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Introduction

The Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome (MLW) Programme (http://www.mlw.mw) is an internationally recognized centre for research and research training, funded by the Wellcome Trust. In collaboration with the Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (KUHeS), College of Medicine. MLW would like to engage the services of a competent and dynamic individual to work in an exciting Research Programme at the MLW Research facility as it is expanding.

Social Scientist – 1 post, based in Blantyre 

Job Summary:

The Social Scientist will lead the design, data collection and analysis of qualitative aspects of 3ACP project. The 3ACP project seeks to evaluate implementation of COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (COVID-19 Ag-RDT) strategies including self-testing and self-sampling through six linked prospective studies evaluating five different user cases (health care workers, outpatient department attendees, residents of congregate settings, land border crossing travelers and contact tracing).

The study will be conducted in Blantyre, Mwanza, Dedza and Mchinji depending on each use case. We are now seeking to recruit a social scientist to lead the design, data collection and analysis of qualitative aspects of the project.

 

Responsibilities

Job Responsibilities
• Oversee data collection, transcription, and translation of social science data
• Develop or assist in the development of interview schedules, data analysis plan and data management.
• Explain study objectives and methods in an appropriate language to potential study participants and obtain informed consent from participants prior to enrolment.
• Contact potential subjects to arrange interviews following agreed protocols and safety regulations to the highest professional standard.
• Provide ongoing quality assurance of social science data to ensure consistency, accuracy, and completeness
• Participate in analysis of 3ACP process evaluation research data.
• Manage a team of research assistants
• Coordinate with the 3ACP social science consortium
• Assist in the production of project reports, manuscripts and presentations,
• Provide regular written progress reports and feedback to the 3ACP consortium and lead project social scientist.
• Write abstracts and present at scientific conferences

Internal and external communication
• Provide regular written progress reports and feedback to the 3ACP consortium and lead project social scientist
• Write abstracts and present at scientific conferences

Other Required Knowledge, Skills, Attributes and Experience.
• Strong qualitative research skills.
• Excellent knowledge and experience in working with Microsoft Office products.
• Familiarity with clinical sciences
• Good record keeping, time-management and organizational skills
• Good communicator in Chichewa and English
• Ability to adhere to good clinical practice
• Ability to work with minimal supervision
• Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with others
• Ability to pay attention to details
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
• Mature, with good sense of confidentiality
• Trustworthy

Health & Safety Responsibilities.
• Take full responsibility for ensuring a safe work environment by following health and safety rules at all times for colleagues and study participants.
• Keep up to date and maintain awareness of all Health and Safety issues by fulfilling the following;
o Attending the scheduled quarterly Health and Safety sensitization trainings at least once a year.
o Attend a Health and Safety induction during the first week of employment, signing acknowledgement and keep abreast of the MLW Health and Safety policies and their updates.
o Attend and be updated in Good Clinical Practice
o Participate in risk management exercises.
• Immediately notify the Line Manager of all accidents, and potential hazards.

All staff members are employed under the MLW Programme and are ultimately responsible to the Programme whether directly employed under the Core Grant, a Research Fellowship or project grant. All staff members are expected to be flexible and may be required to contribute to the activities of the Core Programme or another project(s).

 

Requirements

Qualifications and Experience

• Master’s degree in Social Sciences or related field and 2 years’ experience in relevant field.

Personal Specifications

• Strong qualitative research skills.
• Excellent knowledge and experience in working with Microsoft Office products.
• Familiarity with clinical sciences
• Good record keeping, time-management and organizational skills
• Good communicator in Chichewa and English
• Ability to adhere to good clinical practice
• Ability to work with minimal supervision
• Ability to develop and maintain good relationships with others
• Ability to pay attention to details
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
• Mature, with good sense of confidentiality.

For more detailed information of the job, please visit the MLW website, www.mlw.mw

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 job performance and other set criteria.

MLW recognizes its responsibility in safeguarding and protecting communities, research participants and patients. 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 this email vacancies@mlw.mw

To arrive no later than the 30th June, 2022, only short-listed candidates will be acknowledged.

 

Posted on Jun 20, 2022