• Regional Vector Control Volunteer, East/West/Central Africa

    Country
    Rwanda
    City
    Kigali
    Type
    Volunteer, International | <6 months
    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.

     

    Overview of Role:

    Vector control interventions (e.g. bed nets and indoor residual spraying) reduce human contact with disease-carrying mosquitoes and are responsible for dramatic reductions in malaria burden across Africa. However, growing mosquito resistance to insecticides and inefficient distribution of commodities threaten effectiveness of, and access to, these critical tools. Vector control programs can consume up to 70% of a malaria program’s budget. Thus, ensuring that these interventions are appropriately designed, targeted, and monitored is becoming increasingly important against a backdrop of rising commodity costs and declining financial resources.

     

    Alongside in-country teams, CHAI’s malaria vector control technical team aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of vector control interventions in malaria endemic settings. Building on existing relationships in Uganda, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, which together amounted to over half of the world’s estimated malaria cases in 2016 (WMR 2017), CHAI is looking to conduct a holistic assessment of the vector control landscape and capacity in these three countries. CHAI is seeking a short-term volunteer who can conduct such an assessment, which would include consideration of the many facets pertaining to effective access and deployment of vector control, including commodity management, operations and logistics, financial management, data use, and entomological capacity. This position will be based in Kigali, Rwanda and will be for a period of six months.

    Responsibilities

    The volunteer will conduct a vector control landscaping and capacity assessment, identifying barriers to efficient and effective deployment of vector control interventions across the three focus countries. The volunteer would produce:

     

    • A comprehensive written report that synthesizes findings across the three countries
    • Written briefs for each country identifying the greatest vector control implementation and capacity strengths and weaknesses
    • PowerPoint presentations for each country that summarize key findings from the written reports

     

    Deliverables will be shared with government malaria programs to highlight challenges and opportunities in malaria vector control programming.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in business, logistics, public health, or other relevant field
    • At least two years of relevant work experience
    • Experience in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment
    • Excellent writing and communication skills
    • Strong capacity to work with individuals from different cultures and contexts
    • Analytical and critical thinking skills
    • Ability to synthesize information from primary and secondary sources
    • Ability to work independently and multi-task
    • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

     

    Advantages:

    • Master’s degree in business, logistics, public health, or other relevant field
    • Professional experience at a strategy consulting firm
    • Experience living/working/traveling in resource limited settings, especially in sub-Saharan Africa
    • Experience working with public- and private-sector stakeholders in sub-Saharan Africa
    • Experience working with government officials
    • Fluency in French

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