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Malaria Surveillance Associate

Malaria Surveillance Associate

Country 
Cambodia
City 
Phnom Penh
Type 
Full Time
Business Unit 
Country Programs - Country Teams
Additional Location Description 
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Overview

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.

 

In Cambodia, CHAI provides technical and management assistance to the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM) with a goal to accelerate Cambodia’s drive to malaria elimination by 2025. The overall objective of CHAI’s malaria work in Cambodia is to ensure CNM has evidence-based strategies, strong operational plans and necessary financial resources for implementation. In 2015, CHAI helped Cambodia develop Malaria Elimination Action Framework (MEAF) 2016-2020 for the elimination of Plasmodium falciparum by 2020 and the strengthening of the malaria surveillance system was recognized as a critical gap. In 2016-2017, CHAI assisted CNM in the mobilization of donor resources for the implementation of MEAF strategies, including the development of new malaria information system and its roll out.

 

CNM is currently collaborating with different partner organizations to strengthen the Malaria Information System (MIS) in order to facilitate case-based reporting and response at health facility level. In 2018, using the new MIS, CNM plans to launch the malaria elimination program in selected provinces in northwestern Cambodia. To provide technical and management assistance at lower health levels for government’s elimination program, CHAI is also setting up sub-national team in elimination provinces.

 

CHAI will support CNM on the development of the new surveillance information system and its operationalization for malaria elimination. 

 

Responsibilities

The Associate will be a key member of the CHAI team providing support to CNM to strengthen the national surveillance system and support Cambodia’s transition from aggregate, monthly reporting to immediate case-based reporting, follow-up, and response. The Associate will work and coordinate with multiple stakeholders in CHAI and in different partner organizations to support the development and roll out of an elimination ready web-based reporting platform, in malaria elimination targeted areas.

Travel to malaria elimination provinces is expected 25%.

 

Responsibilities

Manage CHAI support to CNM and partners on the development and roll out of surveillance information system. Specific activities may include helping the national program and partners to:

  • Manage the discovery process for the requirements of new malaria information system 
  • Gather inputs on dashboards, work flows and overall design of the system from CNM and partner organizations
  • Support CNM in testing and troubleshooting of tools before full implementation
  • Assist in documentation of surveillance guidelines, including system utilization and maintenance protocols
  • Support the national program in the training of central and sub-national level staff on technical aspects of system utilization and maintenance
  • Represent CHAI in various meetings to provide project updates and technical guidance on system development and roll out of malaria elimination surveillance activities
  • Work closely with the CHAI team for subnational malaria programs at provincial and district level to extend CHAI support on surveillance trainings, regular monitoring and overall capacity building of the government’s health staff for malaria active surveillance and response
  • Serve as a focal point within CHAI Cambodia for malaria surveillance; work closely with other CHAI staff in the malaria team to ensure CNM has sufficient funding to implement surveillance activities
  • Collaborate with other CHAI staff at both central and subnational, as needed, to support implementation planning as per donor requirements
  • Collaborate with CHAI Health Informatics team to monitor and evaluate impact of electronic tools and gather user feedback

Qualifications

CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with a track record of delivering quality results with limited resources. S/he should be able to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, unstructured environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously whilst mentoring a team to perform consistently. The ideal candidate will also possess cultural sensitivity skills and demonstrate high emotional intelligence, as they will be working closely with government and external partners.

 

  • Bachelor's degree with at least four years of work experience
  • Exceptional qualities to coordinate with a diverse group of stakeholders
  • Result-oriented communication skills, a structured and assured oral and written communication style
  • Strong problem solving skills and quantitative and qualitative analytical capabilities
  • Ability to build relationships; navigate complex government processes and influence decision-making in a professional and collaborative manner
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously whilst mentoring a team to perform consistently
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, and comfortable to perform in low-resource settings
  • Excellent attitude to the work and self-motivated persona
  • Experience working in unpredictable and quick-to-respond environment

 

Advantages:

  • Proficient with information technology and health information system design and management
  • Experience working with government institutions
  • Ability to speak, read, and write Khmer
  • Experience living or working in resource-limited countries and/or Southeast Asia
  • Experience in working with malaria and/or other infectious diseases
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation

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