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BDS Research Nurse Coordinator

Date Posted: Sep 12, 2020

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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 been privileged to provide technical support to the Government of Malawi Ministry of Health (MoH), since 2008, through seconded senior Technical Assistants, Program Officers and Public Health Fellows.  The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) was established in 2002 at the University of Washington in Seattle.  I-TECH is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global HIV and TB (CDC-DGHT) under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

I-TECH Malawi will be conducting an observational birth defects surveillance study (BDS) in four hospitals: Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe, Ntcheu District Hospital and Mangochi District Hospital. The purpose of this Birth Defects Surveillance Study (BDSS) project is to first implement a birth defects surveillance system and estimate prevalence of birth defects and secondly to conduct a nested case-control study to examine the association of maternal use of antiretroviral treatment (ART) and birth defects in the four hospitals.   Results from this study will provide background rates of birth defects in Malawi and provide baseline estimates of maternal medication use to treat HIV/AIDS in pregnancy and the prevalence of major external birth defects.

I-TECH is seeking to hire qualified candidates for the following positions to support the activity

Position: BDS Research Nurse Coordinator

Position Overview

The Research Nurse Coordinator, will report to the Project Manager to be based at I-TECH Malawi. S/he will provide the overall co-ordination and supervision of Site Nurse Managers and research nurses/midwives in all the four participating hospitals involved in the study. (S)he will oversee and support the research nurses to ensure compliance with study protocol and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP).

(S)he will work closely with the Project Manager and Site Nurse Managers to trouble-shoot any implementation issues at each of the study sites. The Nurse Coordinator will also be responsible for administrative duties of the research nurses in consultation with the Site Nurse Managers (shift assignment, leave, training etc.). This position will report directly to the Project Manager based in Lilongwe

Duties and Responsibilities

  • To provide overall coordination and supervision of the surveillance nurses/midwives and research assistants in all the participating hospitals
  • To liaise with BDS Project Manager/supervisors and ensure the implementation of BD study activities at the hospital sites as per the study protocol.
  • To work closely with site research team to trouble-shoot any implementation issues at the study sites
  • To participate in recruitment of Birth Defects study staff
  • To provide training to research nurses /midwives involved in the study
  • To perform administrative roles (shift assignment, leave, training etc.) of the research nurses/midwives in consultation with the Site Research Nurses
  • To perform other duties as required


  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s in Nursing/Midwifery, a Masters Degree in Nursing and midwifery is desirable
  • Possession of GCP certificate
  • Previous experience in a research study involving human subjects
  • Minimum 4 years’ experience of supervising surveillance nurses/midwives
  • Experience in Birth Defects surveillance

Desired Experience

  • Well versed in the functions and operations of research study
  • Excellent knowledge and skills in team management and team building
  • Knowledge and skills in project management and problem solving
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines whilst working on tight schedule.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Commitment to Diversity

I-TECH recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. Therefore, I-TECH encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff 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. I-TECH 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 staff.

Application Process:

Applications with Curriculum Vitae (CV), three traceable referees and relevant copy certificates should be sent to the following

Email address: hr@itech-malawi.org


Deadline for applications is Friday 18th September, 2020.  Please write the position being applied for in the subject line.

I-TECH Malawi, an equal opportunity employer, appreciates all applications. However, only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

For more information about I-TECH, visit our website: http://www.go2itech.org/

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