• Technical Advisor for Malaria

    Location ZW
    Posted Date 1 month ago(1 month ago)
    Job ID
    2018-3298
    Experience (Years)
    5
    Category
    International Positions
  • Overview

    The Malaria Technical Advisor will provide technical and program oversight and direction in the area of malaria case management and malaria in pregnancy (MIP) for a USG-funded Malaria program. This program aims to provide comprehensive support for, and collaborative partnership with, the Zimbabwe National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and to support the NMCP’s established strategy and goals. The project will operate over a five-year period. Responsibilities include providing leadership and technical guidance in the development and implementation of malaria case management and MIP activities under the leadership of the Technical Director and in coordination with other Jhpiego Technical Advisors, and utilizing and contributing to cross-cutting approaches, such as performance improvement, as well as, annual phasing in of activities. This position will ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities and, in collaboration with the project team and partners, support the design of service delivery strategies, based on sound and current scientific evidence.

     

    Responsibilities

    • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of program activities that address service delivery gaps in CM and malaria in pregnancy at the national, facility and community level including linkages between community and facility
    • Promote WHO’s recommendations on intermittent prevention of malaria in pregnancy (IPTp) uptake and guidelines
    • Support NMCP, NRHP and District Health Management Teams to include male involvement in MIP to improve IPTp uptake, LLIN use and case management for pregnant wome
    • Assist in sustaining and improving existing databases that monitor achievements in training as well as tracking of training in malaria
    • Provide leadership in creating demand for antenatal care services and MIP services to achieve WHO recommendations of three or more doses of IPTp through community approaches targeting pregnant women
    • Ensure use of reviewed evidence-based clinical training materials, job aids, and curricula, supportive supervisory systems and other training materials for implementation of MIP in line with the needs of USAID and the Government of Zimbabwe, including pre and post training tests and assisting with implementation of train the trainer sessions, mentoring/capacity building at the individual and organizational level
    • Support the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) and National RH Program to revitalize and coordinate MIP technical working groups at national and district levels. Actively participate in MIP technical advisory group meetings, and represent Jhpiego in professional forums by participating and presenting in pertinent meetings and conferences
    • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and program team members to Identify clinical training needs and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
    • Formulate and test sustainable solutions to service delivery gaps, utilizing cross-cutting approaches such as performance and quality improvement and in-service training/pre-service education
    • Advocate with national, regional, district and community-level health institutions to raise awareness about their role in improving health outcomes in malaria
    • Mobilize national level clinical/technical expertise to resolve clinical issues that affect local public policy or program design
    • Analyze potential malaria strategies within the context of the program and explain these, as necessary, to policymakers, funding agencies, and/or program staff
    • Guide DHMTs, professional associations, other district stakeholders in the use of evidenced-based standards for competency in malaria CM and MIP
    • Conduct regular reporting to the Technical Director , and program and technical staff, of successes, challenges and lessons learned in implementation related to areas of technical expertise
    • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for MIP
    • Lead in development and submission of abstracts, papers and presentations to journals and conferences

    Required Qualifications

    • A clinical degree (doctor or nursing), or Master’s in Public Health or equivalent, with experience in Reproductive Health/Maternal Health preferred
    • Zimbabwe nationals strongly encouraged to apply
    • At least 5 years’ experience working in malaria or malaria in pregnancy programs, maternal and reproductive health programs, and/or infectious disease control programs;
    • Experience training health workers on clinical aspects related to CM, MIP, maternal health, infectious diseases and/or family planning/reproductive health
    • Experience building capacity at individual and organizational levels
    • Skill in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs, training, pre-service education, performance and quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation
    • Experience with a mix of practical technical skills in malaria necessary for strengthening malaria service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and/or community-level
    • The ability to liaise with senior MOH officials and dignitaries, executives of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business community, and senior members of the donor community;
    • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Zimbabwean healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Zimbabwe preferred
    • Strong skills in word processing and Excel spread sheets
    • Familiarity with USAID or other USG administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
    • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff in the areas
    • Excellent written, presentation, communication and organizational skills in English
    • Ability to travel up to 30% time

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