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MAC-CDAC is a research unit under the College of Medicine that works with Ministry of health, local and international health agencies to address priority health problems in Malawi and the SADC region through operational and evidence synthesis research, capacity building and training, health care systems strengthening, disease surveillance, and monitoring and impact evaluation in communicable diseases including malaria, HIV, vaccine preventable diseases and Neglected tropical diseases.

We are currently looking for a Malawian to conduct human behavioural studies in relation to malaria control in Malawi. MAC together with the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW) and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) is implementing an UK MRC funded project, Partnership for Increased Impact of Control of Vector-borne Diseases (PIIVeC). One objective of the project is to fully understand the social issues surrounding malaria vector control with a focus on human/ community behaviour.

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The overall aim of the project will be to characterize the vector and human behaviors that impact control of malaria in Malawi. For the candidate, s/he will investigate the different behavior patterns expressed by study communities in relation to malaria infection transmission and control. The successful candidate will be expected to employ ethnography and/ or other techniques in order to understand the communities. S/he will work with experienced social scientists and malaria vector control specialists within the participating institutions. Furthermore, there will be an opportunity to undertake training such as a master’s degree in public health (MPH) at the College of Medicine.


Under supervision, the candidate is expected to

  • Develop research questions
  • Carry out detailed literature review
  • Develop study design and tools such as focus group discussion and in-depth interviews
  • Conduct ethnographic fieldwork, analyse data, and contribute to publications
  • Attend scientific meetings


Applicants must possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree in social sciences or other related field
  • A master’s degree in social science and related field will be an added advantage
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of MS Office (MS Word and Excel)
  • Experience with data entry and use of NVIVO will be an added advantage
  • Ability to follow written instructions on experimental Standard Operating Procedures
  • Ability to work sensitively and positively with a range of stakeholders (e.g. research team, communities)
  • Work independently with minimal supervision
  • Must be prepared to live and work among communities for at least four months during data collection period


The position will attract a salary for two years and other benefits commensurate with a master’s student status. We will also cover course fees for an approved Masters level qualification. College of Medicine (COM) is an equal opportunity employer. Suitably qualified candidates should forward their applications together with copies of relevant certificates, degree transcripts and detailed CVs with names, contact numbers and emails of three traceable referees to:

The Registrar

College of Medicine

P/Bag 360


Blantyre 3

Email: and

Applications should reach the Registrar not later than 15th April 2019. Only short-listed candidates shall be contacted.

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