Senior Malaria Treatment 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 Treatment 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 treatment, as well as ownership of health at the community and household levels

The Senior Malaria Treatment Advisor, reporting to the Chief of Party, will provide technical leadership in all aspects of malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment 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 treatment component of the Program, to include prevention and treatment of malaria and management of febrile illness in pregnant women and children under five years of age;

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

· Provide technical guidance and quality control to the malaria clinical staff in the implementation and monitoring of program activities;

· Oversee the development of malaria treatment competency-based training curricula (guided by WHO’s case management training packages), and oversee all training activities in the areas of malaria clinical case management to be supported under the Program;

· Adapt and apply tools, national standards and guidelines and best practices to improve malaria service delivery, as it relates to malaria treatment;

· Collaborate with Program M&E staff in the collection, management and analysis of program data and information related to malaria treatment and management of febrile illness, including data on all health facility visits and post-training competency data;

· Coordinate with the NMCP and the MOH at-large, on technical issues related to malaria treatment;

· Provide technical assistance 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,

· Support the provision of supportive supervision of trained facility-based health workers;

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

Required Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

· Advanced degree in public health, infectious disease, or other related biological science; clinical degree (MD, RN, etc.) preferred;

· A minimum of 10 years of experience implementing health programs in developing and transitioning countries, with at least 5 years of senior experience providing technical assistance in malaria prevention and treatment programs;

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

· 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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