• Associate, Malaria Program, Limpopo

    Country
    South Africa
    City
    Polokwane
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
    Additional Location Description
    South Africa, Tzaneen
  • 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

     

    Malaria is one of the world's most significant causes of illness, death and lost economic productivity. Over the past decade, dramatic increases in donor funding have facilitated scale-up of effective interventions to prevent, diagnose, and treat malaria. This investment has successfully reduced the burden of malaria in many settings, and some countries have begun planning to eliminate it altogether. Yet these gains are fragile: global funding for malaria remains short of what is needed, the last decade's rapid growth in malaria financing appears to have halted, and resistance to insecticides and drugs threatens to set back efforts. CHAI’s malaria program provides direct management and technical support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions, 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.

    Responsibilities

    The Associate will be expected to develop and manage strong relationships with the National Department of Health (NDOH), Limpopo Provincial Department of Health, and relevant country partners to support implementation of initiatives to eliminate malaria. The role will require the Associate to help design evidence-based strategies to reduce malaria transmission, and to provide dedicated day-to-day operational support to ensure plans are executed effectively and impactfully.

     

    The position requires a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. The Associate must be able to work independently to drive implementation, and have deep personal commitment to producing results. The Associate will work closely with government teams, technical partners, and CHAI's technical teams. The position requires a fast learner and strategic thinker who is both willing to take on routine tasks, such as data entry, and capable of facilitating high-level strategic discussions with a multi-cultural, multidisciplinary set of actors. CHAI places great value on the resourcefulness, tenacity, patience, humility, and high ethical standards of its staff.

     

    The Associate will support the National and Provincial Departments of Health to:

    • Conduct annual operational planning and budgeting in support of the National Malaria Elimination Strategy, and implement this plan
    • Ensure appropriately targeted, timeous, and high-quality implementation of the annual Indoor Residual Spraying campaign
    • Ensure adequate supply of malaria diagnostics and treatment at health facilities
    • Deploy and monitor a DHIS2-based national information system to strengthen malaria surveillance and intervention planning
    • Implement the Elimination 8 regional initiative
    • Routinely analyze and review data to ensure optimal targeting, implementation, and effectiveness of program interventions
    • Review the 2012 Malaria Elimination Strategic Plan, and draft a 2018 Malaria Elimination Strategic Plan

     

    To achieve these objectives, the Associate must:

    • Build strong relationships with stakeholders across government and non-governmental organizations
    • Serve as a trusted advisor to the provincial and national malaria program
    • Provide day-to-day technical and operational support to the provincial malaria program
    • Conduct assessments to help to make evidence-based plans and execute effective programs
    • Work with CHAI's technical teams, South Africa's malaria program manager, and regional manager to develop and implement a coordinated program of support
    • Identify key impediments to programmatic goals and help devise targeted solutions to them
    • Conduct quantitative analyses to ensure sufficient supplies of commodities, appropriate coverage with interventions, and/or progress towards program goals
    • Conduct costing and financial analyses and support development of funding proposals
    • Draft presentations and reports for internal and external stakeholders
    • Coordinate meetings and facilitate knowledge sharing between the government program and partner organizations in the region to ensure coordination
    • Provide program and budget updates for donor reporting and best practice sharing

     

    The role will entail frequent travel in Limpopo, and regular travel to Pretoria, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

    Qualifications

    • A university degree plus 4-6 years of work experience
    • Exceptional problem-solving solving skills and analytical capabilities
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Skill in making persuasive presentations and written reports
    • Strong organizational abilities and detail-oriented approach
    • 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
    • Strong spoken and written English
    • Experience working in developing country context

     

    Advantages:

    • Experience working in malaria programs
    • Master’s degree
    • Experience working in Limpopo province

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