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Research Associate at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

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Kamuzu University of Health Sciences

Kuzama pa Kalondo Project 

Vacancy 

Research Associate 

Background  

Malawi has made tremendous progress in combating the HIV epidemic. The country is  on track to surpass the UNAIDS 95-95-95 antiretroviral treatment (ART) and viral  suppression targets, dramatically reducing new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths.  Now, the Malawi HIV programme’s efforts are focused on how to effectively maintain  requisite HIV services for decades to come to protect livelihoods of people living with  HIV and sustain progress.

Transitioning from rapidly scaling-up HIV programmes to monitoring sustained  epidemic control requires new approaches to monitoring the HIV epidemic and  response. To date, monitoring the HIV infection trends and associated risk factors has  relied on facility- and population-based surveillance methods, which were effective in  detecting large changes in HIV infections and programme coverage. Quantifying  sustained high coverage, small gaps, and low numbers of new infections poses new  challenges.

The Kuzama pa Kalondo — ‘Getting Smart’ on HIV Surveillance Project aims to use  novel data analytic methods to track the progress Malawi is making in the fight against  HIV/AIDS. This project is being implemented by the Kamuzu University of Health  Sciences (KUHeS), Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH), Nyanja Health  Research Institute, African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP), and University  of Cape Town (UCT), in partnership with the Directorate of HIV, STIs, and Viral  Hepatitis (DHA), the Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM), the US Centers for  Disease Control (CDC), and others.

Roles 

An individual is required to take up a part-time position of Research Associate at  KUHeS, committing at least 20 hours per week (i.e. 50% Full-time equivalent), and  participate in the following roles in the project:

  • Under the supervision of project co-investigators, participate in writing study  protocols and submit to ethics bodies in Malawi
  • Implement HIV-surveillance projects including those aimed at improving the  quality and representativeness of routine health system data
  • Participate in data collection, extraction and management
  • Perform data analyses
  • Prepare project reports, policy briefs and manuscripts
  • Disseminate project findings.

Contract Duration 

The Research Associate will be recruited on a fixed-term of 12 months

Qualifications 

The candidate must have a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Mathematics or Statistics. Those with experienced in mixed-methods approaches or qualitative research  experience will have an added advantage.

Training opportunity 

The project offers opportunities for building research capacity of Masters students already  enrolled at KUHeS or talented applicants wishing to pursue Public Health-related Masters degree programmes at KUHeS by providing tuition and research funds. However, enrollment  in the Masters programme is not a requirement for this position.

Application process 

Applicants must include;

  1. A motivation letter (2 page maximum),
  2. A detailed CV
  3. Certified copies of academic transcripts
  4. Authenticated copies of academic certificates (by a lawyer, magistrate, or registrar of the awarding institution)
  5. Names and emails of three referees.

Method Of Application

Applications must be submitted via email to: recruitment@kuhes.ac.mw

Applications should be received no later than 31st March 2024