• Associate, Malaria

    Country
    South Africa
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
    Additional Location Description
    Jozini/ Richards Bay- KwaZulu-Natal
  • 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.

     

    The Associate will be expected to develop and manage strong relationships with the National Department of Health (NDOH) and relevant country partners, and to be the key relationship manager with the KZN Provincial Department of Health. The role will require the Associate to help design evidence-based strategic plans, and provide dedicated day-to-day operational support to ensure the execution of effective, high-impact programs as the programme pursues malaria elimination. The Associate will also be responsible for direct management of 2 CHAI technical staff seconded to the KZN Provincial Department of Health.

     

    The position requires a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills. The candidate must be able to work independently to drive implementation, and have deep personal commitment to producing results. Past experience with malaria programs is not required as candidates will work closely with CHAI's technical teams, but successful candidates should be fast learners and strategic thinkers who are 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.

    Responsibilities

    Responsibilities

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

    • Demonstrate zero indigenous cases in KwaZulu-Natal by 2019
    • Implement the National Malaria Elimination Strategy
    • Deploy and monitor a focus-based intervention strategy to reduce malaria transmission
    • Deploy and monitor a DHI2-based national information system to strengthen malaria surveillance and intervention planning
    • Design, develop, and deploy mobile tools for electronic data capture, and to strengthen malaria surveillance, program response, and operational efficiency
    • Establish and monitor systems and processes to pursue sub-national verification of elimination
    • Implement the MOSASWA cross-border initiative
    • Support development and implementation of effective vector control interventions
    • Implement operational research studies
    • Conduct annual operational planning and budgeting, and effectively implement this plan
    • Support the development of the 2018 Malaria Elimination Strategic Plan

     

    To achieve these objectives, the Associate, Malaria Program must:

    • Build strong relationships with stakeholders across government and non-governmental organizations
    • Serve as a trusted advisor to the national malaria program and the provincial malaria program
    • Manage CHAI staff seconded to the KZN Provincial Department of Health
    • Provide day-to-day programme management support to the provincial malaria program
    • Conduct provincial level 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
    • Support implementation of the malaria surveillance system, including active case detection, 24 hour surveillance system and other initiatives
    • 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

    Qualifications

    Requirements

    • Bachelor's degree plus 3-5 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

    • Knowledge of malaria
    • Experience working in KwaZulu-Natal
    • Fluency in isiZulu
    • Experience working in management consulting, investment banking, or similar fast-paced, output-oriented environments

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