Sub-national Associate Izabal, Alta Verapaz, Malaria Program
Sub-national Associate Izabal, Alta Verapaz, Malaria Program
- Full Time
- Program (Division)
- Infectious Disease - Global Malaria
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
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.
Malaria is one of the world's most important causes of illness, death, and lost economic productivity. Over the past decade, dramatic increases in donor funding have facilitated scale-up of effective interventions to prevent, diagnose, and treat malaria. This investment has successfully reduced the burden of malaria in many settings, and some countries have begun planning to eliminate it altogether. Yet these gains are fragile: global funding for malaria remains short of what is needed, last decade's rapid growth in malaria financing appears to have halted, and resistance to insecticides and drugs threatens to set back efforts. CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct management and technical 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 toward malaria elimination in the long term.
In Guatemala, CHAI provides strategic, technical, and operational assistance to the Ministry of Health with the long-term goal to enable Guatemala to achieve malaria elimination. Guatemala has a goal of eliminating malaria by 2025. The overall objective of CHAI’s malaria work in Guatemala is to ensure the country has evidence-based strategies, strong operational plans, and necessary financial resources to effectively implement interventions for elimination. CHAI works closely on a day-to-day basis with the National Malaria Program at central and provincial levels to strengthen case management by increasing testing and treatment and ensuring the availability of case management commodities and supporting analytics to improve prevention and response interventions.
The Sub-National Associate for Izabal and Alta Verapaz will be a key member of the CHAI team, ensuring that the local foci management teams effectively implement measures for malaria elimination. These will involve supporting activities related to: training, data analysis, surveillance, CHW supervision, supply chain monitoring, communication campaigns, coordination with health services, and vector control.
The position reports to the Program Manager with close coordination and technical support from the regional case management technical lead. In-country travel will be frequent and regional travel is expected on an as-needed basis.
CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with a track record of delivering quality results with limited resources. They should be able to work independently and effectively in a high-pressure, unstructured environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously whilst mentoring a team to perform consistently. The ideal candidate will also possess cultural sensitivity and demonstrate high emotional intelligence, as they will be working closely with the government and external partners.
- Coordinate with local health partners, local authorities, and the CHAI Guatemala team to monitor and evaluate the implementation of foci micro plans, including:
- Development of monthly operational plans with FMTs
- On-the-job training and mentorship of FMTs
- Measuring micro plan implementation progress
- Ensure that FMTs act according to directions, rules, and regulations, including on-time and complete reporting.
- Evaluating the impact of current interventions on malaria transmission in specific foci.
- Attend local level meetings related to the compilation of epidemiological, entomological, intervention coverage, operational and financial data for project monitoring and evaluation.
- Support implementation of entomological surveillance activities and appropriate planning, targeting, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programmatic vector control activities.
- Work in collaboration with the local level to support the use of the malaria module and other electronic surveillance systems for malaria.
- Provide logistical support in partnership with local staff for implementation of trainings within the DTIR framework.
- Identify key impediments to the successful execution of malaria elimination plans and work with the CHAI country malaria team and other partners to develop solutions to rapidly address those bottlenecks
- Compile inputs and draft necessary presentations/reports for internal stakeholders and donors
- Provide program and operations updates for progress reports and best practice sharing
- Represent CHAI in partners meetings, as needed
- Develop and maintain strong, proactive relationships with the health staff involved in malaria elimination.
- Develop and maintain strong, proactive relationships with local community authorities
- Other responsibilities as defined by the program manager.
- Bachelor’s degree in public health, public policy, or similar and 2-3 years of work experience in the private or public health sector.
- Strong analytical skills and problem-solving approach.
- Ability to build relationships; navigate complex government processes and influence decision-making in a professional and collaborative manner.
- Advanced Excel skills and exceptional communication skills, including the ability to create compelling, logical presentations, using PowerPoint and other tools, and a structured and assured oral and written communication style.
- Written and oral fluency in Spanish (required) and English (strongly recommended).
- Medical, public health or healthcare experience.
- Proven experience on strengthening coordination among diverse stakeholders.
- Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems.
- Experience living or working in resource-limited countries and/or Central America.