Job title Malaria Technical Director
Based in Luanda, Angola
Reports to the Chief of Party
Who we are
We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services that range from mosquito nets to contraceptives to HIV testing.
There are over 9,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds - from the medical industry to the music business - all with unique skills we bring to the job.
With support from the government of Angola and international donors such as USAID and various private foundations, PSI/Angola has worked in Angola for almost 20 years. We have implemented social marketing, social franchising and behavior change communication to deliver prevention and treatment products and services across a wide range of health areas including HIV/AIDS, family planning, malaria, and water-borne diseases. PSI/Angola harnesses the strength of the private sector through working with private pharmacies and a net of sustainable clinics.
We are looking for an experienced Malaria Technical Director to lead all malaria-related components of service delivery interventions with a focus on continuous quality improvement. You would provide key capacity building technical guidance and regular support to project staff in the Luanda office, as well as key focal points across other regions in Angola, and regular collaborate with the Ministry of Health and implementing partners.
Sound like you? Read on.
- Technical leadership and oversight to strengthen integrated malaria service delivery
- Lead the design and implementation of relevant interventions to improve malaria case management, including ICCM and ensure that they are high quality, appropriate, and aligned with MOH, donor and stakeholder expectations.
- Strengthen community and facility level technical capacity to deliver malaria health services, including the capacity to sustain and bring to scale high quality activities activities
- Assist MOH to design and implement evaluations and assessments to identify gaps, measure impact and track performance of interventions.
- Effectively apply tools, national standards and guidelines and best practices to improve service delivery
- Contribute to design and implementation of effective supportive supervision system to improve malaria case management, MIP, ICCM and other relevant health services interventions. Supervise service delivery improvements teams
- Ensure effective collaboration between the project partners and stakeholders, MOH and the donor organizations.
- Actively participate in data quality improvement initiatives, including HMIS/DHIS2 and others. Lead data for decision making initiatives
- Support the development and tracking of relevant performance indicators
- Support the development and implementation of annual project work plans and budgets with the Chief of Party
- Contribute to regular and ad hoc project reporting and the development of project deliverables
What are we looking for?
- You have advanced degree in public health, infectious disease, or related field required; clinical degree (MD) preferred
- You have minimum of 10 years of experience implementing health programs in developing and transitioning countries, with at least 5 years of experience as a technical advisor in malaria integrated health programs
- Experience supporting service delivery quality improvement initiatives preferred
- You have experience in program design, strategic planning and integrated approaches to facility and community-level service delivery improvement
- You work effectively with program staff, implementing partners, national and local governments and donor organizations. Experience with USAID and PMI funded projects preferred.
- You have experience and are passionate in building local technical, management and leadership capacity.
- You are fluent in English and Portuguese.
- References will be required.
What would get us excited?
Capacity Builder: You have experience in building institution, local technical, management and leadership capacity.
Motivated people person: You enjoy working closely with others to help reach their full potential, and connecting them to resources and opportunities.
PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.
About the OrganizationAbout PSI:
PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations, in over 65 countries to lead healthier lives. Over 150 staff in the Washington D.C headquarters, 100 overseas expatriate staff and almost 8,000 local staff work to execute PSI’s critical and innovative programs worldwide.
Health Impact and Donors:
PSI has a unique focus on measurable health impact much like successful corporations measure profitability. Measuring the results of PSI’s health interventions isn’t as simple as counting lives saved. PSI employs an entire team of researchers to continuously evaluate PSI performance against evidence-based objectives and verifiable indicators. Such strict measurement of PSI performance is what sets the organization apart from others in the field and feeds into the design of innovative, targeted and cost-effective interventions.
By utilizing the DALY (Disability Adjusted Life Year) system, PSI estimates that in 2009 alone, its programs directly prevented more than 156,000 HIV infections, 2.6 million unintended pregnancies, almost 150,000 deaths from malaria and diarrhea and 19 million malaria episodes. In addition, roughly 25,000 patients were treated for TB.
With a focus on decentralized management and local experts, innovative programs and successful benchmarking, PSI is proud of its long term commitment to serve those most in need. PSI is supported by several major donors including: governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands; the Global Fund, various United Nations agencies, private foundations, corporations and individuals.
Areas of PSI focus:
PSI has HIV programs in over 60 countries around the world. Interventions, which include social marketing of HIV products and services and targeted HIV communications, are based upon a commitment to produce measurable health impact and an emphasis upon rigorous research and evaluation. Although condom social marketing and targeted communications remain the cornerstones of PSI's work to address the HIV pandemic, country programs also implement an increasingly comprehensive range of interventions in response to the changing needs of specific country contexts and populations. PSI is increasingly implementing innovations such as male circumcision services and targeted communications for concurrent sexual partnerships and injection drug use interventions.
Tuberculosis (TB) is a curable and preventable illness, yet it remains a major cause of death worldwide. It is one of the biggest killers of women of reproductive age and the most common cause of death among people living with HIV/AIDS. PSI provides a variety of innovative TB and TB/HIV-related services, engaging private providers in diagnosis and treatment and integrating HIV counseling and testing with TB services. It also creates innovative behavior change communications campaigns to increase awareness of TB and TB/HIV and to promote healthy behaviors.
Vulnerable children are one of PSI’s most important target groups. According to the WHO, nearly 10 million children under the age of five die each year – more than 1,000 every hour. Tragically, about two-thirds of child deaths are preventable through practical, low-cost interventions. PSI works to improve child survival by helping developing countries address water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia and HIV with prevention and treatment education and products. PSI’s child survival programs improve the health and save the lives of children under five in more than 30 countries.
In over 30 countries throughout the world PSI empowers women and couples to lead healthier lives by providing access to innovative family planning and maternal health products and services. Every year, there are more than 60 million unintended pregnancies and more than 500,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes. In 2008 alone, PSI prevented an estimated 3.1 million unintended pregnancies and 15,000 maternal deaths, and enabled millions of couples to plan their families.
Over the past three decades, PSI has expanded the contraceptive methods in its portfolio from male condoms and oral contraceptives to include injectable contraceptives, intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUD), emergency contraception pills, implants, female condoms, voluntary sterilization, and fertility awareness methods such as the Standard Days Method using Cyclebeads®. PSI’s RH platform has also grown to address maternal mortality through the prevention of post-partum hemorrhage and sepsis, and the prevention of unsafe abortion.
Access to clean water is a challenge in almost all of the countries PSI operates in. Increasing awareness of water borne diseases and accessibility to treated water are a core part of PSI’s efforts across its health areas.
PSI and its many partners are working together to promote the Safe Water System, a water quality intervention that employs proven, easy-to-use and inexpensive solutions such as household water treatment appropriate for the developing world. Household water treatment and safe storage ensures that each sip of water is safe to drink. Household water treatment can be adopted quickly, inexpensively, at national scale in both development and emergency situations, making an immediate difference on the lives of those who rely on transporting to and storing water in their homes.
PSI provides malaria control support to national Ministries of Health in over 30 countries worldwide. PSI tailors its malaria control programs to the unique environment in each country and the needs outlined by the Ministry of Health to achieve the Abuja Targets and MDGs. PSI’s malaria control programs include delivery of insecticide treated mosquito nets, pre-packaged malaria treatment, behavior change communications and operational research.