Research Job in Nairobi, Kenya

A health systems approach to prevention of Female Genital
Mutilation using Person-Centered Communication: Implementation Research Project
in Guinea, Somalia and Kenya

Job Description: Research Coordinator

Position Purpose: The overall
purpose of this position is to coordinate and administer research activities in

The research coordinator will be expected to assist the study
Principal Investigator (PI)/Co-investigator in project planning, recruitment
and training of data collection team members and ensuring that the study
implementation follows the guidance provided in the study operations manual,
standard operating procedures (SOPs) and good clinical practice (GCP)

Background: The aim of the
multi-country, implementation research project is to test a health system
strengthening intervention package incorporating person-centered communication
for FGM prevention at antenatal care settings in Guinea, Kenya and Somalia.

The study will utilize a cluster randomized design with a
staggered intervention implementation to test the effectiveness and feasibility
of the intervention package. It will also explore “how” and “why” the
intervention package achieved intended results using a process evaluation.

In Kenya, the University of Nairobi was selected as the
in-country research partner institution to collaborate with the World Health
Organization (WHO) in implementing the study. In Kenya, the study will be
implemented in Kajiado, Baringo, and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.

The research coordinator is expected to work closely with
research team members in each of these counties providing daily oversight and
coordination of research activities.

Duties and

Participate in training of data collection team members using
the approved study protocol, study operations manual and following GCP

Ensure data collection team members adhere to study procedures
as detailed in the approved study protocol, study operations manual and SOPs
and following ethical principles

Provide day-to-day oversight and coordination of all research
activities to ensure accurate and timely data collection

Supervise day-to-day study conduct including implementation of
the intervention package and safe custody of data collection tools including
tablets and audio recorders

Supervise qualitative data collection, translation,
transcription and oversee custody of audio files and transcripts

Conduct regular site visits to monitor compliance with approved
study protocol, operations manual and SOPs regarding participant recruitment,
obtaining informed consent, data collection and reporting of adverse events

Contribute to data analysis, interpretation of results as well
as dissemination through preparation of study manuscripts, policy/evidence
briefs, dissemination workshops etc.

Provide the PI/Co-PI with regular updates on study
implementation and data collection monitoring

The Research Coordinator reports to the PI/Co-PI.


Qualifications required

University degree preferably in a health-related field

Previous training in good clinical practice/ethical conduct of

Experience required

Minimum of one-year experience in coordinating and managing
clinical trials, preferably in the sexual reproductive health field

Minimum of one-year experience in coordination, training,
financial (petty cash) and personnel management within a research setting

Training or work experience in female genital mutilation will be
an added advantage

Technical skills and

Detailed oriented and ability to meet timelines/deadlines

Excellent skills in program management and coordination

Excellent, interpersonal and verbal and written communication

Excellent training facilitation skills

Excellent skills in problem solving and conflict management

Strong knowledge and skills in good clinical practice/ethical
conduct of research

Proficiency in English and one of the local languages used in
the study (Maasai, Tugen and/or Marakwet).

Place of
The research coordinator will be based primarily in Nairobi with
regular travel and on an ad hoc basis according to arising needs to
participating sites in Kajiado, Baringo, and Elgeyo Marakwet counties.

How to Apply

Applicants to mail their CV’s to [email protected] Application
close on May 22nd 2020 close of business.
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