• Associate, Sexual Reproductive Maternal and Newborn Health (SRMNH)

    Country
    Malawi
    City
    Lilongwe
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
  • 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

     

    Position Summary:

     

    While cervical cancer is preventable in many cases, it continues to generate a significant burden of disease and death in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). More than 300,000 women die of cervical cancer each year, with more than 90% of deaths occurring in LMICs. Malawi has the highest cervical cancer incidence and mortality in the world, with an age-standardized rate of 75.9 and 49.8 per 100,000 population respectively. Cervical cancer is also the most common female cancer among women aged 15 to 44 years accounting 45.4% of all cancers in women in the country.

     

    High prevalence of HIV, human papilloma virus (HPV), inadequate screening and treatment services for precancerous lesions, late diagnosis, limited access to timely, standard treatment of cancer and palliative care are the main risk factors for high cervical cancer incidence and mortality. HPV vaccination and effective programs to screen and treat women for pre-cancerous lesions (primary and secondary prevention, respectively) offer the opportunity to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem.

     

    This new program aims to reach women with effective secondary prevention services by leveraging existing platforms such as multiplex diagnostics and VIA screening programs to deploy innovative tools on the market that are not yet widely used in Malawi such as HPV tests for screening, and portable devices to treat pre-cancerous lesions.

     

    CHAI is therefore seeking an experienced, highly motivated, flexible, and result oriented individual to support scale up of secondary prevention of cervical cancer through innovative screening and treatment approaches. The Associate will be based in Lilongwe, Malawi with up to 50-75% travel in-country, and will report to the Program Manager, SRMNH.

    Responsibilities

    • Work with Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) and other relevant stakeholders to assess cervical cancer screening and treatment capacity.
    • Ensure timely distribution of HPV testing commodities and portable treatment devices by developing distribution plans and monitoring deployment.
    • Organize provider trainings on HPV testing, thermal ablation and LEEP devices and oversee mentorship and device maintenance activities.
    • Support introduction, registration and regulatory approvals of portable treatment devices and HPV molecular testing, provide input into the review of national guidelines, treatment protocols and training materials.
    • Proactively engage in evaluation, write up and dissemination of implementation across the project sites and CHAI countries by supporting data collection, analysis and developing presentations.
    • Ensure that project implementing sites are receiving proper follow up support through regular supportive supervision and field visits.
    • Closely work with MoHP and other stakeholders to map existing referral pathways.
    • Support MoHp develop, implement and plan scale up of patient referral and tracking systems.
    • Work with civil society and government channels and engage them in program development and demand creation activities for secondary prevention.
    • Provide technical support to MoHP to plan for diagnosis and treatment / palliation of invasive cancer cases.
    • Provide targeted support MoHP to strengthen and expand integrated delivery models to reach women with screening and portable devices.
    • Support the development of a costed national plan to provide access to secondary prevention, including scaling up of activities funded under this grant.
    • Work with MoHP and other stakeholders to identify available resources, analyze funding gaps and mobilize resources to fund national plan.
    • Support the Program Manager in the development of work plans, reports and other program deliverables.
    • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Program Manager.

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in relevant field such as Public Health, Nursing, Medicine, Social Sciences, Logistics, or Management preferred. Bachelor’s degree with significant relevant experience will also be considered.
    • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience for Master’s degree holders and 5 years of experience for Bachelor’s degree holders, in areas such as public health, sexual and reproductive health, cervical cancer, non-communicable diseases, implementation research, and/or logistics management.
    • Diplomatic and interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with government partners, donors and other stakeholders.
    • Knowledge and experience of health systems in low and middle income countries.
    • Excellent written and oral English communication skills.
    • Excellent analytical skills and advanced proficiency with MS Excel, MS Word and PowerPoint. 
    • Proven ability to operate independently, multitask, and work effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment.
    • Knowledge of Malawi health system is an advantage.
    • Exceptional organizational and planning skills.
    • Willingness to spend significant time in the field.

     

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