Malaria Technical Advisor (GS 12 Equivalent)

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 26 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Overview

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 Supply Chain Branch, providing project support to the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) for PMI’s flagship supply chain project and support activity managers of other central supply chain projects; managing 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 Supply Chain Branch. 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 Supply Chain Branch Chief.

Job Requirements

The Technical Advisor is a key member of the Malaria Supply Chain Team, supporting the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) to manage PMI’s flagship supply chain project. The Technical Advisor will support the work of PMI staff at USAID headquarters and in PMI countries to manage and oversee the activities of the supply chain partners in key areas including: procurement, quality assurance, logistics, in-country warehousing and distribution, performance monitoring, quantification and demand planning and partner engagement. 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.

Responsibilities

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. Review and provide 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 support and/or technical issues arise.
  • Identify technical or support 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 Supply Chain 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.
  • Serve as a technical advisor for PMI supply chain activities and priorities in working groups with colleagues from across USAID and USG. Support cross-health element alignment on critical supply chain technical areas.
  • Maintain current knowledge of regulations and policies on procurement and programming in supply chain strengthening.

Country Support

  • Liaise with 4-5 PMI country teams on supply chain related issues including order management, financial management, and in-country supply chain technical assistance. Responsibilities include following country orders, reviewing and approving orders, resolving supply chain bottlenecks, review of work plans, annual reports, success stories, and other relevant deliverables; regular engagement with PMI country colleagues to discuss supply chain 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 activity management support to PMI countries as needed to promote smooth project operations and progress towards project and PMI objectives
  • Provide technical and programmatic support to one or more PMI focus countries and participate as an integral member of one or more interagency country support teams.
  • Provide guidance and support to Missions and PMI country teams on the development of annual country malaria operational plans and assist in monitoring and tracking overall progress of PMI plans and activities.
  • Provide advice and technical assistance to Missions involved in malaria efforts, particularly the PMI-targeted countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

Professional development

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree and 5 years relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree and 7 years relevant experience in public health, international health, international development or other related discipline.
  • At least 5 years of professional experience with two 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.
  • Supply chain experience desirable.
  • 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. French fluency desirable.
  • Ability to travel internationally approximately between 25-30%.
  • US Citizenship or US Permanent Residency with the ability to obtain and maintain at minimum a facility access clearance is required.

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