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Data Management support Unit Lead at Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust

  • Full Time
  • Blantyre, Malawi
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: 000

Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust

Job Description


The Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Clinical Research Programme (MLW) ( is an internationally recognised centre for research and research training, affiliated to the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS). MLW has 2 aims, to conduct excellent research to benefit health and train the next generation of researcher. Our Blantyre based offices located within the vicinity of the largest hospital in Malawi, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) provide for the optimum research environment.

It was established in 1995 and became a Wellcome Africa and Asia Program (AAP) in 2003. MLW has established itself as an internationally recognised centre for research excellence and research training. The current structure supports 16 locally led research groups each of which have translational targets and a pipeline of trainees to develop their strategy, grant funding and clinical impact.  Research is described best in 6 Themes – Infection Biology; Vaccines; Maternal Neonatal and Child Health; Social Science; Clinical and Experimental Medicine; Population Health.

The Data Management Support Unit (DMSU) was developed in response to a growing need for expert study and excellent data management services. The department has two (2) main section, Data Management Services and Translation and Transcribing (T&T) and working with about 25+ members of staff. The Data Management Support Unit Lead is a key position at the heart of MLW’s aim to carry out research to impact health and train the next generation of researchers.


To provide leadership support to the department and managing the design, development and implementation and support of clinical research information systems to ensure high-quality research data collection, audit, storage, and analysis across a diverse portfolio of >100 clinical and community-based research studies encompassing a wide range of data types. Requires an emphasis on data quality, integrity, security, and reproducibility.




Leadership and strategic direction-setting of a large, modern clinical research-focused data department

Mentor, develop and train data management team

Management and supportive oversight of a team of 20+ data managers, database administrators, and data officers with the help of Lead Data Managers.

Ensure conformance and adherence to globally accepted data management standards

Ensure conformance to local and international legislation on management of clinical research data, focusing on participant privacy and confidentiality

Overall management of investigator-lead and pharmaceutical interventional, observational, and lab-based research projects

Compilation of monthly departmental reports

Attend Heads of Department (HoDs), Research Strategy Group (RSG), Security, Data        Management Steering committee meetings and others.

Report weekly on strategic issues to Chief operations officer (COO)

Management and monitoring of departmental budgets

Manage performance of direct subordinates.

Compile recharges to study project using standard data costing model

Provide leadership support to Translation and Transcription Section of the department




D          QUALIFICATIONS: (i.e., Education, Training and Experience Requirements).

(a)       Education: The minimum level of education required to perform all the duties of the job to standard.

  • Master’s degree in computer sciences or its equivalent

(b)       Experience:  The minimum number of years of experience required to perform all the duties of the job to standard.

  • At least 10 years’ experience at a senior management/leadership spent within data management sections.
  • Proven experience of working within internationally focused organizations with proven ability to lead and manage complex projects with multinational and multi-cultural stakeholders.

E.    KEY COMPENTENCIES/ATTRIBUTES AND SKILLS (e.g., IT Skills, Personality, Communication, Teamwork etc.)

  • Refer personal specifications below

F          DECISION MAKING: 3-5 decisions required on the job with minimum input or checking by supervisors.

  • This position requires an initiative-taker with independent thinking and able to share expert advice and solutions with/to stakeholders.

(a)        Manuals, policies, procedures, or guidelines that govern decision-making:

(b)       Financial decisions required in this job (e.g., budgets, expenditures, petty cash etc.)


(a)        For people (supervisory):  describe the type of supervision exercised and the number of employees directly reporting and are accountable to this position.

  • Senior Data Manager
  • Lead Data Manager
  • Translation & Transcribing Coordinator (T&T)

(b)   For resources: describe the type, volume, and value of resources/equipment, etc. for which you have direct responsibility.

H   WORK COMPLEXITY: The degree of complexity of the job i.e., how simple, standardized or complicated the work is:

I     ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ERRORS:  The impact of errors on organizational resources, customers, processes, equipment etc.

J    WORKING CONDITIONS:  Inconvenient or disagreeable aspects of the job e.g., exposure to heat, dirt, outside work, constant interruptions, hazards, uncomfortable situations etc.

(a)   Uncomfortable Conditions: 

  • Eyes exposure due to frequent usage of computers


(b)   Job Hazards:

K  ORGANISATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS/CONTACTS: Local and international contacts, frequency, purpose, and method etc.

 Remuneration and Benefits

MLW offers an attractive remuneration package which includes a competitive salary package commensurate with the position, a medical aid scheme, 24 hours insurance cover, pension scheme, gratuity benefits redeemable once every year, among others.

MLW also offers opportunities such as scholarships, upgrading and training opportunities to employees. These are based on successful on job performance and other set criteria.

Method Of Application

 MLW recognizes its responsibility in safeguarding and protecting communities, research participants and patients with whom MLW is working. Please note that successful candidates will be requested to undergo a safeguarding check prior to appointment and at regular time points during employment.

Suitably qualified candidates should forward their applications with copies of relevant certificates, 3 contactable referees and a detailed CV to the address below or email to

The Human Resource Manager

Malawi-Liverpool –Wellcome Trust

P.O. Box 30096, Chichiri

Blantyre 3 

Applications to arrive no later than 7th December 2022 and only short-listed candidates will be contacted.