Senior Malaria Clinical Case Management Specialist

Harare, Zimbabwe
Apply by 29 July 2018
Senior-level , Field assignment
Posted on 30 May 2018

Job Description

Overview:

The Senior Malaria Clinical Case Management (CM) Specialist will provide technical and program oversight and direction in the area of case managment for the USAID funded Zimbabwe Assistance Program in Malaria (ZAPIM) program. ZAPIM aims to provide comprehensive support for, and collaborative partnership with, the Zimbabwe National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and to support the NMCP’s established strategy and goals. Responsibilities include providing leadership and technical guidance in the development and implementation of case management and Malaria in Pregnancy (MIP_ activities under the leadership of the ZAPIM Technical Director and in coordination with other Jhpiego Technical Advisors, and utilizing and contributing to cross-cutting approaches, such as performance improvement, as well as, annual phasing in of activities. This position will ensure the technical and methodological soundness of activities and, in collaboration with the project team and partners, support the design of service delivery strategies, based on sound and current scientific evidence.

Zimbabwean nationals strongly encouraged to apply

Responsibilities:

Leadership

  • Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of program activities in malaria case management and malaria in pregnancy at the national and facility level, including linkages to the community that address service delivery gaps
  • Promote WHO’s recommendations for case management and malaria in pregnancy including the updated recommendations in treatment that include: diagnostic protocols and treatment regimens for young children, adults and pregnant women, and intermittent preventive treatment through antenatal care
  • Provide technical guidance to Government of Zimbabwe to strengthen the quality of care for uncomplicated and severe malaria
  • Foster collaboration and coordination between the NMCP and Reproductive Health departments of the MOH to maximize alignment on policy and practice issues around malaria in pregnancy
  • Provide leadership in creating demand for antenatal care and MIP services to achieve coverage of WHO recommendations of three or more doses of IPTp among pregnant women
  • Review national policies, guidelines training materials, job aids, and curricula, in collaboration with the Government of Zimbabwe, to ensure compliance with global WHO guidance and use of evidence-based approaches
  • Assist in sustaining and improving existing databases, including tracking of training that monitor achievements in Case Management at district and contribute to provincial and national level achievements
  • Provide mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level in case management and malaria in pregnancy, including strengthening and establishing supportive supervision at the facility level and assisting facility staff.
  • Provide guidance and direction to the implementation of a clinical mentorship program
  • Lead “train the trainer” sessions, site strengthening, in-service training, follow-up and supportive supervision, as required by program activities, including identification of training needs and developing a cadre of CM champions to assist in these activities
  • Support the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) to revitalize and coordinate case management technical working groups at national and district levels. Actively participate in CM technical advisory group meetings, and represent Jhpiego in professional forums by participating and presenting in pertinent meetings and conferences
  • Analyze potential CM strategies within the context of the program and explain these, as necessary, to policymakers, funding agencies, and/or program staff
  • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and program team members to identify clinical, community-based service delivery issues that impede access to care
  • Advocate with national, regional, district and community-level health institutions to raise awareness about their role in improving health outcomes in CM and MiP
  • Guide DHMTs, professional associations, other district stakeholders in the use of evidenced-based standards for competency in CM and MiP
  • Mobilize national level clinical/technical expertise to resolve clinical issues that affect local public policy or program design
  • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other implementing partners, in order to ensure that all activities conform to the national requirements and regulations
  • Conduct regular reporting to the Technical Director , and program and technical staff, of successes, challenges and lessons learned in implementation related to areas of technical expertise
  • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for MIP
  • Lead in development and submission of abstracts, papers and presentations to journals and conferences

Management:

  • Contribute to annual work planning and preparation of donor reports
  • Contribute to maintaining excellent relationships with USAID and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses to USAID/DC and Mission requests
  • Work closely with the Technical Team on setting program priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts.
  • Work with M&E staff to design, implement a plan to track data/results related to CM, including analysis of data and development of conclusions and recommendations to strengthen program implementation
  • Contribute to development of the project strategic plan, work plan, and program monitoring, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, USAID and other stakeholders
  • Ensure timely implementation of all program inputs related to CM, including planning and implementing assessments, site strengthening, follow-up and supervision, advocacy, demand creation, policy support, capacity-building and M&E across program sites, in close coordination and collaboration with USAID, relevant ministries of health
  • In collaboration with facilities, ensure monitoring of supplies related to CM and creation of action plans to related to barriers on supplies
  • Coordinate and monitor the efficiency and effectiveness of the work of short-term consultants as required

Required Qualifications:

  • A medical degree (doctor or nursing), Masters in Public Health or other relevant degree
  • At least 7 years’ experience applying malaria case management programs;
  • At least 7 years’ experience in managing $1M per year in donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of overseas health projects; preferably in the East and Southern Africa;
  • Qualification as a “master trainer”; experience training health workers on clinical aspects related to family planning/reproductive health
  • Experience building capacity at individual and organizational levels
  • Skill in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs, training, pre-service education, performance and quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience with a mix of practical technical skills in malaria necessary for strengthening malaria service delivery at the regional, national, clinical and community-level
  • The ability to liaise with senior MOH officials and dignitaries, executives of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business community, and senior members of the donor community;
  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Zimbabwean healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Zimbabwe preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in English
  • Strong skills in word processing and Excel spread sheets
  • Familiarity with USAID or other USG administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
  • Proven track record managing a project team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
  • Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff in the areas
  • Excellent written, presentation, communication and organizational skills in English
  • Ability to travel up to 50% time Nationally

About the Organization

Jhpiego is an international, nonprofit health organization affiliated with The Johns Hopkins University. For more than 42 years and in over 155 countries, Jhpiego has worked to prevent the needless deaths of women and their families.

Jhpiego works with health experts, governments and community leaders to ensure high-quality health care for their people. Jhpiego develops strategies to help countries care for themselves by training competent health care workers, strengthening health systems and improving delivery of care.

Jhpiego designs innovative, effective and low-cost health care solutions to ensure a level of care for women and their families. These practical, evidence-based interventions are breaking down barriers to high-quality health care for the world’s most vulnerable populations.

Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package.

Please apply at: www.jobs-jhpeigo.icims.com

Applicants must submit a single document for upload to include: cover letter, resume, references, and salary history.

For further information about Jhpiego, visit our website at www.jhpiego.org

Note: The successful candidate selected for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation.

JHU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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