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Regional Associate, Malaria Vector Control

benin

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

Regional Associate, Malaria Vector Control

Country
Benin
City
Cotonou
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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion, and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture.

 

CHAI’s global malaria and neglected tropical disease (NTD) program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their programs and reduce the burden of preventable, treatable diseases. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards elimination of malaria and NTDs in the long term.

 

Overview of Role:

Vector control interventions (e.g. bed nets and indoor residual spraying) reduce human contact with disease-carrying mosquitoes and are responsible for an estimated 78% of the decline of malaria in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2000.[1] Vector control programs often comprises the largest proportion of a malaria program’s budget; thus, ensuring that these tools are appropriately targeted, implemented, and monitored is incredibly important against a backdrop of rising commodity costs and declining financial resources. CHAI supports National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) around the world by providing analytical, operational, and management expertise to help countries optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of vector control interventions to achieve maximal health impact. In addition, CHAI provides global malaria stakeholders with insight into the current and future global demand for vector control interventions, helping to improve countries’ access to these important malaria prevention tools.

 

CHAI is seeking an Associate to provide technical assistance in support of malaria vector control programs in CHAI focus countries in the Francophone Africa region. CHAI is supporting national malaria programs in southern Africa on multiple strategic, operational, and technical areas pertaining to vector control, including intervention choice, planning, targeting, timing, monitoring and evaluation, and using data for decision-making. The position requires a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills. They must exhibit a passion for results and commitment to excellence.  The candidate must have excellent communications skills, patience, and cultural sensitivity, as they will be working on complex topics with global and country partners as well as multiple teams at CHAI. The successful Associate will have strong organizational and project management skills and will be capable of conducting rapid quantitative analysis and communicating such analysis in a clear and concise manner to colleagues and partners. The successful candidate will be able to function efficiently in a semi-independent setting, and thus will be a self-motivated individual capable of managing multiple tasks at once and driving multiple work flows forward. CHAI places great value on the following qualities in its staff: resourcefulness, responsibility, patience, tenacity, humility, independence, energy, and work ethic

 

[1] Bhatt, et al. “The effect of malaria control on Plasmodium falciparum in Africa between 2000 and 2015.” Nature. 08 October, 2015.

Responsibilities
  • Serve as a trusted adviser to CHAI country teams and national malaria programs on issues related to vector control operations
  • Provide strategic and technical guidance on vector control intervention selection (ITNs or IRS) and prioritization process, interpretation of entomological surveillance data, indicator selection for monitoring and evaluating interventions, and micro and macroplanning for the campaign.
  • Support country teams and national programs to translate evidence, current research, and normative guidelines on vector control, entomological investigation and monitoring and surveillance into practical programmatic and field operations. This includes updating and reviewing for vector control technical content national strategic plans, guidelines, and policies to align with global recommendations.
  • Work in close coordination with internal analytics team to facilitate implementation of operational research projects, including conducting background research, designing surveys, writing, and editing protocols, conducting data analysis, and writing reports
  • Support CHAI country teams with documentation of lessons learned, best practices in vector control intervention campaigns, entomological surveillance, and disseminating findings through high-quality and clear presentations, reports, and publications
  • Support scoping for innovative approaches to increasing efficiency and effectiveness of vector control intervention implementation with the aim of achieving desired health impact of the preventive intervention and application of complementary vector control interventions e.g., larval source management,
  • Support malaria program engagement with private sector organizations implementing IRS
  • Support country teams to identify and develop solutions to key vector control challenges
  • Proactively develop and maintain strong working relationships with key stakeholders across government and non-governmental organizations at the regional level
Qualifications

 

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in biology, social sciences, business, or a related field
  • 3-5 years of experience in a demanding private sector environment, such as strategy consulting, or public sector advisory position
  • Able to travel frequently (~60% time) and extensively across sub-Saharan Africa, and to other trans-continental meetings
  • Strong quantitative, presentation, and writing skills, including fluency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including report-writing skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent organization and management skills, including time management and project management
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and set priorities in remote settings
  • Ability to be effective, patient, and thoughtful in high-pressure situations
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and multicultural environment
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn and act upon technical information
  • Demonstrated ability to translate scientific knowledge into actionable insights for decision-making
  • Fluency in French
  • Comfort and flexibility to work independently with a diverse set of counterparts

Advantages

  • An MPH or MS in public health, or experience working in public health, particularly international health/health policy and management
  • Experience working in low-middle income countries, particularly on health-related issues
  • Experience working remotely with a decentralized team
  • Experience working with governments and institutions, especially from Sub-Saharan Africa
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