• Associate, Malaria

    Country
    Myanmar
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
    Additional Location Description
    Monywa, Sagaing Region
  • 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

     

    Background

    The Mekong region is currently targeting elimination of malaria with a phased approach by 2030; Myanmar is a high malaria burden country which contributed 94,043 reported malaria cases in 2016. The Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS) Vector Borne Disease Control (VBDC) program has planned immediate implementation of sub-national elimination according to micro-stratification based on Annual Parasite Index (API). 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 are a significant number of challenges to achieve targets, including staff shortages, inadequate supply chain management, numerous implementing partners (including providers), and challenging access to quality assured ACTs because of geographical terrain and civil unrest in certain areas.

     

    Since October 2014, CHAI has been working with the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) on priority areas for support, which includes strengthening case management and surveillance systems. 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 230 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.

     

    Position Overview

    CHAI is seeking a highly motivated and flexible individual to serve as the Malaria Associate 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 Associate 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) and a strong focus for supporting States/Regions in optimizing current strategies and developing and executing new strategies to successfully eliminate malaria.

     

    The Malaria Associate must be a highly motivated, entrepreneurial individual with outstanding problem-solving, managerial, logistical, analytical, and communication skills. The Associate must be able to function independently and flexibly and have a strong commitment to excellence. The position will be based in Monywa and provide sub-national malaria project support to Sagaing Region, with travel to Naypyidaw and other States/Regions as required.

    Responsibilities

    • Support VBDC to strengthen malaria surveillance systems, including:
      • Updating national policies and protocols to ensure the accurate and rapid reporting and management of all malaria cases
      • Developing operational plans to support effective execution of surveillance strengthening activities
    • Assist VBDC in the development of training materials and job aids for healthcare workers on national disease reporting protocols
    • Collaborate with VBDC to develop and strengthen the architecture and utility of the country’s malaria information system database
    • Provide assistance to VBDC to analyze malaria surveillance data, including geographical mapping of malaria case burden and intervention coverage
    • Where necessary and feasible, support protocol and systems development for active case investigation and detection
    • Support the investigation of high-risk areas to determine factors associated with transmission and collaborate with VBDC to develop interventions to reduce each locality’s transmission potential
    • Identify key impediments to successful collection of malaria surveillance data and work with VBDC and partners to develop solutions to rapidly address these bottlenecks
    • Explore the utilization of new tools and interventions to strengthen surveillance and develop operational plans and other materials to support the implementation of these tools
    • Collaborate with VBDC and partner organizations to design and implement operational research projects to identify improved approaches that will help optimize malaria surveillance in Myanmar
    • Identify opportunities for transformational change at the local, state/region and national level which could enhance efforts to eliminate malaria

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s degree in public health or related health science or equivalent experience
    • 2+ years’ experience in Malaria or other infectious diseases within a development context
    • Fluency in English and Burmese, both written and oral
    • Ability to work on complex problems without extensive support
    • Efficiency in negotiating and achieving consensus
    • Exceptional problem solving skills and quantitative and qualitative analytical capabilities
    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and oral) and ability to build and nurture relationships in a challenging multicultural environment
    • Ability to manage numerous work streams simultaneously
    • Ability to multi-task and to be effective in high-pressure situations
    • Ability to work independently on large, demanding projects
    • Excellent understanding of MS Office with proficiency in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

     

    Advantages

    • Fluency in local dialects within Myanmar
    • Previous CHAI Experience
    • Advanced degree in public health, clinical medicine, or business
    • Experience in training and capacity building
    • Experience in monitoring and evaluation
    • Experience living and working in Southeast Asia
    • Experience working with Asian governments and institutions

     

    *Position pending funding approval*

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