Research Assistants

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Johns Hopkins Research Project (JHP) is a public health research organization responsible for HIV clinical trials and biomedical research. The Project was founded in 1988. It is an affiliate of Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (formerly College of Medicine) and is located at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre. The Project has more than 160 hard-working staff based at its head office, laboratory, pharmacy and study clinics. The JHP core values are: integrity, teamwork, diversity, professionalism and service to others.

Applications are invited from qualified, mature and interested persons to fill the following posts.

Supervisor: Coordinator/ Project Lead, Antenatal Ultrasound Scanning Study
Period of Engagement: Approx. 7 months
Location: Health Centers, Blantyre
Training: Selected candidates will only be engaged after successful completion of training/orientation


  1. Work in a team under the supervision of the Project Lead and the Maternal Neonatal Health specialist.
  2. Participate in preparatory activities for study implementation: develop and pre-test local forms/job aides and study tools.
  3. Implement study protocol accurately, efficiently, and ethically.
  4. Sensitize and recruit antenatal women who are willing to participate in the study.
  5. Administer the informed consent form
  6. Administer questionnaires and facilitate discussions with study participants; enter data electronically and/or on paper forms.
  7. Translate, transcribe qualitative data from participant discussions.
  8. Work directly with MOH staff to perform quality control and quality assurance of the data and study procedures.
  9. Troubleshoot issues with the ultrasound device app on the mobile phones/tablets
  10. Participate in meetings with the research team to review and refine study activities and propose implementation strategies.

Minimum Qualifications
Education: Nursing Diploma from a recognized institution or a Diploma from a related field (e.g., community health; social science)
Professional registration: Nurses should be registered with NMCM.
Work experience: At least three years of experience working in health research or in a hospital or health center.
Communication: Excellent written and verbal communication skills (English and Chichewa)

Desirable qualities
1. Research experience and skills in public health research.
2. Professional and respectful
3. Previous experience in community engagement
4. Ability to build rapport with MOH staff
5. Good listening and report-writing skills
6. Problem-solver, hardworking, motivated, and committed to excellence
7. Ready and willing to collect data in rural areas.

How to Apply
Please submit your CV (with three traceable/relevant referees), Diploma/Degree copies and cover letter in hard or soft copy to:

Chief Operating Officer
Johns Hopkins Research Project
P.O. Box 1131,
Email: [email protected] .

Deadline: 20th August 2021.

Kindly indicate your availability date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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