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Country Representative - Malawi

Date Posted: Jun 15, 2021

Job Description

The Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation is a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Maryland,  Baltimore established by UMB to carry out UMB’s programs to strengthen health systems and improve  the human condition in the areas where UMB operates through MGIC. MGIC has UMB-approved  affiliates, field offices, and program offices (collectively known as “country offices”) throughout sub Saharan Africa. MGIC activities are funded generally by U.S. government entities through cooperative  agreements with UMB. The University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB) has received PEPFAR funding from  the US government /CDC for Accelerating Malawi’s PEPFAR Laboratory Logistics and Infrastructure for  Quality (AMPLIFY). This cooperative agreement aims to achieve and maintain HIV epidemic control.  AMPLIFY will strengthen the laboratory efficiency, capacity, and quality through improving laboratory  infrastructure, improving laboratory data utilization for decision making, training human resources, and  adhering to quality management systems. 

Position: Country Representative - Malawi


The Country Representative will report to the appropriate Principal Investigator (PI) and the CIHEB Global Director.   As a member of the University of Maryland Baltimore community, s/he will conduct the affairs of the University in Malawi by safeguarding the best interests and fiduciary obligations of the University and MGIC and upholding and protecting the University’s core values and mission.


Program Leadership and Technical Oversight

  • Manage and develop strategic partnerships with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Community Health Services in Malawi (CHSU), the Diagnostic Unit, CDC Malawi, and other organizations to pursue and advance common and complementary interest.
  • Develop strategic alliances with local and international organizations that leverage resources, reputation, and expertise.
  • Seek and pursue opportunities to raise the profile of the work of UMB.
  • Support planning, implementation and monitoring activities developed by CIHEB in agreement with Malawi MOH, CDC Malawi or other institutions and donors.
  • Lead the University in-country efforts for business development and mobilization of new resources.
  • Support Malawi Diagnostic Optimization Network goals including decreasing turnaround time.
  • Provide expertise in the areas of Platforms for VL and EID: Conventional and POC – optimization of sample transport systems –SADCAS ASLM accreditation – SLMTA – biosafety & waste management – HIS – Health Information Systems - LIMS optimization – implementation of PEPFAR programming.

Country Office Management

  • Serve as the legal representative for MGIC in Malawi.
  • Manage the MGIC office in Lilongwe and all MGIC project staff.
  • Strategically recruit high potential staff that align with UMB’s core values and advance UMB’s global mission.
  • Foster a strong ethical culture and healthy, supportive working environment for employees in Malawi and among colleagues outside the country.
  • Oversee financial, procurement, and administrative operations in the country office, including, but not limited to prudent fiscal management, value-for-money procurement, and use of University and MGIC resources in line with the University’s values.
  • Provide effective management and leadership of the Malawi office by ensuring accountability, civility, and diversity are key components of the office culture. 
  • Ensure that all activities are undertaken in full compliance with MGIC policies and procedures, donor requirements and regulations, and applicable US and Malawi laws.
  • Ensure project results, impact, innovations, and lessons learned are documented and disseminated.
  • Ensure no Conflict of Commitment arises for which he/she or any member of the country staff engages in paid or unpaid activities that interfere with his/her primary obligations and commitments to the University.
  • Ensure Malawi office specific procedures for personnel, finance, administration, and security are in place and regularly updated for the current operating context.
  • Other duties as delegated by the appropriate Principal Investigator and the Global CIHEB Director.



  • Degree in Medicine, Public Health, Laboratory Sciences, or related fields.
  • Certification or training in Management


  • At least 5 years experience in resource limited health care delivery or administration with significant working experience within health facilities in resource limited settings.
  • At least 5 years management and leadership experience.
  • Significant previous experience and technical knowledge of program management within the public health sector involving various agencies and partners, quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation and in particular, laboratory systems strengthening.
  • Demonstrable ability to interact with local authorities including MOH, PEPFAR/CDC/USAID, and other key partners.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of HIV/AIDS, HIS, and laboratory diagnostics.
  • Knowledge of Platforms for VL and EID, Conventional and POC, optimization of sample transport systems, SADCAS and ASLM accreditation requirements, SLMTA, biosafety & waste management standards, and LIMS utilization.
  •  Must have proven knowledge and prior experience of ensuring adherence to US government (USG) funding rules and regulations.
  • Demonstrated financial management experience, including the oversight of budgets and subcontracts, and adherence to USG procurement requirements.


  • Fluency in English



  • Team management skills and ability to work well with multidisciplinary teams.
  • Understanding of the challenges related to laboratory services, care, and treatment delivery in the local context.
  • Ability to interact proactively with health facility and capacity building team.
  • Self-motivated, team player with the ability to delegate.
  • Result driven.
  • Strong communications and presentation skills.
  • Strategic and innovative thinker.

Mode of Application 

Suitable candidates should apply through this LINK  


Only applications made through the link will be accepted.

The closing date for receiving applications is 28th June 2021. MGIC Malawi is an Equal Opportunities Employer

AN AFFILIATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, BALTIMORE Office Address: Golden Peacock Shopping Complex, Area 13, Box 2298, City Centre, Lilongwe, Malawi 

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