Clinical Officer

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  • Posted 1 week ago

The Childhood Acute Illness & Nutrition Network (CHAIN)Building the evidence base for care of acutely ill, undernourished children in limited resource settings  a prospective cohort study of the College of Medicine is looking for suitably qualified persons to fill the position of CLINICAL OFFICER. This is a two year contract..

Role Description

  • To identify patients for the CHAIN Network on Moyo NRU in Pediatric Special Ward and  Pediatric Nursery (PN) or Pediatric Accidents & Emergency (A & E);
  • Collect clinical information and collect blood and fecal samples;
  • Participate in the day to day running of the ward assigned to;
  • Participate in the departments ward rounds in the AM hours;
  • Screen for new patients;
  •  Provide clinical management of patients recruited for into the study and non-study patients and routine clinical departments and (research) protocol.


Clinical Duties and Responsibilities

  1. To provide good quality clinical care to patients according to study protocols and ward protocols and to provide support to children and their parents
  2. To be a member of the Medical Council of Malawi and be punctual at all times, and behave professionally at all times.
  3. To maintain confidentiality of patients’ records and respect patients and their privacy and rights
  4. To maintain infection control procedures at all times according to ward and hospital protocols
  5. To keep a right balance between research and clinical care
  6. To keep the patient / guardian / parent informed at all times
  7. To keep clear and up-to- date patient records at all times
  8. To take instruction from those in authority.
  9. To be aware at all times of responsibilities pertaining to the post (as recorded in this document)
  10. To communicate in a timely fashion about things pertaining to work.


Research Duties and Responsibilities         

  1. To work closely with the other research team members and the Project Coordinator.
  2. Assess patients with anthropometry and with physical examination assess for study eligibility, counsel and recruit according to the study protocol if eligible.
  3. To perform diagnostic procedures, triage etc. according to SOPs.
  4. Ensure study protocols are followed in the assessment, documentation and collection of biological samples from participants.
  5. To solve queries and prepare reports as requested by the Project Coordinator
  6. The completion of any further tasks deemed reasonable that the Project Coordinator may see fit to request from time to time.
  7. To communicate in a timely fashion about things pertaining to work.


  • To participate in training and induction of new staff as required



  • Diploma in Clinical Medicine with at least 1 to 2 year’s research work experience in Pediatrics.



Applications with detailed Curriculum Vitae, copies of certificates and three traceable referees should be sent to:



The Registrar

College of Medicine

Private Bag 360


Blantyre 3






Not later than 30th April, 2017