• Malaria Program Manager, Botswana

    Country
    Botswana
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Access Programs - Global Malaria
  • 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.

     

    CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct technical and operational 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 for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, 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.

     

    Botswana has set an elimination goal of 2018, and is poised to be one of the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to eliminate malaria. Despite significant progress over the past decade, a recent increase in malaria cases highlights the fragility of the gains made so far and the importance of ensuring effective interventions are targeted at remaining areas of malaria transmission. CHAI is working with the Botswana National Malaria Program (NMP) to develop evidence-based intervention plans, mobilize and allocate resources, and ensure interventions are executed efficiently and effectively.

     

    Overview of Role

    NMP and CHAI are seeking a highly motivated individual to oversee direct technical and operational support to the NMP as they scale up efforts to achieve and sustain the goal of malaria elimination. The Program Manager will manage the CHAI country team and lead expansion of subnational support in malaria endemic districts. The position requires an individual with outstanding problem-solving and relationship management skills. S/he must exhibit a passion for results and commitment to excellence. The candidate must have excellent communications skills, patience, and cultural sensitivity, as s/he will be working on complex topics with global and country partners as well as multiple teams at CHAI. The successful candidate will have strong organizational and project management skills, be able to function efficiently in a semi-independent setting, and thus will be a self-motivated individual capable of managing multiple tasks at once and driving multiple work flows forward. CHAI places great value on the following qualities in its staff: resourcefulness, responsibility, patience, tenacity, humility, independence, energy, and strong work ethic. This position is based in Gaborone, Botswana with approximately 25-40% domestic travel.

    Responsibilities

    • Manage and represent CHAI’s overall malaria program in Botswana
    • Oversee the work of CHAI national and subnational Associates on a day to day basis, ensuring optimal delivery of CHAI support through workplanning and project management
    • Provide technical, analytical and operational assistance to national malaria programs to identify and close the remaining gaps to sustainable malaria elimination
    • Provide operational assistance to support national and subnational level decision making for improved evidence-based programme interventions and response
    • Support evaluation of the national programs against WHO requirements for elimination certification, and help programs plan processes for achieving all requirements
    • Build strong relationships with stakeholders from government and partner organizations for malaria elimination
    • Drive internal strategic planning processes related to how best to prioritize CHAI resources to develop solutions to rapidly address bottlenecks
    • Ensure political buy-in and adequate funding for certifying elimination in a context where malaria is a not a public health priority
    • Develop operational plans and associated training materials as needed to build government capacity and support effective execution of malaria program
    • Work closely with regional technical teams and managers to identify strategic areas for expansion or redirection and guide strategic planning or proposal development as needed
    • Synthesize results and communicate them internally and externally at national and regional venues through high-quality presentations, reports, and publications
    • Lead finance and logistics management for the Botswana-based CHAI team, including for safety and security

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in Public Health, International Development, Public Administration or related field strongly preferred; Bachelor’s degree with exceptional work experience considered
    • Minimum 4 to 5+ years of related and relevant experience, including experience managing others
    • Knowledge of malaria and/or other major global infectious disease problems, especially in the context of diseases surveillance and case management
    • Exceptional problem solving skills and quantitative and qualitative analytical capabilities
    • Exceptional communication skills, including the ability to create compelling, logical presentations
    • Proven experience of translating analysis into action and supervising execution of activities to meet results
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team effectively
    • Strong work ethic, integrity, credibility, and dedication to CHAI’s mission
    • Ability to communicate effectively with people of varied professional and cultural backgrounds
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
    • Ability to oversee multiple work streams simultaneously, to set priorities, and to work flexibly with a strong commitment to excellence in high-pressure situations
    • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
    • Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships in a multicultural environment
    • Willingness to travel

     

    Advantages:

    • Experience living and working in Southern Africa, including as a native of the region
    • Experience working with African governments and institutions
    • Experience in working with malaria and/or other infectious diseases
    • Work experience in the following areas: developing and managing grants, monitoring and evaluation, health systems, program coordination

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