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Programme Manager – Vaccine R&D and Workforce Development at KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP)

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Programme Manager – Vaccine R&D and Workforce Development


  • Establish and implement programmatic goals, objectives, strategic plans, policies, and operating procedures
  • Take responsibility for day-to-day operational and financial management of the vaccine R&D and workforce development initiative  
  • Plan and track capital, operating budgets and expenditures in liaison with the finance and grants departments of the KWTRP and project partners
  • Arrange and implement legal and contractual agreements as required to facilitate the workforce development programme
  • Oversee controls and problem resolution in line with KWTRP’s policies and procedures
  • Maintain a register of risks and implement strategies to mitigate risk
  • Represent the workforce development programme to relevant internal committees, project partners, funding agencies and external organizations
  • Preparation of reports, presentations and other project outputs and liaison with the funder(s) and other key stakeholders


  • A Master’s in Business Administration/Strategic Management/Project Management/Statistics or equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum Ten (10) years overall experience, five (5) years of which were at managerial level with some experience of R&D in Africa
  • Degree in scientific field – biological sciences/pharmacy/veterinary medicine is an added advantage
  • Exceptional project management skills with evidence of managing multiple large projects simultaneously, proficiency in using project management tools / Prince 2 qualification in project management
  • Significant skills in leadership, organization, prioritisation, problem-solving and decision making.  
  • Financially literate with sound knowledge of budgeting methodologies and resource management concepts including proven experience of preparing and monitoring budgets and financial reports 
  • Demonstrable experience in writing high quality reports and presentations in English, with evidence of being attentive to detail. 
  • Ability to network, communicate, be diplomatic and maintain strong local and international relationships within a multi-cultural environment and wide diversity of people, and have experience in resolving disputes. 
  • Proven programme leadership including planning, managing and delivering international programmes.


  • Relevant experience in the design and implementation of learning and development programmes in Africa
  • Experience in management of vaccine research and development Programmes


  • Financial management skills with experience of managing significant programme budgets to demanding deadlines and to deliver to set timelines
  • Confident communicator with track-record of prioritising and delivering on a varied and extensive workload to tight deadlines across multiple partners in a global network
  • Experience of managing a team and managing good working relationships across a range of cultures at both an individual and institutional level.
  • Competence in the design of learning and development programmes
  • Strategic thinker with a well-organised and efficient approach to the application of project planning and controls including, staff development, project risk management and value for money
  • Ability to build productive and collaborative relationships with varied stakeholders, and to work within a team in a multi-cultural environment
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated high levels of confidentiality and integrity


  • Office based
  • Willingness to work flexible hours and travel as required