Research Assistant - Nurse

Sep 12, 2020
Oct 12, 2020
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Chartered in 1983, Aga Khan University (AKU) is a private, autonomous and self-governing international university, with 13 teaching sites in 6 countries over three continents ( An integral part of the Aga Khan Development Network (, AKU provides higher education in several disciplines, carries out research pertinent to the countries and operates 7 hospitals (soon 8) and over 325 outreach clinics, all at international standards. It has almost 2,500 students and over 14,000 staff. The University is both a model of academic excellence and an agent of social change. As an international institution, AKU operates on the core principles of quality, relevance, impact and access.

The Aga Khan University-East Africa (AKU-EA) through its Research Office in Mombasa is conducting a study: Pregnancy Care Integrating Translational Science Everywhere (PRECISE) in Kaloleni and Rabai Sub-counties in Kilifi County, Kenya. The study will involve following up pregnant women from early pregnancy through delivery to the post-delivery and it will include local travel within the study area- between health facilities and to communities. Applications are invited from appropriately qualified candidates for the position of Research Assistant - Nurse in the study. The staff will be based at the research sites in Kilifi County.

Position Summary:

The research assistant - nurse will be required to support the study's activities at the health facility. This will include screening and recruitment of study participants, clinical and non-clinical data collection, sample collection and handling and additional study procedures.

  • Liaise with health facility staff to identify potentially eligible study participants for recruitment into specific studies and sub-studies
  • Screening and recruitment of study participants and administering informed consent.
  • Clinical and non-clinical data collection for study participants
  • Perform anthropometric measurements and vital signs measurements and other clinical tests and study procedures for participants
  • Contribute to collection, transport, logging and initial processing of biological samples
  • Support health facility staff in obtaining and recording other data relevant for the study.
  • Contribute to follow up of participants in their homes and communities.
  • Create and plan for data collection activities summary reports for activities as guided by the study coordinator on a daily, weekly and monthly basis
  • Communicate to families and community members about the study, as appropriate and as guided by the study coordinator
  • Regularly report any relevant events that affect the study to the study coordinator

  • Diploma in Kenya Registered Nurse Midwife or Kenya Registered Community Health Nurse or equivalent.
  • Valid Practicing license from the Nursing Council of Kenya.
  • Basic Computer literacy and training in Microsoft Office.

Essential experience -
  • Experience working at the maternity unit, antenatal care unit or child health units at hospital or health center level

Additional Experience -
  • Experience in research activities at community or health facility level
  • Experience in mobile data collection tools
  • Experience in collecting and handling biological samples

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