Project Manager job at KEMRI

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Reference Number: PM30102015
Category: Clinical Healthcare and Research
Grade: Salary commensurate with Qualification, Experience and Competence
Location: Nairobi
Country: Kenya
Summary:
JOB PURPOSE: A new international network is being established with a headquarters in Nairobi. The network will conduct harmonized research to improve outcomes in sick undernourished children in Africa and Asia.The main purpose of the job is to provide co-ordination, administrative and management leadership and support to assist the project leaders to implement the network and several research projects on under-nutrition and infection that are linked to it in order to achieve their goals and objectives, and to optimize the integrated output of these projects.
REPORTING LINES:
This position reports to the Network Director Prof. Jay Berkley
BUDGET RESPONSIBILTIES:
The post holder will be responsible for project operational budgets and monitoring of international study site budgets and project assets.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Be responsible for developing and maintaining a calendar of activities in consultation with the Network Director and senior team members
• Manage and coordinate scientific and operational activities internally and externally, including organizing meetings in Kenya and overseas for the Network, and linked projects
• Oversee operations to ensure operational efficiency, quality, and cost-effective management of resources by establishing and maintaining appropriate internal systems and procedures in line with the Programme’s policies and procedures.
• Track expenditures on the Network and related grants in consultation with the Finance Offices in Nairobi, Kilifi and Oxford, as well as with project sites in other countries
• Develop and maintain study documentation, governance documents, contracts and inventory of assets at international sites for the Network and for projects linked to it
• Ensure effective and proactive communication across the teams on performance, operational policies, procedures and services
• Represent the Network Director and research group at the Nairobi Unit Operations meeting, Procurement, Data Governance, Security and other relevant committees and meetings within the research Programme
• To liaise with other departments within the research Programme to ensure smooth running of the projects
• Contributing to collaborative decisions that affect the projects
• Ensure compliance with the staff appraisal process
• Maintaining systems for continuous monitoring and provision of regular feedback through regular meetings with internal teams
• Undertake other duties as assigned by the Network Director
SKILLS AND COMPETENCES:
Essential Qualifications:
• A Degree in Health Policy, Public Policy, Public Health, Epidemiology or a related field.
• At least 8 years of working experience
• Either Masters in Business Administration or Project Management from a recognized institution with 3 years’ experience in the management of large science or technical projects or more than 5 years’ experience in experience in the management of large science or technical projects
• Demonstrable experience in writing reports in English
• Demonstrable experience in organizing large meetings or networks
• Computer literacy with proficiency in project management tools and Microsoft applications
Desirable Qualifications:
Experience in Health Research Management
Competencies:
• Strong planning and organization skills
• Strong leadership and management skills
• Strong problem solving and decision making skills
• Ability to network and build and maintain strong relationships
• Proactive, innovative, attentive to detail and creative
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills
• Team working and ability to work in a multi-cultural environment
ANY OTHER INFORMATION:
The post is based in Nairobi at the KEMRI/Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya
The post holder will be required to be available to work flexibly, out of hours as necessary
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