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The College of Medicine, a constituent College of the University of Malawi, has a growing and vibrant department of Mental Health that seeks to expand its staff establishment in order to meet the current teaching and clinical service load as well as introduce new programmes.


The teaching commitments of the department include:

  • Delivery of mental health modules and courses in various undergraduate programmes such as Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.
  • Delivery of psychology modules and courses in various undergraduate programmes.
  • Delivery of specialist training in psychiatry via the Masters in Medicine (Psychiatry) postgraduate programme.

The department provides mental health clinical service support to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital and Zomba Mental Hospital; as well as counselling services for the staff and students in the College of Medicine.

The department also seeks to introduce a new postgraduate programme: Master of Science in Clinical Psychology.

The department therefore is inviting applications to fill vacant positions as follows: 

  1. Lecturer / Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor / Professor in Clinical Psychology

Position Summary

This is an opportunity to be part of a growing and developing Mental Health Department. Those with keen interest in teaching clinical psychology at the undergraduate and graduate level should apply. The position provides an opportunity for creative and practical curriculum development in an environment that is fast developing its mental health literacy awareness. The post provides opportunity to lecture to students across disciplines, carry out clinical work, supervise and conduct research. The successful candidate will also participate in department administration and help shape the future outlook of the department of Mental Health. An important aspect of the position is the active participation in the developing of the curriculum for the introduction of the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, a professional training leading to the qualification and registration of future Malawian clinical psychologists.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Teaching
  • Lecturing and overseeing psychology teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • Assisting in the setting up of the Masters in Clinical Psychology course.
  • Supervising undergraduate and Postgraduate students research studies.
  • Maintain high academic standards by ensuring continuous professional development
  1. Clinical
  • Assessing and managing students in need of counselling services.
  • Strengthen the current practice and build a robust student counselling service in COM
  1. Research and Publication
  • Researching and developing the field of psychology/ Mental Health.
  1. Administrative Duties
  • Participating in departmental academic meetings and seminars.
  • Assisting with administration of departmental affairs.
  • Participating in College and University wide academic activities.


The applicants must have the following:

  • Minimum of a Masters in Clinical Psychology from a recognised institution.
  • PhD in Psychology is an added advantage.
  • Registration with the Medical Council of Malawi as a clinical psychologist or eligibility for registration as a clinical psychologist.
  • Experience with working in a higher education environment
  • Research knowledge skills with experience in teaching qualitative research.
  • Psychotherapy and other clinical psychology experience including carrying a client load.
  • Having a student centred approach
  1. Lecturer/Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor / Professor in Psychiatry (2-year renewable contract)

Position Summary

This is an exciting opportunity for a specialist in psychiatry at consultant level (or equivalent) to work in a growing Mental Health Department in Malawi, Africa. The applicant should have particular interest in teaching and curriculum development.  Research, management experience, and experience of working in a low- and middle-income country are desirable. The Department runs undergraduate and postgraduate courses in psychiatry with the support of the Scotland Malawi Mental Health Education Project ( Clinical teaching takes place at the regional psychiatric hospital in Zomba and the psychiatric outpatient unit in the central hospital in Blantyre.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Teaching and clinical
  • Teaching and examining undergraduate medical students and postgraduate trainees in psychiatry.
  • Organising and managing of the postgraduate psychiatry training programme.
  • Assisting in the setting up of the Masters in Clinical Psychology course.
  • Undertaking clinical responsibilities and supervision of postgraduate trainees at Zomba Mental Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital.
  1. Scotland-Malawi Mental Health Education Activities
  • Coordinate and support long-term and short-term SMMHEP visiting volunteer psychiatrists
  • In collaboration with colleagues, undertake professional supervision of volunteer psychiatrists
  • Be responsible for ensuring that SMMHEP policies are adhered to in respect of volunteers
  • Liaise with SMMHEP’s Board of Trustees and provide regular reports to its meetings
  • In collaboration with the trustees of SMMHEP, provide twice yearly reports on the progress of the postgraduate programme to the Scottish Government.
  1. Research and Publication
  • Participate in the Department’s research activities and develop further research projects
  • Participate in disseminating of research results at conferences and in publications
  • Apply for research and educational grants to strengthen the academic and research profile of the department.
  1. Administrative Duties
  • Attend departmental, faculty, College and University wide meetings and committees as required.
  • Carry out other administrative duties as requested by Head of Department


The applicants must have the following:

  • MMed (Psychiatry) or equivalent (e.g. MRCPsych)
  • At least 2 years post-professional examination experience
  • Be eligible for registration with the Medical Council of Malawi.

How to Apply


Applicants meeting the requirements above should submit applications including copies of certificates and detailed CV with names, emails and contacts of 3 professional referees to:

The Registrar

College of Medicine

Private Bag 360


Blantyre 3





Deadline: 20th June, 2019

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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