Science and Technology in Kenya, Does Kenya Care?
Roma Chilengi on 27 Jul 2010
The Grand Debate aimed to drive a discussion of Science and Technology (S&T) and its relevance to Kenyan development. With utube link to programmed debate
Job Opportunity: Head of Clinical Trials in Kenya
Trudie Lang on 3 May 2011
The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme is internationally renowned for its work in tackling malaria and other infectious diseases. The programme has a strong record of conducting high-quality clinical trials to find new treatments and vaccines that are urgently needed to meet some of the major health challenges in developing countries.
To address the need for high-quality trials, the programme established a dedicated Clinical Trials Facility (CTF) to oversee the design, strategy, coordination and governance of high-quality phase I, II, III and IV clinical trials across East Africa. The facility and its processes have been designed to maximise opportunities for learning and training with the aim of developing a cadre of highly skilled and experienced African trialists from all disciplines.
We are looking for a new Head of the Clinical Trials Facility who will ensure that the facility’s strategy enables the programme to fulfil its potential as a leader in supporting world-class clinical trials in Africa. The postholder will lead on leveraging external funding sources to support the further development of the activities at the facility and will have overall responsibility for budget management (the current three-year budget is approximately $7.8 million with a portfolio of 6-8 grants). The successful candidate will have management responsibility for around 100 staff in the facility and will be responsible for capacity building activities and professional development within the facility’s operations. The postholder will also participate in the key management groups at the programme as well as advise the Scientific Director on strategic issues related to clinical trials.
To excel in this position, you will have a PhD or equivalent in a field related to health research and have significant experience in the conduct of clinical trials. Strong diplomatic skills and proven oral and written presentation skills are essential. Experience of conducting clinical trials in Africa is desirable. The post is available for three years in the first instance.
Applicants for this vacancy are to be made online. To apply for this role and for further details, including a job description and person specification, please click on the link below:
Only applications received before 12.00 midday on Friday 20 May 2011 will be considered.
News story about trial relating to SMS messages enhancing malaria care
Tamzin Furtado on 8 Aug 2011
Researchers at the KEMRI centre in Kenya have been researching ways of improving care for children with Malaria, using SMS messaging as an intervention for care workers: the research and findings are reported here.