PATH Biomedical Engineer /Scientist, Market Dynamics Jobs in Malawi

PATH Biomedical Engineer /Scientist, Market Dynamics Jobs in Malawi

Job Description

PATH is a global nonprofit dedicated to achieving health equity. With more than 40 years of experience forging multisector partnerships, and with expertise in science, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales up innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing health challenges.

The Market Dynamics team uses data to co-generate policies that increase the availability of health products and services. PATH is currently implementing two projects in Malawi that involve close collaboration with high level government stakeholders, donors, firms, and multilateral health organizations such as the WHO. The work is extremely fast paced and requires a dedicated self-starter individual who will hit the ground running.

PATH seeks to identify and work with an experienced expert with a robust understanding of health systems (especially respiratory care and maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) medical devices), public policy, and economics, who will be able to engage stakeholders, facilitate collaborations and build networks with aligned actors in the health space.

PATH’s Market Dynamics program is currently recruiting for a full time Biomedical Engineer/Scientist that is keen to work on PATH’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to increase access to medical devices.

The Market Dynamics Officer will support the Medical Device Portfolio within the Market Dynamics Program in implementing (1) the Malawi Strengthening Oxygen Utilization and Respiratory care aimed at increasing safe access to oxygen therapy, and (2) Scaling access to life saving equipment (SCALE) , aimed at diagnosing key barriers to access for MNCH medical devices.

The Officer to be hired will work with Market Dynamics staff in Malawi and PATH HQ teams to plan, implement interventions, advise on the best approaches, conduct analyses, and apply findings to address market failures that restrict access to life-saving products and interventions. He/she will support collaborative efforts in health and medical devices initiation in the country and advise on effective decision making.

The Expected Officer Role

The Officer will serve as the technical expert for the PATH market dynamics-based efforts to improve access to medical devices, including (1) Capacity building for biomedical engineers and health workers (2) implementing a medical equipment management information system that is tailored to the specific needs of the Malawi MOH (3) Developing innovating ways for improving supply chain and access to medical devices spare parts. The Officer will play a key role in these efforts and will work closely with a strong team of internal and external collaborators.


The Officer will play a key role in implementing key activities according to the program plans. He/she will support collaborative engagements with the Ministry of Health, stakeholders and other aligned actors in the Oxygen, respiratory care and medical equipment space.

He/she will support in reporting advise on medical devices related market research, medical devices spare parts management, equipment maintenance plans and other global health products and related consumables. He/she will be expected to provide evidence-based guidance to PATH teams
for program decision making in country. The Officer will be expected to execute these specific tasks;

  • Provide support to the project team in development and execution of work plans and office project activities in Malawi.

  • Work with the Market Dynamics team in Malawi to facilitate effective work relationships with MoH and other key health partners in implementing activities in medical devices.

  • Identify key actors in the health space in Malawi to advocate increasing access to life saving medical devices.

  • Conduct research, survey, and interview activities to evaluate market structure and key barriers to access for priority medical devices in the context of the Malawian health system.

  • Support the government in implementing an equipment management system to organize inventory, maintenance, and consumables supply activities.

  • Represent PATH in key meetings and provide local context and background to the PATH project team and advise in-country team on best medical device management approaches.

  • With support from the market dynamics officer, conduct trainings to fellow biomedical engineers and health workers on equipment usage and maintenance.

  • Work collaboratively with the local and HQ team in identifying areas for further business development in Medical Equipment Management.

    Required Experience

  • Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.
    Those with a bachelors but more than 5 years of experience are also encouraged to apply.

  • Experience working with health systems as an implementer, or businessperson with strong bias in medical devices, medical supply chains and medical procurement protocols.

  • Hands on experience in a health system programming and introduction of new health technologies.

  • Experience in equipment inventory management and maintenance planning.

  • 3-5 years’ experience in healthcare medical equipment management or other relevant private and public sector experience.

  • Experience engaging with both public and private sector partners preferred.

  • Knowledge of health systems, medical devices, and/or diagnostics, especially in developing countries or emerging markets a plus.

  • Solid technical knowledge of the MNCH medical device and Oxygen ecosystem challenges, their impacts, and the general health environment in Malawi

  • Experience in project planning/management and balancing multiple projects and priorities.

  • Resourceful and analytical with capacity in implementing and analyzing program assessments and studies.

  • Ability to synthesize project findings and translate into programmatic and policy recommendations.

  • Strong understanding of the WHO and country-led procurement of health products and key country (MoH) strategies, roadmaps, guidelines, and protocols in the respiratory care ecosystem

  • Proven effectiveness working in a team-based environment, but capable also of working independently.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; PATH Biomedical Engineer /Scientist, Market Dynamics Jobs in Malawi

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