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Senior Malaria Advisor

Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)

  • Organization: FHI 360 - Family Health International
  • Location: Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
  • Grade: Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-07

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FHI 360 is a global development organization with a rigorous, evidence-based approach. Our professional staff includes experts in health, nutrition, education, economic development, civil society, environment and research. FHI 360 operates from 60 offices with 4,400 staff in the U.S. and around the world. Our commitment to partnerships at every level and our multidisciplinary approach enable us to have a lasting impact on the individuals, communities and countries we serve–improving lives for millions. FHI 360 seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Senior Malaria Advisor for an upcoming USAID-funded integrated health project in Burkina Faso. Availability of position is contingent upon funding and approval of key personnel by USAID.**

Position location

Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Job Summary

The Senior Malaria Advisor will provide overall technical leadership to support quality malaria interventions especially in prevention (vector control and drug-based prevention), diagnosis and treatment of malaria. The focus will be on all facilities (public, private and faith-based) as well as at the community level. S/he will support the integrated implementation of a comprehensive package of malaria services together with other services – specifically for RMNCH/FP; contribute to an evidence-based demand creation /social and behavior change intervention; contribute to the review and updating of national/global health policies and guidelines; improvement of provider skills for case management of malaria and strengthening of Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM). S/he will also support other cross cutting activities including gender mainstreaming and health system strengthening as they relate to malaria. S/he will work closely with the Chief of Party (CoP), Technical Director/Deputy Chief of Party (TD/DCoP), the Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor (SMEL); the National Malaria Control Program and will coordinate with other partners and malaria programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides overall technical leadership on the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting of integrated malaria prevention and case management activities.
  • Develops and maintains systems for assuring the quality of all integrated malaria interventions - including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, malaria in pregnancy, severe malaria among others; capacity building; and information, education and communication protocols and ensures malaria interventions are evidence-based and align with USAID-PMI and national guidelines.
  • Works with CoP to ensure development of all technical aspects of program implementation approaches include malaria and ensures appropriate consultations with stakeholders at all levels; and especially with the national malaria control program (NMCP), USAID contractors and other relevant stakeholder.
  • Ensures effective integration and coordination of program implementation among partner organizations through effective leadership.
  • Works with CoP to maintain a strong and wide network with key partners and stakeholders and ensures that the project is represented in appropriate technical working groups, committees and donors’ meetings as necessary.
  • Supports the management, development and monitoring of work plans and budget and ensures appropriate levels of technical assistance are provided as expected.
  • Provides oversight of local implementing partners and strengthens their capacity in malaria activities at facility and community levels.
  • Provides technical input into the program monitoring and evaluation.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, medical sciences, or other related area (required)
  • Eight years of experience in designing, implementing and managing malaria programs in Burkina Faso or in a similar African context. A sound technical knowledge of malaria controls (required)
  • Experience in collaborating with different stakeholders including the NMCP, the Ministry of Health, district management teams, donors and other NGOs supporting malaria control activities (required)
  • Written and oral proficiency in English and French (required)
  • Specific experience in prevention, case management and/or malaria in pregnancy a plus (highly desired)
  • Proven knowledge and experience with USG programs, procedures and systems for activity design, procurement, implementation, management, monitoring and evaluation (highly desired)
  • Previous experience working in challenging operating environments and/or countries of similar socio-economic context managing activities of similar scope and complexity, and those having addressed aspects of malaria service delivery (highly desired)
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and sustain professional relationships and to work collaboratively with host-country government counterparts and civil society organizations
  • Strong experience in results dissemination and publication is preferred

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.
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