MSR Technical Advisor will provide technical support to the NVBDCP aimed at strengthening and expanding its malaria surveillance and reporting capabilities. Working closely with senior NVBDCP staff in charge of malaria surveillance activities, s/he will evaluate current protocols and procedures for gathering, reporting on and using malaria data, and recommend measures to improve them. This Technical Advisor will also expand and improve training opportunities in malaria surveillance and will provide technical assistance in passive and active surveillance and reporting to states with high malaria prevalence. S/he will coordinate closely with GFATM Principal Recipient/s that implement malaria control programs and seek to better integrate their malaria surveillance activities with those of the NVBDCP. The MSR Technical Advisor will receive day-to-day guidance from the Director of the NVBDCP or his/her designee. The MSR Technical Advisor will be supervised by Jhpiego and will be required to report regularly (at least quarterly) to USAID. Position will be based in New Dehli and an initial one-year contract will be offered.
In India, Jhpiego works across various states – in close collaboration with national and state governments, providing technical assistance in the areas of family planning, maternal and child health, and pre-service nursing and midwifery education. These projects are funded by USAID, Norway India Partnership Initiative (NIPI), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, David & Lucille Packard Foundation, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Merck for Mothers, and others. Globally, Jhpiego leads USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), which supports high-impact health interventions in 26 priority countries with the ultimate goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths (EPCMD) within a generation. In India, MCSP will support the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), and the two active malaria grants from the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), through provision of technical assistance for malaria surveillance and reporting. This is expected to enhance national capacity to gather, analyze and act upon information on malaria prevalence and outbreaks, and on the coverage attained by malaria prevention and control activities.