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Jhpiego

Overview

Jhpiego is a key partner in the USAID-funded Program for the Advancement of Malaria Outcomes (PAMO) contributing to Zambia’s National Malaria Elimination Strategy 2017 – 2021. The Senior Malaria Technical Advisor will provide technical and program oversight and direction in the areas of malaria case management and malaria in pregnancy for PAMO. PAMO will – 1) strengthen malaria prevention and case management activities at health facilities and community level; 2) build management capacity of the district and provincial level to provide oversight/supervision of malaria interventions; 3) improve data reporting, analysis, and use for decision-making by strengthening the HMIS and 4) empower communities to take ownership of the malaria problem and work with governmental and non-governmental entities to control malaria in their communities. The program will operate over the remaining three-years of the original five-year project at national level and in four provinces (Eastern, Luapula, Northern, and Muchinga).

This position will ensure the technical and methodological soundness of malaria in pregnancy and case management 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 strategic technical direction within PAMO by coordinating the development of the technical aspects of program implementation approaches and ensuring appropriate consultations with stakeholders at all level
  • Provide general technical support to the National Malaria Elimination Program in malaria case managementand malaria in pregnancy, including developing case management and MIP tools, participating in technical working groups, and providing technical leadership
  • Collaborate with NMEC and MoH staff to strengthen quality improvement and supervision systems for malaria interventions
  • Proactively problem solve technical challenges which may arise during program implementation and when necessary draw upon the expertise from Jhpiego’s team of in-country and headquarters specialists
  • Coordinate the program Malaria in Pregnancy Specialist and Provincial Coordinators to plan for, provide technical input in and monitor activity implementation
  • Contribute to the output harmonisation of the program
  • Represent PAMO in malaria technical sub-committees and other meetings as agreed with PAMO Technical Director
  • Represent PAMO in relevant workshops or conferences as agreed with the Technical Director
  • Act as program resource point for relevant technical issues in the areas of malaria in pregnancy and case management
  • Ensure that program M&E data and lessons in malaria in pregnancy and case management are collated, analysed, interpreted and used to inform programmatic decisions
  • Document program achievements in MIP and CM and proactively have these shared through various channels such as written program updates and peer reviewed journals
  • Work with Jhpiego’s Malaria Director and PAMO Technical Director to ensure that technical support needs of the program in MIP and CM are identified and handled in a timely manner and to high quality


Required Qualifications

  • A medical degree, degree in health specialty (nursing, pharmacy) or Master’s in Public Health or other relevant degree
  • At least 7-10 years’ experience applying malaria programs and or community malaria programs
  • Experience training health workers on clinical aspects related to malaria case management and malaria in pregnancy
  • 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, 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 provincial, clinical and 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 Zambia healthcare system, particularly the public health system
  • Demonstrable analytical skills and experiences to identify and evaluate best practices and state-of-the-art approaches to be utilized by the project
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills
  • Familiarity with USAID, management and reporting procedures and systems
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple projects/tasks, short deadlines, competing deadlines and intense pressure to perform
  • Ability to interact with established networks of senior level international health professionals, donors, universities and other partners
  • Appreciation for socio-cultural differences in countries, preferably having lived and worked in one or more low resource settings
  • Awareness of, sensitivity to, and experience in working in multiple socio-economic settings and with multi-cultural staff and groups
  • Ability to develop productive working relationships with counterparts in other agencies and organizations nationally
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Ability to travel nationally
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