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Background Information:

The Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), in collaboration with the Washington University in St. Louis (Wash U) is currently conducting research projects that include the ADAPT-I (Adaptive Strategy for Preventing and Treating Lapses of Retention in Adult HIV Care (ADAPT-R) Study and ADAPT-R-II. The ADAPT studies utilise the novel sequential multiple assignment randomized trial (SMART) approach to assess the effectiveness and cost
efficiency of a family of sequential strategies to prevent initial lapses in HIV retention and to treat those that occur.

We have the below vacancy in the ADAPT-R-II study.

Position: PROGRAMMER (1 Position) K MR/ 6

Vacancy No. FN-012-04-2020
Reports to: Study Manager
Location: Kisumu
Duration: 1 Year Renewable Contract as per KEMRI Scheme of Service. The first 3 months is probation period

Position description:

This is a software developer position. Translating business and functional requirements into software development goals will be a key responsibility.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, test, and execute the electronic data enterprise for the study
  • Develop data input forms, write and modify code, and generate queries and reports to meet study standards and procedures
  • Develop user friendly interfaces with strict data quality parameters for data entry
  • Develop a Node.js API to communicate with the Machine Learning Recommendation system (MLRS).
  • Assist with the development of data pipelines to migrate data from clinical sources to the data warehouse, and work to develop user-facing modules to consume data from both MLRS and data warehouse
  • Maintain and troubleshoot software functionality, ensuring consistent study data flow
  • Write and execute queries to extract data from OpenMRS/KenyaEMR
  •  Prepare flow charts and system diagrams to illustrate data system and assist in problem analysis and detailed design source documentation
  • Provide support and advice to system administrators when they encounter software issues that require a more advanced software understanding
  • Provide software as needed to transfer and transform data between platform and data stores such as MySQL, SQL, ODK, among others
  • Analyze and develop, or recommend, software solutions to support and extend software applications and to meet user and study needs
  • Work closely with the Study Data Manager, ICT officer, and end users for optimal data system use and functionality
  • Liaison with FACES programming team through frequent communication and knowledge sharing for enhanced and complimentary programming skills
  • Prepares data for analysis in various formats as required by investigators.
  • Participate in weekly science meetings, US-Kenya data manager meetings, and incountry study team meetings
  • Report to local investigator


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems/Computer Science or equivalent from a recognized university.
    Specific skills include:
  • Ability to work with the following programming languages: HTML, CSS, jQuery, SQL, Java, JavaScript frameworks (NodeJS, ExpressJS AngularJS, Angular 6+ or React etc), and .NET languages
  • Knowledge in using APIs (RESTful, JSON)
  • Ability to work with ODK, OpenMRS/KenyaEMR, and other open source systems is an added advantage
  •  Demonstrated expertise in software architecture, object-oriented design, design patterns, data structures and multi-threading
  • Proven ability to write code, program parameters for data integrity, and extract data from relational databases using SQL
  • Ability to work closely with the study team to translate user requirements into functional specifications then into technical development
  • Proven ability to train users on the computer application use
  • Ability to create user, application and technical documentation for developers and end-users
  • Ability to stay abreast of current technology advances and learn new development tools and technology
  • Fundamental competencies of interpersonal skills, communication, accountability and teamwork.

How To Apply

Applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter stating current position and date available to start working for the program
  • A current CV including email and mobile phone contact
  • Name and phone number for two professional referees
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A copy of the latest pay slip (if applicable)
  • Copies of academic and professional certificates
  • Must have Certificate of good conduct
  • Must have KRA Certificate of Tax compliance
  •  Must have Clearance Certificate from HELB
  • Must have credit reference Bureau Certificate

Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are encouraged to send in their applications through email; [email protected]

Applications are due no later than: May 10, 2020