Policy, Ethics and Governance Post-Doctoral Fellow

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The HEPU in the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, Department of Health Systems and Policy at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences has secured an Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) grant through the Health Services Joint Fund to implement a health economics, policy and ethics capacity support programme. HEPU is a joint KUHES, MOH and University of York initiative and has very strong collaboration with other leading international universities and research institutes as well as the East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community. Through the Thanzi la Onse Project, HEPU and collaborating Partners have built a strong foundation on which health economics, policy and ethics research capacity is to be strengthened. The FCDO grant through the HSJF aims to sustain and strengthen further the capacity already being developed at HEPU.

Applications are therefore being invited from suitably qualified candidates to fill the following vacant post:

Policy, Ethics and Governance Post-Doctoral Fellow (1 position – Blantyre)

Job summary

The post holder will contribute to the strengthening of policy, ethics and governance analysis capacity of the HEPU which in turn will contribute directly to strengthening the availability and use of high-quality policy relevant evidence by the Ministry of Health. On this grant, HEPU will collaborate directly with the MOH through the Department of Planning and Policy Development (DPPD) thereby ensuring that there is effective co-creation of research and coordination of the policy engagement processes to ensure optimal uptake of research into policy and decision making. This will involve capacity building for HEPU and MOH DPPD in areas of policy, ethics and governance in line with the priorities set in the National Health Policy and the Health Sector Strategic Plan. The Post-Doctoral Fellow will lead teams of social science and ethics pre-doctoral and pre-masters fellows to execute research prioritized by MOH to inform important policy decisions.

The successful candidate will be offered a 2-year contract with initial 6 months as probation period, subject to renewal upon satisfactory performance and availability of funding.

Purpose of the position

The post requires training in social science and policy analysis or strong research background/interest in health policy, ethics and governance. The main purpose of this positions is to facilitate Think Tank and Policy Lab meetings including identifying researchers to present at Extraordinary Think Tank meetings, contribute through a variety of ways to networking and development of outcomes for policy and practice to enhance the research uptake of the programme, lead in conduct for MOH and donor interventions, conduct value mapping and leadership, ethics and governance capacity building activities, proposal development and resource mobilization, mentorship and supervision of research fellows.

Key Responsibilities

  • Leading of the theme Policy Ethics and Governance of the program
  • Work closely with PI and investigators to design and implement Policy, Ethics and Governance activities to provide evidence to MOH
  • Plan, and oversee research co-creation activities.
  • Lead in developing and supporting implementation of a leadership, ethics and governance assessment and evaluation framework (tool) for effective public financial management systems at district council and health facility level
  • Take a leading role in the planning and conducting of assigned research individually or jointly in accordance with the project deliverables and KUHeS strategy.
  • Develop and oversee maintenance of all required documentation and records as is required for research studies including ethics submissions to regulatory bodies.
  • Analyze data and write up study results including leading with manuscripts for publication.
  • Plan, organize and facilitate meetings and trainings for the program and research implementation.
  • Design and implement effective and efficient strategies to successfully implement research activities.
  • Produce quality reports and presentations for meetings, conferences and donors as requested.
  • Supervise and manage project team members.
  • Mentoring fellows at MSc and BSc levels.
  • Write scientific manuscripts, develop independent research questions and apply for further grant funding
  • Assist with planning and implementation of program activities for the projects.
  • Accomplish other tasks related to the study, as assigned by supervisor.


  • PhD in Social Science, Public Administration, Philosophy, Policy and Governance, Ethics or related
  • Minimum 3 years progressive experience in similar position
  • A minimum of 3 publications with at least one first author


  • Project or subject specific experience, particularly experience of working with primary human samples from patients and healthy individuals.
  • Experience in conducting value for money assessment and cost benefit analyses
  • Proven ability to deliver quality outputs in a timely and efficient manner
  • A track record of presentation and publication of research results in quality journals/conferences
  • Experience of making a leading contribution in academic activities
  • Ability to demonstrate a degree of independence as illustrated by identification of project objectives from assessment of the literature, design and analysis of experiments and drafting of papers
  • Experience in undertaking independent research

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent policy engagement and policy analysis skills
  • A zeal for ethical leadership and good governance
  • Excellent leadership skills
  • Knowledge of the Health Sector Strategic Plan

Application Procedure

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements should send their applications including  cover letter, CV with names of three traceable referees and copies of relevant certificates to:

The Registrar
Kamuzu University of Health Sciences
P/Bag 360
Blantyre 3

Indicate  the position applied for, Health Economics and Policy Unit  on the envelope for hard copy applications and indicate the same in the subject line of your email for electronic submissions. Electronic submissions should be sent to the following e-mail address:

[email protected]

Applications should reach the Registrar not later than  29 th  October, 2021.  Only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.

To apply for this job please visit www.medcol.mw .

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