Researchers-NCDs at Flexi-Personnel

  • Full Time
  • Nairobi


Researchers Job Responsibilities

  • Conduct research on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and related areas, including community-based trials and health facility and household surveys. This includes tasks such as study design, project management, obtaining ethical approvals and research permits, field interviewer recruitment and training, fieldwork supervision, data management, data analysis, and report writing.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to co-design and test interventions aimed at informing policies and practices for preventing and managing chronic diseases in various populations.
  • Take a lead role in efforts to ensure the financial sustainability of the unit, including contributing to fundraising initiatives and cultivating relationships with key institutional donors.
  • Lead and contribute to the writing of scientific papers on chronic diseases.
  • Provide supervision, mentorship, and training to junior researchers within the unit and the broader Center.
  • Lead efforts in policy engagement, knowledge translation, and communication to relevant audiences.
  • Participate in the strategic planning process for the unit and contribute to regular unit reports.

Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

  • Hold a PhD, preferably in a health-related field such as Public Health, Epidemiology, Health Systems, or Clinical Medicine.
  • Possess post-doctoral experience in researching interventions for the prevention or management of non-communicable diseases in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Have experience in developing research proposals and securing research grants, with a focus on NCDs.
  • Demonstrate experience in managing research teams and establishing partnerships.
  • Exhibit expertise in managing community-based cluster trials and household surveys.
  • Proficient in quantitative skills, including data management, analysis, and interpretation, with extensive knowledge of quantitative statistical packages (e.g., STATA, SAS, or SPSS).
  • Strong communication skills and a track record of publications in relevant areas within sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, with the ability to work effectively in a culturally diverse team, and experience working with vulnerable populations, such as in urban slums.


  • Expertise or experience in working with adolescents and young adults, healthcare workers, and policymakers.
  • Knowledge and experience in designing community-based cluster randomized trials and quasi-experimental studies.
  • Familiarity with chronic care models and the application of modern technology in healthcare and prevention.
  • Proficiency in qualitative research methods, including the use of qualitative analysis software packages (e.g., NVivo).

The successful candidate may be appointed at the Post-doctoral Research Scientist (0-2 years after PhD), Associate Research Scientist (3-5 years after PhD), or Research Scientist (6-11 years after PhD) levels, depending on their experience and track record. These positions fall under the category of Internationally Recruited Positions (IRP), with grades ranging from III to VI in the organization’s scales.

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