PSI seeks an experienced Chief of Party (COP) to lead the management, coordination, and reporting of all activities under an anticipated 5-year USAID/PMI-funded project in Cambodia. Funded through the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the Cambodia Malaria Elimination Project 2 (CMEP 2) will build on previous experience, and strengthen local capacity in malaria prevention, diagnosis, and management, as well as surveillance and reporting, to reach elimination targets in Cambodia by 2025. The activity is expected to commence in six provinces: three provinces (Pailin, Batambang, and Pursat) where the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is currently supporting implementation of malaria elimination activities and three provinces (Kep, Kampot, and Koh Kong) where PMI is providing technical assistance to the Provincial Health Departments (PHD) to conduct these activities on their own.
The activity will support malaria control and elimination priorities as defined by the Cambodian National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM), especially among high-risk populations (e.g., forest workers and mobile and migrant populations [MMPs]), by implementing evidence-based interventions at the local, district, provincial, and national levels. Specifically, this activity will implement a proven public health model for malaria diagnosis and treatment; and will add a key component of prevention of reintroduction through real-time surveillance and rapid response to new malaria cases and applying a tailored approach that responds to the varying epidemiological profiles for malaria transmission in PMI supported areas. Successful implementation of this model will be a significant component of PMI’s response to assist CNM to achieve their goal of eliminating Plasmodium falciparum malaria by 2023 and Plasmodium vivax malaria by 2025.
PSI Cambodia launched its malaria program in 2003 with the introduction of malaria test kits, anti-malarial drugs and insecticide-treated made available through private-sector outlets across the country. Today, PSI Cambodia works across 17 malaria-endemic provinces in Cambodia and continues to work in close partnership with the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM). The focus is now on malaria elimination, with forest goers and other mobile migrant workers the highest priority for both CNM and the international health community, to eliminate anti-malarial medication-resistant malaria in Cambodia. To support elimination efforts, PSI Cambodia delivers malaria programs on remote worksites through mobile malaria workers who test and treat suspected malaria patients. PSI Cambodia staff provide monthly technical and material support to mobile malaria workers in exchange for data they have collected on the malaria caseload at their worksites which is reported directly to local health authorities and CNM. PSI Cambodia is moving its activities closer to the forest where the remaining malaria cases are found, using community engagement and as a technique to empower communities to support the malaria elimination efforts, and to continue to find, test and treat the hardest to reach cases. Under the Global Fund Regional Artemisinin Initiative 2 Elimination project, the PSI-led consortium provides technical assistance to the government to implement a core package of malaria elimination services in eight provinces.
The COP should have significant leadership, management, and international development experience; a demonstrated track record in successfully managing government, donor, and malaria community relations; a commitment to capacity building; and experience successfully conducting and implementing USAID-funded projects of similar size and scope. Your primary responsibility will be to ensure that the activity produces the results specified in annual work plans, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost. The COP will act as the main point of contact with USAID and other stakeholders involved in project implementation. The COP will also ensure that the project is represented in national technical, policy, and planning forums with USAID/PMI, the Government of Cambodia, and key malaria stakeholders.
This position will be based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values: