Associate, Severe Malaria

Job
from Clinton Health Access Initiative
Closing date: 21 Nov 2019

Overview

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

CHAI's global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.

Overview of Role:

Malaria remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in children under 5 in Africa. In 2017, an estimated 2 to 6 million of the 219 million uncomplicated malaria cases were assumed to have advanced to severe disease, resulting in approximately 435,000 malaria-attributable deaths. The majority of these malaria cases and deaths were in sub-Saharan Africa, where 91% of cases and 93% of deaths occurred. One third of all malaria deaths were recorded in just three countries: Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Uganda.

CHAI, together with UNICEF and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, initiated a 3-year operational research study to examine how reductions in severe malaria case fatality can be achieved under real-world conditions by introducing rectal artesunate (RAS), a lifesaving pre-referral treatment, through established Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM) platforms within targeted communities in Nigeria, DRC, and Uganda. In addition to its work in these three countries, the Community Access to Rectal Artesunate for Malaria (CARAMAL) project provides technical support to other countries that are planning to or have already introduced rectal artesunate.

Overview of Position:

CHAI is seeking an Associate to provide technical assistance in support of the CARAMAL project, specifically focusing on countries other than Nigeria, DRC and Uganda. The Associate will work closely with CHAI country teams, CARAMAL consortium partners, and external stakeholders to ensure that lessons learned through the CARAMAL project are disseminated to non-project countries. The Associate must have excellent communication skills and cultural sensitivity. In addition, the Associate must have strong organizational and project management skills, and be capable of conducting rapid quantitative analyses and communicating results on a regular basis in a clear and concise manner to colleagues and partners. The successful candidate will be able to function efficiently in a semi-independent setting, and thus will be a self-motivated individual capable of managing multiple tasks at once and making sound independent decisions regarding data analysis. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic.

This position will be based in CHAI's office in Kigali, but could be based in another program country pending leadership approval.

Responsibilities

  • Stay informed of evidence and lessons generated through the CARAMAL project, and help identify opportunities to disseminate those lessons to non-project countries
  • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of the severe malaria diagnosis and treatment landscape and identify the highest priority opportunities to improve identification and management of severe malaria cases
  • Identify and scope new geographies that may benefit from severe malaria case management support, in close collaboration with CHAI's country teams, national malaria control programs, and other stakeholders
  • Organize and help lead meetings and workshops in select non-project countries to identify gaps that need to be addressed for successful introduction and/or scale up of RAS, and share insights and materials from the project that can help inform their operational planning
  • Compile comprehensive reports following engagement with non-project countries for internal (national planning) and external (project documentation) purposes
  • Help ensure that national-level severe malaria strategies, policies and guidelines in select non-project countries are updated in line with global guidelines
  • Support the gathering, analysis and presentation of severe malaria data from the CARAMAL project and available (un)published literature at country, regional and global malaria meetings
  • Support the organization of global stakeholder meetings on severe malaria
  • Other responsibilities as needed

    Qualifications

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree, plus at least 2-3 years of relevant professional experience in a demanding, results-oriented environment

  • Strong quantitative skills, including fluency in Excel

  • Ability to create compelling, logical presentations and reports using MS PowerPoint and MS Word

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Excellent organization and management skills, including time management and project management
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and set priorities in remote settings
  • Ability to be effective, patient, and thoughtful in high-pressure situations
  • Comfort and flexibility to work independently with a diverse set of counterparts
  • Ability to work independently in remote and unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges
  • Will be able to travel frequently (~50% time) and extensively across sub-Saharan Africa, and to other trans-continental meetings
  • Proficient in French

Advantages:

  • Master's degree in public health, epidemiology or related field
  • Experience working in public health, particularly international health and/or health policy and management
  • Familiarity with monitoring and evaluation of surveillance systems and/or public health programs
  • Experience designing and implementing operational research projects
  • Experience working with surveillance platforms (e.g. DHIS2), data collection tools (e.g. ODK) and/or data visualization applications (e.g. Tableau)
  • Experience working in developing countries, particularly on health-related issues
  • Proficient in Portuguese

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