Birth Cohort Research Manager

Full Time

Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU)

Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit
(Formerly Karonga Prevention Study)

Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU) operates in Karonga District and Lilongwe City. The research programme is a partnership between the Malawi Ministry of Health, Kamuzu University of Health Sciences, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Glasgow. MEIRU has an ongoing programme of demographic and infectious diseases research.

Additionally, MEIRU is developing capacity in NCD research, health informatics and epidemiology and other areas.

MEIRU is currently implementing some of its research programmes under Generation Malawi and Health Lives Malawi. Principally, generation Malawi is a 4.5-year MRC GCRF and Wellcome-funded study that will establish a large multi-generational family/birth cohort through which to study the longitudinal course of mental and physical chronic health conditions. Generation Malawi is nested within a broader Wellcome-funded study – Healthy Lives Malawi – that also includes Health and Demographic Surveillance Sites (HDSS) and a cross-sectional chronic health conditions survey. Generation Malawi is being conducted in an urban site (Area 25 Lilongwe) and a rural site (Chilumba, Karonga District).

Under these programmes, Generation Malawi and Health Lives Malawi, MEIRU seeks to recruit Birth Cohort Research Site Manager, Urban Demographer and Social Science and Public Engagement Administrator. All these post holders will be based in Lilongwe city.


Birth Cohort Research Manager will join the MEIRU science team and play an important role of managing and providing direction in running of the family/birth cohort in Lilongwe for Generation Malawi. The post holder will also lead and coordinate data collection activities, production of research products, drawing on technical skills to ensure research is ethically sound and robust. Additionally, the post holder will spend a considerable amount of time supervising field work and engaging with stakeholders in the study site.


  • Bachelor’s Degree qualification in a health discipline, epidemiology or related area.
  • Good oral and communication skills will be essential.

Salary and Conditions of appointment
• Salary will be on Grade C of our scale. Salary point will depend on qualifications and experience.

For further particulars including job descriptions and minimum requirements for each position, please

If you would like to discuss the post further, please email:

Interested applicants should submit letter of application, copies of certificates and CV (with contact details of at least 2 professional referees) to: You must include job title in subject heading of e-mail.

Closing date for receiving applications: 23rd July, 2021

Only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

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