09 September 2016

USAID MAPD Malaria Specialist Career Placement - Malaria Consortium

Job Title:   Malaria Specialist
Organization: Malaria Consortium
Project Name: USAID/PMI Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) Project
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Senior Malaria Technical Advisor
Salary: USD 20,160 gross per annum

About Malaria Consortium:
Malaria Consortium is the world’s leading not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the comprehensive control of malaria and other communicable diseases in Africa and Southeast Asia. Malaria Consortium works with communities, government and non-government agencies, academic institutions, and local and international organisations, to ensure good evidence supports delivery of effective services, providing technical support for monitoring and evaluation of programmes and activities for evidence-based decision-making and strategic planning. Malaria Consortium works to improve not only the health of the individual, but also the capacity of national health systems, which helps relieve poverty and support improved economic prosperity.

About USAID MAPD Project:
The Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) project is a 5-year USAID/PMI funded project. The project aims to prevent and control Malaria illnesses and deaths in order to minimise the social economic effects of the disease among the overall population of Uganda especially in children under 5 years of age. The project will be implemented starting in August 2016, and will cover 43 districts with a total population of more than 13 million. The Malaria Action Program for Districts project offers a partnership uniquely positioned to deliver this implementation rollout. Partners include Johns Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO), Banyan Global, Deloitte &Touché Uganda, Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) and Communication for Development Foundation-Uganda (CDFU).

Job Summary: The Malaria Specialist will provide malaria-specific programmatic guidance to the regional coordinators as well as support to the Senior Malaria Technical Advisor (SMTA). The Malaria Specialist will be a key member of the project technical team, providing malaria-specific programmatic guidance to the regional coordinators and as well as support to the Senior Malaria Technical Advisor (SMTA) in review and development of project tools, technical guidelines and programmatic reports.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·         Support the SMTA in providing technical expertise at the national level to the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) as it relates to all issues on capacity building for the management of malaria control (10%)
·         Actively take part in the review of the literature for new developments, promoting best practices, policies and emerging issues in malaria (10%)
·         Contribute to the development of project work plans and budgets (10%)
·         The jobholder will attend regional and national level coordination and review meetings, workshops, and participate in relevant training events, sharing lessons learned with the project team and MOH/NMCP (10%)
·         The Malaria Specialist will work in liaison with the project regional coordinators to develop quarterly regional specific implementation plans and their effective implementation (30%)
·         Support the Senior Malaria Technical Advisor to review activity reports as well as quarterly and annual programmatic reports (10%)
·         Offer technical support to the project M&E team to interpret programmatic data and incorporate data from project implementation into project work plans (10%)
·         Actively facilitate learning between regional offices in order to share experiences, capabilities, including best practices and lessons learned in malaria prevention and control (10%)

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·         The applicant for the Malaria Consortium USAID MAPD Malaria Specialist job placement should hold a medical degree and a Master’s in public health or health-related discipline
·         A minimum of four years’ experience of working in communicable disease control and a thorough understanding of both preventive and curative aspects of malaria control
·         Previous experience in developing program work plans
·         Previous experience of working with NGOs and other stakeholders including district and Ministry of Health
·         Knowledge of and experience of working on USAID funded projects
·         Prior exposure and experience in writing program reports
·         Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively with colleagues at all levels of service delivery
·         Excellent communication and presentation skills
·         Proficient in word-processing and data management software
·         Critical thinking, creativity and innovativeness
·         Keen attention to detail
·         Strong technical leadership with ability to mentor highly technical teams

Core Competencies:
Delivering Results: Takes on pieces of work when required and demonstrates excellent project management skills
·         Shows a flexible approach to taking on additional work / responsibilities when needed to achieve results
·         Demonstrates excellent project management skills to agreed timescales (timelines, targets, donor (requirements)
·         Makes clear and timely decisions within remit of own role
Analysis and use of information: Uses evidence to support work
·         Identifies and uses various sources of evidence and feedback to support outputs
·         Uses evidence to evaluate policies, projects and programmes
·         Identifies links between events and information identifying trends, issues and risks
·         Ensures systems are in place to address organisation needs
Interpersonal and communications: Fosters two-way communication
·         Recalls others’ main points and takes them into account in own communication
·         Checks own understanding of others’ communication by asking questions
·         Maintains constructive, open and consistent communication with others
·         Resolves minor misunderstandings and conflicts effectively
Collaboration and partnering: Collaborates effectively across teams
·         Proactive in providing and seeking support from expert colleagues
·         Raises difficult issues with teams/ partners and stakeholders with a view to positive resolution
·         Proactive in building a rapport with a diverse range of people
Leading and motivating people: Effectively leads and motivates others or direct reports.
·         Gives regular, timely and appropriate feedback,
·         Acknowledges good performance and deals with issues concerning poor performance
·         Carries out staff assessment and development activities conscientiously and effectively
·         Develop the skills and competence of others through the development and application of skills
·         Coaches and supports team members when they have difficulties
 Flexibility/ adaptability: Remains professional under external pressure
·         Able to adapt to changing situations effortlessly
·         Remains constructive and positive under stress and able to tolerate difficult situations and environments
·         Plans, prioritises and performs tasks well under pressure
·         Learns from own successes / mistakes
Living the values: Promotes Malaria Consortium values amongst peers
·         Shows a readiness to promote Malaria Consortium’s values amongst peers
·         Promotes ethical and professional behaviour in line with Malaria Consortium’s values
Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness: Is aware of others’ activities and vice versa in planning activities
·         Takes account of team members and others workload when planning.
·         Maintains awareness of impact on other parts of the organisation, keeping abreast of other’s activities, objectives, commitments and needs
·         Has a good understanding of the sector in which Malaria Consortium works

How to Apply:
All interested applicants are encouraged to apply online at the web link below.

Deadline: 16th September 2016 by 2:30 pm

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