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Program Manager, Malaria Elimination

CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative

Mbabane, Swaziland

Responsibilities:

Malaria-specific Technical Areas of Support

  • Support the NMCP in the implementation of passive and active surveillance systems that identify all malaria infections, and facilitate the collection of key data on malaria cases;
  • Support the NMCP to fortify all data collection, data management, data verification systems to ensure data systems meet WHO requirements for malaria elimination certification;
  • Assist the NMCP with foci investigation and implementation of the vector control activities;
  • Support implementation of national case management guidelines and QA system at public and private health facilities to ensure all suspected malaria cases are accurately diagnosed and promptly and effectively treated;
  • Identify key impediments to the successful execution of malaria elimination strategy and work with the NMCP and partners to develop solutions to rapidly address bottlenecks;
  • Conduct analyses of quantitative and qualitative data to support the NMCP in targeting interventions to those areas at highest risk of local malaria transmission at the most appropriate time.

Planning and Budgeting

  • Assume an active role in the Mid-Term Programme Review for the NMCP, including revision of the current National Malaria Elimination Strategic Plan (2015 – 2020) and supporting guidelines, manuals and policies;
  • Support the NMCP during the grant-making period of Swaziland’s application to the Next Funding Model of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria;
  • Support the NMCP in mobilization of domestic resources to fill key programmatic gaps in the strategic plan;
  • Manage the CHAI Malaria team in Swazilan;
  • Responsible for the CHAI Swaziland Malaria financial resource allocation, including drafting and updating of budgets, approval and tracking of monthly expenses, and coordination with other CHAI team members for reporting to donors.

Information Technology

  • Support the NMCP’s continued integration of all malaria-related data into a single database, including ensuring data is easily accessible to all team members and used to guide day-to-day decisions.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Forge and maintain relationships with all staff at the NMCP and key stakeholders at the Ministry of Health, World Health Organization (WHO), National Emergency Response Council for HIV and AIDS (NERCHA), and academic and non-governmental organizations. Support partners’ alignment of activities towards the elimination of local malaria transmission in Swaziland.

Program Management

  • Support NMCP to operationalize key guidance documents, including the development and implementation of work plans supporting the achievement of the objectives in the National Malaria Elimination Strategic Plan (2015 – 2020), ensuring budget & timeframes for implementation are kept on-track;
  • Provide operational and strategic support to the NMCP Programme Manager;
  • Ensure the Targeted Parasite Elimination study is concluded and end-line survey carried out in partnership with the CHAI Malaria Research Associate and the University of California, San Francisco;
  • Hire and provide oversight to direct reports, secondees, and independent contractors.

Other responsibilities as needed.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience in areas including but not limited to management of public health programs, community development, public policy, international relations, disease control/elimination, and/or international development;
  • Experience working for or partnering with governments;
  • Proven ability to build relationships and consensus; adept at managing interests of multiple stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results where responsibilities lie within other organizations;
  • Ability to think strategically and anticipate future consequences and trends;
  • Project and program management skills;
  • Strong intercultural communication skills and an ability to form strong working relationships with people in different organizations;
  • Ability to oversee multiple work streams simultaneously, to set priorities, and to work independently and flexibly with a strong commitment to excellence in high-pressure situations;
  • Demonstrated ability to absorb new information rapidly;
  • Demonstrated excellent analytical, quantitative skills and problem solving skills, along with expertise in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Advantages:

  • Master’s degree in related field (public health, public policy, international development, etc.);
  • Experience living and working in Southern Africa;
  • Understanding of strategies to achieve malaria elimination.

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