Malaria Consortium Jobs – Regional Programme Coordinator

Organisation:  Malaria Consortium
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda

About Malaria Consortium:
The main goal of this
project is the reduction in mortality from severe malaria in targeted
countries. This will be through the accelerated global adoption of Injectable
Artesunate. In order to reach this goal, the consortium will carry out market
interventions for accelerating the uptake of Inj AS in six select countries
over a three year period to help improve severe malaria outcomes by
strengthening the market for Inj AS. 
The Regional
Programme Coordinator will lead Malaria Consortium’s components of the
multi-country programme which aims to strengthening the market for severe
malaria treatment. The post holder will be responsible for overall programme
coordination, lead the design and implementation of the programme’s research
studies, oversee health worker capacity building efforts and will work closely
with the organisation’s M&E team to ensure that programme progress is
appropriately documented and learning shared with key stakeholders. The post
holder will lead the technical writing of documents such as peer-reviewed
publications. The role will in addition provide oversight to the three country
Project Managers who will be based in Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda.
Duties & Responsibilities:
1. Programme Management
  • Lead
    the process of programme start up and planning working, supported by the
    Africa Programmes Manager and Africa Technical Director
  • Work
    with the relevant regional and country personnel to see that all relevant
    programme start up and planning tools are developed in time.
  • Support
    the in-country HR team to recruit all full time staff on the Programme.
  • Provide
    technical and management support to the country Project Officers to
    coordinate overall programme implementation across three participating
    countries to ensure that activities are carried out in a timely way and
    within budget.
  • At
    all times, work in line with the agreed multi country programme
    communications matrix which will be set for each country at the start up
    stage, to ensure effective communications and decision making between the
    programme and the country management teams.
  • As
    the regional budget holder, develop and monitor a consolidated regional
    budget for this programme with the support of regional finance and, in
    liaison with Country Project Managers.
  • In
    collaboration with the Country Directors, jointly approve all country
    expenditure at the Country Director sign off limit on the Programme.
  • Support
    the Country Project Managers to monitor and review their budgets on a
    regular basis and work with the relevant country and regional personnel to
    institute corrective measures for any anomalies that may arise.
  • Be
    responsible for developing consolidated progress and bi-annual narrative
    reports in accordance with arrangements specified by the programme lead.
  • Work
    with the regional finance and Country Project Managers to ensure bi-annual
    financial reports are submitted in accordance with arrangements specified
    by the programme lead.
  • Ensure
    that exit strategies are formulated and implemented in both countries with
    support from the relevant regional and country personnel.
  • Review
    and approve the development of ToRs and hiring of consultants on the
    country work plans for the Programme.
  • Lead
    the development of any additional Programme documentation that may be
    requested the programme lead.
2. Technical inputs and
  • Lead
    the conceptualisation, design and implementation of research studies
    outlined in the programme and see that good research practices are
  • Work
    closely with the M&E team to prepare a M&E plan and work with
    Project Managers to see that implementation occurs on time and that the
    information feeds into internal and external learning cycles.
  • Support
    regional and national efforts on the adoption of policies and guidelines
    that are best practice for malaria case management.
  • Work
    closely with appropriate technical personnel to prepare a capacity
    development plan and tools for health workers involved in severe malaria
    case management to strengthen the quality of care at health facility and
    referrals from community level.
  • Provide
    technical inputs to the design of advocacy materials and technical briefs
  • Work
    with Project Managers to prepare and implement a stakeholder engagement
    plan in order to create a close working relationship with the Ministry of
    Health, regulatory authorities and relevant private sector organisations
    in each participating country.
  • Work
    with the Senior Public Health Specialist, the BCC Specialist and the
    Africa Technical Director to engage manufacturers at global and national
    level in the programme as outlined in the final Programme proposal
    approved by the donor.
  • Oversee
    the design of a project transition plan and work with relevant personnel
    to see that over the project period transition activities take place and are
  • Work
    closely with relevant personnel to see that health commodities provided
    for Malaria Consortium supported activities through this project are
    appropriately quantified, managed and monitored including
  • Work
    with the Country Project Managers and their Country Directors to determine
    technical support needs to implement the Programme in their countries
    effectively and with high quality.
  • Liaise
    with the technical cluster leads and the Africa Technical Director to
    obtain the technical support.
3. Technical performance
management and Quality Assurance
  • Monitor
    the performance of the programme and see that the work is of high
    technical quality.
4. Communications and
  • Work
    in line with the agreed multi country programme communications matrix
    which will be set for each country at the start up stage, to ensure
    effective communications and decision making between the programme and the
    country management teams.
  • Provide
    regular and timely updates to the Programme Director and Malaria
    Consortium’s Africa
  • Technical
    Director and Africa Programmes Manager.
  • Be
    the main point of contact with the overall Programme Director and provide
    information and updates as specified by the Programme lead.
  • Ensure
    that the programme communications strategy is developed and implemented
    with the support of the Regional BCC Specialist. This includes the
    production of case studies, reviews of lessons learnt, general
    documentation for internal and external dissemination, and peer reviewed
  • Lead
    on the technical writing of dissemination documents to allow wider sharing
    of Malaria Consortium’s experiences, lessons and successes.
  • Lead
    the development of any additional programme documentation that may be
    requested the programme lead.
5. Representation
  • Represent
    Malaria Consortium at appropriate programmatic, coordination, and partner
  • Liaise
    as needed with the Programme partners to ensure smooth programme
  • Support
    the Africa Technical Director to represent Malaria Consortium, and
    participate in relevant regional events, technical networks and working
    groups as needed.
Skills & Experience:
  • A postgraduate qualification in
    paediatrics, medicine, public health, epidemiology or another relevant
  • Extensive experience in  public
    health or research experience in different low income country settings,
    preferably in Africa.
  • Experience working closely with
    Ministries of Health and other stakeholders in relation to malaria control
    policy and practice.
  • A thorough understanding of malaria
    case management.
  • Familiar with quantitative and
    qualitative research methods as applied to malaria case management.
  • Experience in managing public health
    or communicable disease projects in low income settings.
  • Experience managing large budgets.
  • They should have excellent programme
    planning and management skills
  • Demonstrable research skills
  • Excellent technical and report
    writing skills
  • Proficient in MS office suite
  • Excellent problem solving, planning
    and organising skills
  • Excellent communication skills (i.e.
    both written and spoken English)
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and
    negotiation skills
  • Able to work effectively as part of
    a multi-cultural team
  • Willingness to participate in field
    activities/surveys and travel to remote areas within the region
  • Ability to follow deadlines,
    accuracy and attention to detail
The position is conditional
on funding being secured from the donor.

How to apply
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you will have access to the full Job description. Please send a covering letter
outlining how you meet the person specification along with your CV to Human
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We appreciate your
application however, only short listed candidates will be contacted within
three weeks after the closing date.
Deadline: 22nd
May, 2013
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