Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world.
Botswana is well-positioned to be one of the first countries in Southern Africa to eliminate malaria in the next few years, and it has targeted elimination by 2018. Many of the successes in reducing the malaria burden in Botswana over the past decade can be attributed to the implementation of effective interventions such as the distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets and spraying of households using mosquito-killing insecticides.
The Botswana’s National Malaria Programme (NMP) and Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) are seeking 3 malaria community mobilization associates to provide support to strengthen community outreach, awareness creation, and training sessions to prevent malaria and maximize the impact of vector control interventions. The individual, who will be base at the district level and work with District Health Management Teams (DHMTs), will be expected to analyze and monitor disease-related data to inform optimal approaches to best develop and implement health awareness campaigns and manage the operation of culturally appropriate community mobilization and advocacy strategies to improve uptake of interventions, contribute to field studies to enhance and facilitate planning and uptake of vector control interventions, and develop and manage strong relationships with the NMP, District Health Management Teams (DHMTs), relevant country partners and community based organizations.
Prior experience overseeing advocacy, health promotion and partnership development programs within Ministries of Health, and field work in infectious disease endemic setting or in low malaria transmission areas in southern Africa would be an advantage. The position requires a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, leadership and communication skills. The candidate must be able to work independently to design, implement and monitor health promotion, community mobilization and advocacy elimination strategies with emphasis on policy support and social acceptance centered on malaria control and prevention.
Successful candidates should be strategic, out-of-the-box thinkers who are capable of facilitating high-level strategic discussions with a multi-cultural, multidisciplinary set of actors including local health workers, community based organizations and households. In addition, candidates will often have to deal with sensitive and complex problems at community level, and are expected to learn about a range of programs and projects to support their implementation activities at community levels.
This position will be based in malaria-endemic and non-endemic areas, with travel to Gaborone and within the country to support health promotion and education activities. He/she will work directly with the NMP Manager, Health Promotion and Education officers at the national and district level officers, and execute activities prioritized by the NMP.