Senior Technical Advisor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 14 July 2020
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Closing on 13 August 2020
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Job Description


Overview

Job title Senior Technical Advisor

Department PMI Impact Malaria project in Tanzania

Based at PSI in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Reports to the Chief of Party

Who we are

As the flagship global service delivery project of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the PMI Impact Malaria team works with national malaria programs to fight malaria and save lives by strengthening diagnosis, treatment, and drug-based prevention for those most at risk, particularly children and pregnant women. PMI Impact Malaria (IM) is led by Population Services International (PSI) in partnership with Jhpiego, Medical Care Development International, and the Malaria Elimination Initiative at University of California San Francisco.

IM’s global goal is to reduce morbidity and mortality due to malaria and move countries towards national or subnational pre-elimination. To achieve this goal, IM supports National Malaria Control Program Managers (NMCPs) to help tackle malaria service delivery challenges by:

  • Closing the gaps in malaria service delivery to get the best medicine, with the correct diagnosis, to the right patients, in the timeliest manner.
  • Unlocking the potential of key drug-based approaches, helping countries to introduce, implement, and scale-up proven innovations to move countries forward in their elimination efforts, according to each country’s unique malaria situation.
  • Strengthening malaria health systems and a rigorous use of data to link operational research and country-led dialogue with global technical leadership for the means of accelerating strategic service delivery improvements and advancing key learnings.

In each country, IM builds on key lessons learned from the PMI-funded Improving Malaria Diagnostics (IMaD) project (2008-2013) and MalariaCare (2013-2018). IMaD was mandated to focus solely on malaria diagnosis. MalariaCare expanded to include both malaria diagnosis and treatment. The scope of IM is expanded further to include malaria diagnosis and treatment, malaria in pregnancy, and new drug-based approaches like seasonal malaria chemoprevention, mass drug administration and reactive case detection, where appropriate.

Join us!

In Tanzania, IM will work closely with NMCP, Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Program (ZAMEP), President’s Office-Regional Administrative and Local Government (PO-RALG), PMI/Tanzania, and other PMI partners to improve the quality of and access to malaria services at both the facility and community levels. IM will build on progress made in malaria service delivery by focusing on the following areas of work:

  • Provide high quality technical expertise and assistance to NMCP and ZAMEP for the development of policies, strategies, and implementation plans related to case management, malaria in pregnancy (MIP), and chemoprevention
  • Strengthen case management and MIP prevention by supporting the implementation and/or planning and data use of Malaria Service Delivery and Quality Improvement (MSDQI) in public and private health facilities in selected districts
  • Provide technical and implementation support for integrated community case management (iCCM), including development and rollout of training and supervision

We are looking for a Senior Technical Advisor to provide high quality technical expertise and assistance to NMCP and ZAMEP for the development of policies, strategies, and implementation plans related to case management, malaria in pregnancy (MIP), and chemoprevention, and to provide high-level technical oversight to the IM team in Tanzania.



Responsibilities

Your contribution
  • Provide high quality technical expertise and assistance to NMCP and ZAMEP for the development of policies, strategies, and implementation plans related to case management, malaria in pregnancy (MIP), and chemoprevention
  • Contribute to technical working groups advising on and interpreting NMCP-led operations research studies on chemoprevention and on findings from the group ANC study
  • Provide technical assistance to ZAMEP in designing case management-related activities recommended by Zanzibar’s Malaria Elimination Advisory Committee (ZMEAC) and in preparing presentations and reports for ZMEAC meetings/consultations
  • Contribute to finalization and rollout of revised national treatment guidelines, including technical inputs, dissemination, and orientation of health workers in up to 15 regions
  • Lead internal quarterly technical reviews of the team’s work on MSDQI and iCCM
  • Coordinate with other USAID-funded health sector activities to ensure that services are seamless and client-centered
Qualifications

What are we looking for?

The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:

Collaboration: You can work independently, but thrive within a team.

Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates

Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous and you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.

Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind.

Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.

Commitment: You’re independent and a free thinker, but you’re ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.

The basics

  • You have a master’s degree in public health, infectious diseases, or related degree at a minimum; MD or PhD preferred.
  • You have at least 10 years of experience in malaria, preferably in Africa.
  • Demonstrated commitment to and technical expertise in malaria case management, malaria in pregnancy, malaria chemoprevention and malaria elimination.
  • You have significant experience living and working in a developing country on infectious diseases.
  • You have demonstrated strong leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • You have demonstrated experience working with host country government.
  • You have demonstrated experience working with host country nationals.
  • You are fluent in English; working knowledge of Swahili a plus.
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.

What would get us excited?

