Malawi: Knowledge Translation Officer

Organization: Global Health Corps
Country: Malawi
Closing date: 18 Jan 2017

Position Overview:

The Knowledge Translation Officer (KTO) will work closely with AFIDEP staff on the population change and sustainable development initiatives, health systems strengthening projects, or communications and knowledge management teams, or a combination depending on individual interests. The position mainly entails carrying out research, generating and synthesizing knowledge, identifying gaps and opportunities; and providing evidence and practical solutions that can enable policy makers to address inequalities and barriers to access in delivery of population, sustainable development, and health programs and interventions.


  • Coordinate the implementation of research projects including data collection and collation, data analysis, and systematic evidence and policy reviews
  • Promote application of research findings in decision-making processes at national, regional, and international levels
  • Write critical research reports
  • Contribute to capacity building and knowledge generation/synthesis activities
  • Contribute to proposal writing
  • Develop and disseminate policy-oriented advocacy materials

Desired Skills and Experience:
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, population studies, economics, communications sciences, social sciences, or related field*
    • Preferred: Master’s degree in above fields
  • Strong qualitative and/or quantitative research skills*
  • Demonstrated excellent writing and communication skills in English*
  • Minimum of three years of relevant experience in research; program management; knowledge translation; policy engagement, including scientific writing, synthesizing and translating research evidence into outputs that are usable by policymakers; developing policy-oriented advocacy materials; and monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs
  • Relevant training in research and policy analysis work
  • A track record in coordinating research programs and partnerships
  • Understanding of key policies and stakeholders in the field of development, specifically population, health and communications in Malawi
  • Demonstrated experience in use of scientific software (Endnote, SPSS, Stata, Nvivo) for data analysis and management
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Additional official language such as French is an added advantage
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, results-oriented
  • Strong accountability and attention to detail
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to work under pressure

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