1. Statement of Duties to be Performed:
The Malaria Advisor (USAID/PMI Resident Advisor) will undertake the following duties and responsibilities:
Strategic and Technical Leadership 50%
Working under the direction of the Director of USAID/Nigeria’s Health, Population, and Nutrition (HPN) Office (or her/his delegate) and in close collaboration with other team leads and members of the USAID/Nigeria HPN Office and the CDC/PMI Resident Advisor, the Advisor will provide strategic leadership and technical guidance to the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of USAID/Nigeria’s malaria activities. The incumbent will work across sectors to develop and ensure implementation of smart integration approaches with reproductive, maternal, and newborn, and child health (RMNCH), HIV/AIDS, and Tuberculosis activities that provide greater program efficiencies and improved health outcomes. S/he will liaise with USAID/Washington and CDC/Atlanta backstop personnel, manage USAID FSN staff working on malaria, and provide managerial and technical support to the NMEP Director and staff to build capacity within the NMEP. In addition, the Advisor will represent USAID and the USG on various national and international technical and policy forums.
The Advisor, working in collaboration with the NMEP, HPN team members, the CDC/PMI Resident Advisor (PMI/Malaria Team co-Lead), and PMI staff in USAID, Washington and CDC, Atlanta, will be responsible for developing annual malaria work plans. S/he will work with the USAID/Nigeria Program Office and USAID/Washington to ensure full accountability and value for money of funds provided by the PMI and other relevant health funds. He will work with the USAID Nigeria Program Office and Washington to ensure that financial and technical reports on the USAID malaria program in Nigeria are prepared and submitted as required.
The Advisor will provide technical and managerial support to USAID staff and implementing partners as needed during the design and implementation phases of all projects with malaria components to ensure interventions are high quality and programmatic targets are met. The Advisor will ensure that all activities are consistent with internationally accepted best practices and relevant to the specific malaria epidemiology of Nigeria. PMI will provide technical assistance for monitoring insecticide resistance used in LLINs and IRS and, as needed, provide technical assistance for indoor residual spraying.
The Advisor will be responsible for developing a monitoring and evaluation plan, as well as ensuring that implementing partners develop project monitoring plans and report in a timely manner on their activities. It is also expected that the incumbent will provide expert advice and practical experience to the Ministry of Health, the NMEP and other partners in how to execute operational plans, both jointly and collaboratively, to achieve measurable quantitative and qualitative malaria results, and in monitoring and reporting on malaria inputs, progress and outcomes relating to Roll Back Malaria (RBM) goals. S/he will carry out monitoring and evaluation visits to implementation sites to ascertain all quantitative and qualitative data is collected properly and ensure programmatic quality and value for money are maintained. In the event s/he cannot get to the field, the Advisor will, with the assistance of the Missions third-party monitoring and evaluation advisors, ensure that field monitoring is carried out.
The Advisor will liaise with USAID/Washington and the HPN senior management to ensure effective oversight of the Neglected Tropical Disease program and other relevant activities that the need arises. S/he will develop, and present analysis, reports and presentations as needed to the Government of Nigeria (GON), USG Agency Heads, development partners and other high-level visitors and carry out relevant programmatic recommendations.
Management of Activity Implementation 25%
The Advisor, in collaboration with the NMEP, will be responsible for overseeing the management of a broad range of PMI supported malaria prevention and control activities, including: LLIN procurement and distribution through various channels, including free mass distribution and community level continuous distribution; procurement and distribution of Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) and artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACTs); case management of childhood illnesses, malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea, at health facility and community level that includes appropriate use of RDTs for malaria diagnosis and treatment of malaria case in both public and he private sectors; provision of drug-based prevention including seasonal malaria chemo-prevention (SMC) and intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) coverage; behavior change and communication activities to support all of the above interventions; manage technical support for monitoring insecticide resistance and for technical assistance on an as need basis to the GON or state governments. The Advisor shall manage and oversee services and deliverables provided by contractors and grantees, in accordance with USAID program management regulations, procedures, and practices. S/he will also be responsible for monitoring and reporting the results of all malaria activities. Specifically, the Advisor will:
● Serve as Agreement/Contracting Officer’s Representative (AOR/COR) and program/project/ activity manager.
● Provide review and approval of work plans, project budgets, performance monitoring plans, quarterly.
and annual reports, and other key documents for managed activities.
● Provide guidance on new program initiatives, draft program documents to secure funding and
implement activities and manage the relationships between USAID and USAID implementing partners
● Provide technical assistance in capacity building, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation to key USAID governmental and nongovernmental partners, to ensure that they develop measurable plans and objectives for the implementation of innovative and effective HPN projects.
