Clinical Officer


Job Title:                                 Clinical Officer

Grade:                                     D

Accountable to:                     Clinical Research Fellow

Supervises:                             Field Staff (Medical assistants and field workers)                

Liaises with:                            Study participants and general community, adjacent clinical services, district, regional and national policy makers, international collaborators, MEIRU staff

Minimum qualifications:       Diploma in Clinical Medicine, or its equivalent

Hours:                                     08.00 am – 5.00 pm Monday to Friday. However, hours are expected to be flexible to ensure scientific and educational targets are achieved.

Main objectives of the Post:

To be responsible for delivering the clinical aspects of the Wellcome Trust-funded Chiwindi study.

Main Duties:


  1. To attend training in the use of Transient Elastography (TE) to measure liver stiffness.
  2. To perform TE assessment of study participants.
  3. To undertake and accurately document a structured clinical assessment and evaluation of study participants, focused on liver disease.
  4. To review and communicate biochemistry and virology laboratory test results to study participants.
  5. To determine the eligibility of hepatitis B patients for drug treatment in line with national viral hepatitis treatment guidelines.
  6. To arrange follow-up, where necessary, with study participants.
  7. To liaise with collaborating clinical services where study participants require drug initiation or onwards referral.
  8. To deliver HIV testing and counselling using HIV rapid diagnostic tests, in accordance with national guidelines.
  9. To perform urinary rapid diagnostic tests for schistosomiasis in study participants.
  10. To perform phlebotomy where additional blood samples are required from study participants.
  11. To take consent from study participants to undergo clinical investigations.

Project management

  1. To collaborate with field workers to ensure eligible participants are supported to attend the study clinic.
  2. To regularly audit study performance and data quality.
  3. To provide monthly progress reports and identify areas for improvement.
  4. To support the co-ordination of the morbidity study.
  5. To travel to Chilumba when required to conduct clinical assessments.


  1. To take part in the development of briefing papers and research bulletins.
  2. To assist in data audit and routine dissemination of research outputs to the national and regional stakeholders.
  3. To assist in analysis and writing up of these projects for publication.
  4. To conduct research to the highest ethical standards, in adherence to Good Clinical Practice standards.


  • To collaborate with other MEIRU colleagues, including those delivering the Healthy Lives Malawi study.
  • To at all times ensure good representation of Malawi Epidemiology and Intervention Research Unit (MEIRU) and their harmonious relations with health services and the wider community.
  • To at all times, ensure that all work is carried out in accordance with MEIRU’s health and safety policy and abide by terms and conditions of service.
  • To perform other duties as requested relevant to skills and experience.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive and duties may vary from time to time in the light of changing circumstances, after consultation with you.


The ideal candidate would possess the following characteristics, although it is recognised that potential applicants might fulfil each of these criteria to a greater or lesser extent:

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Good spoken English and Chichewa
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail, accuracy and timeliness
  • Ability to undertake a structured clinical history and examination
  • Ability to perform phlebotomy
  • Ability to use a computer and tablet and software including MS-Word and MS-Excel.
  • Ability to supervise staff
  • Ability to summarise information and provide progress reports
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of the team
  • Ability to see projects through to completion
  • Able to work to complete work in a timely manner
  • Able to maintain confidentiality
  • Qualified in HIV testing and counselling
  • Willingness to travel to Chilumba for data collection. Candidates should be prepared to spend at least 12 weeks in Chilumba (Karonga District).  Accommodation and transport costs associated with travel to Chilumba will be provided.


  • Good spoken Chitumbuka
  • Post-diploma clinical experience in any role
  • Clinical experience of liver disease
  • Previous research experience
  • Experience of project management
  • Experience with managing large and complex data sets