Social Scientist

  • 3 months ago
  • Salary MWK 000 / Monthly

Job Description

Social Scientist for a study of youth perceptions of gambling

The Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (formerly Karonga Prevention Study) is a medical research programme, operating in Karonga District, and Lilongwe City. We conduct research on non-communicable diseases, tuberculosis epidemiology, HIV/AIDS and demography. The research programme is a partnership between the Malawi College of Medicine and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The programme works closely with the Ministry of Health, with its research agenda aligned to Ministry of Health priorities.

We are seeking a Social Scientist to be based in Lilongwe who will be responsible for conducting data collection and analysis and project management for a British Academy funded study of youth perspectives of gambling. He/she will be the lead researcher on a desk-based review of gambling policies across the Sub-Saharan Africa, will work with the international research team (Ghana and UK) to develop study outputs, and will supervise, plan, coordinate and monitor the activities of data collection teams to ensure smooth running of project, good practice and adherence to protocol.  The Social Scientist will also have to familiarize themselves with relevant social scientific literature on gambling and to undertake analytical and writing work with support of the immediate supervisor for the purpose of academic presentation and publication. The applicant will work closely with Senior Social Scientists from the MEIRU programme and from the Universities of Ghana, Bath and Glasgow.

The ideal candidate should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s qualification in Social Sciences, social policy, demography or related area. Experience conducting policy reviews and of managing large and complex data sets, both qualitative and quantitative, is desirable. Good Oral and communication skills will be essential.


Applications should be made to The HR Manager; Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit, P.O Box 46, Chilumba through [email protected] not later than 1st March, 2021. Applicants should include a cover letter detailing how they meet the person specification and outlining what they would bring to the role, a CV and the names and contacts of at least 2 referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted.  Only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged, due to the large volume of applications we anticipate receiving.


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