Malindi or Mombasa
JOB PURPOSE:To assist with clinical assessments of patient’s attending hospitals participating in a genetic study of neuropsychiatric disorders on the Kenyan coast. The clinician will be expected to work with the hospital members of staff to ensure delivery of quality care to the participants. Other roles will include data collection and recruitment, while observing adherence to standard operating protocols for the NeuroGAP study and other related neuroscience projects.
- The project Co-ordinator
- The Principal Investigator
The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme conducts high quality clinical studies on non-communicable diseases including the genetic susceptibility to these conditions.
The NeuroGAP study is a multi-site international collaboration with data collection in up to 4 hospitals on the Kenyan coast. The study aims to collect clinical and genetic data that will help understand the genetic architecture of psychotic disorders in Kenya and other countries in Africa. The study will be comparing the genetic composition of people with psychotic disorders versus those without these conditions visiting the four hospitals. In each hospital NeuroGAP study will have a team of comprising a clinician/nurse, and field assistants, working closely with the hospital staff, the project coordinator and the principal investigators of the study.
The clinician will have a high level of responsibility for ensuring adherence to standard operating protocols and ethical regulations of the study, while ensuring that the collection of phenotype and biological samples runs smoothly. The post holder will need to work unsupervised most of the times, when the project coordinators and principal investigators are away in other hospitals. The post requires focus and attention to detail, and involves a high level of communication with the hospital staff and other NeuroGAP study team members.
Although the clinician will be assisted by a fieldworker to manage the flow and recruitment of the study participants, he is expected to provide leadership in the process. Additionally, the clinician will take responsibility for the accurate data capture, and safe transportation of biological samples to the project coordinator for storage.
- Assist with clinical care particularly in people visiting outpatient psychiatric clinics.
- Screen and identify eligible participants among people visiting outpatient psychiatric clinics.
- Provide information, education and support to families or guardians of potentially eligible research participants.
- Administer or oversee the informed consent process for the NeuroGAP study.
- Perform clinical examinations and history, using research electronic data capture software
- Assist in collection of samples for genetic studies, while ensuring proper storage and transport
- Help to manage study-specific fieldworkers assigned to your hospital.
- Foster good working relations with hospital’s clinical and nursing team and be willing to participate in continuous medical education (CME) activities in mental/neurological health care
- Diploma in Clinical Medicine
- Registered with the Clinical Officer’s Council
- At least 2 years’ experience in clinical care or research studies
- Flexible – able to work extra hours when needed
- Able to work with vulnerable populations such as those with neurological or mental health disorders
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)
- Be computer-literate with proficiency in project management tools and Microsoft Office applications
- Fluent in dialects of the Mijikenda language
- Experience of care for people with neurological disorders such as epilepsy
- Based at the government hospitals on the Kenyan coast
- Travel to other NeuroGAP sites within the Kenyan coast for covering leave and for training.
- Exposure to patients with aggressive and self-destructive behaviour and biological materials considered infectious and/or biohazards.