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Malaria and NTD Associate, Benin

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  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: benin
  • Grade: Associate Level - Open for both International and National Professionals - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
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Malaria and NTD Associate, Benin

Country
Benin
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Infectious Disease - Global Malaria
Overview

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 and neglected tropical disease (NTD) programs 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.


Program Overview

 

CHAI recently initiated engagement with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Benin through its National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and the National program for Neglected Tropical Disease (NTDs). CHAI aims to build sustainable access to timely and high-quality information across relevant levels of the health system and help programs to routinely use data and generated analytics to inform programmatic and strategic planning and operations.

 

Role Overview

 

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated and mission-driven individual to work as a Malaria and NTD Associate to implement intensified activities which will aim to improve the quality and timeliness of the collected information, make information and analytics more accessible to the Malaria and NTD programs and in-country stakeholders leveraging existing tools, platforms and systems, and strengthen the use of information by facilitating routine data review and improving analytics for decision-making and planning. The associate will work closely with regional technical teams including surveillance, analytics, health informatics, finance, and vector control. Immediate activities in Benin include supporting digitization of campaigns, promoting the use of data for NTD efforts and strengthening the surveillance system for malaria. S/he will work closely and provide effective technical support to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and especially the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), the National Program for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) and the Expanded Program of Immunization (EPI).

 

The successful candidate will need to possess strong leadership, communication, organizational, and management skills, and be able to work independently to drive implementation. The candidate will report to the Benin Malaria Program Manager and work closely with CHAI global teams, government national programs and key stakeholders to design and manage implementation of context-appropriate strategies and approaches. S/he must exhibit a passion for results, a commitment for excellence, a willingness to provide support to different tasks, and the capacity to facilitate high-level strategic discussions with a multi-cultural, multidisciplinary set of actors. The successful candidate will support programmatic aspects of CHAI’s Benin work and act as a trusted partner to government health officials and partners. They will have deep personal commitment to producing results, the skills to navigate political situations, humility, patience, and optimism even in the face of daunting challenges. CHAI places great value on the following qualities in its staff: resourcefulness, resilience, responsibility, patience, tenacity, humility, independence, energy, and work ethic.

Responsibilities

The Associate will support the malaria, NTD and EPI programs to:

  • Identify opportunities for data use and digitization of national campaigns (e.g. mass drug administration, vaccination for polio, or bednet distribution), and build a plan and vision for integrated campaign digitization
  • Explore useful analysis and tools for decision-making that are not fully leveraged, assess the operational and financial feasibility of implementing solutions
  • Support operational requirements gathering, including defining and understanding needs and gaps in campaign operations, identifying areas to address through digital solutions and areas that may need parallel operations strengthening by MoH departments and local partner support
  • Select, enhance, and customize context-appropriate campaign tools for Benin
  • Promote integrated campaign tools and platforms progressively implemented with across campaign and embedded within routine health systems
  • Conduct routine monitoring and evaluation to understand value and impact of digitizing and integrating campaigns
  • Develop a sustainability plan for long-term maintenance and use of digital platforms, including use of a network of local partners

The Associate will achieve these objectives as follows:

  • Engagement and coordination with MoH programs and partners
    • Serve as a trusted advisor to the national malaria, NTD and EPI programs
    • Provide day-to-day program management support to the malaria, NTD and EPI programs
    • Work with the MoH programs and stakeholders to develop workplans, templates, guidelines, and other material for successful project execution
    • Build strong relationships with stakeholders across MoH departments; implementing organizations; WHO country offices and relevant teams; local institutions; and donors
    • Coordinate meetings and facilitate knowledge sharing between the government program and partner organizations in the region to ensure coordination
  • Execution of programmatic activities
    • Support the Program Manager in shaping CHAI’s overall malaria and NTD strategy for the country, participate in the development of clear operational plans for execution, and continuously identify opportunities for CHAI to add value and maximize the impact of the Malaria, NTD and EPI programs
    • Identify key impediments to programmatic goals and help devise targeted solutions to solve these
  • M&E and communication
    • Liaise with CHAI’s global and regional teams to ensure strong communications and timely delivery on cross-cutting project activities
    • Develop resources and best practices to share lessons learned across teams, and synthesize and disseminate findings through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications
  • Additional responsibilities as required and assigned by the direct line manager
Qualifications
  • Advanced degree in relevant field like business management, public health, policy, or science and 3+ years of relevant work experience in a demanding, results-driven environment; preferably public health and/or business consulting
  • Experience managing relationships with and building capacity for national health programs staff
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills and analytical capabilities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and strong competence in making persuasive presentations and written reports
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience in data management and data analysis
  • Ability to be effective, calm, and flexible in high-pressure situations, to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and to effectively prioritize
  • Fluency in French and good command of English (written and oral)
  • Experience living or working in resource-limited countries

Advantages:

  • Understanding of disease surveillance (including surveillance platforms) with knowledge of global health issues
  • Proven experience in implementing technology-based solutions with users, preferably for disease surveillance and in low- and middle-income countries
  • Knowledge of malaria, NTD or other global infectious diseases
  • Familiarity with emerging technologies for data collection and reporting, data integration, and data visualization and analysis

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