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.
The Mekong region is currently targeting elimination of malaria with a phased approach by 2030; Myanmar is a high malaria burden country which contributed 127,031 confirmed malaria cases, the highest caseload to the region in 2014. The Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) and Vector Borne Disease Control (VBDC) has planned immediate implementation of sub-national elimination according to micro-stratification based on API (Annual Parasite Index). Elimination strategies will launch in low endemic area of central Myanmar first, and then will expand to high endemic areas along the borders at some point in the future. 60% of 52 million total population are considered at risk for malaria; malaria risk is especially high among forest, mining, and plantation-related occupations and those migrating nationally and regionally for economic opportunity. Moreover, there is an accelerator to strive for elimination as artemisinin resistance was originally identified in 2008 in the southeastern states bordering to Thailand.
Through additional resources from the 3-Disease Fund, the Three Millennium Development Goal Fund, and the Global Fund and complementary support from over twenty implementing partners, the country has achieved rapid success in scaling up interventions, especially in resistance containment zones. There is a significant number of challenges to achieve target which are staff shortage, inadequate supply chain management, many implementing partners (duplication and poor data sharing practice) in the provider sides as well as access to quality assured ACTs because of geographical terrain and civil unrest as well in the beneficiary side.
Since October 2014, CHAI has been working with NMCP on priority areas for support which include case management strengthening and surveillance system strengthening. In case management strengthening, CHAI has supported a rapid assessment of availability and access to malaria diagnosis and treatment, and transmission hotspot identification. Regarding surveillance system strengthening, the NMCP Program Manager requested CHAI's support to conduct training on the malaria information system (an Access database), which is currently in 60 of 330 townships nationwide. CHAI is also helping NMCP to implement an electronic Logistics Information System (LMIS), called mSupply, in order to manage malaria commodities and use the data for reporting and forecasting.
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated and flexible individual to serve as the Malaria Program Manager to support the intensification of malaria control and targeted elimination in Myanmar, in line with the regional drive towards malaria elimination. As a core member of the CHAI country team in Myanmar and CHAI's global malaria team, the Malaria Program Manager will provide day-to-day technical and operational support to the Vector Borne Disease Control (VBDC) Program of the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) in optimizing current strategies and developing and executing new strategies to successfully control and eventually eliminate malaria. The Program Manager will be expected to coordinate and lead a small team in support of these objectives.
The Malaria Program Manager must be a highly motivated, entrepreneurial individual with outstanding problem-solving, managerial, logistical, analytical, and communication skills. The Program Manager must be able to function independently and flexibly and have a strong commitment to excellence. The position will be based in Yangon and Naypyidaw, Myanmar, with travel within the country expected.