A new leadership opportunity to help drive malaria elimination for 2 billion people at risk. APMEN is a Network established in 2009 to bring attention and support to the underappreciated progress being made toward malaria elimination in the Asia Pacific. It is composed of 18 Asia Pacific countries that are pursuing malaria elimination, along with leaders and experts from key multilateral and academic institutions.
A dynamic partnership of program managers, academic, private sector and other partners is looking for a new Director, operating out of its new office in Singapore. This strategic leadership position will take the initiative to a new level, accelerating the region to eliminate this disease in the next 15 years. With 18 member countries, the role will expose you to an exciting range of contexts, contacts and opportunities. The malaria elimination agenda is fast moving, with unprecedented political support and momentum. This once-in-a-career opportunity will put you at the heart of the regional movement for an Asia-Pacific Free of Malaria by 2030. The position will be co-located with the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance in a new office in Singapore.
The APMEN Director will take a leadership role on APMEN Operations. The incumbent will be responsible for taking forward the APMEN annual programme of work and will ensure that the Network is well-coordinated by promoting and maintaining a shared vision for APMEN staff, Country Partners, and Partner Institutions. S/he will also engage in the regional malaria elimination agenda, especially as it relates to supporting technical and advocacy capacity for national malaria programs. Specifically, the post-holder will:
- Oversee implementation of the programme of work through day to day management of the APMEN activities, in alignment with the APMEN strategic plan, and in collaboration with APLMA Secretariat.
- Review and oversee APMEN management and governance.
- Maintain productive and effective relationships with APMEN Country Partners, Partner Institutions, and key national and regional stakeholders.
Maintain active communications with and support for APMEN Country Partners, APMEN Partner Institutions and APMEN Advisory Board in relation to regional needs for elimination.
An attractive compensation package is available for the right candidate.
The post-holder will have the following responsibilities:
- Develop and oversee implementation of an annual programme of work, in close consultation with the APLMA Executive Director and Senior Management Team, and APMEN partners.
- Develop and manage a budget for the APMEN workplan.
- Review and update the Network’s governance documents and processes, as needed, as well as ensure all APMEN activities adhere to appropriate governance processes.
- Liaise and communicate with APMEN Advisory Board and organize APMEN Advisory Board meetings, as necessary.
- Plan and coordinate the APMEN Annual General Meeting, and contribute to other relevant regional meetings as necessary.
- Oversee the production of communications materials for example, reports, newsletter and website content by working closely with the Senior Associate Strategic Communications.
- Ensure that APMEN Country Partners are supported with briefings and communications on relevant topics, including the APLMA Leaders’ Malaria Elimination Roadmap and APLMA Dashboard.
- Day to day liaison with APMEN staff and stakeholders as well as APLMA Senior Management Team.
- Supervise two APMEN Programme Managers and other staff as required.
Required expertise, experience and skills
- A higher degree qualification in a relevant field, for example, public or business administration, government affairs, public policy or development.
- Minimum 10 years’ experience in relevant posts with increasing levels of seniority.
- Experience of project and financial management and inter-governmental coordination.
- Experience of stakeholder management, including interacting with major bilateral donors, private foundations and multilateral development institutions, preferably in a senior project or portfolio management capacity.
- Excellent writing and oral communication skills in the English language
- Experience or familiarity with the Asia Pacific region and malaria elimination landscape is essential.
- Willingness to travel.
About the Organization
The Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA – www.aplma.org) is an alliance of Asian and Pacific heads of government formed to accelerate progress against malaria and to eliminate it in the region by 2030 or sooner. The Alliance was formed at the 2013 East Asia Summit (EAS) in Brunei in response to leaders’ concerns about the rising risk of malaria resurgence, in particular due to increasing drug resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
APLMA is a distinctive platform for collective regional leadership for malaria elimination and health security, facilitating high-level engagement on the building blocks for malaria elimination. Following endorsement of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Elimination Roadmap by 18 Heads of Government at the 2015 EAS in Malaysia, APLMA will work to increase resources available for elimination, support leaders and senior officials in creating an enabling policy environment for elimination, and track progress against an agreed Dashboard.
APLMA works with and through national and international authorities to progress elimination. Specifically, to ensure leaders and their senior officials are informed of progress, of key enablers for success, and of risks to progress. APLMA works to assist in translating the collective will of the region’s leaders into coordinated action by relevant authorities.
The APMEN Network’s Country Partners are represented by program managers and technical officers of their National Malaria Control Programmes. The goal of this diverse Network is to provide a programme-level platform to collaboratively address the unique challenges of malaria elimination in the region.
APMEN has maintained a strong partnership with APLMA since 2013 to build momentum toward the 2030 regional malaria elimination goal. Their partnership strengthens the potential to accelerate elimination efforts by harnessing APMEN’s technical expertise, partnerships and engagement with national malaria control programmes and linking this with the political advocacy and multisectorial access of APLMA.
APMEN activities will aim to engage and support malaria program implementers to sustain delivery of Leaders Roadmap priorities, through facilitating inter-country collaboration and exploring tailored solutions to address shared sub-regional technical and programmatic challenges.