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Technical Advisor, Malaria Diagnostic - Tanzania

The International Division of Medical Care Development, MCDI was founded in 1977 with the belief that MCD’s successful approach to health systems development in the rural United States could be adapted to meet the needs of developing nations. A global non-profit organization, MCDI uses practical, evidence-based and high-impact approaches to strengthen health systems in developing countries. For almost 40 years, MCDI has worked to improve the health of vulnerable populations overseas through integrated, sustainable and locally-driven interventions. MCDI has implemented public health programs in over 40 countries aimed at targeting the world’s most vulnerable populations. MCDI collaborates with donors, national governments, the private sector, health agencies, communities and local stakeholders to improve health and save lives in the following areas: malaria control; maternal, neonatal and child health; water, sanitation and hygiene; tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS; and other communicable diseases.

MCDI is actively seeking a Malaria Senior Technical Advisor for the PMI Impact Malaria to act as MCDI’s key representative within the project and will be responsible for overseeing the planning, coordination, and execution of all malaria activities at the regional, district, and facility level for improved delivery of malaria-related services. S/he will liaise with and maintain productive collaborative relationships with in-country partners such as 1) PMI Impact Malaria Consortium (PSI/MCDI/Jhpiego/ UCSF/Global Health and Sciences/ MEI; 2) PMI/Country team and other PMI implementing partners; 3) Ministry of Health/National Malaria Control Program and other departments; 4) other stakeholders working in malaria, such as local NGO, private sector representatives, WHO country office, etc.

Essential Job Functions:

• Facilitating the establishment and development of laboratory services in Tanzania to support and strengthen malaria diagnosis, including coordinating and participating in diagnostic evaluations relating to improved malaria diagnostic services.
• Providing laboratory technical support to PMI Impact Malaria/MCDI including overseeing laboratory technical activities and ensuring high quality of project implementation in Tanzania.
• Developing and implementing training, continuing education and supervisory programs for laboratory staff to strengthen quality malaria diagnosis in Tanzania, including the development of health learning materials.
• Participating in the development of national laboratory policies and guidelines addressing malaria diagnostics and their utilization.
• Developing and strengthening national quality assurance structures, systems and programs for laboratory staff to support malaria diagnostic activities.
• Participating, cooperating and liaising with all MCDI partners, and with governments, institutions of higher learning, universities, schools of medicine and related fields, and other health agencies, both national and international with the purpose of developing and promoting the PMI impact Malaria project.
• Representing MCDI at a national, regional and international level
• Assisting in developing and conducting operational research relating to the PMI impact Malaria project objectives; analyzing results and disseminating reports including publishing of scientific papers, and making presentations at national, regional and international meetings and conferences.

Other Duties:
• Assist in the dissemination of the malaria case management (diagnostic and treatment) policy
• Track and report on accomplishment of activities in the workplan
• Submit weekly written /or verbal (during weekly calls) updates on the work undertaken under each of the areas described above, significant achievements, challenges, and plans for the coming week.
• Provide Case Management training and continued adaptation of materials for the enhanced case management (clinical and diagnostic) supervision process: Materials for the malaria case management (clinical and diagnostic) supervision process, based on mentoring concepts, will be drafted and vetted as needed with the NMCP.


Qualifications/Requirements:
• At least a Masters’ degree in biomedical Sciences preferable in medical parasitology.
• At least 5 years of professional experience in malaria, especially on diagnosis,
• Experience working with malaria donors such as USAID, World Bank, Global Fund, DFID will be preferred;
• Experience in writing scientific report, manuscript and peer-reviewed publications;
• Good interpersonal skills, team player and makes her/himself available as needed;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills;
• Must have General professional and technical proficiency in the English
• Very proficient in the use of the standard Microsoft Office package with particular experience using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer.


Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania
Position Type: Full-Time
Expected Position Start Date: November 1st, 2020

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to mcdijobs@mcd.org. Compensation will be based on USAID FSN scales. Position will be open until filled