Senior Malaria Diagnostics Advisor

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Côte d'Ivoire
Organization: Medical Care Development International
Closing date: 15 Jan 2021

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 worked to improve the health of vulnerable populations overseas through integrated, sustainable and locally-driven interventions. 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 prevention and control; maternal, neonatal and child health; water, sanitation and hygiene; tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases; health systems strengthening.

MCDI is currently seeking a Senior Malaria Diagnostics Advisor for an anticipated USAID-funded malaria project in Cote d’Ivoire. The primary objective of this anticipated project is to strengthen the capacity for malaria prevention, diagnosis and diagnostics, as well as ownership of health at the community and household levels

The Senior Malaria Diagnostics Advisor, reporting to the Chief of Party, will provide technical leadership in all aspects of malaria prevention, diagnosis and diagnostics interventions to be supported under the project.

This position is contingent upon donor funding

Essential Job Functions:

· Provide technical oversight and leadership of all malaria activities under the diagnostics component of the Program;

· Ensure the quality of processes and results of malaria diagnostics activities;

· Provide technical support to develop and implement capacity building and training activities in laboratory diagnostics and rapid diagnostics tests (RDTs) to diagnose fever causes, particularly malaria, and malaria-associated conditions. This includes annual malaria diagnostic refresher trainings;

· Lead the production or adaptation of educational/training materials for malaria diagnostics;

· Design and set up quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) protocols that take into account constraints (such as distance, high cost of fuel, limited availability of laboratory supervisors);

· Lead the technical assistance effort that will be provided to the NMCP on malaria diagnostics areas to include review and update of diagnostics strategy, protocols and guidelines, development of malaria diagnostics training curriculum, strengthen quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC) protocols for malaria diagnostics, as necessary;

· Support the provision of diagnostics supportive supervision at the sub-national level;

· Actively liaise with NMCP staff to provide updates on project diagnostic activities;

· Support the development, updating and timely submission of program work plans and reports related to malaria diagnostics activities.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

· Professional degree in laboratory sciences or equivalent (biology, microbiology, etc.);

· A minimum of 10 years of experience implementing health programs in developing and transitioning countries, with at least 5 years of senior-level experience providing malaria diagnostics technical assistance and project management in malaria or other public health programs;

· Demonstrated experience in malaria diagnostics, to include microscopy and RDT;

· Experience providing technical assistance and capacity building in malaria diagnostics, including QA/QC systems;

· In-depth knowledge of malaria and public health principles and practices, particularly in the area of malaria diagnostics, and program coordination;

· Willing to stay up to date in relevant guides, SOPs, and new laboratory procedures, for instance must be able to learn rapidly new molecular clinical/epidemiology techniques as they come mainstream;

· Demonstrated experience working effectively with program staff, implementing partners, civil society organizations, community leaders and local government authorities to strengthen community and facility based malaria services;

· Demonstrated ability in coaching, mentoring and supportive supervision for quality improvement;

· Good interpersonal skills, team player and makes her/himself available as needed;

· Excellent management and interpersonal skills;

· Familiarity with USAID and PMI systems, guidelines and regulations;

· Professional fluency in English required;

· Very proficient in the use of the standard Microsoft Office package with particular experience using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer;

· Preference will be given to qualified national Ivoirian candidates.

Location: Cote d’Ivoire

Position Type: Full-time

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to by January 15th, 2021. Compensation will be based on USAID FSN scales.

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