Research Associate, Malaria, Southern Africa – Clinton Health Access Initiative

Lobamba, Swaziland | Clinton Health Access Initiative

  •  Industry: Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  •  Position Type: Full-Time
  •  Functions:Research (Non-Financial) Biotech/R&D/Science
  •  Experience: 3-5 years
Job Description:

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) is seeking a highly motivated individual with strong public health research experience, and analytical skills to undertake malaria surveillance and mapping activities and support malaria elimination efforts. The Research Associate will focus on supporting southern African countries, working with a number of individuals on the Global and Country Malaria Teams and therefore will need to possess strong communication and organizational skills. Further, it is expected that the Research Associate will need to partner with other academics and public health agencies to ensure CHAI’s research is complementary and not duplicative.

Supporting the rollout and monitoring the performance of new surveillance platforms for improved data collection, reporting, data management, automated analysis and data visualization e.g. using dashboards

Collating available epidemiological and other relevant data, and assessing quality and suitability for analysis such as hypothesis tests, linear and multiple regression, spatial analyses and risk mapping

Carrying out exploratory analysis using various types of data, including demographic and census data, patient and health facility surveillance data, travel history and human mobility data, amongst others

Analyzing geographic data with GIS software including mapping malaria incidence and intervention coverage

Supporting operational research projects: sample size calculation, questionnaire and survey design if required

Working with partners from academic institutions to identify research with potential application to programs;

Synthesizing results and communicating them internally and externally at international venues;

Translating results to national and sub-national government partners to support evidence-based decision making;

Disseminating findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications; and,

Any other tasks identified.

Master’s degree strongly preferred in Public Health, Epidemiology or related field, with 3 years of work experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership; or PhD in relevant field with 1+ year work experience; or Bachelor’s degree with exceptional experience.

Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems;

Demonstrated excellent analytical, quantitative, and problem solving skills;

Strong statistical analysis and programming experience (R, SAS, STATA and/or other relevant software);

Experience working with geospatial data (shapefiles, rasters etc.) in Google Earth, QGIS, ArcGIS and/or other relevant software

High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and internet applications;

Superb problem-solving skills and analytical capabilities;

Ability to work independently in unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges;

Enthusiasm for applying research methods to solve global health problems; and,

Exceptional written and oral communication and presentation skills.


Experience working and communicating with government officials and multilateral organizations;

Experience living or working in resource-limited countries;

Experience working remotely with a decentralized team; and,

Willingness to travel.