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  • Organization: PSI - Population Services International
  • Location: Yangon | myanmar
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-04-18

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Malaria Elimination Director, Myanmar

Yangon (Myanmar) | myanmar


GMS Malaria Elimination Director

Asia and Eastern Europe

Based in Yangon, Myanmar

Up to 30% international travel

Reports to the Regional Technical Director

Who we are

We're Population Services International (PSI), the world's leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to be healthy by providing access to products and services that range from mosquito nets to HIV testing.

There are over 7,000 “PSI'ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds - from the medical industry to the music business - all with unique skills we bring to the job.

Join us!

The Greater Mekong Subregion Elimination of Malaria through Surveillance (GEMS) program is one of PSI's flagship programs in the region, with a positive track record in implementation, innovation and thought leadership. GEMS engages diverse private health care providers to offer quality malaria testing, treatment, and reporting in accordance with national policies in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. It supports services that reach the highest risk populations based on data-driven iteration, and a community engagement approach. GEMS will complete its fourth and final year at the end of 2019, and is seeking a new GMS Malaria Elimination Program Director to co-lead the transition of the program into an anticipated second phase (2020-2023). The program is currently funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with whom the program works in close partnership. The position provides overall and technical leadership for PSI's evidence-based malaria elimination strategy in the region, and is part of a four-person regional hub team works with our country teams to continually adapt our approach to accelerate malaria elimination. Some time may be expected to be dedicated to malaria and surveillance technical support to other countries in the Asia region.

This position is currently based in Yangon and will report to the Regional Technical Director. The GMS Malaria Elimination Director will travel within and outside the region to support the country teams and represent the program.

Sound like you? Read on.


Your contribution

Technical and Strategic Leadership

  • Oversees the program's technical strategy and consequently enhances PSI's profile as a leader in malaria elimination and disease surveillance.
  • Provides technical leadership to ensure PSI's GMS malaria programming is at the cutting edge of implementation and learning through full engagement with global and regional conversations in malaria control and elimination.
  • Works in partnership with the regional hub team to ensure the program (a) is responsive and rapidly course corrects to the fast-changing malaria epidemiology in each country, (b) regularly challenges approaches and strategy, (c) capitalizes on new tools, products, methodologies and information as they become available.
  • Closely collaborates with the Regional Evidence & Monitoring Advisor to (a) continually review program data and ensure all decisions are driven by a solid evidence base, and (b) ensures the M&E and research agenda constantly evolve to serve the program's data needs.
  • Contributes to global PSI malaria knowledge base and strategic direction with the Malaria and Child Survival Department.

Technical Representation and External Influence

  • Co-leads with the Program Director on external relations, partnership brokering, and representation at technical forums.
  • Ensures PSI maintains routine contact, strong relations, and a collaborative and positive reputation with key malaria partners operating in the region.
  • Supports PSI country teams to provide technical assistance to National Malaria Control programs, particularly around the role of the private sector.
  • Works with the GEMS team to produce relevant and high-quality learning and policy briefs and published papers to ensure lessons learned and data generated by the program are widely shared with key partners and institutions.

Program Quality and Impact

  • Provides technical guidance to country teams to ensure that strategies are appropriate to context, adhere to global best practices, and are adjusted as necessary based on lessons learned and developments.
  • Monitors routine data and engages country teams to ensure that program strategies remain responsive and iterative.
  • Reviews all technical program documents, including study designs, SOPs, training materials, job aids, and reports.
  • Builds the technical strength of the program and country teams to continually improve their skills, knowledge, and operational excellence.

Regional Technical Leadership

  • Approximately 20% of the GMS Malaria Elimination Director's time will be invested in providing technical guidance to other countries in the Asia region, and to establishing PSI as a leader in disease surveillance.
  • This will include developing new business as opportunities arise to expand PSI's portfolio of Asia malaria and surveillance-related work.
  • Actively participates in all meetings and initiatives of the Asia Regional Technical Team to share knowledge and contribute to organizational excellence in the region.**Qualifications**

What are we looking for?

The candidate we hire will embody PSI's corporate values:

Collaboration: You can work independently, but thrive within a team.

Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates

Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous and you don't let perfect get in the way of good enough.

Honesty: You aren't afraid to speak up and speak your mind.

Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.

Commitment: You're independent and a free thinker, but you're ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.

The basics

  • Relevant post-graduate degree (MPH, MSc).
  • 10+ years' experience contributing to malaria control and/or elimination.
  • At least 5 years of strategy/technical leadership experience in a donor-funded organization.
  • Demonstrated influence/advocacy over malaria strategies of organizations or governments, and active network of malaria thinkers.
  • Excellent data analysis and writing skills.
  • Excellent communication and public presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated success working with high level government officials and multilaterals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a culturally diverse environment. Experience in Asia preferred.
  • Commitment to capacity building.
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.


  • Exempt

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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