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FHI 360 Job Vacancy - Senior Technical Officer - Research

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JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title: Senior Technical Officer, Research
Reports to: LINKAGES Program Director
Location: Nairobi with 50% travel locally
Duration: 1 year
Position Description:


FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.

Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance Survey under the Linkages across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES) Project. LINKAGES project goal is to accelerate the ability of governments and organizations working with key populations at risk of HIV to plan and implement services that reduce HIV transmission and extend the lives of those already living with HIV.

Job Summary:
Reporting to the LINKAGES Program Director, the Senior Technical Officer, Research will participate in the technical design and lead in the implementation aspects of the Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance Survey (IBBS) study on behalf of FHI 360. The incumbent will also oversee survey technical staff as well as ensure compliance to all ethical board and donor institutional requirements.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Develop & implement standard operating procedures for the survey.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance with all ethical board and research monitoring auditor requirements including meeting documentation standards and reporting of incidents or adverse events.
  • Manage recruitment of the survey teams.
  • Oversee formative assessment, finalization and pretesting of survey tools.
  • Oversee the training of survey staff.
  • Develop team deployment work plans and give periodic progress updates to various survey planning and monitoring organs.
  • Work together with regional teams to ensure data is collected in a timely manner with quality.
  • Ensure efficient linkages between sites and laboratories.
  • Coordinate survey planning meetings between FHI 360 and survey partner organizations including Government of Kenya, and USAID.
  • Coordinate provision of all technical assistance by FHI 360 staff to the Ministry of Health.
  • Actively participate in the development of monthly progress reports, presentations, publications and abstracts.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor.
Minimum Requirement Standards:
  • BS/BA in public health, social sciences or any other relevant field, and 7-9 years relevant experience with international development programs; a MS/MA in public health or related field with 5-7 years; or MD/PhD in related field with 3-5 years relevant experience will be an added advantage.
  • Experience in managing national or regional public health research programs in areas such as HIV, TB, and maternal child health in Kenya.
  • Strong supervisory and management experience in leading large multi-disciplinary research teams.
  • Prior clinical research or program evaluation experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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