Research Medical Officer (RMO I) Job in Kenya


Research Medical Officer (RMO I) Job in Kenya

Reference Number: RMOI-20817

Category: Clinical Healthcare and Research

Grade: 8.03

Location: Nairobi

Country: Kenya


JOB PURPOSE: SEARCH is a multi-centre 3X2 factorial randomised controlled trial designed to investigate the effectiveness of alternative antibiotic treatments and supportive care strategies among children hospitalized with severe pneumonia. We seek a highly motivated, proactive medical officer who will play the key role of trial clinical manager in this study of > 4,000 participants to be recruited at 12 sites across Kenya.


Principal Investigator


Study clinical officers, study data clerks



  • Contribute towards development of the trial protocol, study documentation, and trial database
  • Prepare study-related reports for submission to various partners (including hospital and county management, ethical review committees, Data Safety and Monitoring Committee, sponsors
  • Day-to-day running of study activities that involve planning and allocating study staff duties
  • Train site-level clinical and nursing staff on the national paediatric clinical guidelines and study procedures
  • Lead and guide medical and research teams as required in the provision of clinical care, while ensuring adherence to clinical and study protocols
  • Ensure data quality through periodic site visits, regular monitoring of the study database and timely query resolution
  • Update and maintain study documentation.
  • Attend and participate in internal and external research meetings, other meetings and clinical skills training and updates as required.
  • Participate in community sensitization
  • Perform any other duties as may be assigned by the PI.


  • Masters training in epidemiology, clinical trials, public health or related discipline
  • Medical degree (MBChB, MBBS or equivalent)
  • At least two years post-qualification experience in medical practice
  • Current registration Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists’ Board
  • Training on the national basic paediatric protocols (ETAT+) or equivalent course
  • Data management skills – ideally experience with clinical trial databases, including understanding of data dictionaries
  • Trained on GCP
  • Experience working in a clinical research environment
  • Competence in use of R or STATA to undertake statistical analyses
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English and Kiswahili
  • Excellent scientific writing skills
  • Good presentation skills (use of Powerpoint or other media) and communication skills
  • Ability to work with limited supervision
  • Ability to meet deadlines


  • Excellent diagnostic, analytical and investigative skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, in a team, and in a multi-cultural environment
  • Confidentiality, attention to detail, punctuality and high integrity

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