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Malaria ClinicalTechnical Advisor/Specialist - Malawi

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.

We are actively seeking a Malaria Clinical Technical Advisor/Specialist based in Malawi for the PMI Impact Malaria Malawi. The position will 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:

• Work in close collaboration with the Project Director/Chief of Party to develop tools and strategies to address all malaria-related activities for improved patient outcomes;
• Act as key representative of MCDI in coordination with Home Office Senior Program Manager;
• Contribute to strategic planning, implementation, and monitoring of malaria-related functions such as prevention, treatment, and diagnosis;
• Provide technical leadership on implementation and use of treatment protocols, improved quality of preventative and counselling services, malaria diagnostics, supervision and quality assurance/quality control;
• Provide case management training and continued adaptation of materials for the enhanced clinical and diagnostics supervision process;
• Track and report on accomplishments of activities within the workplan;
• strengthen the delivery of malaria-related services by responding to gaps identified in areas of referrals, case management interventions
• Provide technical leadership in the planning and implementation of therapeutic efficacy studies (TES)

Other Duties:

Other functions will include, but not necessarily be limited to:
• 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, Skills and Experience:

• A clinical or medical degree in a health-related field required; a Masters’ degree is a plus
• A minimum of 10 years’ professional experience in malaria programs including diagnosis, treatment, prevention, control and/or malaria elimination, either in an academic, research and/or program setting with at least 5 years in a senior management position
• Experience preventing malaria in pregnancy and malaria case management is preferred
• Experience in project management, managing staff and resources to execute research or field implementation programs is required
• Experience working with malaria donors such as USAID PMI, World Bank, Global Fund, and DfID is preferred
• Experience in writing scientific reports, manuscripts, and peer-reviewed publications is a plus
• Strong interpersonal skills, team player and makes her/himself available as needed
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English
• Proficient in the use of the standard Microsoft Office package with particular experience using Words, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer

Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Position Type: Full-Time
Expected Position Start Date: November 1st, 2020

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