Employment Opportunities

Technical Advisor, Malaria Diagnostic - Democratic Republic of the Congo

Over the past 40 years, Medical Care Development International (MCDI), the international health division of Medical Care Development, Inc. (MCD), has worked to strengthen health systems through practical, evidence-based and high-impact interventions across several public health sectors in over 40 countries. MCDI collaborates with donors, national governments, the private sector, health agencies, communities and local stakeholder to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations. By joining MCDI, employees join a diverse network of highly capable individuals, many of whom are experts in their field.

Position Overview:
The International division of Medical Care Development Inc., is actively seeking a Technical Advisor, Malaria Diagnostic to act as MCDI’s key representative within the PMI IMPACT Malaria project in DRC. This individual 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:
• Strengthening malaria diagnosis, including coordinating and participating in diagnostic evaluations relating to improved malaria diagnostic services.
• Facilitating malaria diagnostics trainings
• Providing laboratory technical support to PMI Impact Malaria/MCDI including overseeing laboratory technical activities and ensuring high quality of project implementation in DRC.
• Developing and implementing training, continuing education and supervisory programs for laboratory staff to strengthen quality malaria diagnosis in DRC, 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.
• 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 by the Technical lead of the PMI Impact Malaria



Qualifications/Requirements:

• Professional and technical fluency in French
• 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: Kinshasa, DRC
Employment Type: Full-time
State Date: July 15th 2021

How to apply;

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