Senior Research Assistant Vacancy

icipe — African Insect Science for Food and Health is a world-class research centre with a mission to alleviate
poverty by ensuring food security, improving health, protecting the environment, and building the capacity of
researchers and communities across the developing world through the application of insect sciences. Employing
more than 500 national and international staff, icipe is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya with outposts in Ethiopia,
Somalia, Uganda, and on the shores of Lake Victoria in western Kenya. icipe has a proud reputation and
history of delivering world-quality science that has made crucial contributions to African food and health policy,
delivered development outcomes to rural communities, and has been at the forefront of building Africa’s biological
research capacity. The Centre’s research activities span the African continent with partnerships linking research
organisations, not only across Africa, but also the globe. In addition, more than 150 graduate students and a
number of postdoctoral fellows contribute to icipe’s research portfolio annually. For more information visit: www.
Please also download icipe’s Vision and Strategy 2013–2020
icipe seeks to recruit a suitable candidate to fill the position of Senior Research Assistant/Biostatistician in
our Biostatistics Unit. The position is tenable in Nairobi at the icipe Duduville campus. The position is for an
initial fixed-term of 2 years, renewable, based on performance and availability of funds. This is a nationally
recruited position. A competitive and generous compensation package will be offered to the right candidate. Only
shortlisted candidates meeting the itemised requirements will be contacted.
Overall purpose of the job
To provide statistical support to research scientists, postgraduate students, partners and collaborators at all
stages of research and development.
§§ Provide statistical consultation to researchers/scientists and students in the design of experiments and
surveys, data collection, data management, analysis, interpretation, and reporting.
§§ Undertake data analysis and relate the outcome of these to researchers in a comprehensive manner
where necessary.
§§ Ensure sound statistical practice by reviewing scientific reports, proposals and manuscripts for publication.
§§ Maintain statistical software packages and provide trouble-shooting backups for users.
§§ Investigate and provide statistical expertise on new methods, tools, and approaches needed by icipe
research staff.
§§ Develop and facilitate in-house biostatistics training courses and use of R statistical software for scientists
and students.
§§ Participate in relevant icipe activities such as scientific meetings.
§§ Provide support to resource mobilisation and proposal development.
§§ Supervise interns in the Biostatistics Unit.
(Ref. No. NRS/206/052017)
§§ Master’s degree in biostatistics/applied statistics/biometry.
§§ At least 5 years of relevant working experience in a similar position, preferably in a multidisciplinary and
multicultural environment such as an international research organisation.
§§ Proficiency in the use of R for data analysis is a must.
§§ Experience in handling large databases.
Core Competencies
§§ Excellent planning and organisational skills.
§§ Confident, effective communicator with excellent writing, editing, and verbal skills.
§§ Ability to train and develop others.
Other desirable attributes
§§ Independent but team-oriented.
§§ Excellent interpersonal and networking skills
§§ Results-, service- and detail-oriented.
§§ Positive attitude, highly motivated, flexible.
§§ Possess high sense of professional integrity.
§§ Proactive and a problem-solver.
§§ Creative and enthusiastic about exploring and implementing new ideas and skills.
§§ Culturally sensitive.
§§ Able to efficiently operate in a fast-changing environment and under pressure when faced with multiple
This position reports to the Head, Capacity Building and Institutional Development Programme.
The selected candidate should be available to start as soon as possible.
Applications will be accepted up to 30th June 2017, or until the position is filled, whichever is earlier.
Interested applicants should submit: (a) a confidential cover letter, (b) detailed CV with names and addresses of
3 referees (including e-mail addresses, fax numbers), and (c) a statement illustrating suitability against the listed
qualifications/competencies/abilities, and skills.
Candidates are required to apply online through:
icipe is an equal opportunity employer. It fosters a multicultural work environment that values
gender equity, teamwork, and respect for diversity.

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