The Senior Technical Advisor (STA), provides management support and technical assistance for the design and implementation of country interventions related to Global Health Security Agenda /Antimicrobial Resistance (GHSA/AMR), working independently or as part of the country MSH or MTaPS team.
The STA provides support to Country Director or country Principal Technical Advisor (PTA), advises the HQ’s Manager and Technical Lead of GHSA/AMR portfolio, and provides direct technical assistance to Ministry of Health and other country partners and stakeholders. As required, the STA also provides technical assistance to other MTaPS country activities, and works with MTaPS Technical Strategy Lead and other MSH technical staff on opportunities, new and existing tools, and country implementation programs related to strengthening pharmaceutical management systems.
The STA will primarily provide technical assistance to activities with a specific focus on infection prevention and disease control. Please note, this is a local hire position.
Technical Support (40%)
- Work with country stakeholders and international counterparts to help develop, review, implement, and monitor technical approaches and strategies for strengthening response to GHSA challenges in accordance with national strategies and action plans.
- Provide direct technical assistance to stakeholders and public and private facilities in designing and implementing AMR work plans and interventions with specific focus on one-health IPC, WASH, and AMS.
- Provide assistance in the development of specific AMR policies, guidelines, standard operating procedures, job aids, and other relevant materials
- Collaborate with stakeholders for the development, deployment and implementation of appropriate tools necessary to improve pharmaceutical management information systems and their appropriate use for decision making.
- As needed provide technical support to other MTaPS pharmaceutical systems strengthening and health elements activities in the country
- Coordinate with other MTaPS country project technical activities ensuring harmonized approach in line with MSH quality standards
- Coordinate assigned technical areas and activities with other USAID-funded and international projects in the country
Capacity Building (40%)
- Participate assessments of the GHSA/AMR human resource capacity strengthening needs, and collaborate internally and externally to develop capacity strengthening strategy
- Work with national education stakeholders in designing and implementing required reform of pre- and in-service human capacity strengthening
- Develop costed project capacity strengthening strategies, roll-out plans, training and follow-up timelines
- In conjunction with country counterparts, develop/revise required training packages and materials
- Design, develop training packages, and conduct ToT exercises
- Facilitate AMR trainings and other capacity building exercises as planned
- As required, participate in the planning and delivery of broader capacity building programs aimed at national pharmaceutical system strengthening.
Monitoring and Evaluation (10%)
- In coordination with the M&E team, contribute to the development of country project M&E plan, and support the collection and validation of relevant data to report project indicators.
- Contribute to the adequate documentation and dissemination of program results and lessons learned, including the development and submission of abstracts and articles to scientific journals and conferences.
Performance Management (5%)
Qualifications and Experience
- Supervise assigned Technical Advisors ensuring the adequacy of their performance and their continuous professional development.
- Graduate degree in a health-related field with specialized training and/or experience related to GHSA elements such as IPC, WASH and AMS.
- Physician, nurse, pharmacist or public health qualification preferred.
- 5 years of relevant experience in pharmaceutical management (PM) and pharmaceutical systems development and strengthening in developing country context, including experience in the areas of AMR containment, such as infection prevention and control (IPC), antimicrobial stewardship (AMS)
- Experience in other areas of AMR containment such as WASH is highly desirable.
- Field experience with public health programs in developing country context supported by bilateral agencies such as USAID, CDC and international agencies such as the Global Fund, UNITAID, WHO and World Bank preferred.
Knowledge and Skills:
- Excellent writing and presentation skills in English are essential.
- Proficiency in French is required, languages of other USAID-supported countries is an asset.
- Strong computer skills; Excel, MS Word, MS Project, PowerPoint.
- Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
Cultural sensitivity and diplomacy
Ability to work independently and in team
Good judgment for decision making.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability in consensus building and constructively leading a team.
- Ability to travel internationally and domestically up to 40% of time as required to support the progress of program activities.
About the Organization
Management Sciences for Health, an international nonprofit organization, is dedicated to closing the gap between what is known and what is done about public health problems. MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Their mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with their partners, they are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.
MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, human resources, and medicines. Simply put, they support stronger health systems for greater health impact.
Their expertise in these areas falls into the broad categories of management functions—for example, leadership and governance or pharmaceutical management—and health areas like tuberculosis or maternal, newborn, and child health. They apply their expertise by
- Partnering with governments, local organizations, and communities in developing nations to build their own capacity for long-term health impact;
- Providing global leadership in critical areas of health management and health care delivery;
- Bringing the best of MSH from around the globe to the people we serve, working as One MSH with a focus on lasting health system improvements.
Leadership, Governance, & Management
They work with in-country partners to build stronger health systems to improve:
- the management and leadership of priority health programs, health organizations, and multisectoral partnerships such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing a critical mass of managers at all levels of the health system who can lead and inspire teams to achieve results;
- the management systems of health organizations in the public and private sector, transferring practical approaches and skills to ensure that management structures contribute to sustainable organizational success;
- the governance and management of health organizations and multisectoral partnerships, facilitating change and transferring knowledge to enable organizations to administer their resources efficiently and scale up their services.
Health Service Delivery
MSH combines extensive public health expertise, proven service delivery approaches, and evidence-based interventions in five critical areas:
- HIV & AIDS
- Maternal, newborn, and child health
- Family planning and reproductive health
- Other communicable diseases, including malaria and pandemic and avian influenza
Human Resources for Health
MSH helps governments develop multisectoral strategies and policies to plan and manage their health workforces. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses all the facets of human resources for health needed to achieve an adequate supply of well-trained and motivated health workers. MSH offers capabilities in leadership, human resource management, education, partnerships, policy, and finance to achieve these goals.
Vital to our success is a participatory approach to project design and implementation, which cultivates broad-based support from all stakeholders. We also build and improve infrastructure and local capacity to effectively purchase, store, deliver, and use quality essential medicines.
Health Care Financing
MSH helps governments and NGOs assess their current financial situation and systems, understand service costs, and develop initiatives to use existing funds more effectively and generate additional revenue—all with the goal of supporting a nation’s health priorities.
MSH has developed proven methods for rapidly strengthening the analysis and use of existing health data—normally at the province, district, and facility levels—without revising existing recording and reporting requirements. With an emphasis on learning through action, district teams undertake assessments of health services, identify gaps in performance, and design solutions to support better decision-making and, therefore, better management of improved services.
MSH has worked closely with the Health Metrics Network of the WHO to develop a comprehensive approach for enhancing the performance of health information systems and data by employing a practical, strategic planning process that can be carried out by national working groups.