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Costing Research Assistant

Kenya Medical Research Institute
Homabay , Migori, Kenya

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Fixed term

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Job Summary

Program description; This program is a collaboration between Kenya Medical Research Institute, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and other organizations and donors. It involves conducting research and programmatic support for activities related to Malaria, HIV, Tuberculosis and other diseases. It is in this mandate that the program is seeking a highly motivated and pro-active individual to fill in the following vacancy in the Maternal RSV Study within the DGHP Branch.
  • Diploma/Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in biomedical or Social Sciences, or other relevant field.
Other Required Skills:
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to maintain frequent contact using cell phone, email.
  • Ability to monitor, gather and evaluate information of broad scope and complexity
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing in English, Kiswahili, and Dholuo.
  • Interest in working in an innovative and demanding environment, with extensive travel within rural sites.
  • Enthusiasm for rural health and/or development work.
  • Ability to multitask, problem solve, and work with others to resolve challenges.
  • Strong communication, training, leadership skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated competence with managing administrative records.


  • Assist to conduct the costing exercise but not inclusive:
  • Gathering the cost data in each study community once a year, which involves quantification of resources and unit costs;
  • Entering the cost data in uniform Excel data sets and perform basic quality checks;
  • Reporting to the SE/C team on the data collection progress
  • Conduct the time and motion (T&M) exercise at each study clinic including but not inclusive:
  • Providing training on the time and motion (T&M) exercise to the clinic staff;
  •  Coordinate and conduct the T&M exercise at each study clinic once a year
  • Conduct the micro-costing exercise at each study clinic including but not inclusive:
  • Working in close consultation with clinic staff and administrators to quantify resources used to provide ART services under standard expenditure categories (e.g., personnel, capital goods, ARV drugs, etc.);
  • Gathering expenditure data from various sources (e.g., administrative records, study budget and expenditure, etc.);
  • Identifying other information sources when cost data is not available (e.g., donated items);
  • Completing the uniform cost data collection protocol retrospectively in 12-monthly intervals for each study clinic;
  • Assuring accuracy of data entry and resolving discrepancies in data in consultation with the SE/C team;
  • Collecting monthly patient data (e.g. number of patients on ART) at each clinic
  • Liaison with other local Study teams (e.g., , study sites, and off-site administrators
  • Communicate (e.g., Skype calls) with the SE/C team weekly on the overall data collection progress and other issues

Job Requirements

Required education: Diploma, Associate's degree
Required relevant work experience: 12 months
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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