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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: Research Assistant

Position Overview

To facilitate accurate and complete capturing of study patients according to the study protocol through ensuring that each and every birth occurring at the health facility has been documented and assessed.

Key Responsibilities


  • Keeping detailed numbers of admissions and deliveries of newborns in the health facility from all relevant units of the facility on a daily basis
  • Ensuring that no mothers coming to labour ward and other delivery points for deliveries are missed in the study register using study and labour ward registers
  • Finding missed study participants in the health facility prior to discharge as necessary
  • Liaising with the nurses in finding out babies born with birth defects
  • Preparing a weekly report for admissions and deliveries
  • Make plans for accounting and reconciliation of deliveries on a daily basis
  • Maintain coherent records of daily activity and provide updates as requested by the line manager
  • Explain protocols to clients who were missed for surveillance activities prior to data being captured from clients by study midwives
  • Will be requested to perform other reasonable tasks at the request of scientific leader, site coordinator or PI consistent with their level of training and responsibility.


  • Assisting the Site Nurse Manager in ordering and accounting study supplies at the study site
  • Assisting the Site Nurse Manager in collating and compiling data on screening, enrolment and follow-up processes for submission to the Program Coordinator
  • To participate in regular study team meetings to evaluate and plan study activities

Qualifications and Requirements

  • A minimum of Diploma in Public Health or Community Development.
  • A minimum of two years Health research experience
  • Possession of GCP certificate (desirable)

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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