• Senior Malaria Technical Advisor

    Job Locations US-DC
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    GHSI-III - Global Health Support Initiative III
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    CAMRIS International is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.

                                 

    The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has contracted through Social Solutions International partnered with CAMRIS International, to recruit and hire qualified individuals for the following position:

     

    United States Agency for International Development; Bureau for Global Health; Bureau for Africa, Office of Sustainable Development, President’s Malaria Initiative Team

     

    Title: Senior Malaria Technical Advisor

     

    GS: 14

     

    Application Deadline:   Open until Filled

     

    BACKGROUND:

    The Africa Bureau’s Office of Sustainable Development (AFR/SD) provides strategic guidance and intellectual leadership to the Bureau; conducts economic, social and political analyses critical to the development of AFR policies, strategies, budgets and activities; manages or coordinates key Presidential and Agency Initiatives; and provides technical services to AFR's field missions. In carrying out these functions, AFR/SD serves as the Bureau's principal liaison with African and international partners, United States Government (USG) sister agencies, the private sector, universities and the Private Voluntary Organization (PVO)/Non-governmental Organization (NGO) community.

     

    AFR/SD's Health Team works across all sectors related to health. The team directly manages activities that support African capacity development and improving the lives of Africa's most vulnerable populations. The Health Team works in close collaboration with other USAID Bureaus, including the Bureau for Food Security, the Bureau for Global Health and the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, to integrate programs and coordinate strategic and technical support to USAID missions, program reviews and assessments, staff development, etc.  It works closely with African and donor partners such as the African Union, the World Bank and others.

     

    Within the Africa Region, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is the USG’s flagship global malaria initiative led by USAID and implemented together with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The aim of PMI is to reduce the intolerable burden of malaria and help relieve poverty on the African continent. When PMI was launched in 2005, the goal was to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50% by a rapid scale-up of a package of proven malaria prevention and treatment measures: artemisinin-based combination therapy; insecticide-treated mosquito nets, intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy, and indoor residual spraying. USAID is the lead agency for implementation of the PMI. The contributions of PMI, together with those of other partners, have led to dramatic improvements in the coverage of malaria control interventions in PMI-supported countries, and all 15 original countries have documented substantial declines in all-cause mortality rates among children less than five years of age.

     

    In 2015, PMI launched the next six-year strategy, setting forth a bold and ambitious goal with specific objectives. This PMI Strategy for 2015-2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen. Malaria prevention and control remains a major US foreign assistance objective and PMI’s Strategy fully aligns with the US Government’s (USG) vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015-2020, the USG’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, towards the long-term goal of elimination.

     

    INTRODUCTION:

    The Senior Malaria Technical Advisor (Senior Advisor), based in Washington, DC, is an integral member of USAID’s PMI team, assigned to the Bureau for Africa, Office of Sustainable Development (AFR/SD), Health Division team. Key responsibilities include: providing guidance, monitoring, and technical support to USAID at headquarters, and in the field with USAID Missions, PMI country teams, technical counterparts, implementing partners, Ministries of Health, and USAID cooperating agencies. The Senior Advisor will focus in particular on francophone countries implementing PMI in Africa. S/he will relay USG priorities at critical technical and policy forums, help to resolve problems and conflicts, and taking steps necessary to meet deadlines.

    S/he will work closely with and receive technical guidance from the Africa Health Team’s Deputy Chief as his/herUSAID POC.

    Responsibilities

    The Senior Malaria Technical Advisor will be responsible for:

     

    Country support of PMI priority countries in Africa

    • Contributing to the development of PMI programs in Africa, providing technical expertise and programmatic support to a subset of primarily francophone African countries, and participating as an integral member of the PMI interagency country support teams.
    • Contributing to the formulation and review of country specific Malaria Operational Plans in francophone Africa.
    • Monitoring and tracking overall progress of PMI plans and activities in PMI countries in Africa.
    • Providing direct technical guidance to Missions to develop scopes of work and design programs for activities contained in Malaria Operational Plans.
    • Serving as a member of Regional Bureau country backstopping teams for the health portfolio overall for countries implementing PMI programming.
    • Providing mentoring to other Africa Regional Health Team members on skills and approaches to engagement with field colleagues and host country officials.
    • Liaising with Regional Bureau colleagues and the Bureau for Global Health to enhance linkages between malaria and other development-related activities in Africa.
    • Conducting complex analysis of policy and program goals of PMI programs in Africa to identify and formulate policy and program options for PMI’s priorities and programming in Africa.

     

    Technical and Project Coordination

    • Developing new technical and programmatic guidance on malaria for implementation by PMI programs in Africa.
    • Contributing to the development of program design and awards for PMI-related activities.
    • Serving as a key technical advisor to awards within AFR/SD that contain malaria-specific activities, including AFR/SD’s work to strengthen regional institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) Afro and other regional entities.
    • Traveling to monitor the field activities of centrally-managed projects, as needed.
    • Advising Africa Bureau and other stakeholders about malaria development and USAID’s role by preparing and conducting presentations and other materials for colleagues, USG and global partners, and other donors and contractors.
    • Advising Africa Bureau and Agency senior management and the US Global Malaria Coordinator on technical and programmatic issues particularly related to PMI programs and challenges in Africa.
    • Collaborating with relevant Africa Bureau and Global Health Bureau staff to plan, participate, facilitate and present at technical meetings, workshops and conferences on malaria and the health sector, and participating in relevant training events.
    • Establishing and nurturing key collaborations with regional institutions in Africa, with the aim of advancing the collective capacity to address malaria and other health sector issues from a regional, multi-country perspective.

     

    Documentation and Reporting

    • Contributing to writing AFR health team and PMI operational plans, progress reports, PMI annual report, and other malaria and planning and reporting documents.
    • Writing reports and manuscripts related to PMI activities, including the review of francophone materials.
    • Publishing in peer-reviewed journals on malaria and other health sector issues, as appropriate.

     

    Other

    • Keeping abreast of literature and latest developments and emerging issues in the fields of malaria and infectious diseases, particularly as it pertains to USAID’s technical priorities and advancing PMI’s goal and objectives in Africa.
    • Deepening knowledge of PMI interventions, policies and programming.

    Participating in interagency and intra-agency working groups as appropriate to the scope of work.

     

    International and domestic travel approximately 20%.

     

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree or higher in public health or a related social science field.
    • Minimum nine (9) years’ experience designing, implementing, and managing malaria and/or other public health programs, with at least five (5) years’ experience in an international or resource-challenged setting equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Demonstrated experience working in the African context, and experience working in field programs desirable.
    • Knowledge and specialized experience in infectious disease control programs including malaria.
    • Knowledge of development assistance programs, procedures, and systems for program design, procurement, logistics, management and monitoring desirable.
    • Ability to work effectively with a broad range of USG personnel and partners, and in a team environment.
    • Ability to communicate technical health information to both health and non-health audiences.
    • Demonstrated project management, technical leadership, policy experience, and problem solving orientation working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment.
    • Knowledge of USAID programs.
    • Ability to exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks.
    • Flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environments.
    • Computer skills in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
    • Strong oral and written communications skills, and ability to communicate effectively and concisely. Excellent writing skills in English required.
    • French language proficiency required.
    • Ability to travel internationally.
    • US citizenship required.

     

    This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.

     

    Social Solutions International and CAMRIS International offer competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com

     

    Social Solutions and CAMRIS are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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