Project Director, Spatial Repellent Product for Vector Control

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 16 August 2019
  • Baltimore, Maryland, United States
  • Closing on 13 October 2019

Job Description

Spatial repellents (SRs) have been widely used for the prevention of mosquito bites but their efficacy in reducing mosquito borne diseases has never been evaluated in Africa. To address this knowledge gap, Unitaid has awarded a research project to the University of Notre Dame to evaluate slow-release spatial repellents that can be easily deployed in houses and temporary shelters. The repellants are delivered via small, clear plastic sheets hung in strategic spots. CRS will be responsible for conducting both a randomized control trial (RCT) in Mali, and if results are positive, CRS will also conduct operations research in both Mali and Uganda among displaced populations.

Job Responsibilities:
* Lead all aspects of the development and implementation of the project, including ensuring that the project contributes to the thought leadership of the industry. Serve as CRS’ primary point of contact to the prime recipient and consortium partners as well as builds relationships with key stakeholders such as National Malaria Control Programs, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other development sector stakeholders.
* Ensure the project activities are designed and implemented to meet donor and prime recipient expectations in terms of timely and quality results and budget, including strategies for phase out and sustainability. Ensure program quality standards are adhered to per CRS MEAL policy and procedures.
* Ensure approved study protocols are adhered to according to GCP and GLP standards, and that in-country research ethics (IRB) reviews, amendments (as needed) and continuing reviews are completed.
* Effectively matrix manage and provide oversight to in-country CRS and partner staff who will lead in-country RCT, operations research, and entomological activities . Manage team dynamics and staff well-being. Provide coaching and mentoring. Contribute to development plans and performance assessments for matrixed staff . Contribute to the development of in-country staffing plans and the recruitment process of senior staff.
* Lead technical planning in coordination with the country-based teams and global/regional-level CRS Malaria Advisors;
* Manage and mitigate risk through monitoring national and regional issues that may impact staff and programming.
* Promote, uphold and model a commitment to the efficient use of agency and donor resources. Ensure compliance with Unitaid grants, including financial tracking and oversight of partner budgets, finance, administration and reporting to the prime. Approve program expenditures, budget adjustments, and cost modification requests to the prime.
* Represent CRS programming in international circles, highlighting innovative work. Publish program results and deliver presentations as requested by the prime. Oversee the development of internal communication strategies and materials, complying with project, donor and CRS’ branding and marketing requirements and procedures.

Education and Experience
* PhD or equivalent degree.
* Experience in leading research studies, with experience in managing or overseeing RCTs is required
* 7 or more years’ relevant management and technical experience in malaria prevention and vector control; experience working in Africa required.
* Established leader in sector. Technical proficiency in malaria prevention and management. Technical proficiency in RCTs and operations research – including supporting in country teams with obtaining IRB approvals, and on principles of quantitative and qualitative data collection methods and study/evaluation design.

Foreign Language: Fluency in written and spoken English; Professional proficiency in French is required

Travel Required: 30-50% required travel

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS's Agriculture and Livelihoods team supports farming communities using our Pathway to Prosperity approach, which enables rural families to increase their productivity within sustainable landscapes, achieve a living income and build more resilient communities.

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