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Research Nurse (20 posts)

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: Research Nurse (20 posts)

Job Summary

Reporting directly to the Site Nurse Manager, the Research Nurses will be conducting deliveries at participating health facilities, examination of new-borns at delivery, enrolment of maternal infant pairs into sub-studies, completion of CRFs, providing nursing care and other project duties as may be assigned from time to time. The Research Nurse will liaise with other members of the study team, health facility management team, health facility antenatal ward, labor ward and pediatric staff.

Key Responsibilities


  • Assisting the Research Nurse Manager and Research Nurse Coordinator in developing, revising and updating standard operating procedures for nursing care of study participants.
  • Obtaining informed consent from study participants for the study and any related sub-studies.
  • Conducting deliveries at participating health facilities.
  • Examination of new-borns at delivery.
  • Enrolment of maternal infant pairs into sub-studies.
  • Completion of CRFs.
  • Support in responding to data queries from Data Manager and ICBDSR
  • Conduct QC of study data (paper and tablets).
  • Providing nursing care and other project duties as may be assigned from time to time.
  • Assist in providing medical care to non-study participants (patients) during emergencies.

Data capturing and recording

  • Assisting the Research Nurse Manager in conducting daily reviews of Case Report Forms and source documents to ensure accurate data recording.
  • Assisting the Research Nurse Manager in ordering and accounting for supplies at the clinic and research ward.
  • Assisting the Research Nurse Manager in collating and compiling data on screening, enrolment and follow-up processes for submission to the study Coordinator.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • A minimum of Nurse Midwife Technician Diploma.
  • Evidence of registration with the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi
  • At least two (2) years of proven experience working in a busy clinic or hospital.
  • Previous experience in surveillance work involving human subjects
  • Minimum 2 years work experience in a research or health setting
  • Previous experience in using tablets for data collection
  • 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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