ICAP Kenya PHIA Project Jobs April 2016

 

Job opportunity:ICAP Kenya PHIA Project

Career vacancy:ICAP Kenya PHIA Project

ICAP of Columbia University is working in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Kenya to strengthen HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment services at County and Sub County health facilities.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and ICAP at Columbia University will conduct Population-based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIA) in specific PEPFAR-supported countries. 
Each PHIA will define the status of the national HIV epidemic, guide allocation of resources based on evidence, and integrate capacity building of country stakeholders in the design, conduct, analysis, and use of PHIAs.

The Ministry of Health (MOH), CDC, and ICAP are planning to conduct a PHIA to estimate the population-level impact of the national HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in Kenya. 

 

In addition to providing important programmatic information to the MOH and relevant stakeholders, this assessment of the national HIV program is of great value to HIV researchers and public health experts around the world.

Applications are therefore invited for the following positions under the PHIA project:
 
1. Job Title: Project Director – Kenya PHIA Project
Location: Nairobi with travel within Kenya to support the planning and implementation of the PHIA Project
 
Overall job function: Reporting to the PHIA Project Director in the ICAP New York headquarters (HQs), the Project Director, Kenya PHIA Project will oversee the implementation of the Kenya PHIA Project. 
The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating all facets of the national level impact assessment with the MOH, CDC, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) as well as other in-country survey and laboratory organizations. 
The Project Director will provide oversight and management of locally-hired ICAP PHIA staff. This position is grant-funded.

Key Responsibilities
  • Oversee the recruitment, training and day-to-day supervision of ICAP Kenya PHIA Project staff
  • In collaboration with CDC and the MOH, oversee all country-level aspects of the PHIA project including protocol development; ethical reviews; Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and training manual development; staff training; community sensitization; project implementation; adherence to approved protocol/SOPs; and data management, analysis, and dissemination
  • Oversee all study activities conducted in Kenya by outside sub-contractors and communicate regularly with the sub-contractors to ensure that all activities adhere to approved protocol/SOPs and are in line with the study timeline
  • Represent ICAP in discussions about the PHIA Project held with the MOH, CDC and other in-country collaborators
  • Communicate effectively to various audiences regarding the details of the PHIA Project and ensure stakeholder understanding of and participation in the project
  • Track PHIA progress and prepare PHIA progress reports on a regular basis to be shared with the MOH, CDC Kenya, other local organizations and ICAP HQs
  • Lead the development and implementation of a data dissemination strategy for the PHIA Project, in particular with plans for local dissemination, in coordination with CDC, MOH and ICAP HQs
  • Conduct capacity building workshops, as needed, to support the implementation of the PHIA Project
  • Participate and lead in the preparation of scientific analyses, abstracts and publications
  • Perform other duties as directed
Requirements
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from a reputable institution
  • Masters degree in Public Health is a requisite asset
  • Candidates with PhD in relevant field will have an added advantage
  • At least four (4) years of research or survey experience
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex multi-organization collaborations, and capacity building of local partner organizations
  • Demonstrated skills in supervising staff, team building and management
  • Strong data analysis skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Kiswahili
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting national-level surveys
  • Demonstrated experience working in low-resource settings with HIV program/research experience
  • Experience with statistical sampling as well as quantitative data collection methodologies and database design and management
2. Job Title: Survey Coordinator – Kenya PHIA Project
Location: Nairobi with travel within Kenya to support the planning and implementation of the PHIA Project
 
Overall Job function: Reporting to the Project Director –The Survey Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the day-to-day operations of a national population-level HIV impact assessment (PHIA) in Kenya in concert with the local implementing partners. 
The ICAP Survey Coordinator will be responsible for assisting in coordination of all of the PHIA’s day-to-day activities in country, along with local implementing partners, and coordinating local institutional review board reviews and approvals as well as coordinating and supporting the field teams, overseeing the activities of sub-contractors, and supporting the overall implementation of the PHIA. 
The incumbent will support the training of staff on the study protocol, procedures, policies, relevant regulations and also ensure that the study protocol, standard operating procedures (SOPs), and other relevant policies and regulations are being followed and appropriately locally adapted. 
The Survey Coordinator will report and monitor study site progress and maintain study regulatory files.

The Survey Coordinator will provide oversight and management of specific in-country PHIA ICAP staff, to be determined, and will assist with the oversight of in-country sub-contracted survey and lab organizations. This position is grant funded.

Key Responsibilities
  • Support all aspects of the PHIA project, including protocol development and implementation, institutional review board submissions and maintenance of regulatory files;
  • Assist with recruiting, training and supervision of other ICAP PHIA project staff, as needed;
  • Understand and adhere to the protocol, SOPs, and other appropriate regulations, procedures and policies; assist in drafting and revising SOPs and training manuals, as needed;
  • Ensure that PHIA staff maintain confidentiality of study participants and adhere to principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and ethics of human subjects research;
  • Conduct frequent field visits to ensure timely recruitment of participants and collection of high quality data;
  • Liaise with, support and coordinate outside contractors to ensure timely completion of contracted scopes of work while adhering to GCP and protection of human subjects research;
  • Liaise with representatives from the Ministries of Health (MoH), implementing partners and CDC to discuss progress of the project and to address any challenges or issues that arise during conduct of the project;
  • Support communication needs of local and international investigators through organizing meetings, conference calls, and regular interactions;
  • Prepare progress and other reports and study documents, as assigned;
  • Participate in the preparation of scientific analyses, abstracts and publications;
  • Assist with capacity building workshops;
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.
Requirements
  • Masters degree in Public Health ( MPH) or equivalent professional degree
  • 3-5 years of research experience as a Project Coordinator/Survey Coordinator;
  • Experience supervising project teams;
  • Demonstrated experience working in low-resource settings;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Knowledge of at least two local languages in Kenya will be an added advantage
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
NB: More details on ICAP’s PHIA Project may be found HERE
 
All applications including a current CV, telephone number and referees (either current or former supervisor) should be sent to the
Director- Human Resources, 
ICAP, 
jobs@icapkenya.org 
on or before 13th April 2016. 
Do not send certificates. 
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

ICAP is an Equal Opportunity Employer

icap.columbia.edu

 

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