● Provide oversight to ensure that programs achieve sound programmatic and financial management, achieve anticipated results, are linked to and enhance attainment of strategic objectives, are aligned with GON priorities and are implemented within the framework of the USG foreign assistance policies. Work closely with other U.S. Mission and Agency staff to ensure effective coordination and alignment of all USG programs.
● Conduct regular site visits to monitor activity progress and to provide technical and programmatic recommendations or ensure that third party monitoring is carried out if unable to go to the field.
● Promote state sustainable plans with improved governance and accountability through activities that support the GON’s Journey to Self-reliance.
Partner Relationships 25%
The incumbent will establish and maintain productive collaborative relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders, the federal Ministry of Health, state governments, World Bank, Global Fund, WHO, UNICEF, other donors as well as NGOs and faith-based organizations working on malaria and related issues. The incumbent will, therefore, develop and maintain relationships with these partners and stakeholders to design, plan and implement malaria prevention and control activities consistent with the malaria control coverage needs identified by the strategy and plans of the NMEP and PMI such as commodity gaps and a national monitoring and evaluation plan. S/he will effectively ensure that all the USG malaria activities are complementary and enhance all other malaria activities being implemented in Nigeria. The incumbent will participate in meetings hosted by the NMEP on malaria.
As needed, the Advisor will carry out other tasks related to the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of USAID support to the health/population/nutrition sector in Nigeria. The Advisor may also represent USAID/Nigeria at regional and international conferences, and act as a regional resource in various health sector areas.
About the Organization
1. General Statement of Purpose of the Contract:
The U.S. President's Malaria Initiative (PMI)—led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented together with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—delivers cost-effective, lifesaving malaria interventions alongside catalytic technical and operational assistance to support Nigeria to end malaria.
The USPSC Malaria Advisor (USAID/PMI Resident Advisor – “The Advisor”) will work in the Health, Population and Nutrition Office and will reports to the Health, Population and Nutrition Office Deputy Director.
Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa with extraordinary human capital and natural resources, including oil, and a rich agricultural and commercial tradition and a projected total population of approximately 200 individuals. It comprises six geopolitical zones (North West, North East, North Central, South West, South South, and South East), 36 states (plus the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja), 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs) with an average population of about 265,793 residents per LGA, and 8,812 wards. Each state has an elected governor, an executive council, and a house of assembly with the power to enact state laws. State governments have substantial autonomy and exercise considerable authority over the allocation and utilization of their resources, limiting the influence of the federal government over state and local government affairs.
Nigeria's stability, however, is threatened by terrorism with ISIS - West Africa and Boko Haram, high rates of poverty, and poor education, health, governance, and infrastructure. To address these challenges, U.S. foreign assistance supports investments in health delivery and systemic reform, countering terrorism and violent extremism, peacebuilding, economic growth, democratic governance, and justice. In alignment with the FAR principle of "Graduating Countries from Assistance," U.S. assistance to Nigeria works to build the capacity of the government, civil society, and individuals to manage good governance, achieve development outcomes, and make progress on Nigeria's Journey to Self-Reliance.
Malaria is transmitted throughout Nigeria, with 76 percent of the population living in high transmission areas. Five ecological zones define the intensity and seasonality of transmission and the mosquito vector species: mangrove swamps; rain forest; guinea-savannah; sudan-savannah; and sahel-savannah. The duration of the transmission season decreases from year-round transmission in the south to three months or less in the north. Plasmodium falciparum is the predominant malaria species. The major vectors are Anopheles gambiae s. l. and An. funestus. Within the An. gambiae complex, An. arabiensis predominates in the north and An. melas in the mangrove coastal zone.
Malaria prevention and control are major foreign assistance objectives of the U.S. Government (USG). The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) was launched in June 2005 as a 5-year, $1.2 billion initiative to rapidly scale-up malaria prevention and treatment interventions and reduce malaria-related mortality by 50% in 15 high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The initiative assists African countries, in collaboration with other partners, to rapidly scale up coverage of vulnerable groups with four highly effective interventions: long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets, artemisinin-based combination therapy, intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy, and indoor residual spraying. PMI works at the national level in close partnership with the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) and, operationally, PMI efforts are currently focused in eleven target states. PMI works with the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and USAID’s Health, Population and Nutrition programs to implement effective integrated interventions to improve the health of Nigerians, with a focus on children and pregnant women. Since 2011 PMI -has helped to decrease child death rates by 16 percent from 2008 to 2018 according to Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey (NDHS), through investments totaling almost $712 million.
USAID/Nigeria’s health portfolio is expanding to strengthen current efforts in maternal and child health, including malaria, as well as new areas of emphasis such as Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD’s) and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). USG malaria control and prevention interventions in Nigeria include, but are not limited to, case management (diagnostic and treatment) of malaria in health facilities and at the community level, distribution of long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) through mass campaigns, drug-based prevention through seasonal malaria chemoprevention and intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation, operational research and social and behavior change interventions.