Malaria Technical Advisor

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 24 July 2018

Job Description


MSH is seeking a Malaria Technical Advisor for the USAID/Benin Integrated Health Services Activity. The program supports the Ministry of Health of Benin (MOH) to deliver high-impact interventions in an integrated fashion to accelerate and sustain improvements in high-impact malaria, family planning, maternal and child health, and gender-based violence (GBV) services.

With guidance and support of the Chief of Party (COP) and in partnership with the National Malaria Control Program at the Ministry of Health, the Malaria Technical Advisor will contribute to improve the quality and utilization of malaria services related to malaria in pregnancy and malaria case management across Benin.

Specific Responsibilities
  • Contribute to improve quality and utilization of malaria services related to malaria in pregnancy and malaria case management.
  • Assess state of malaria service delivery in Benin and assist in developing new/revised approaches.
  • Provide technical assistance to key partners working at various levels, including community levels, in best practices and approaches for management of malaria services.
  • Contribute to M&E and strengthening of malaria data and data use.
  • Provide oversight and support for any pilot work related to malaria interventions.
  • Work closely with National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) at the Ministry of Health (MOH) as well as NMCP Units that are housed in the Direction Départementale de la Santé (DDS), focusing on supporting them to build their capacity to better manage malaria activities within their respective departments.
  • Work closely with project staff and Benin partners and stakeholders as plans are developed for sustainable solutions to maintain malaria services.
  • Participate in key, in-country malaria working groups and networks.
  • Liaise regularly with PMI/Benin team.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Possess a minimum of a Master’s degree in Malariology, Public Health, Entomology, or related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of malaria and vector control programs experience.
  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience in the implementation and management of international development health projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with senior-level colleagues, particularly interacting productively, proactively, and comfortably with government agencies, NGOs, private sector groups, USAID and other donor organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in program management and administration, and contract compliance. Experience with USAID projects is strongly preferred.
  • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  • Demonstrated strategic agility, diplomacy, conflict management, team building, written and oral communication, and negotiation skills.
  • Must have proven experience supervising and mentoring technical staff for similar health projects in developing countries.
  • Experience organizing and working with teams to produce high-quality deliverables.
  • Previous work with international NGOs and USG funded projects in difficult settings.
  • Experience in Benin strongly preferred.
  • Working proficiency in English; must be fluent in French (written and spoken).
  • Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and presentation skills.

About the Organization

Management Sciences for Health, an international nonprofit organization, is dedicated to closing the gap between what is known and what is done about public health problems. MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Their mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with their partners, they are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.


MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, human resources, and medicines. Simply put, they support stronger health systems for greater health impact.

Their expertise in these areas falls into the broad categories of management functions—for example, leadership and governance or pharmaceutical management—and health areas like tuberculosis or maternal, newborn, and child health. They apply their expertise by

  • Partnering with governments, local organizations, and communities in developing nations to build their own capacity for long-term health impact;
  • Providing global leadership in critical areas of health management and health care delivery;
  • Bringing the best of MSH from around the globe to the people we serve, working as One MSH with a focus on lasting health system improvements.



Leadership, Governance, & Management

They work with in-country partners to build stronger health systems to improve:

    • the management and leadership of priority health programs, health organizations, and multisectoral partnerships such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing a critical mass of managers at all levels of the health system who can lead and inspire teams to achieve results;
    • the management systems of health organizations in the public and private sector, transferring practical approaches and skills to ensure that management structures contribute to sustainable organizational success;
    • the governance and management of health organizations and multisectoral partnerships, facilitating change and transferring knowledge to enable organizations to administer their resources efficiently and scale up their services.


Health Service Delivery

MSH combines extensive public health expertise, proven service delivery approaches, and evidence-based interventions in five critical areas:

    • HIV & AIDS
    • Tuberculosis
    • Maternal, newborn, and child health
    • Family planning and reproductive health
    • Other communicable diseases, including malaria and pandemic and avian influenza

Human Resources for Health

MSH helps governments develop multisectoral strategies and policies to plan and manage their health workforces. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses all the facets of human resources for health needed to achieve an adequate supply of well-trained and motivated health workers. MSH offers capabilities in leadership, human resource management, education, partnerships, policy, and finance to achieve these goals.

Pharmaceutical Management

Vital to our success is a participatory approach to project design and implementation, which cultivates broad-based support from all stakeholders. We also build and improve infrastructure and local capacity to effectively purchase, store, deliver, and use quality essential medicines.

Health Care Financing

MSH helps governments and NGOs assess their current financial situation and systems, understand service costs, and develop initiatives to use existing funds more effectively and generate additional revenue—all with the goal of supporting a nation’s health priorities.

Health Information

MSH has developed proven methods for rapidly strengthening the analysis and use of existing health data—normally at the province, district, and facility levels—without revising existing recording and reporting requirements. With an emphasis on learning through action, district teams undertake assessments of health services, identify gaps in performance, and design solutions to support better decision-making and, therefore, better management of improved services.

MSH has worked closely with the Health Metrics Network of the WHO to develop a comprehensive approach for enhancing the performance of health information systems and data by employing a practical, strategic planning process that can be carried out by national working groups.

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