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The Kenya Medical Research Institute is governed by a Board of Management. The Board consists of a Chairperson, appointed by the President, and six independent members appointed by the Minister for the time being responsible for Health. The Board also has members representing the Principal secretaries in the line ministries of Health and the National Treasury, and a representative of the office of the attorney General and Secretary/Chief Executive officer of the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation. The Board is responsible for all the policy matters of the Institute.

Standing Committees of the Board

Currently, there are four Standing Committees of the Board, namely:

  1. Scientific Programmes Committee:

  2. Responsible for providing strategic direction of research in the Institute. The committee scrutinizes, evaluates and approves research programmes, performance and output of research projects.

  3. Finance and General Purpose Committee:

  4. This committee reviews staff matters, determines staffing levels by reviewing and recommending to the board any new appointments as well as appropriate disciplinary measures on staff who breach existing staff regulations, and considers staff promotions and other staff rewards and incentives. The committee is also responsible for financial matters of the Institute.

  5. Audit Committee:

  6. Oversees all audit functions of the Institute, including financial, procurement, and human resource processes. Monitors implementation of any audit queries raised by the Kenya National Audit Office.

  7. Infrastracture and Development Committee:

    This committee is responsible for all development needs of the Institute. It approves any requests for construction of new facilities, negotiations for new Memoranda of Understanding with collaborators, ICT infrastructural developments, acquisition of new land for the Institute and, generally, efficient utilization of current and future space in the Institute.

The Director, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)

The Director of the Institute is appointed under the provisions of the Science and Technology (Amendment Act 1979), by the Minister for the time being responsible for Health, on recommendation by the Board. He is the Chief Executive of the Institute. In this capacity, he is the accounting officer as well as the administrative and scientific head of the Institute.

The KEMRI senior management comprises of two Deputy Directors, namely Deputy Director (Research & Training) and Deputy Director (Administration & Finance); Assistant Directors, Directors of Centres, and heads of various Administrative divisions. This team meets quarterly under the "Chief officers Meeting" to transact business on on-ongoing and proposed Institute activities, and seek solutions to any challenges being experienced in pursuit of the Institute's core mandate of research.

Research Centres and Programmes

The Research Centres of KEMRI are created by the Board of Management. These Research Centres are expected to focus on specific areas of national and/or strategic importance, in accordance with their respective broad mandates in any of the six (6) research programmes of the Institute The Board may reorganize the mandates of these Research Centres in conformity with the national objectives, as it may deem appropriate.