Clinton Health Access Initiative

Research Associate, AMBIT

Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Malawi
Additional Location Description
Lilongwe, Malawi


The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: 


CHAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion, and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture.


Project Overview:


To achieve global goals for the treatment of HIV, most high-prevalence countries are experimenting with and scaling up alternative service delivery approaches, or “differentiated models of care.” A handful of efforts have been formally described and evaluated in the literature; many others are being implemented formally or informally under routine care, without a research or evaluation goal. For most countries, there is little evidence on the “big picture” -- the proportion of clinics offering alternative models, eligibility criteria and the proportion of patients considered eligible, the number of patients actually participating, health outcomes such as viral suppression, empirical resource utilization compared to traditional care, variations among the models, duration of patient participation, fidelity to model guidelines, effects on clinic efficiency, and sustainability without external donor support.


CHAI in partnership with the University of Witwatersrand, Health Economics and Epidemiology Research Office (HE2RO) and Boston University, School of Public Health and with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, under the guidance of the Ministry of Health (MoH) has been working on the Alternative Models of ART Delivery: Optimizing the Benefits (AMBIT) study since 2019. AMBIT aims to evaluate the coverage, uptake, outcomes, benefits, and costs of Differentiated Service Delivery models (DSD) for HIV treatment. In Malawi, Zambia, and South Africa, AMBIT synthesizes existing data at the patient, facility, partner, and national levels. Additionally, the study conducts primary data collection to help fill in gaps in the existing knowledge base.


Position Overview:


CHAI is recruiting a Research Associate to support the implementation of the AMBIT Study. The Associate will support day-to-day coordination with the Ministry of Health, collaborators/ stakeholders and study sites in the implementation of the study. This Research Associate will ensure end-to-end integrity of study data systems, ensure adherence to study protocol, and collect data from the Ministry of Health and health facilities. The Associate will report to the AMBIT Program Manager.


Travel for this position can be expected at 75% of the time, mostly within Malawi.


  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with country teams, key stakeholders across government, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions
  • Support drafting of initial research protocols, amendments and renewals, and coordinate submissions to international and local Institutional Review Boards
  • Monitor adherence of study protocol by research assistants
  • In liaison with health facility in-charges, arrange interviews with patients and health care workers
  • Support with data collection from ministry of health’s electronic data custodian and from health facilities
  • Ensure that the study databases are functional at all times
  • Conduct data quality assessments, cleaning, and statistical analysis
  • Organize health facility review and dissemination meetings and prepare materials to present the progress of the study
  • Perform any other duties assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field such as Public Health, Social Sciences, Economics, Demography, etc. with at least 2 years of experience in a demanding, results-driven environment, preferably working on a research study
  • Familiarity and experience with the Malawi health system, in general, and HIV/AIDS landscape, in particular
  • Meticulous attention to detail; strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Fluency in English and Chichewa
  • Strong quantitative capacities, problem solving skills and analytical capabilities
  • Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations and work in a fast-paced environment with limited structural support
  • Ability to maintain strong relationships with a variety of people and organizations, including but not limited to MoH officials, district health officers, MOH’s implementing partners staff, and patients
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data collection from health workers and patients
  • Ability to collaborate and operate as part of a multi-cultural team



  • Familiarity with national health management information systems (e.g. DHIS2, EMR, LIMS, etc.)
  • Experience with data analysis (R, SPSS, STATA)
  • Experience working with electronic data collection tools (e.g. ODK and Survey CTO)

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