• Malaria Technical Advisor

    Location BJ
    Posted Date 6 months ago(6 months ago)
    Job ID
    2018-3078
  • Overview

    Jhpiego seeks a Malaria Technical Advisor to provide technical oversight to malaria activities on an upcoming USAID-funded malaria, maternal and child health and family planning integrated activity. The project will operate over a five-year period.

     

    The position provide technical support to the management of malaria prevention and vector control programs at the central and departmental levels. In collaboration with project team and partners, the position will support the design and implementation of service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence.

     

    This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Benin nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

     

    Responsibilities

    • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure quality of malaria activities including:       
      • Malaria in pregnancy, including intermittent preventing treatment of malaria for pregnant women and insecticide-treated nets
      • Malaria diagnosis using rapid diagnostic testing and microscopy
      • Promote regular use and care of bednets
      • Case management of uncomplicated and severe malaria including emergency triage assessment and treatment in pediatric wards
      • Seasonal malaria chemoprevention in applicable areas
    • Develop and/or update evidence-based training materials, standards, job aids, supervisory systems needed for implementation of malaria interventions to meet the needs of USAID and the Government of Benin
    • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and department level in planning, management, supervision and quality assurance for malaria services
    • Support advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across project sites as required
    • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted malaria services
    • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing Jhpiego
    • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and project team members to identify clinical, community, and health system issues that impede access to care and uptake of malaria services
    • Identify and implement appropriate facility- and community-based strategies to address malaria service delivery gaps
    • Identify training needs for clinical and community healthcare providers and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
    • Contribute to setting project priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts
    • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to malaria to inform adjustments in project implementation
    • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other US and international implementing partners, to ensure that all malaria activities conform to the requirements and regulations
    • Contribute to documenting successes, lessons learned and challenges in implementation as well as reports of project activities and results to the project and donor, including routine quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as requested
    • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for malaria
    • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences
    • Maintain excellent relationships with USAID and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses
    • Provide technical leadership to the development the project strategic plan, work plan, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with the MOH, USAID, and other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award

    Required Qualifications

    • Advanced degree in malariology, public health, entomology, or related field
    • At least 5 years’ experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance to malaria prevention and vector control programs; preferably in West Africa
    • Demonstrated experience training clinical and community-based healthcare workers in malaria
    • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels
    • Experience organizing and working with teams to produce high-quality deliverables
    • Demonstrated experience strengthening malaria service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
    • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the Benin healthcare system, particularly the public health system
    • Familiarity with USAID’s administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
    • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
    • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
    • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in English and French
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
    • Ability to travel nationally to project sites

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