  • Proven coaching, facilitation, and communication skills.
  • Fluent Swahili speaking and writing skills.
  • Excellent knowledge of U.S. Government approaches and regulations.

STATUS

  • Exempt

PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: newhiresupport@psi.org or call (202)785-0072.

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About the Organization

About PSI: PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations, in over 65 countries to lead healthier lives. Over 150 staff in the Washington D.C headquarters, 100 overseas expatriate staff and almost 8,000 local staff work to execute PSI’s critical and innovative programs worldwide. Health Impact and Donors: PSI has a unique focus on measurable health impact much like successful corporations measure profitability. Measuring the results of PSI’s health interventions isn’t as simple as counting lives saved. PSI employs an entire team of researchers to continuously evaluate PSI performance against evidence-based objectives and verifiable indicators. Such strict measurement of PSI performance is what sets the organization apart from others in the field and feeds into the design of innovative, targeted and cost-effective interventions. By utilizing the DALY (Disability Adjusted Life Year) system, PSI estimates that in 2009 alone, its programs directly prevented more than 156,000 HIV infections, 2.6 million unintended pregnancies, almost 150,000 deaths from malaria and diarrhea and 19 million malaria episodes. In addition, roughly 25,000 patients were treated for TB. With a focus on decentralized management and local experts, innovative programs and successful benchmarking, PSI is proud of its long term commitment to serve those most in need. PSI is supported by several major donors including: governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands; the Global Fund, various United Nations agencies, private foundations, corporations and individuals. Areas of PSI focus: HIV: PSI has HIV programs in over 60 countries around the world. Interventions, which include social marketing of HIV products and services and targeted HIV communications, are based upon a commitment to produce measurable health impact and an emphasis upon rigorous research and evaluation. Although condom social marketing and targeted communications remain the cornerstones of PSI's work to address the HIV pandemic, country programs also implement an increasingly comprehensive range of interventions in response to the changing needs of specific country contexts and populations. PSI is increasingly implementing innovations such as male circumcision services and targeted communications for concurrent sexual partnerships and injection drug use interventions. TB: Tuberculosis (TB) is a curable and preventable illness, yet it remains a major cause of death worldwide. It is one of the biggest killers of women of reproductive age and the most common cause of death among people living with HIV/AIDS. PSI provides a variety of innovative TB and TB/HIV-related services, engaging private providers in diagnosis and treatment and integrating HIV counseling and testing with TB services. It also creates innovative behavior change communications campaigns to increase awareness of TB and TB/HIV and to promote healthy behaviors. Child Survival: Vulnerable children are one of PSI’s most important target groups. According to the WHO, nearly 10 million children under the age of five die each year – more than 1,000 every hour. Tragically, about two-thirds of child deaths are preventable through practical, low-cost interventions. PSI works to improve child survival by helping developing countries address water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia and HIV with prevention and treatment education and products. PSI’s child survival programs improve the health and save the lives of children under five in more than 30 countries. Reproductive Health: In over 30 countries throughout the world PSI empowers women and couples to lead healthier lives by providing access to innovative family planning and maternal health products and services. Every year, there are more than 60 million unintended pregnancies and more than 500,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes. In 2008 alone, PSI prevented an estimated 3.1 million unintended pregnancies and 15,000 maternal deaths, and enabled millions of couples to plan their families. Over the past three decades, PSI has expanded the contraceptive methods in its portfolio from male condoms and oral contraceptives to include injectable contraceptives, intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUD), emergency contraception pills, implants, female condoms, voluntary sterilization, and fertility awareness methods such as the Standard Days Method using Cyclebeads®. PSI’s RH platform has also grown to address maternal mortality through the prevention of post-partum hemorrhage and sepsis, and the prevention of unsafe abortion. Clean Water: Access to clean water is a challenge in almost all of the countries PSI operates in. Increasing awareness of water borne diseases and accessibility to treated water are a core part of PSI’s efforts across its health areas. PSI and its many partners are working together to promote the Safe Water System, a water quality intervention that employs proven, easy-to-use and inexpensive solutions such as household water treatment appropriate for the developing world. Household water treatment and safe storage ensures that each sip of water is safe to drink. Household water treatment can be adopted quickly, inexpensively, at national scale in both development and emergency situations, making an immediate difference on the lives of those who rely on transporting to and storing water in their homes. Malaria: PSI provides malaria control support to national Ministries of Health in over 30 countries worldwide. PSI tailors its malaria control programs to the unique environment in each country and the needs outlined by the Ministry of Health to achieve the Abuja Targets and MDGs. PSI’s malaria control programs include delivery of insecticide treated mosquito nets, pre-packaged malaria treatment, behavior change communications and operational research.

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