Employment Opportunities

Malaria Technical Director - Burkina Faso


Position Title: Malaria Technical Director
Interested candidates can submit a CV and cover letter to: bdjobs@mcd.org please enter - "Burkina Faso Malaria Technical Director" in the subject line http://mcdinternational.org/employment
Position Description
Over the past 40 years, Medical Care Development (MCDI), the International Division of Medical Care Development Inc. (MCD), has worked to strengthen health systems through integrated, sustainable and locally-driven interventions across several public health sectors in over 40 years. 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; Zika; and other communicable diseases.

MCDI is currently seeking candidates for a Malaria Technical Director position to lead an anticipated Malaria Bilateral project in Burkina Faso (funded by USAID). The Malaria Technical Director will act as MCDI's key representative within the project and will be responsible for the overall planning, coordination, and execution of all malaria activities (prevention, diagnosis, and treatment) at the county, 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, Ministry of Health/National Malaria Control Program and other departments and other stakeholders working in malaria, such as local NGO, private sector representatives, WHO country office, etc.

Location: This position will be based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Position Type: Full time
Expected Position Start Date: This position is contingent upon donor funding
Accountability: This position reports to the Chief of Party
Essential Job Functions:
The Malaria Technical Director will:
- Work in close collaboration with the Chief of Party and other members of the senior technical management team to develop tools and strategies to address all malaria-related activities for improved patient outcomes
- 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 in pregnancy, seasonal malaria chemotherapy, malaria diagnostics, supervision and quality assurance/quality control
- Supervise and lead service delivery improvement teams for all relevant activities
- Provide case management training and continued adaptation of materials for the enhanced clinical and diagnostics supervision process
- Lead the design and implementation of relevant interventions ensuring they are realistic, appropriate, effective both in cost and impact, and aligned with donor and stakeholder expectations
- Contribute to regular and ad hoc project reporting and the development of project deliverables
- Strengthen community and facility level technical capacity to deliver basic integrated health services, including the capacity to replicate, sustain and bring to scale successful activities
- Track and report on accomplishments of activities within the work plan;
- Strengthen the delivery of malaria-related services by responding to gaps identified in areas of referrals, case management, seasonal malaria chemotherapy or malaria in pregnancy interventions

The Malaria Technical Director will:
- Have a clinical or medical degree in a health-related field (MD, RN, etc); a Masters' degree is a plus
- A minimum of 10 years professional experience implementing health programs in malaria programs: 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, malaria case management and seasonal malaria chemotherapy is required
- Demonstrated ability in program design, strategic planning and integrated approaches to community-level service delivery improvement
- Demonstrated experience working effectively with program staff, implementing partners, civil society organizations, community leaders and local government authorities to implement and strengthen community and facility based malaria services
- Demonstrated ability in coaching, mentoring and supportive supervision for quality improvement
- 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 preferred
- Strong interpersonal skills, team player and makes her/himself available as needed
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in French and English required
- Proficient in the use of the standard Microsoft Office package with particular experience using Words, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer, Outlook
- Willingness to be based in Ouagadougou with significant domestic travel
- Priority will be given to Burkinabe nationals

*The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. They are not intended to be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel assigned to this position.