Research Assistant – Locum Aga Khan Health Services

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Kisumu

Aga Khan Health Services

Research Assistant – Locum
Aga Khan Health Services

Position Overview

Join a dynamic team at the forefront of healthcare innovation. The Aga Khan Hospital, Kisumu, a distinguished institution under the Aga Khan Health Service, Kenya, is embarking on a groundbreaking project focused on thromboelastometric tests for alterations of coagulation in patients with Plasmodium falciparum Malaria. To support this endeavor, we are seeking dedicated individuals for the role of Research Assistant (RA) on a short-term basis. This position offers a unique opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research while making a tangible impact on patient care.

Key Responsibilities

1. Participant Screening and Consent

  • Collaborate with the research team to identify and screen potential participants based on established criteria.
  • Obtain informed consent from eligible patients or their representatives, ensuring compliance with ethical guidelines and protocols.

2. Data Collection and Management

  • Collect demographic and clinical data from medical records with precision and accuracy.
  • Enter data into designated study databases promptly, maintaining data integrity and confidentiality.
  • Track patient progress throughout their hospital stay, documenting relevant clinical information to facilitate comprehensive analysis.

3. Coordination of Procedures

  • Assist in scheduling and coordinating blood draws for thromboelastometry and other required tests.
  • Ensure proper labeling and storage of blood samples according to study protocols, adhering to the highest standards of quality and safety.

4. Administrative Support

  • Maintain organized study records and research files, contributing to the preparation of study reports and presentations as needed.
  • Collaborate effectively with multidisciplinary teams, demonstrating strong communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., Public Health, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Sciences).
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in a clinical research setting, demonstrating a strong understanding of research ethics and informed consent procedures.
  • Excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency in computer skills, including data entry and spreadsheet software.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, essential for effective teamwork and stakeholder engagement.

About Aga Khan Health Services

Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) is a leading not-for-profit healthcare system with a global footprint spanning Central and South Asia, as well as East Africa. With over 200 health facilities, including nine hospitals, AKHS is committed to providing comprehensive primary and curative medical care to underserved communities. Our work extends beyond healthcare delivery, as we actively engage in technical assistance programs to enhance government health service delivery in several countries. Join us in our mission to improve healthcare access and outcomes for all.

Location: Kenya
Sector: Social Development
Salary: Competitive package to attract the best candidate
Application Deadline: May 15, 2024







[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]
[Your Email Address]
[Your Phone Number]

Hiring Manager
Aga Khan Health Services
[Company Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am writing to express my interest in the Research Assistant position at Aga Khan Health Services, as advertised. With a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health and over two years of experience in clinical research settings, I am eager to contribute to your groundbreaking project on thromboelastometric tests for alterations of coagulation in patients with Plasmodium falciparum Malaria.

During my tenure at [Previous Company/Organization], I honed my skills in participant screening, data collection, and project coordination, consistently delivering high-quality results under tight deadlines. My experience has equipped me with a strong understanding of research ethics and informed consent procedures, ensuring compliance with regulatory guidelines and ethical standards.

I am particularly drawn to the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team at Aga Khan Health Services, known for its commitment to healthcare excellence and innovation. I am confident that my organizational abilities, attention to detail, and collaborative mindset make me a strong fit for this role.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the opportunity to discuss how my background, skills, and passion for healthcare research align with the needs of your team. Please find my resume attached for your review.

[Your Name]


  1. Research the Role: Familiarize yourself with the key responsibilities and qualifications outlined in the job description to tailor your application effectively.
  2. Highlight Relevant Experience: Emphasize any prior experience in clinical research settings, demonstrating your ability to contribute effectively to the role.
  3. Showcase Skills: Highlight organizational skills, attention to detail, and proficiency in data management and analysis.
  4. Demonstrate Ethical Awareness: Discuss your understanding of research ethics and informed consent procedures, emphasizing your commitment to upholding ethical standards.
  5. Communicate Effectively: Craft a compelling cover letter that articulates your motivation and suitability for the position, paying attention to clarity and professionalism.
  6. Customize Your Application: Tailor your resume and cover letter to align with the specific requirements and culture of Aga Khan Health Services, showcasing your fit for the role.
  7. Prepare for Interviews: Anticipate potential interview questions related to research methodologies, ethical considerations, and teamwork, and prepare thoughtful responses.
  8. Ask Questions: Demonstrate your interest and engagement during interviews by asking thoughtful questions about the project, team dynamics, and organizational culture.
  9. Follow Up: Send a thank-you email after interviews to express gratitude for the opportunity and reiterate your interest in the position.
  10. Stay Engaged: Stay informed about updates on your application status and remain proactive in your communication with the hiring team.

Possible Research Assistant Interview Questions With Answers

  1. Can you walk us through your experience with participant screening and obtaining informed consent in a clinical research setting? Answer: Certainly. In my previous role at [Previous Company/Organization], I was responsible for screening potential participants based on predefined criteria and obtaining informed consent in accordance with ethical guidelines and regulations. I ensured that participants fully understood the nature of the study and their rights before obtaining consent.
  2. How do you ensure accuracy and completeness in data collection and entry? Answer: I employ a systematic approach to data collection, verifying information against source documents to minimize errors. I prioritize thoroughness and attention to detail, double-checking entries for accuracy before inputting data into designated databases.
  3. How do you handle challenges or unexpected situations during data collection? Answer: Flexibility and problem-solving skills are essential in research settings. When faced with challenges or unexpected situations, I remain calm and focused, consulting with team members to devise appropriate solutions and mitigate potential disruptions to the study.
  4. Can you provide an example of a time when you collaborated effectively with multidisciplinary teams on a research project? Answer: During a previous research project on [Topic], I collaborated closely with clinicians, laboratory staff, and data analysts to ensure the smooth execution of the study. By maintaining open communication and fostering a collaborative environment, we were able to achieve our research objectives efficiently.
  5. How do you stay updated on developments in the field of healthcare research? Answer: I prioritize continuous learning and professional development by regularly attending conferences, workshops, and seminars related to healthcare research. Additionally, I stay abreast of current literature and publications in relevant journals to remain informed about advancements in the field.

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