Background: Africa Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) is a non-governmental organization whose main mandate is to conduct mental health research to inform policy and practice in mental health. Our focus is on community mental health with the aim of providing innovative, appropriate, affordable, available and accessible mental health and substance use services to all.

Number of Posts: 15
Contract Duration: 2-3 months

Project description: Psychosis risk traits among youth in Machakos County, Kenya AMHF in collaboration with Washington University at St. Louis Missouri (WASTL), will be conducting this study. The main objective of the study is to identify behavior traits associated with psychosis risk in Kenyan
youth (ages 15-25 years).


  • Administer assessments for cognitive function, diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, stress, substance use, life events, personality, global functioning and disability and severity of common psychiatric symptoms.
  • Qualifications:

  • Minimum of Diploma in Nursing or Clinical Medicine.
  • Qualified for diploma in the last three years
  • Evidence of full completion of internship
  • Previous data collection experience in a related field
  • Registered practitioner with relevant professional institution
  • Certificate – Ethics in Research on Human Subject will be an added advantage
  • Additional Skills and Competencies:

  • Evidence of proficiency in the use of computer applications
    Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Fluency in English, Kiswahili both in written and spoken
  • Self-driven and ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work under pressure and beyond the regular working hours
  • Team player and ability to demonstrate problem-solving skills
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to meet strict deadlines
  • Additional requirements:
    Possession of a current certificate of good conduct

    Application Instructions:
    We invite all candidates meeting the required qualifications to send an application letter and a detailed CV to and indicate RESEARCH ASSISTANT – PSYCHOSIS STUDY as the subject line. Deadline for application is 12th April 2017.

    We encourage qualified candidates living within the study area i.e Machakos – Kimutwa and Mumbuni Locations to apply.

    NB: Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.