Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations specialising in the comprehensive prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases among vulnerable and under privileged populations. We increasingly find our work on malaria can be effectively integrated with other similar public health interventions for greater impact and therefore expanded our remit to include child health and neglected tropical disease interventions.
We are recruiting to fill the position below:
Job Title: Senior Malaria Specialist
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Role type: National
Length of contract: Five years
Reporting to: Team Leader, SUNMAP2/ Project Director
Travel involved: Up to 40%
Dotted line manager: Country Technical Coordinator
Direct reports: Market systems development specialist, Diagnostics specialist, SBCC specialist
Country and Project Background
Malaria is highly endemic in Nigeria and it remains one of the leading causes of childhood and maternal morbidity and mortality in the country. Nigeria is deeply committed to making progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and it recognizes the fact that, without firm efforts to control malaria, achievement of the targets related to child mortality, maternal mortality, and reducing the burden of communicable disease will not be possible. Malaria therefore constitutes a significant development challenge for Nigeria. Interventions for reducing malaria burden in the country are documented in the national malaria strategic plan with Government taking the lead in its implementation with the support of all the RBM partners.
The DFID funded and Malaria Consortium led malaria programme, SUNMAP, provided technical assistance and other support to the Nigeria National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) covering the period 2008 to 2016. The anticipated follow on project, SUNMAP2 has been designed to strengthen the management and technical capacity of NMEP, State Malaria Elimination Programme (SMEP) and their stakeholders to drive the implementation of the National Malaria Strategic Plan, 2014 to 2020 and achieve its ambitious targets.
This will include short term technical assistance and technical assistance embedded in NMEP in key areas of programme management, evidence generation and use, and capacity building across all project outputs and ultimately reducing Nigeria’s malaria burden and strengthening the Government of Nigeria’s health systems capacity to ensure long term programme and impact sustainability.
The Senior Malaria Specialist will provide technical leadership on all aspects of malaria control to the project and working closely with the project team to implement evidence-based approaches to achieve the projects outcomes.
The position holder will serve as a resource for up-to-date technical information on malaria control and elimination including providing technical support to NMEP, SMEP and other key stakeholders.
He/She will supervise a team of three specialists and support them to implement work plans in a coherent and harmonised manner.
Scope of Work:
Provide technical oversight for the project and take direct a lead in implementing malaria initiatives such as severe malaria case management and seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC).
The position holder line manages four technical specialists.
He/She will support the team to adapt the project strategies to their settings and see that they are revised periodically based on learnings (both internal and external to the project).
He/She will provide technical assistance and capacity building to NMEP and SMEP especially within a paradigm of changing malaria epidemiology along the malaria elimination continuum.
He/She will represent the programme on relevant technical working groups.
Key Working Relationships:
The Senior Malaria Specialist will mobilise and coordinate with a broad range of stakeholders to deliver the project.
They will work closely with the National Malaria Elimination Programme, State Malaria Elimination Programmes in the six SUNMAP2 supported states, public and private sector actors in the malaria control landscape and Malaria Consortium’s team of global technical specialists.
Along with the Team Leader he/she will liaise periodically with DFID Nigeria. He/She will be a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) of the project.
Key Accountabilities (Percentage level of effort)
Strategic contributions (10%):
Contribute to development of project strategy papers, in particular those directly related to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Contribute to the development and improvements in the projects value-for-money approach, in particular related to effectiveness and impact optimisation.
Lead the development and facilitate the use of a framework for technical quality improvement for the project
Provide strategic technical support to the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), include support in the harmonisation of tools and approaches.
Qualifications and Experience:
Postgraduate degree in Epidemiology or Public Health with a focus on malaria control/elimination
At least 8 years working in technical role with an excellent understanding of malaria control/elimination approaches
Significant experience in intervention design and implementation of large-scale malaria control projects
Familiarity with the challenges and opportunities of malaria control Sub Saharan Africa (SSA)
Experience in setting up standards of technical quality as well as internal quality assurance mechanisms
Experience with value-for-money measurements
Familiarity with the Nigerian health system
Significant knowledge in communicable diseases control
Experience of supporting development of learning processes and structures, ideally in an NGO context
Experience working with private sector actors involved in malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment
Excellent skills in public health and or disease control, and in particular related to malaria
Strong analytical ability
Excellent writing and presentation skills
Management of high performing teams, including ability to delegate efficiently and technically support teams
Mentoring and coaching skills with respect to junior staff
Strong skills in negotiating with and engaging Ministry of Health Officials at all levels of the health system
Ability to work in a multicultural team
Results-oriented attitude to work
Excellent time management skills
Ability to work independently with little support
Expert competency level in reviewing, understanding and synthesising data for sharing with wider audiences
Practical organisational skills with the ability to manage a fluctuating workload, prioritise and reprioritise when necessary and meet tight deadlines
Able to travel to SUNMAP2 supported states for up to one week at a time to oversee implementation activities
Attention to detail
Problem solving mind-set
Positive work attitude; a team player
Excellent project management and planning skills
Excellent statistical analysis skills including familiarity with software such as STATA, R or Statgraphics
Demonstrable publication writing skills include peer reviewed publications
LEVEL D – Inspires wider teams to achieve outstanding results and to manage risks:
Proactively improves effectiveness and performance of other senior staff to increase ability to meet objectives, acquiring new skills when appropriate
Encourages mitigating risks amongst the teams/ groups they work with/ manage
Ensures the quality of all internal/ external work of own and others
Analysis and use of information:
LEVEL D – Analyses the external environment confidently:
Generates a range of policy options and appraises them based on the internal and external evidence
Develops ways of applying new knowledge and ensures lessonâ€ï¿½learning with self and wider team
Analyses the significance of external events and situations for Malaria Consortium Interpersonal and communications
LEVEL C – Adapts communications effectively:
Tailors communication (content, style and medium) to diverse audiences Communicates equally effectively at all organisational levels
Understands others’ underlying needs, concerns and motivations and communicates effectively in sensitive situations
Resolves intra-team and inter-team conflicts effectively
Collaboration and Partnering:
LEVEL D – Develops external networks to increase internal thinking/ learning:
Actively develops partnerships with relevant organisations, think tanks and individuals
Takes initiative to establish a network or partnership where one does not exist
Ensures any external learning is effectively brought in-house
Leading and motivating people:
LEVEL C – 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
LEVEL D – Clarifies priorities and ensures learning from experience:
Clarifies priorities when leading change
Sees and shows others the benefits of strategic change.
Helps colleagues/ team members to practise stress management through prioritisation of workloads and modelling of appropriate self-management and care
Makes time to learn from experience and feedback, and apply the lessons to new situations
Living the values:
LEVEL D – Acts as a role model in promoting Malaria Consortium’s values
Champions and takes ownership of corporate decisions, values and standards and ensures team members implement them in a positive manner
Acts as role model internally and externally in promoting Malaria Consortium’s values
Is accountable for ensuring that cultural awareness is demonstrated across the area (s) they manage
Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness:
LEVEL C – Keeps up to date with the internal and external environment:
Takes into account economic, political and other business factors when drawing up medium and long-term plans, covering both public and private sectors
Looks beyond the immediate operations to prospects for new business
Engages with appropriate internal and external sources to establish major influences on future plans
Application Closing Date
30th August, 2019.
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should: