Malaria Technical Advisor, Zambia
Zambia, Full Time Salary:
Job Announcement: Malaria Technical Advisor, Zambia
The international division of Medical Care Development, MCDI, was founded in 1977 with the belief that MCD’s successful approach to health systems development in the rural United States could be adapted to meet the needs of developing nations. A global non-profit organization, MCDI uses practical, evidence-based and high-impact approaches to strengthen health systems in developing countries. For almost 40 years, MCDI has implemented public health programs in over 40 countries aimed at targeting the world’s most vulnerable populations. MCDI collaborates with donors, national governments, the private sector, health agencies, communities and local stakeholders to improve health and save lives in the following areas: malaria control; maternal neonatal and child health; water, sanitation and hygiene; tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS; and other communicable diseases.
MCDI has a team of highly skilled, intelligent, and driven experts in public health that are committed to improving the health of vulnerable populations through integrated, sustainable and locally driven interventions.
We are hiring a Malaria Technical Advisor for Zambia as part of the USAID funded PMI Impact Malaria project. The objective of this USAID project is to provide implementation support services and technical assistance to ministry of health to accelerate progress in comprehensive malaria facility and community service delivery including malaria case management, malaria in pregnancy, and other malaria drug-based intervention.
This position is for a fixed term from 2021 ending in 2022; continued employment is contingent on continued USAID funding. This position will report to the MCDI/Impact Malaria Diagnostics Technical Advisor/Project Coordinator and will be based in Lusaka, Zambia with regular travel to the field.
Provide technical support of all malaria activities with a focus on outreach Training and supportive supervision (OTSS). The Technical Manager will provide technical leadership for the Impact Malaria clinical services including treatment of malaria and management of febrile illness in all ages, pregnant women and children under five years of age. Ensure the quality of processes and results of malaria treatment activities;
Provide technical guidance to the malaria clinical staff in the implementation and monitoring of program activities;
Provide technical oversight for the OTSS services with a focus on the clinical and MIP components
Promote WHO’s new recommendation on intermittent prevention of malaria in pregnancy IPTp uptake and guidelines as a core component of the WHO three-prolonged approach, oversee the adaptation of knowledgebased training packages (such as WHO’s case management training packages) to competency-based training;
Lead the technical assistance effort that will be provided to the NMCP on case management areas to include review and update of case management strategy, protocols and guidelines, development of case management training curriculum, strengthen quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC) protocols for malaria clinical case management, as necessary;
Qualifications, Skills and Experience
A Medical degree or Bachelor’s degree in Medicine or another related field; Master in public health degree is an added advantage;
Experience with a mix of practical technical skills in malaria necessary for strengthening malaria service delivery at national, regional, district and community level;
Experience in Malaria programming including malaria in Pregnancy (MIP); malaria case management and diagnosis
8 years of progressive experience providing high level technical assistance and project management in malaria or other public health programs;
Demonstrated experience in malaria case management, particularly malaria treatment including severe malaria; uncomplicated malaria and community case management
Experience providing technical assistance and capacity building in malaria clinical case management including quality assurance (QA)/quality control system, and QA in fever management;
Experience training clinicians, desirable experience in outreach supportive supervision;
Experience in managing and/or providing technical assistance to national malaria control programs;
Research experience in public health and clinical work would be an advantage;
Monitoring and Evaluation experience or training would be an added value
Experience with the public health sector; experience with private a bonus;
Be competent managing individual cases and collective health issues;
Good relation with local training institutions and research entities;
Highly computer literate, familiar with programs for word-processing, spreadsheets, database management, presentations, and electronic communication;
Self-motivated, diligent, organized, responsible, reliable;
Excellent communications both oral (local languages, basic English) and written, able to write reports with minimal support from the Home Office;
Willing to stay up to date in relevant clinical guides, SOPs;
Be willing to spend up to 30% of the time in peripheral facilities assessing progress and making corrective actions;
Ability to work as a team member, be responsive to requests from home office, prime, donor and local stakeholders (NMCP, MOH both central and regional) even if conflictive, inconsistent;
Be able to devote 100% of time to this project (no teaching duties, no consultancies, no private practice of any kind);
No records of professional misconduct, particularly but not limited to research misconduct when relevant;
APPLICATION SHOULD INCLUDE:
1. A cover letter
2. A detailed Curriculum Vitae
3. Photocopy of related certification
4. Three employment references (Name, phone number, email address).
Applications must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer