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KEMRI Cluster Statistician Job in Kilifi

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Reference Number: CDST-01-11

Category: Statistics and Data Management

Salary: 90,603 to 146,659

Grade: 5.1 to 5.15

Location: Kilifi

Country: Kenya


The position holder will be responsible for planning, implementation, management, and statistical analysis for various projects in the cluster and more directly for the VAEIK* study.

Reporting Lines:

Cluster Manager and Study PIs/Senior Scientists with a dotted link to the Senior Programme Statistician.

Job Dimension:

Staff operating at this grade range are required to take responsibility for planning their work and plan and manage projects to co-ordinate activities and events. They are required to adapt and suggest improvements to procedures which may involve the interpretation of customer/patient requirements, and contribute to decisions which impact on the work of that section.

Key Responsibilities:
• Manage a service providing statistical analyses to all cluster scientists
• Develop studies analysis plan
• Oversee junior statisticians in their analyses
• Oversee the analysis of the Kilifi Epi-DSS (a longitudinal demographic surveillance of 250,000 people)
• Establish systems for routine analytic reports for ongoing projects
• Ensure deadlines and project milestones relating to data and analyses are met, coordinating with other members of staff and external collaborators as necessary
• Ensure deadlines and project milestones relating to data and analyses are met, coordinating with other members of staff and external collaborators as necessary
• Train junior statisticians and basic scientists in statistical methods
• Liaise with the Cluster Data Manager and Cluster Programmers to provide efficient data services
• Contribute to workshops and courses on statistical methods in medical research
• Analyse the data in the Vaccine Adverse Events in Kenya (VAEIK) study*
• Liaise with the VAEIK project manager and occasionally travel to meetings with the VAEIK team (Nairobi/Kisumu)
• Prepare statistical reports on VAEIK for the Ministry of Public Health and Sanitation, the World Health Organisation and the vaccine manufacturers.
• Be a member of the statistical support group of the Programme which requires Journal Club presentations and assisting with general statistical teaching
Skills and Competencies:
• Ability to analyse and interpret research information using statistical software packages
• Excellent organisational and communication skills, attention to detail and the ability to work as part of a team
• Be innovative and possess a sense of energy, passion and commitment to building long term relationships with colleagues.
• Be a team player with ability to consult, prioritise and organise effectively.
• Excellent computer skills and familiarity with one or more statistical packages (including Stata, R, SPSS or SAS) plus knowledge of any SQL-compliant DBMS (e.g. MS-Access, MS-SQL, MySQL Postgres, Oracle, DB2 etc).
• Proficiency with statistical and data management procedures (data cleaning, manipulation, summarization, tables, listings, graphics, and inferential statistical output), and report generation

Qualification and Experience:

• A Masters Degree in statistics and 5 years experience in statistical analysis.
• Must have worked in similar position with demonstrated research experience, preferably in the health sciences.
• Experience in the field of medical research or public health
• Experience of teaching statistics
• Experience working with very large datasets
• Fluency in STATA and SAS
• Evidence of management skills


In addition to working with the Cluster team, the position holder will be expected to interact and work closely with Programmers in the ICT section, the Programme Statistician, all data managers in the cluster and other internal and external stakeholders.

Externally, these will include: Ministry of Health, the Department of Vaccines at the World Health Organization, study funders study partners in CDC.

How to apply

Visit KEMRI career site here to apply

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