District Research Officer

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Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation – Malawi (BCM-CFM) is a not-for-profit organization working in partnership with the Malawi government in the health sector. Our Mission is to provide high-quality, high-impact, highly ethical pediatric and family-centered health care, health professional training and clinical research, focused on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, malnutrition and other conditions impacting the health and well-being of children and families worldwide.

The Baylor-Tingathe program was designed in 2008 to respond to suboptimal uptake of PMTCT and pediatric HIV services in Malawi. The program seeks to support Malawi in reaching the ambitious UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals, by improving the identification of HIV-positive persons, timely treatment initiation, and long-term engagement in care.  The program is funded by USAID, and is currently operating in 7 districts in Malawi. Under the program, there is a study, known as PRACTICE study (Package of Resources for Assisted Contact Tracing: Implementation, Costs, and Effectiveness). This is an NIMH-funded implementation science cluster RCT on HIV voluntary assisted contact tracing (ACT). ACT is an evidence-based practice that seeks to identify persons living with HIV in need of HIV treatment and HIV-uninfected persons in need of HIV prevention. Therefore Baylor-Malawi is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of:

Position:  District Research Officer
Reports to:  Study Coordinator/Principal Investigator
Location:  Balaka/Machinga
Contract duration:  One year

Position Description:  The District Research Officer is responsible for oversight of all district-level study activities. He/she will lead a small district study team in Machinga or Balaka; oversee forward planning; mitigate and solve challenges; launch the trial; and supervise and ensure all study recruitment, retention, and data collection targets are met. The DRO will also coordinate routine activities in accordance with study protocol. Given the large number of sites, this position will require daily travel within the district.  The District Research Officer will serve as the focal person in liaison with district-level staff, investigators, and others. Given the large number of sites, this position will require daily travel within the district.

Duties and responsibilities :

  • Manage workflow and logistics of study sites, 3-5 team members, and supervise daily research activities at study sites.
  • Provide support to pilot test and contribute to refining the implementation package
  • Conduct study-related desk work, such as transcribing and translating in-depth interviews and focus group discussions and coding fidelity assessments.
  • Develop strong collaborative relationships with district, and facility-level leadership.
  • Provide support to the smooth and efficient day-to-day data collection activities.
  • Acts as a point of reference for participants and others by answering questions and keeping them informed on the project progress.
  • Oversee smooth patient consent processes and documentation, and adverse event reporting
  • Proactively identify challenges in study implementation and develop solutions
  • Oversee management of study staff, and annual leave.
  • Implement quality control process throughout the conduct of the trial
  • Populate, organize, and maintain information files, both electronic and paper
  • Other tasks as assigned


We are looking for a highly-organized results-oriented individual with experience as a research manager. Desired qualifications include;

  • 5+ years of conducting research and managing teams
  • Bachelor’s degree (e.g. Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Bachelor of Social Science.)
  • Demonstrated ability to work with colleagues at all levels in the organization, and develop and maintain respectful relationships with Ministry of Health staff and all relevant stakeholders
  • Experience conducting in-depth-interviews or focus group discussions is desirable
  • Ability to pay attention to details.
  • Computer skills in Microsoft word, Excel and Power point as a minimum
  • Previous research experience is essential
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in English and Chichewa

  Work Environment

  • Balaka/Machinga district program implementation sites
  • Frequent travel to health facilities for supervision will be expected
  • Multi-cultural work environment

Suitably qualified and experienced candidates should address their applications, including a detailed Curriculum Vitae and names of three traceable referees to:

Executive Director
Baylor College of Medicine-Children Foundation Malawi
Private Bag B397
Golden Peacock Complex- 5 th  Floor
Along Presidential Way, City Centre
Email:  [email protected]

Closing date for receiving applications is on 13 th  August, 2021. Only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged.

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