Office Assistant 

Full Time

A medical research organization

A medical research organization with an expanding portfolio of research projects is seeking to recruit suitably qualified, highly motivated and hardworking candidates to fill the following vacant positions at its research site in Zomba:

Office Assistant 

A medical research organization is seeking to recruit suitably qualified, highly motivated and hardworking candidates to fill the vacant position of Office Assistant as follows;

Duties and responsibilities
These will include, but are not limited to the following:
• Ensure that the environment is clean and free from infection
• Clean the study site with disinfectant or 0.5% chlorine at least twice a day
• Ensure that cleaning is done from the least infected area to highly infected area i.e. starting from offices, then the clinic and finishing with the toilet
• Welcoming and respecting the rights of research participants
• Assist in organizing study materials at the study site
• Emptying bins and sharp containers when three-quarter full or following pre-set protocols
• Collecting linen, sorting, sluicing, washing and ironing according to protocol
• Cleaning windows and high dusting once every week
• Preparing refreshments for both staff and participants as required
• Reporting any problem to the site supervisor or study Coordinator
• Follow all health and safety regulations
• Any other duties deemed to be reasonable assigned by the site Supervisor or study Coordinator.
Qualifications and Experience
• A minimum of Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE)
• A minimum of two years’ experience working in a similar capacity
• Fluent in English and Chichewa.
• Effective verbal and written communication skills.
• Must have a strong work ethic and a positive approach to their occupation,
• Must be able to work well alone as well as in a team and do night shifts.

Type of contract and duration

The initial contract appointment will be for 2 years and may be renewed subject to availability of funding and performance.

Job Description

Job Title: Office Assistant / Patient Attendant/ Cleaner

Duration: 2 years’ subject to funding availability

Hours: 40 hours per week with flexibility to work during weekends Qualifications: MSCE plus 2 year’s relevant experience

Reports to: Nurse Manager/Lead and Site Coordinators as appropriate. Accountability: Accountable to study Coordinator, and Chief Operations Officer Liaises with: Site staff (Clinical, data, laboratory, field)
Job Summary: Ensuring that site environment is clean and free from infections and
attending to research participants’ needs.

General Tasks
1) Ensure that the environment is clean and free from infection: clean the study site with disinfectant or 0.5% chlorine at least twice a day;
2) Ensure that cleaning is done from the least infected area to highly infected area i.e. starting from offices, then the clinic and finishing with the toilet;
3) Welcoming and respecting the rights of research participants;
4) Assist in organizing study materials at the study site;
5) Emptying bins and sharp containers when three-quarter full or following pre-set protocols;
6) Collecting linen, sorting, sluicing, washing and ironing according to protocol;
7) Cleaning windows and high dusting once every week;
8) Preparing refreshments for both staff and participants as required;
9) Reporting any problem to the site supervisor or study Coordinator;
10) Any other duties deemed to be reasonable assigned by the site Supervisor or study Coordinator.

All staff are employed under TRUE and are ultimately responsible to the unit whether directly employed under different research grants. All staff are expected to be flexible and may be required to contribute to the activities of another study(s).

All interested applicants with the required qualifications and experience should submit a cover letter and detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) with three traceable referees to [email protected] or complete their details by following the link below: https://forms.gle/4qJaqTwSrREMJnzi9

The closing date is 25th January 2021.

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