Director of Public Health Evaluations and Research

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Job Code: 1575
# of openings: 1



Job Description

Research and Evaluation Director

Position Details

Job title:                                Public Health Research and Evaluation Director

Location:                               Lilongwe

Reporting Relation:              Reports to the Country Director

Job Summary

The Research and Evaluation Director reporting to the Country Director, is responsible for the research and evaluation portfolio of the organization. He/she provides strategic leadership and oversight of the clinical, implementation, operations, and program effectiveness research conducted by EGPAF/Malawi, in close coordination with the Technical, Clinical Service Delivery and Strategic Information (SI) teams. The Director will directly contribute to generation of a strong evidence base to improve the effective delivery of quality programs to further the mission of EGPAF/Malawi, improving the lives people and communities infected and affected by HIV in Malawi and beyond.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage the EGPAF/Malawi portfolio of research and evaluation activities including the generation of proposals and other requests for funding related to HIV clinical, implementation, or program effectiveness research
  • Lead and/or oversee all aspects of the research and evaluation studies, from idea conception, development of protocols and data collection instruments, personnel training, study implementation, data management/analysis to manuscript writing
  • Work closely with the Technical and SI teams and Donor to identify priority program and public health evaluation questions
  • Lead collaboration with the Foundation M&E Team to maximize use of program data to design and implement research that will contribute to global program improvement
  • Identify and evaluate interventions to address key programmatic challenges using strong scientific methodology to inform the program, MOH, and the broader HIV field
  • Liaise with the EGPAF global regulatory officer to ensure all human subjects’ research protections are in place and all protocols undergo appropriate sponsor, U.S. and Malawi IRB review and approval
  • Ensure the highest quality scientific, ethical and regulatory standards for all research activities
  • Supervise and mentor research team members to enhance their knowledge and career development
  • Lead capacity building of EGPAF Malawi staff and fellows, partners, and MOH personnel in the conduct of research through research trainings, mentoring, and sharing/review of relevant  scientific literature
  • Lead in preparation of study reports, abstracts and manuscripts and dissemination of results at district, national, and international levels
  • Collaborate with the global Research team and research teams across EGPAF programs to leverage global expertise, share experiences, and facilitate multi-country research activities
  • Work with CD to ensure research is well resourced and support solicitation of new funding for Foundation priority research areas

Required Qualifications

  • MD, PhD or similar advanced degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Maternal Child Health  Public Health or HIV related sciences
  • Minimum of 7 years of proven experience in health research in developing countries, including protocol development , design of surveys, data collection, data analysis, and scientific publication elaboration
  • Experience in maternal, child health and HIV/AIDS research preferred
  • Research publications demonstrating productive research experience
  • Experience in successfully training, mentoring, and providing technical support to health professionals in research design, research methodologies and study implementation in developing countries, preferably in Africa

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of protection of human subjects in research and ethics regulations to ensure compliance with all local and international requirements
  • Demonstrated experience in the independent development of research protocols and management of research in developing countries
  • Knowledge and understanding of HIV services, PMTCT, MCH, pediatric and adult HIV care and treatment
  • Proficiency in the use of databases such as Microsoft Access, Epi-Info and analytical software, such as STATA, SPSS, R is an advantage
  • Strong organizational skills, with ability to prioritize, take initiative and follow-through. 
  • Ability to exercise diplomacy and build partnerships and consensus, within teams, governmental agencies and with other stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to work effectively as member of dynamic team in fast-paced environment
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, are required

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.​​​

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