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Public Engagement Officer

Date Posted: May 18, 2021

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Position: Public Engagement Officer (part-time, 50%)


Duration of employment: until 06/01/2022


Location where study activities will be conducted: Lilongwe with some travel

Background to the role

Every year one million babies die on their day of birth. Seventy percent of newborn deaths are preventable by implementing low-cost solutions effectively and smartphone and tablet technologies offer an avenue for implementation. We are supporting healthcare workers (HCWs) in delivering these solutions using a tablet-based application (app) to support health care workers to diagnose and manage sick newborns, provide education, collect data on babies in real time, and feed data back to HCWs, hospitals and Ministries of Health.

The project is being conducted in partnership with our collaborators PACHI and Kamuzu Central Hospital, and it is led by University College London. The post holder is expected to contribute towards this Wellcome funded project by leading on communications and public engagement activities.


Description of the role

We are looking for a dynamic and experienced public engagement professional to lead on the delivery of the NeoTree’s public engagement and communications strategy in Malawi.

You will lead on raising the profile of the NeoTree project among diverse stakeholders including families, communities, academics, NGOs, government bodies and international agencies. You will also work closely with our partner ARTGLO and NeoTree Programme Manager based at PACHI to support NeoTree’s public engagement activities.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant health related field, communications or social science discipline.
  • A Masters degree would be an advantage.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • To lead on the NeoTree communications strategy in Malawi. This includes building the profile of the NeoTree on social media platforms including Facebook and twitter, as well as working with the NeoTree team to produce regular content for radio as well as offline channels such as print media etc.
  • To lead on the NeoTree public engagement strategy in Malawi. This includes:
    • Conducting monthly workshops/ public engagement activities with communities in the hospital catchment areas where we work, together with our research and public engagement partners
    • Support our partner ARTGLO to organise art-based workshops with patients (mothers, fathers and carers of sick newborns) and organise exhibitions at health facilities
  • Support the NeoTree Data Manager and NeoTree Project Manager to design and organise the engagement activities related to open data and data sharing. These include:
    • Datathon events with local developers and analysts to encourage use of NeoTee data
    • Stakeholder workshops with Ministries of Health, clinicians, local software developers) in order to understand cultures and sensitivities around data–sharing in these contexts


  • Experience of fostering and building relationships with patients, families  and communities through participatory research, outreach activities, health promotion and/or public engagement
  • Experience of organizing and leading events including workshops and conferences both with grassroots communities as well as high level stakeholders such as government ministries
  • Experience of digital communications – i.e. producing content for websites and social media
  • Experience of producing written content for offline communications such as print media
  • Experience of fostering relationships with multiple stakeholders, including Ministries of Health, academics, NGOs, donors, international agencies and media outlets


  • Excellent facilitation and public speaking skills
  • Excellent written skills with proven ability to distil and communicate complex information for diverse audiences
  • Good organisational skills, and ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Respect for diversity, equality and commitment to community empowerment and engagement
  • Fluency in English and Chichewa with ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn and accept feedback;
  • Accurate, honest, dependable and flexible;
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and handle and protect sensitive data with integrity;
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and on own initiative.


How to apply

Interested candidates can submit their detailed CV and cover letter by 25th May, 2021 to:

The Recruiting Team PACHI, Box 31686, Lilongwe, Area 15/225,

delivered by hand

or email:


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