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United States Agency for International Development/Bureau for Global Health/Office of Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition (HIDN)/Division of Malaria
Title: Senior Malaria Technical Advisor
GS: 15 - Equivalency
Application Deadline: Open until Filled
The Malaria Division of the Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition Office of USAID’s Bureau for Global Health is charged with the technical leadership for and management of USAID’s malaria portfolio including leading the USG’s President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). The Malaria Division seeks a Senior Malaria Technical Advisor (Technical Advisor) to work on the PMI Monitoring and Evaluation Team, and in a cross-cutting fashion, on the Case Management and Malaria in Pregnancy Teams, assisting with the management and oversight of the PMI M&E activities, coordinating USAID Missions, PMI country teams, and Roll Back Malaria partners.
The Senior Technical Advisor is an integral member of USAID’s PMI team, assigned to the PMI Monitoring and Evaluation team. Key responsibilities include: providing guidance, monitoring, and technical support to USAID at headquarters, and in the field with USAID Missions, PMI country teams, technical counterparts, implementing partners, Ministries of Health, and USAID cooperating agencies. S/he will exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in serving USG priorities at critical technical and policy forums, in resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines. The Senior Technical Advisor will receive day to day guidance from the Division Chief, Malaria and programmatic input from members of the Malaria Division Senior Management Team.
BACKGROUND: BUREAU FOR GLOBAL HEALTH/OFFICE OF HEALTH, INFECTIOUS DISEASE, AND NUTRITION/DIVISION OF MALARIA
The Bureau for Global Health (GH) serves as the Agency’s primary source of intellectual capital, technical leadership and donor coordination for the health sector. GH is vested with the responsibility for advancing field-relevant, state-of-the-art research and the transfer of new technologies and approaches to field programs. The Office of Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition (HIDN) is one of GH’s six offices. The Malaria Division is one of five divisions of the HIDN Office. Leadership, management and oversight of the President’s Malaria Initiative is carried out from the Malaria Division under the leadership of the US Global Malaria Coordinator.
The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is a US Government (USG) effort led by USAID to reduce the intolerable burden of malaria and help relieve poverty on the African continent. The goal of PMI is to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50% by a rapid scale up of a package of proven malaria prevention and treatment measures: artemisinin-based combination therapy; insecticide-treated mosquito nets, intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy, and indoor residual spraying. USAID is the lead agency for implementation of the PMI. The Initiative is results-based, focused, and exhibits a high level of financial and programmatic accountability.
In May 2009, President Obama announced the Global Health Initiative (GHI), a comprehensive USG initiative to reduce the burden of disease and strengthen communities around the world. The 2008 Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde Global Leadership against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act (Lantos/Hyde Act) authorizes up to $5 billion in additional USG funding for malaria prevention and control. Building on the progress and experiences of the PMI during the past eight years, PMI will work with partners to halve the burden of malaria (morbidity and mortality) in 70% of the at-risk populations of sub-Saharan Africa, thereby removing malaria as a major public health problem and promoting development throughout the African region.
The Senior Technical Advisor is a key member of the Malaria Division, providing malaria-specific technical and programming guidance and support to strengthen and guide implementation across PMI countries with a focus on malaria monitoring and evaluation. The Senior Technical Advisor will support the work of PMI staff at USAID headquarters and at PMI country and regional mission programs. The Senior Technical Advisor will work in collaboration with global malaria stakeholders and technical partners, Ministries of Health, and USAID cooperating agencies to provide technical leadership across the PMI portfolio but with a focus on malaria monitoring and evaluation. S/he will exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in serving USG priorities at critical technical and policy forums, in resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines.
The Malaria Senior Technical Advisor will:
- Provide technical and programmatic support to two or more PMI-focused countries and participate as an integral member of one or more interagency country support teams.
- Provide guidance and support to Missions and PMI country teams on the development of annual country malaria operational plans and assisting in monitoring and tracking overall progress of PMI plans and activities.
- Provide advice and assistance to Missions involved in malaria efforts, particularly the PMI-targeted countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
- Provide support to Missions by participating in country support teams, reviewing mission strategies and annual reports and helping them to meet needs for technical and programmatic support.
Technical Leadership and Project Management Support
- Provide expert malaria guidance, particularly around M&E and facility-based interventions, to USAID Missions, Regional bureaus, and country teams in malaria endemic countries
- Engage in project management of the central M&E-related cooperative agreement and/or further malaria M&E, MIP, and CM contracts, in collaboration with the contract officer representative team, to ensure adherence to USG regulations, effective delivery of appropriate technical assistance, and responsiveness to Mission needs.
- Provide assistance with coordination of M&E and other activities with other PMI centrally managed projects
- Lead processes to monitor and track overall progress of PMI plans and activities
- Through the participation in one or more malaria technical working groups, help to advance key technical issues at the global and country level, and providing technical guidance to country programs related to that technical area.
- Inform stakeholders about malaria development and USAID’s role by preparing and conducting presentations and other materials for colleagues, Bureau and Agency leadership, and other donors and contractors.
- Work with GH/HIDN and technical offices in regional bureaus to enhance linkages between malaria and other development-related activities.
Documentation and Reporting
- Keep abreast of new developments and emerging issues in malaria that affect USAID’s technical priorities via literature reviews, attending technical meetings and workshops, and participating in relevant training events.
- Formulate recommendations for the Malaria Team’s responses to these developments and sharing with colleagues, bureau leadership, and missions.
- MD or PhD in epidemiology or related discipline with Master’s degree in public health, international health, social sciences or other related discipline.
- Minimum eleven (11) years’ experience in designing, implementing, and/or managing malaria and/or other health or relevant development programs, with at least three years’ experience supporting programs focused in an international or resource-challenged setting. Relevant work experience may include for example: public health, financial management, economics, information management, public relations, etc.
- Demonstrated project management, technical leadership, policy experience, and problem solving on complex projects.
- Experience developing and shaping health policy for programming in international settings.
- Knowledge of development assistance programs, procedures, and systems for program design, procurement, logistics, management and monitoring desirable.
- Ability to work effectively with a broad range of USG personnel and partners, and in a team environment.
- Strong oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals is required. Excellent writing skills in English required.
- Ability to communicate technical health information to both health and non-health audiences.
- Computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, and Access.
- Ability to travel internationally.
- French or Portuguese language skills desirable.
- US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
- A Secret security clearance is required and must be obtained.
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