Clinton Health Access Initiative

Malaria Associate

Country
Zimbabwe
City
Harare
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Zimbabwe

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

 

Program Overview:

 

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 and treatable disease. CHAI supports 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.

 

In  Zimbabwe, CHAI provides direct technical and operational support to the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to reduce the burden of malaria in high-burden districts while implementing a progressive sub-national malaria elimination program in 28  low-burden districts in the southern and central regions of the country. CHAI supports the NMCP on the scale-up of effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, in line with the National Malaria Control and Elimination Strategic Plan (2021-2025).

 

Position Overview:

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) Zimbabwe seeks a highly motivated individual to work as a Malaria Associate reporting to the Malaria Program Manager. The Associate will support the Program Manager in shaping CHAI’s overall malaria strategy for the country, participate in the development of clear operational plans for execution, and continuously identify opportunities for CHAI to add value and maximize the impact of the Ministry of Health’s malaria program.  The Associate will work alongside the CHAI malaria team members on CHAI's national-level engagements and provide tiered technical support to all provinces where CHAI will be operating in.

 

CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities, including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and a strong work ethic. Therefore, the Associate should be an individual with good problem-solving skills to sustainably address complex challenges. They must have excellent relationship-building and communication skills and the ability to function independently with minimal oversight.

Responsibilities

  • Work with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP)and other partners to optimize malaria testing and treatment coverage in priority areas, including enhancing the quality of the existing community case management program.
  • Provide robust analytical and data management support to the NMCP in the roll-out and sustenance of the DHIS2 reporting system and dashboards for malaria elimination, vector control, and entomology.
  • Work with NMCP to create reporting and M&E protocols for DHIS2 modules on malaria elimination case-based surveillance system, vector control, and entomology to ensure the system updates align with routine workflow and operations.
  • Build the capacity of subnational level staff to collect, analyze and use epidemiological and vector control data for informed decision-making.
  • Support the CHAI program coordinators to identify and resolve surveillance-related bottlenecks at district and provincial levels in both high burdened and malaria elimination provinces.
  • Create sustainable linkages with the private sector to ensure malaria testing, treatment, and reporting protocols are widely disseminated and utilized at all points of care.
  • Support presentation and discussion of new evidence, policies, and strategies on malaria.
  • Any other duties assigned by the manager.

Qualifications

  • Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, GIS, Economics, Statistics, or related analytical fields.
  • At least three years of working experience with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Understanding of disease surveillance with knowledge of common health information management systems such as DHIS2 strongly preferred
  • Proficiency in data analysis and presentation using statistical, geospatial analysis, and data presentation software such as MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, STATA, SPSS, ArcGIS, QGIS, PowerBI, and Tableau.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships in a multicultural environment
  • Patience and thoughtfulness even in high-pressure, stressful situations
  • Willingness to travel (up to 30-50% of the time)

Advantages

  • Experience developing protocols for surveys, field data collection, data analysis, and report writing for operational research-related workstreams.
  • Experience working with surveillance platforms (e.g., DHIS2), data collection tools (e.g., ODK), and data visualization applications (e.g., Tableau).

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