Friday, January 31, 2014

Research Officer

The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) is an international non-profit, non-governmental organization that carries out policy relevant research on population, health, education and development issues facing sub-Saharan Africa. 

The Center seeks to recruit a Research Officer to work in a newly funded research project “Genomic and environmental risk factors for cardio-metabolic diseases in Africans”. 

The project aims to conduct a genetic association study with obesity, body fat distribution and cardiovascular diseases in Kenya as part of multi-country initiatives

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Lead the process for obtaining ethical approval
  • Develop study tools, training manuals and field guides to use for data collection
  • Coordinate the recruitment and training of the field team
  • Coordinate field work and be responsible for data quality
  • Organize for the procurement and inventory management of study equipment,
  • Oversee the collection, transport of blood samples from the field to the laboratory
  • Oversee the processing, storage, and handling of specimens for genetic testing and phenotyping
  • Preparing regular field and project reports
  • Participate in data analysis and scientific writing
  • Other duties as required.
  • Masters’ degree in Public Health, epidemiology, biological sciences or related disciplines
  • Training in laboratory sciences or demonstrated experience working in a laboratory setting
  • Familiarity with laboratory management and sample tracking systems
  • At least two years’ post-graduate experience, preferably in a research setting
  • Experience conducting field research and managing a research team
  • Knowledge of computer programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Evidence of scientific writing (e.g.peer-reviewed publications, technical reports, books, etc.)
  • Experience using statistical packages such as STATA, SAS, SPSS, Epi-Info
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, juggle tasks, meet tight deadlines
Candidates who meet the requirements above should submit their applications enclosing a detailed CV, quoting current and expected remuneration and providing contact details of

three referees to the address below. Online applications should be sent to by 10 February 2014. 

Please, indicate “Research Officer - HCS” on the subject line of the email application or on the envelope. 

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

The Human Resources Officer
African Population & Health Research Center
P. O Box 10787-00100 GPO, Nairobi