HRCSI Consolidation Phase – Introduction

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The Health Research Capacity Strengthening Initiative (HRCSI) is a programme of the Malawi Government hosted by the National Commission for Science and Technology (NCST). Phase one (1) of the programme started in 2008 and came to an end on 31st October 2013. NCST and funders agreed on a one (1) year Consolidation Phase which began on 1st November 2013 and will run until 31st October 2014.

The Consolidation Phase is meant to finalize any carry-over activities of Phase 1 and develop Phase II proposal as agreed between the funders and NCST. PwC has been maintained to provide financial and technical support during the period.

The Project is technically housed in the NCST’s structural section responsible for the promotion, co-ordination and regulation of health research that exists within the established organogram of the NCST so as to ensure appropriate integration and embededness of  the project activities into NCST and consequently to ensure sustenance of the same beyond the project period.

The project  is co-ordinated by an HRCSI Research Officer. The HRCSI Research Officer  reports to the NCST Director General  through the Chief Research Services Officer  who is the Head of Section responsible for health research promotion, co-ordination and regulation, where the latter provides sectional oversight and direct supervisory services to the HRCSI Research Officer, besides playing any project-specific  activity executionary role in support of the HRCSI Research Officer.

NCST also makes available any relevant staff to support the HRCSI Research Officer in executing some specific project tasks and activities that requires specific personnel time. The institutional arrangement for the  implementation of this Project is controlled by the Director General.


Programme Output

Output 1: Enhanced institutional capacity for high-quality multi-disciplinary health related research studies
Output 2: National health policies and programmes formulated utilising research findings
Output 3: Scientific knowledge more effectively shared across national and international organizations and knowledge networks
Output 4: Improved regulation and coordination of the national research environment