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Recency Surveillance And Response Advisor at I-TECH

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
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The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a center in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health that works in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco. I-TECH has projects in more than 20 countries, and its worldwide staff work with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations, medical facilities, and other partners to support efficient, well-ordered health care systems that provide high quality care to all citizens. I-TECH Malawi provides technical assistance to the Malawi Ministry of Health and its partners to support human resource development, health systems strengthening, HIV care and treatment, and HIV surveillance for epidemic control.

I-TECH has an outstanding opportunity for a Recency Surveillance and Response Advisor



Position overview

Malawi MoH implements HIV epidemiological surveys, and utilizes program data for target setting, program planning and monitoring. However, there is information gap in the real-time monitoring of new HIV infections at national, district and sub-population level. This has affected the ability of MoH to do targeted prevention programming and to monitor the impact of interventions. Due to the relatively low HIV incidence in the general population in Malawi, large and costly population-based surveys are only able to identify isolated cases of HIV recent infections. The roll-out of recency surveillance within routine HIV testing services offers an integrated method for screening tens of thousands of new positive clients annually for recent infection. However, the use of this routine recency surveillance data for monitoring of incidence and for targeting prevention interventions is requires more technical assistance. I-TECH is hiring a Recency Surveillance and Response Advisor to support Recency data management, analysis and quality assurance, and work with stakeholders in utilizing the data to implement key interventions that will contribute to reduction in HIV incidence and sustenance of epidemic control.

Duties and Responsibilities
Support surveillance team in detecting clusters of high HIV transmission and characterizing factors associated with recent transmissions to determine the percentage, distribution and predictors of recent HIV-1 infections among people newly diagnosed with HIV.

Through development of a research protocol and implementation, describe qualitatively and quantitatively describe population groups, risk factors associated with continued transmission in recency hotspots.

Identify and prioritize people who are at risk and for whom public health interventions would have bigger impact, such as migrants, mobile workers, AGYW, inmates, orphans/vulnerable children, fisher- folk, and estate workers.

Summarize and analyze which interventions to which population groups would have greatest impact and make recommendations.

To summarize the analysis of the findings from the research and lead in the publication and dissemination of the findings.

In collaboration with MoH and partners design and facilitate a survey to quantify the proportion of undisclosed repeat testers with current or recent ART use.

Developing, implementing and maintaining recency data quality assurance and control mechanisms, including overseeing data quality and data analysis.

Support the recency team to integrate public health response activities into the recency protocol.

Support maintenance of information management systems for centralized storage and aggregation of routine program data and working with stakeholders and domain experts in standardizing data collection process and practices as project needs evolve and specifically as below:

Support the M&E teams to integrate the ODK data base and the new

SCANFORM and lead in providing direction into proposing strategies for seamless data sharing from the QED/DHA for effective and uninterrupted project reporting.

Facilitate dissemination of results of program interventions and analysis of process/activity in a timely manner and ensuring that all evaluation activities are well coordinated and running smoothly according to approved protocols.

Support the transition of the Recency implementation transition from I-TECH to MACRO and Identify and mitigate red flags of program transitions such as subcontracting and changes in reporting systems.

Providing technical assistance on I-TECH surveillance project activities and flagging urgent matters and critical success factors and follow ups to support achievement of deliverables and project objectives.

Responding timeously to information requirements and requests from CDC, MoH and I-TECH headquarters, by effectively coordinating collection, analysis and presentation of available information in ǎ structured manner that ensures quality standards are maintained.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Public Health or related field is required, a PhD is preferred.
Minimum of 5 years working experience in disease surveillance, outbreak and response including management and coordination roles Experience in the management and use of central data repository system for health-related program management and in managing and supervising teams engaged in data collection and analysis activities.

Experience in developing research protocols, study designs, implementing studies and operational research and public health interventions and evaluations.

Results-oriented competence in health information systems with strong quantitative data analysis skills in Stata, R or other software packages and use of data visualization software such as Tableau or Power BI

Excellent report writing, presentation, problem-solving and communication skills with fluency in English coupled with the ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Demonstrated experience leading the writing and submission of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Demonstrated experience disseminating program results at conferences by developing abstracts, posters, and oral presentations.





The Department of Global Health recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. The Department encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff, faculty and students Including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability and age. The Department strives to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students.

Method Of Application

Applications with Curriculum Vitae (CV), three traceable referees and relevant copy certificates should be emailed to:

Deadline for receiving applications is 08th March, 2023. I-TECH Malawi, an equal opportunity employer, appreciates all applications. However, only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
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