• Associate, Malaria Program

    Country
    Cambodia
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
    Additional Location Description
    Phnom Penh
  • Overview

    Organization Background

    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

     

    Underlying CHAI’s approach is the development of effective, government-led management systems that serve as the backbone towards facilitating program implementation; supports transition and enables governments to sustain progress, while also providing for the continued growth and evolution of national health programs.

     

    Program Description

    In Cambodia, CHAI provides technical and management assistance to the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM) of the Ministry of Health of Cambodia with a long-term goal of malaria elimination by 2025. The overall objective of CHAI’s malaria program in Cambodia is to ensure that the government has evidence-based strategies, strong operational plans and necessary financial resources to effectively implement interventions for elimination. In 2015, CHAI helped CNM to develop the Malaria Elimination Action Framework (MEAF) 2016-2020 for Plasmodium falciparum malaria elimination and has assisted in the mobilization of donor resources for the implementation of national strategies as per the MEAF. CHAI is also supporting CNM to strength grant and financial management with a goal to ensure maximum and effective utilization of donor-awarded resources. In addition, CHAI provides technical assistance in multiple areas including strengthening of diagnosis and treatment services through public-private mix (PPM) and village malaria workers (VMWs) programs, supporting the quantification of commodities, and strengthening of malaria surveillance and analytics to improve targeting of interventions. Recently CHAI has expanded to establish capacity-building support at district level in areas targeted for malaria elimination by the government.

     

    Position Summary

    The Malaria Associate will support the acceleration of Cambodia’s drive towards malaria elimination. To increase the access to quality malaria diagnosis and treatment in at-risk villages across the country, CNM is re-evaluating the current placement of VMWs before allocation of additional VMWs to the newly identified villages. The Associate will support CNM to complete this VMW scale up as well as strengthen the supportive supervision through the introduction of quality assurance program for the high quality case management services provided by the VMW network. CNM is also upgrading their surveillance system for the implementation of elimination-focused surveillance activities necessary for malaria elimination across the health levels. The Malaria Associate will work closely with CHAI Country and Regional team to support the introduction of the new surveillance system at VMW level in context of malaria elimination. In addition, the associate will be tasked with support on development of national strategies and plans, budgeting and work planning at CNM specifically for the VMW program and in general as needed. The position entails high level of coordination within CHAI and with multiple stakeholders within the government and partners.

     

    This position will be based in Phnom Penh and reports to the Senior Program Manager in Cambodia. In addition to CHAI meetings in the region, in-country travel for work will be required (estimated at 15%).

    Responsibilities

    • Be the focal point for CHAI support to CNM on VMWs; establish direct relationships with the VMW Unit and work closely with CNM on daily basis to deliver CHAI support
    • Work as part of the team to assist CNM in the mobilization of resources for implementation of the VMW program as per MEAF 2016-2020
    • Assist CNM in scaling up the VMW network as per the national plans; provide technical and coordination support in collaboration with partners on the planning and execution of trainings
    • Support CNM and CHAI team, in cooperation with partners, to rollout the improved surveillance system for the rapid and accurate reporting of malaria data at VMW level
    • Finalize the development of improved quality assurance tools for the supervision of malaria services in the VMWs program and assist CNM and other implementing partners in its nationwide rollout
    • Effectively coordinate with CHAI’s subnational team to deliver the VMW support at district level in elimination areas
    • Identify key impediments to the successful execution of the malaria elimination strategies at VMW level and work with the CNM and partners to develop solutions to rapidly address these bottlenecks
    • Proactively seek out opportunities to support CNM in line with CHAI’s long term objective of achieving elimination in Cambodia
    • Perform other tasks as part of CHAI support to the CNM as requested by the line manager

    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. 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 or equivalent; candidates with background in management consulting; community-based healthcare; and/or other relevant public health roles are encouraged to apply
    • 3 years of work experience
    • Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity and work in a very fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment
    • Ability to develop new and manage existing relationships with multiple stakeholders
    • Able to identify and comfortable to pursue high-impact tactics in complex, uncertain, and evolving environments
    • Entrepreneurial mindset; highly motivated to propose, brainstorm and implement new initiatives
    • Exceptional communication skills in English, including the ability to create compelling, logical presentations, using PowerPoint and other tools, and a structured and assured oral and written communication style in English
    • Strong analytical skills and problem-solving skills, with proven ability to develop and/use Excel-based tools to address quantitative tasks at work
    • Able to function independently as well as part of a large team with high degree of flexibility and cooperation
    • Detail-oriented with strong organization and time-management skills

     

    Advantages:

    • Cambodian language skills are preferred
    • Knowledge of Cambodian health system, community structures and/or experience working with government institutions
    • Experience working in malaria and/or other infectious diseases

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