Latest Research Officer Job in Kenya,Salary over Ksh80,000



Reference Number: RO-PH-20170502

Category: Clinical Healthcare and Research

Grade: 7.01

Location: Kilifi

Country: Kenya


JOB PURPOSE:To contribute to the programme’s approach to ethical aspects of research practice, including through reviewing published literature and international and national policy guidelines, leading empirical research with support from senior social scientists, and supporting capacity building and experience sharing across programme social scientists.


Chair,Social Science and Ethics in Public Health (SSEPH) Management Group



Any interns or AROs working on research ethics, as assigned by the SSEPH and Communication and Consent Committee Chair(s)



Senior Field Workers



  • Responsible for a laptop computer and one or more digital voice recorders
  • Petty cash budgets up to approximately kes 100,000 (for fieldwork and meeting organisation.)


Approximately 60% of time: (Action) research to support research ethics policy and practice at the programme

  • To review and summarise ethical issues from the published scientific literature and national and international guidelines or policy documents as appropriate.
  • To contribute to the development of proposals for (action) research to feed into research ethics policy and practice relevant to the Kenya programme and more broadly, including as illustrative examples:
  • Developing and sharing guidelines on benefit-sharing within and beyond the programme, and
  • Developing and working with diverse community representation structures (including for example Community Advisory Boards/Groups and KEMRI Kilifi Representatives (KCRs)

Action research is likely to include consultation with a range of stakeholders, including community members, front line research staff, scientists and national research and policy stakeholders.

  • 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.
  • Where indicated, provide training and support to other research team members / collaborating partners in areas within these responsibilities.
  • And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.

Approximately 40% of time:  Coordination and support of Social Science and Ethics researchers

  • To coordinate weekly Social Science Perspective meetings, and Social Science and Ethics management meetings.
  • To contribute to the organisation of biannual Social Science Group meetings, organised alternately in Nairobi and Kilifi.
  • To support capacity strengthening activities in research ethics, including as illustrative examples:
  • Assisting SSEPH and Consent and Communication Committee (CCC) members to attend trainings that are pre-defined and agreed by the SSE management group
  • Supporting training run internally, including with attendance from external trainers.
  • To be a member of and support CCC as required, including through chairing.
  • And any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.


  • A BSc/BA and MSc/MA in relevant subject such as Bioethics, Public Health, Social Science (related to health), Law, Nursing, Medicine or equivalent
  • At least 3 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, organisation and co-ordination skills
  • Good analytical and follow through ability
  • Experience in qualitative research methods (data collection and analysis)
  • 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 and Kiswahili
  • 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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