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The Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Clinical Research Programme (MLW) ( is an internationally recognised centre for medical research and research training, affiliated to the Malawi College of Medicine. MLW has 2 aims, to conduct excellent research to benefit health and trains the next generation of researchers in Malawi at its Blantyre based offices located within the vicinity of the largest hospital in Malawi, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH. The programme has been in existence since 1995 and is funded through 5 yearly cycles.

The programme manages more than 100 grants at any point in time and currently has more than 750 staff in research and support functions (operations).

About the Wellcome Translational Partnership Grant

MLW is the largest science institution in Malawi and has a track record of world-changing translational success including HIV self-testing and rotavirus vaccination. MLW is organised in Research Groups, each of which has a translational science plan, a pipeline of trainees and a philosophy that we cannot afford waste — all research and training effort must be focused on impact

This is a grant which has been awarded to Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust by the Wellcome with the key aim of championing solutions to the question “How can science drive the health and wealth of Malawi?” While the programme is structured to promote translational science, it does not have specific institutional support for translational science for its researchers.

It is from this perspective that MLW seeks to engage a resource on part-time basis or through consultancy as a Translational Science Champion to help achieve this goal. The grant is expected to be implemented in the early quarter of 2020 (January or February) and will ran for 24 months. Key Performance Indicators to track progress are being developed.

Position: Translational Science Champion

The candidate

MLW’s view of the ideal candidate is someone:

  • with the entrepreneur drive and able to quickly understand what we do and be able to work with our an be of interest researchers to convert the ideas into something which can to health policy makers in the country,
  • should have excellent networking skills which can assist MLW and researchers to get the ideas and achievements of the programme across to relevant institutions or people,
  • should have the past or current experience of working at the highest levels of organizations (private or public) and be able to understand the local landscape effectively for maximum practical effect.

If all goes according to plans, we expect to have the person in place by Christmas, December 2019 in readiness for grant implementation in early 2020 where detailed discussions will take place to agree on tasks and deliverables.

This is a post at a senior level which will have a direct reporting line to the Programme Director but as pointed out above is not expected to be a full time role.


An agreeable compensation will be offered to the best candidate.

How to apply

Those who feel are up to this challenge should forward their applications with relevant supporting documents (CV, certificates) to the address below or email to


The Human Resource Manager,
Malawi-Liverpool —Wellcome Trust,
P.O. Box 30096,
Blantyre 3

Applications to arrive no later than 28th November 2019 and on short-listed candidates will be contacted

Skills Required

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