Head of Clinical Trials NGO Jobs in Kenya


Head of Clinical Trials NGO Jobs in Kenya

Reference Number: HOCT14082017

Category: Clinical Healthcare and Research

Grade: 10.01

Location: Kilifi

Country: Kenya


JOB PURPOSE:Responsible for providing leadership and coordination of all clinical trials activities in the Programme, and to oversee and coordinate monitoring, project management, data base support and sponsorship for investigator-led clinical trials on Phase I, II and III. The post would best suit a doctor with clinical research experience with capacity to develop their own research interests as well as support clinical trials led by colleagues.

REPORTS TO:  Programme Executive Director and  Departmental Chair Clinical Research

DIRECTLY SUPERVISES:  Monitoring staff in clinical trials facility, Data managers, project managers, fieldworkers, nurses, clinical officers and medical officers on specific trials.



  • Departmental budget
  • Clinical research trials facilities including equipment and machinery


  • Responsibility for strategic direction of the clinical trials platform.
  • Planning the overall budget and setting targets for development of the platform on a yearly basis, and negotiating and agreeing the plans with the Scientific Departments Committee responsible for overall scientific strategy in the programme.
  • Negotiating with prospective funders and PIs regarding proposed trials, their budgets and conduct.
  • Line managing the team of Line managing the team of monitors, project managers and data managers based in CTF.
  • Reviewing progress of clinical trials against internally set and contractual milestones.
  • Communicating with trial sponsors to ensure compliance to applicable regulations, and applying corrective and preventive action.
  • Providing input on clinical trials aspects of developing proposals and funding applications.
  • Overseeing the management and governance of clinical trials conducted by the Programme including trial monitoring and study coordination.
  • Coordination with regulatory affairs, surveillance and clinical service departments.
  • Responsibility to ensure trials are run to a high standard and delivered on schedule.
  • Membership of a Data Governance Committee and a Centre Scientific Committee.


Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in medicine, science, public health or a related field.
  • A PhD or post-graduate medical qualification relevant to clinical research is required.
  • Experience in clinical trials or clinical research.
  • Leadership experience in clinical trials, clinical research or clinical practice.
  • Extensive experience in medical, business, the NGO sector, international, academic or research organizations (i.e. at minimum ten years of experience and ideally 15 to 20 years).
  • Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects of >6months in duration demonstrating leadership in these projects
  • Computer literacy with proficiency in hospital systems and Microsoft applications
  • Experience of line management and delivery of projects with multiple external partners

Desirable Requirements:

  • Medical qualification with registration to practice as a doctor in Kenya
  • Familiarity with biomedical sample collection and handling
  • Regulatory experience


  • Evidence of supervisory ability and negotiation skills
  • Evidence of an ability to operate in a federalized environment with decentralized authority.
  • Strong skills in budgeting, development and oversight of project proposals, leadership of meetings, and writing skills.
  • Ability to work across cultures and evidence of communications skills in that context.
  • Willingness to respond within tight timelines and to cope with changing assignments.
  • Excellent diagnostic, analytical and investigative skills
  • Strong leadership skills and managerial ability
  • Strong planning, administrative and organisation ability
  • Confidentiality, integrity, patience and calm disposition
  • Team working and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

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