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Position: Research Scientist (1 position) KMR 6

Location: Busia County with residence around the KEMRI ALUPE Campus in Busia

Duration: 4 Months Fixed-term Contract

Reporting to: Social Scientist

Vacancy: CGHR /141/06/20

Terms of Employment: Four (4) months fixed term contract as per KEMRI scheme of service

Remuneration: Compensation is negotiable within a relevant grade, based on education levels, relevant experience and demonstrated competency. The salary scheme is based on the KEMRI scales plus supplemental amounts.

Job Description

The Spatial Repellents (SR) project is funded by UNITAID and seeks to fill the gaps for assessing spatial repellent products efficacy, deployment, and uptake strategies. In this regard, Kenya has been selected as the site for conducting the epidemiological evaluation of spatial repellent product efficacy in a high malaria transmission setting. This study will be conducted in Busia County over the next two years. The project seeks to fill the following position.

The successful candidate will work with the Social Scientist to conduct the social science research, which is aimed at understanding the factors that could affect successful implementation of SRs at scale. Data will be gathered at the individual/household levels to better understand perceptions of and experiences with malaria control products. Social science methods will include in-depth interviews, free-listing, rating and ranking. The research will be carried out in Busia County in Western Kenya.

Responsibilities:

  • Transcribe and translate (if necessary) audio files and submit typed transcripts including interview summary notes to the study Social Scientist in a timely manner
  • Reviewing transcripts for any spelling, grammar or formatting errors, as well as other inconsistencies
  • Debrief with social science team on a regular basis
  • Adhering to confidentiality guidelines and respecting sensitive information
  • Ensure that data quality assurance procedures are strictly adhered to
  • Participate in planning meetings and scheduled conference calls with Social Scientist and study partners
  • Perform any other related duties that may be assigned from time to time

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences (preferably Anthropology or Sociology) from a recognized university
  • Demonstrated knowledge in transcription and translation of interview audio files with the following essential skillset:
    • Creating accurate written versions of audio recordings
    • Good typing speed and attention to detail
    • Excellent listening and reading skills
    • Strong translation skills
  • Ability to read, speak, understand, and translate Ateso language
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English
  • High proficiency with Microsoft Word
  • The ability to focus for long periods of time
  • Willingness to reside in field study sites
  • Possession of a valid Certificate in human subject’s research protection

How to apply

Applications should include the following:

  1. Letter of Application (Indicate Vacancy Number)
  2. Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae with Telephone number and e-mail address
  3. Three letters of reference with contact telephone numbers
  4. Copies of Academic Certificates and Transcripts
  5. Must have Certificate of Good Conduct
  6. Must have KRA Certificate of Tax compliance
  7. Must have Clearance Certificate from HELB
  8. Must have Credit Reference Bureau Certificate

Apply to

Director, CGHR

P.O. Box 1578-40100, Kisumu

no later than July 28, 2020.

KEMRI IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER; WOMEN AND DISABLED PERSONS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. KEMRI/CGHR DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF ITS SELECTION PROCESS INCLUDING APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING AND PROCESSING OF OFFER LETTER. IF ASKED FOR A FEE, REPORT SUCH REQUEST IMMEDIATELY TO RELEVANT AUTHORITY

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

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