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Data Officer (4 positions)


The Malaria Alert Centre (MAC) requires the services of enthusiastic individuals to work in various positions in studies operating under the International Centre of Excellence for Malaria Research (ICEMR) project for a period ranging from one to six years. The project seeks to better understand the persistence of malaria in Malawi by conducting community-based cohort studies and collecting data in Health Centres.

Based in the field, the Data Offices will liaise with the Data Core team at the MAC regarding technical issues associated with the field-based data collection. They will also be involved with data cleaning and reporting for ICEMR studies.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
The responsibilities of the position will include:
• Preparing study packages for teams going out to the field (in conjunction with the Data Managers)
• Providing teams with list of houses and individuals to be visited and samples to be collected, including entomology data
• Reviewing data collection on a daily basis, and addressing any deficiencies that are identified in conjunction with the Data Manager
• Uploading and backing up electronically-collected data on a daily basis
• Assisting in site query resolutions
Technical and Professional Requirements:
To perform these duties, the data manager should be trustworthy and have the following knowledge or abilities:
• Familiarity with some spreadsheet, databases and statistical software packages such as EXCEL, OpenDHS, STATA, SPSS and ODK,
• Knowledge of REDCap
• Good knowledge of information technology appliances
• Ability to work with minimal supervision.
• Ability to develop and maintain good relationships.
• Ability to pay attention to detail.
• Capacity to communicate well in Chichewa and English.
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
• Skill in planning.
• Mature, with good sense of confidentiality.


• Diploma in statistics or computer sciences. Those with Bachelor’s degree in these fields with experience in supporting research studies in data collection and cleaning will have an added advantage.
• Experience working on epidemiological research studies.



The position is available for an initial period of two years and renewable subject to performance and availability of funding. The position will be associated with salaries and benefits commensurate with experience and qualifications as applicable to contract staff at Malaria Alert Centre, College of Medicine.


Suitably qualified candidates should forward their applications by e-mail only to by 22nd December 2017.  Applications should include a covering letter, a detailed CV, and names of three traceable referees, and should be addressed to

The Administrative Manager

Malaria Alert Centre

College Of Medicine

P/Bag 360,


Blantyre 3.

Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged