Research Assistants

‘Mapping Exercise of Malawi's Arts and Cultural Industries’ 


The University of Malawi’s School of Arts, Communication, and Design, with the support of Rei Foundation Limited (RFL), has received funding to conduct a five-month study titled "Mapping Exercise of Malawi's Arts and Cultural Industries." The mapping exercise aims to evaluate Malawi's arts and cultural sectors to identify opportunities and challenges, estimate the economic contribution of the creative sector, and make recommendations on structural changes and policy interventions required for the sector's growth and development. 

Job Summary 

The University of Malawi is looking for four Research Assistants (RA) to work on this five-month research project. The research assistants will be responsible for collecting and analysing data on the five main categories of the creative sector in Malawi, including performing arts, visual arts and crafts, media arts, cultural heritage, and design. The successful candidates will work with the research team to conduct the study, draft reports and articles, and contribute to disseminating findings. 

Job Title: Research Assistant 

Number of positions: Four 

Contract Duration: March to June (4 months) 

Location: Zomba, Malawi (with national travel) 


1. Collect data from various sources, including surveys, interviews, and secondary sources, on the five main categories of the creative sector in Malawi. 

2. Conduct data analysis using statistical software (Stata and or Nvivo/NUDIST) and other tools

3. Assist in report writing and presentation of findings, at higher level meetings. 4. Collaborate with other research assistants and the project lead to ensure timely completion of project deliverables. 

5. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) or LaTex. 


1. Bachelor's degree (obtained from a NCHE accredited university) in a related field, such as theatre, media, communication, cultural studies, economics, statistics, or social sciences. 

2. A certificate in qualitative and quantitative research will be a plus. 


1. Strong data collection and analysis skills (both qualitative and quantitative). 

2. Experience with statistical software. 

3. Skills in translating and transcribing. 

4. Excellent communication and writing skills in English, including proficiency in Chichewa and any other local language. 

5. Experience working on research projects, preferably related to the arts and cultural sectors. 

6. Good ICT skills. 

7. Evidence of presentation at high level meetings. 

8. Knowledge of the creative sector in Malawi is a plus. 

Note: For all the skills indicated, the potential RAs will be asked to demonstrate. We will offer a competitive renumeration package and the opportunity to work on an exciting project that has the potential to make a significant impact on Malawi's arts and cultural industries. 

Interested persons should submit their applications (a covering letter and CV with at least two references) to by Tuesday, 28th February 2023. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and requested to attend oral and practical interviews.