7 Jun 2017

Deputy Director, Research & Development (R&D) Job at KEMRI

Job Group MR/16
Reporting to the Director KEMRI

Job Responsibilities

  • Establish strategic partnerships for research, innovations, and technology transfer and product development;
  • Approve commercialization of research products, services, and support intellectual property protection and related activities;
  • Oversee the development, implementation and co-ordination of training programmes and capacity building activities in the Institute;
  • Spearhead the development and implementation of resource mobilization strategy to support research and innovations in the Institute;
  • Ensure prudent resource management and compliance to budgetary requirements and financial reporting;
  • Ensure maintenance of accurate and up to database of all Research assets including research projects and intellectual properties;
  • Oversee the preparation and implementation of strategic plans and annual work plans for the Centres, Scientific programmes and the Scientific Ethical Review Unit (SERU);
  • Ensure compliance with research policy, regulation, standards and guidelines;
  • Facilitate dissemination, translation and implementation of research findings;
  • Interpret the Science, Technology and Innovation Act and other relevant statutes in relation to the Institute;
  • Spearhead partnerships, collaborations and links with professional institutions and related bodies in advancing the Institute’s interest;
  • Developing and implementing Institutional research Policy;
  • Responsible for KEMRI’s scientific dissemination demonstrated by policy briefs, publications and patents;


  • Served in a senior research position for a minimum period of 10 years 5 of which must have been in senior management level in human health research;
  • A proven track record in scientific research supported by funding and at least ten (10) scientific publications in referred journal;
  • A proven track record in leadership and management with at least seven (7) years of experience at Senior Management level. Strategic management experience will be a definite added advantage;
  • Bachelors degree in any of the following fields;-Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy,
  • Biomedical Sciences, Public Health or any relevant Social Science from a recognized Institution;
  • Masters degree in any of the following fields;-, Medicine/Pharmacy/Dentistry,
  • Veterinary Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Public Health, Community Health, Epidemiology, or any relevant
  • Social Science from recognized institution;
  • Doctor of Philosophy degree in any of the following fields:-Biomedical Sciences,
  • Public Health, Clinical Medicine/ Surgery/ Community Health, Epidemiology or any relevant Social Sciences from a recognized institution;
  • Meet the requirement of Chapter six of the Constitution;
  • Demonstrate a high degree of integrity, honesty and commitment to good corporate governance and excellence in performance; and
  • Membership to a relevant professional body;

Terms of Service
The successful candidates will be engaged on a three (3) year contract renewable.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should send copies of their applications enclosing a detailed CV, copies of certified certificates, professional qualifications, email address, a day time telephone contact and the details and contact information for three referees to the following address, not later than 27th June, 2017.To:

The Chairman
KEMRI Board of Management
P.O. Box 54840 –00200

Please write the Position applied for on the envelope and in the subject Line of the Application letter. Applications must be sent through the address in the advert.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

KEMRI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. Persons with disability, women, youth and those from marginalized areas are encouraged to apply.

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