Malaria Technical Advisor

Job Description

This role will serve as the Malaria Clinical Technical Manager for Zambia as part of the USAID funded PMI Impact Malaria project. The objective of this USAID project is to provide implementation support services and technical assistance to ministry of health to accelerate progress in comprehensive malaria facility and community service delivery including malaria case management, malaria in pregnancy, and other malaria drug-based intervention

Supervisor/Accountability : Reporting to Impact Malaria Diagnostics Technical Advisor/Project Coordinator in Zambia

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provide technical support of all malaria activities with a focus on outreach Training and supportive supervision (OTSS). The Technical Manager will provide technical leadership for the Impact Malaria clinical services including treatment of malaria and management of febrile illness in all ages, pregnant women and children under five years of age. Ensure the quality of processes and results of malaria treatment activities;
  • Provide technical guidance to the malaria clinical staff in the implementation and monitoring of program activities;
  • Provide technical oversight for the OTSS services with a focus on the clinical and MIP components
  • Promote WHO’s new recommendation on intermittent prevention of malaria in pregnancy IPTp uptake and guidelines as a core component of the WHO three-prolonged approach, oversee the adaptation of knowledge-based training packages (such as WHO’s case management training packages) to competency-based training;
  • Lead the technical assistance effort that will be provided to the NMCP on case management areas to include review and update of case management strategy, protocols and guidelines, development of case management training curriculum, strengthen quality control and quality assurance (QA/QC) protocols for malaria clinical case management, as necessary;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • A Medical degree or Bachelor’s degree in Medicine or another related field;
  • Master in public health degree is an added advantage;
  • Experience with a mix of practical technical skills in malaria necessary for strengthening malaria service delivery at national, regional, district and community level;
  • Experience in Malaria programming including malaria in Pregnancy (MIP); malaria case management and diagnosis
  • 8 years of progressive experience providing high level technical assistance and project management in malaria or other public health programs;
  • Demonstrated experience in malaria case management, particularly malaria treatment including severe malaria; uncomplicated malaria and community case management
  • Experience providing technical assistance and capacity building in malaria clinical case management including quality assurance (QA)/quality control system, and QA in fever management;
  • Experience training clinicians, desirable experience in outreach supportive supervision;
  • Experience in managing and/or providing technical assistance to national malaria control programs;
  • Research experience in public health and clinical work would be an advantage;
  • Monitoring and Evaluation experience or training would be an added value
  • Experience with the public health sector; experience with private a bonus;
  • Be competent managing individual cases and collective health issues;
  • Good relation with local training institutions and research entities;
  • Highly computer literate, familiar with programs for word-processing, spreadsheets, database management, presentations, and electronic communication;
  • Self-motivated, diligent, organized, responsible, reliable;
  • Excellent communications both oral (local languages, basic English) and written, able to write reports with minimal support from the Home Office;
  • Willing to stay up to date in relevant clinical guides, SOPs;
  • Be willing to spend up to 30% of the time in peripheral facilities assessing progress and making corrective actions;
  • Ability to work as a team member, be responsive to requests from home office, prime, donor and local stakeholders (NMCP, MOH both central and regional) even if conflictive, inconsistent;
  • Be able to devote 100% of time to this project (no teaching duties, no consultancies, no private practice of any kind);
  • No records of professional misconduct, particularly but not limited to research misconduct when relevant.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via email to [email protected] Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

About the Organization

Over the past 40 years, Medical Care Development International (MCDI), the international health division of Medical Care Development, Inc. (MCD), has worked to strengthen health systems through practical, evidence-based and high-impact interventions across several public health sectors in over 40 countries. MCDI collaborates with donors, national governments, the private sector, health agencies, communities and local stakeholder to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations. By joining MCDI, employees join a diverse network of highly capable individuals, many of whom are experts in their field.

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