USAID, through GH Pro, seeks a seasoned public health professional to provide support for the expansion of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) portfolio to Niger. The consultant will provide full-time (up to six days per week) management support for a period of five months, and support USAID/Niger in overseeing the start-up of technical and administrative aspects of PMI. They will coordinate closely with the NMCP (Nat. Malaria Control Prg) and the Global Fund as well as with partners implementing PMI-supported activities.
Role and Responsibilities
The PMI Support Consultant will work under the leadership and oversight of the USAID Representative in Niamey with support from PMI headquarters team members. The consultant will provide technical leadership and support to the start-up and implementation of the PMI Niger program in close coordination with the USAID HQ PMI team. While the PMI Support Consultant must be able to work independently with broad direction when necessary, s/he will also work closely with and report directly to the technical and managerial team at USAID Washington. This will include:
- Support the recruitment and onboarding processes for permanent in-country staff.
- Meet with National Malaria Control Program Manager to discuss the final approved MOP, budget, and launch of specific activities, including key interventions and procurement of malaria commodities;
- Coordinate with senior staff of the NMCP and other partners including the Global Fund, WHO, UNICEF, World Bank and PMI centrally-managed implementation partners to plan and implement malaria prevention and control activities consistent with the malaria control coverage needs identified by the strategy and plans of the NMCP and PMI;
- Support implementing partners with their initial scoping visits and workplan development which includes logistical support, guiding activities, accompanying partners to government meetings when appropriate, review of workplans, and coordinating with PMI headquarters teams for technical input as needed.
- Hold in and out briefs with USAID/Niger Representative and other key USG stakeholder such as the Front Office.
- Liaise with Contracts and Program Office at USAID Sahel Regional Office as necessary.
- Work with key in-country stakeholders regarding PMI programming and planning for the launch of PMI activities.
- Participate on regular PMI team calls with USAID and CDC PMI headquarters colleagues and other USAID in-country health staff and provide updates on PMI activities and efforts in Niger.
- Senior Public Health Specialist with at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in designing, implementing and managing malaria and other health programs in developing countries
- Demonstrated technical leadership, program management, strategic planning, policy experience and problem solving skills working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment are required.
- Proven knowledge and experience with USAID programs, procedures and systems for program design, procurement, implementation, management and monitoring with at least 5 years’ experience providing support to USAID headquarters or missions and demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules and regulations (required).
- Excellent leadership, communications, and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely – both orally and in writing – in English and French (required).
- Prior African experience preferred, ideally in West Africa and/or Niger.
About the Organization
About the GH Pro Project: The Global Health Program Cycle Improvement Project (GH Pro) provides the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health, Regional Bureaus, and Missions with ready access to high-quality, external technical expertise to design, support, and evaluate programs contributing to the achievement of U.S. Government (USG) Global Health Initiative (GHI) targets. The contract, GH Pro, is comprised of five components 1. Program and project evaluation; 2. Technical assistance; 3. GH program and research management; 4. Mission support; and 5. Logistical support for meetings/conferences. This activity spans all Foreign Assistance Health Area objectives as well as cross-cutting health issues such as gender, health systems strengthening, and science and technology.