Regional Associate, Malaria Vector Control

Clinton Health Access Initiative

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The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

 

CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.

 

Vector control interventions (e.g. bed nets and indoor residual spraying) reduce human contact with disease-carrying mosquitoes and are responsible for an estimated 78% of the decline of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2000.[1] Vector control programs often comprises the largest proportion of a malaria program’s budget; thus, ensuring that these tools are appropriately targeted, implemented, and monitored is incredibly important against a backdrop of rising commodity costs and declining financial resources. CHAI supports National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) around the world by providing analytical, operational, and management expertise to help countries optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of vector control interventions to achieve maximal health impact. In addition, CHAI provides global malaria stakeholders with insight into the current and future global demand for vector control interventions, helping to improve countries’ access to these important malaria prevention tools.

 

CHAI is seeking an Associate to provide technical assistance in support of malaria vector control programs in CHAI focus countries in the southern Africa region. The position requires a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills. S/he must exhibit a passion for results and commitment to excellence. The candidate must have excellent communications skills, patience, and cultural sensitivity, as s/he will be working on complex topics with global and country partners as well as multiple teams at CHAI. The successful Associate will have strong organizational and project management skills, and will be capable of conducting rapid quantitative analysis and communicating such analysis in a clear and concise manner to colleagues and partners. The successful candidate will be able to function efficiently in a semi-independent setting, and thus will be a self-motivated individual capable of managing multiple tasks at once and driving multiple work flows forward. CHAI places great value on the following qualities in its staff: resourcefulness, responsibility, patience, tenacity, humility, independence, energy, and work ethic.

Responsibilities

Vector Control Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a trusted adviser to CHAI country teams and national malaria programs on issues related to vector control operations
  • Provide technical and operational support with implementing vector control interventions, including long-lasting insecticidal nets, larval source management, and indoor residual spraying, in targeted foci of malaria transmission. This includes ensuring that vector control campaigns are planned and executed well, and identifying and disseminating lessons learned after intervention roll-outs
  • Support country teams and national programs to translate evidence, current research, and normative guidelines on vector control, entomological investigation and monitoring and surveillance into practical programmatic and field operations. This includes updating and reviewing for vector control technical content national strategic plans, guidelines, and policies to align with global elimination recommendations
  • Work in close coordination with internal analytics team to facilitate implementation of operational research projects, including conducting background research, designing surveys, writing and editing protocols, conducting data analysis, and writing reports
  • Support CHAI country teams with translating results of analyses to national and sub-national government partners to support evidence-based decision making, and disseminating findings through high-quality and clear presentations, reports, and publications
  • Support country teams to identify and develop solutions to key vector control challenges
  • Proactively develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government and non-governmental organizations at the regional level
  • Support country teams with developing detailed operational plans, operating procedures, and associated training materials related to vector control, in order to build government capacity and support effective execution of malaria program

Qualifications

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in biology, social sciences, business, or a related field
  • 3-5 years of experience in a demanding private sector environment, such as strategy consulting, or public sector advisory position
  • Able to travel frequently (~60% time) and extensively across sub-Saharan Africa, and to other trans-continental meetings
  • Strong quantitative, presentation, and writing skills, including fluency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including report-writing skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent organization and management skills, including time management and project management
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and set priorities in remote settings
  • Ability to be effective, patient, and thoughtful in high-pressure situations
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and multicultural environment
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and act upon technical information
  • Demonstrated ability to translate scientific knowledge into actionable insights for decision-making
  • Comfort and flexibility to work independently with a diverse set of counterparts

 

Advantages

  • An MPH or MS in public health, or experience working in public health, particularly international health/health policy and management
  • Experience working in developing countries, particularly on health related issues
  • Experience working remotely with a decentralized team
  • Experience working with governments and institutions, especially from Sub-Saharan Africa

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