SUSTAINING TECHNICAL AND ANALYTIC RESOURCES
FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Senior Malaria Advisor
HOST ORGANIZATION: Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) of the Department of Health Services (DoHS), Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) in Nepal
LOCATION: Kathmandu, Nepal
POSITION LEVEL: Senior Technical Advisor
TRAVEL: Up to 30% estimated travel
ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP
The STAR Fellowship is a two-year global health and learning opportunity with:
- Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals.
- Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
- Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing.
FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY DESCRIPTION
The Malaria Program in Nepal has been identified as priority one public health program under the National Health Sector Program Implementation Plan-II (NHSP-II) 2010- 2015. In conjunction with this high-level commitment until 2015, the Ministry of Health and Population, through its National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP), has set up the ambitious vision of a `malaria-free Nepal by 2026’. The priority of the malaria program is to consolidate gains made so far and sustain the downward trend in malaria morbidity and mortality as well as to contain malaria outbreaks (the last outbreak was recorded in 2006).
The Senior Malaria Advisor (Senior Advisor) will support the U.S. government’s investment in the Global Fund (GF) by providing technical assistance to strengthen the national malaria control program’s implementation of the GF grant and to improve its ability to be a recipient in the future. The Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) of the Department of Health Services (DoHS), Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) in Nepal is the Principal Recipient (PR) of the active malaria GF grants in the country. The Senior Advisor will provide technical assistance to EDCD to build its capacity in the area of strategic malaria programming, technical support, monitoring and evaluation, and supervision.
The Senior Advisor will be based at EDCD within the Ministry of Health and Population in Nepal. They will work closely with and receive technical direction from the Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control Division who will serve as their Onsite Manager. The Senior Advisor will also coordinate with USAID/Nepal Mission.
Essential Duties and Outcomes:
Improve EDCD’s institutional capacity to ensure effective implementation of high-quality malaria control services at all levels of the health system:
- Provide professional strategic and technical support to the EDCD for the achievement of objectives set forth in its strategic plan.
- Assist the EDCD in meeting Global Fund grant targets.
- Provide guidance to the EDCD in developing standard operating procedures for use during the malaria season.
- Hold technical meetings as necessary to facilitate collaboration among stakeholders and to educate NMEP staff.
Strengthen EDCD’s leadership, health workforce, procurement and supply management to support successful implementation of GF grant:
- Coordinate with and provide technical assistance to MoHP to prepare and conduct policy dialogue with the GF on issues impeding smooth disbursement and implementation.
- Provide guidance to the EDCD in developing plans to manage the GF activities in close collaboration with the Principal Recipient.
- Provide guidance to the EDCD in the design and implementation of the national malaria monitoring and evaluation plan.
- Provide guidance to the EDCD in the quantification, planning, logistics, communications and monitoring and evaluation of a long-lasting insecticide treat net mass distribution campaign.
- Develop gap analyses to identify the main areas to be funded under the Concept Note so that a big picture of malaria program coverage nationwide is understood.
- Provide technical guidance to improve the implementation of the malaria grant from the GF and liaise with the GF to improve the performance of the Principal Recipient and increase the MoHP’s ability to be a recipient in the future.
- Build the capacity of the government to meet the grant management and implementation demands of the GF malaria grant, facilitating the coordination activities, procurement and supply chain processes, vector control activities, case management, surveillance and programming based on a sound analysis of the epidemiological situation in Nepal and in collaboration with the USAID/Nepal Mission.
Strengthen the technical knowledge, experience, monitoring and evaluation management in malaria control of the NMEP as well as the senior advisor:
- Actively participate in the semi-annual training for long-term technical advisors.
- Attend other trainings and international meetings as necessary to strengthen Nepal’s ability to successfully implement malaria control work.
- Build the capacity of NMEP staff through leadership development opportunities, coaching, and mentoring.
- Identify areas where operational research is needed to generate evidence of effective interventions (ex: ACD), on current epidemiology situation (ex: case load of sub-microscopic malaria), or to understand the hidden causes of transmission within active foci.
- Provide expert advice and practical experience in helping the EDCD to monitor inputs and outcomes, and progress towards goals.
- If applicable and desired, conduct a capacity assessment of the NMEP.
- Develop quarterly progress reports to be submitted to the USAID Mission in Nepal, and the USAID HQ team.
Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time
- Demonstrate proficiency across the core global health competencies defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease that is necessary for persons practicing in global health.
- Cultivate mentorship skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to more effectively support and improve knowledge transfer and skills acquisition of staff, incoming fellows and interns.
- Advance leadership skills to successfully support capacity building and knowledge sharing activities, and mentor junior staff.
- Apply leadership skills and technical expertise to support programmatic growth and scale up within malaria
- Minimum 13 years of relevant technical experience with master’s degree or a minimum of 15 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor’s degree.
- Malaria technical expertise, particularly specialized experience in malaria control interventions related to case management, monitoring and evaluation, and long-lasting insecticide treated net distribution.
- Experience providing project management in developing countries, working with USAID and solving complex technical, managerial and operational problems related to public health.
- Previous experience with or good knowledge of GF operating procedures, proposal development and submission, monitoring and evaluation and reporting.
- Ability to negotiate activity plans and resolve activity implementation issues with counterparts.
- Experience developing grant proposals, concept notes, monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
- Demonstrated experience with building the capacity of other staff through leadership development programs, supportive supervision, coaching, and mentoring.
- Ability to work effectively in a team environment and with a high degree of sensitivity and diplomacy.
- Proven ability to communicate clearly and concisely in English.
- Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and relevant software).
- Open to Local Country Nationals and Third Country Nationals.
Additional skills (preferred)
- Experience working in Nepal with an in-depth field level knowledge of the malaria program.
All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghstar.org/, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. All online applications must be submitted by September 10, 2019 by 5:00 pm Eastern time.
About the Organization
STAR PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Health (GH) Bureau. Its purpose is twofold: (1) Through individual fellowships, STAR will help strengthen the capacity of diverse American and low-and-middle-income country (LMIC) health professionals at all levels to make innovative contributions to global health (GH); and (2) STAR will create ground-breaking opportunities for both US and LMIC GH academic institutions and other groups, including professional associations, to create systems for open-access knowledge sharing, resulting in effective partnerships. STAR’s individual and institutional participants are contributing to the development of self-sustaining systems and tools that will produce global citizens with the full spectrum of relevant health competencies. STAR is managed by the Public Health Institute and implemented in partnership with Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).