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Temporary Research Assistant

Date Posted: Aug 09, 2021

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The Paediatrics and Child Health Association (PACHA) is a non-profit making organization that advances and improves children’s health and welfare with the mission of ensuring that all the children have access to their determinants of health, in Malawi and beyond. Our members include healthcare professionals and other child health and welfare advocates. PACHA has been working in Malawi since 2011.


With funding from UNICEF, PACHA in partnership with the Ministry of Health is implementing the research study called PONEO Research Study in Dedza.

, therefore, seeks to engage the services of the well experienced, highly motivated and suitably qualified persons of Malawi origin to fill the position of Temporary Research Assistant and Temporary Data Entry Officer tenable at Dedza District Hospital and Project Manager tenable at PACHA offices in Blantyre. The initial contract is for five months with possibility of further extension based on performance and availability of funding.

Position: Temporary Research Assistant

Post summary

The Research Assistant will be involved in planning the study recruitments, oversee data collection and documentation of study activities and related events. S/he will also collects, compiles, reports, and analyzes data of PONEO study by examining subjects related to treatment of neonates.

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify relevant potential participants, educate them on research procedures and possible dangers to get them psychologically ready for the project, and to enable them make informed decisions about their participation
  • Ensure that research tools and materials are available all the time, to ensure smooth flow of operations
  • Recruit participants
  • Ensure qualitative data is collected in a high- quality manner
  • Ensure smooth and efficient operation of research and data collection
  • Proactively identify challenges in the study and develop solutions
  • Document research related events and activities
  • Participate in regular study team meetings to evaluate and plan activities
  • Prepare documents for participants’ consent and authorization and ensure they are signed and delivered to the right channels for proper documentation. Also ensure that all research files are properly secured
  • Comply with procedures for infection control in the clinic to avoid destroying research materials unknowingly
  • Writing reports
  • Perform other reasonable tasks as requested.

Required Qualifications, Skill and Experience

  • At least diploma in M&E, Clinical medicine or any other related field
  • At least 2 years experience in clinical research
  • Some basic computer courses is preferred but not prerequisite
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

How to apply

Your application, including Cover letter and CV, should be sent to:

Email: copy to and

Or hand delivered to : Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Paediatric Department, Paeds Annex. Clearly indicate on the subject the name of the position you are applying for.

Alternatively you may send it to:

The Executive Officer,

Paediatric and Child Health Association,

C/O College of Medicine,

Private Bag 360,


Blantyre 3. 

Deadline for receiving applications is Thursday 13th August, 2021.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. PACHA is an equal opportunity employer and appreciates applications from all applicants.

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