The Malaria Division of the Health, Infectious Disease and Nutrition Office of USAID’s Bureau for Global Health is charged with the technical leadership for and management of USAID’s malaria portfolio, including leading the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). The Division seeks a Malaria Technical Advisor (Technical Advisor) to work in the Division’s Case Management Team, providing project support to the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) for PMI’s flagship service delivery project; coordinating communications on activities, approvals and deliverables with implementing partner and field staff; backstopping PMI programs utilizing the field support contract for operations in country; and tracking overall project progress.
The Technical Advisor is an integral member of USAID’s PMI team, assigned to the Malaria Division’s Case Management Team. Key responsibilities include: providing project, monitoring, and technical support to USAID at headquarters, and in the field with USAID Missions, PMI country teams, technical counterparts, implementing partners, Ministries of Health, and USAID cooperating agencies. S/he will exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in identifying and resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines. The Technical Advisor will receive day to day guidance from the Malaria Division Case Management and Monitoring and Evaluation (CMME) Branch Chief.
The Technical Advisor is a key member of the Malaria Division’s Case Management Team, supporting the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) to manage PMI’s flagship service delivery project. The Technical Advisor will support the work of PMI staff at USAID headquarters and in PMI countries to coordinate and oversee the activities of the service delivery partner in key areas including malaria case management, prevention and management of malaria in pregnancy, and seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC). S/he will exercise independent judgment in planning and carrying out tasks, in identifying and resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines. The Technical Advisor will receive day to day guidance from the Malaria Division Case Management and Monitoring and Evaluation (CMME) Branch Chief.
Project and Technical Support
- Coordinate communications with partner and PMI country and headquarters teams on submission and review of work plans, protocols, budgets, reports, and other deliverables. Seek, gather, and synthesize feedback on deliverables. Ensure proper filing and documentation under the guidance of the COR.
- Organize and lead calls/correspondences with partner and PMI country teams to discuss new activities, key updates, and milestones, and when project management and/or technical issues arise.
- Identify technical or management themes, challenges, and areas requiring follow up within the PMI team and in further discussion with partner; organize meetings or calls to address these items.
- Participate in regular COR team and activity management meetings and provide regular support to the COR in following up on actions including country concurrences and addressing queries from the partner.
- Participate in and contribute to Case Management team priority activities and meetings, including taking and circulating meeting notes, following up on action items, reporting to PMI and USAID leadership, and responding to requests from external partners.
- Liaise with 3-4 PMI country teams that are utilizing the service delivery partner for country activities. Responsibilities include review of work plans, annual reports, and other relevant deliverables; regular engagement with PMI country colleagues to discuss project activities, progress, and challenges; and regular follow up to ensure timely communications and responses by both PMI and partner country teams.
- Provide virtual and in-person technical and project support to PMI countries as needed to promote smooth project operations and progress towards project and PMI objectives.
- Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
- Complete and execute an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.
- Master’s degree and 3 years relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree and 5 years relevant experience in public health, international health, international development or other related discipline.
- At least 3 years of professional experience with one or more public health technical disciplines (such as Research, Monitoring, and Evaluations; Infectious Disease; Health System Strengthening & Behavior Change and Communication (BCC); or disciplines specifically related to PD requirements.
- Demonstrated project management and problem solving on complex projects.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Malaria program experience desirable.
- Knowledge of public health development assistance programs, procedures, and systems for program design, management and monitoring desirable.
- Ability to work effectively with a broad range of USG personnel and partners, and in a team environment.
- Strong oral and written communications skills and the ability to read, analyze, and interpret public health and malaria technical reports and data. Excellent writing skills in English required.
- Ability to travel internationally up to 25%.
- US citizenship or US permanent residence with the ability to obtain and maintain a facility access clearance is required.
Application closing date: 3/6/2020