Population Services International

  • Senior Technical Advisor, Malaria

    Posted Date 6 months ago(9/14/2018 4:01 PM)
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    Technical Health Areas
    Position Location: City
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    Position Location: Country
    United States

    Job Title: Senior Technical Advisor, Malaria

    Department: Malaria Department

    Based: Washington DC

    Reporting To: Malaria Director

    Travel: 25-30%


    Who we are

    With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.

    There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.

    Join us!

    This exciting role will spearhead PSI’s vector control efforts with the introduction of next generation long lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) as well as providing a broad range of malaria technical assistance to PSI malaria programs globally. Approximately 50% of the role will be to serve as the point person for the new Unitaid funded Catalytic LLIN Initiative. The project, a consortium led by the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC), aims to establish a sustainable market for a broader set of LLIN tools, which perform in areas of pyrethroid resistance. Gains in malaria control achieved over the past decade are threatened by the emergence and spread of pyrethroid resistance, which poses significant risk to the future efficacy and impact of vector control tools. Access to new resistance-breaking LLINs is restricted by insufficient evidence to support policy recommendations, high prices, lack of evidence of cost effectiveness compared to pyrethroid-only LLINs, and consequent poor demand in an uncertain market. As part of this project, PSI is responsible for the provision of technical and planning support to countries in partnership with the Alliance for Malaria Prevention (AMP) and RBMs Country Regional Support Partner Committee (CRSPC) to enable NMCPs and LLIN procurers to integrate Dual AI LLINs into their strategies informed by resistance and epidemiological data.

    To facilitate this process, PSI is hiring a Senior Technical Advisor to provide technical support via in-country and remote assistance to the project pilot countries to collect operational best practices for delivery of Next-Gen LLINs. They will coordinate and lead development of best practices for implementation related to provision of technical and operational guidance specifically for the introduction of Next Gen LLIN distribution.


    Sound like you? Read on!


    Your contribution

    • Manage provision of all technical support from regional Technical Advisors to AMP in terms of day-to-day communication and support, linkages with external partners with capacity to assist with resolving specific issues and management of relationships in the country.
    • Liaise regularly with the Global Fund, the President’s Malaria Initiative and the Country/Regional Support Partner Committee (CRSPC) to maintain high awareness of country challenges and issues arising from delivery of Next-Gen LLINs
    • Draft, revise and finalize best practices related to implementation guidelines, development of communication plans, development of logistics plans and supporting documents, coordination structure outlines, training guidelines, data collection materials, work plan development and
    • Convene and lead Workgroup to compile updated recommendations at the country for Next Gen LLIN distribution in, microplanning, logistics, communication, training, data collection and verification, reporting, budgeting
    • Project start-up activities including; PMP development, yearly work plan development, PSI onboarding of field TAs.
    • Attend scoping visits to countries to determine operational needs and anticipate bottlenecks that may occur
    • Provide technical support (in-country or distance) to Ministries of Health and partners for the planning and implementation of Next Gen LLIN distribution activities (campaign and continuous)
    • Attend project and stakeholder planning and coordination meetings as it relates to Next-Gen LLINs monitoring, as well as the monitoring and evaluation frameworks
    • Develop the curriculum, facilitation guide, and transition plan back to AMP through the CRSPC supported training to AMP TA providers and country MOH staff. (AMP Training)
    • Update of AMP toolkit and other supporting operational documents to help institutionalize project learnings.
    • Provide ad hoc technical assistance to other PSI malaria programs.


    What are we looking for?

    The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:

    • Measurement: You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
    • Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
    • Honesty: You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
    • Collaboration: You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.
    • Trust: You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt
    • Commitment:  You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin


    The basics:

    Education- You hold a master’s degree in public health, logistics management, marketing, or supply chain. Alternatively, you have a  bachelor’s degree with at least 10 years of additional relevant experience.


    Experience- At least 8 years of demonstrated successful experience in malaria programs, vector control and/or supporting LLIN distribution at the country level. Has relevant working experience supporting a country’s LLIN campaign(s). Has good working relationships with Alliance for Malaria Prevention, Global Fund, Presidents Malaria Initiative, and UNITIAD.


    Savviness- You know key stakeholders in both the public and private sector within the vector control community. You have a strong understanding of the regulatory policies and procedures required by WHO to be listed as a product within the new qualification process. You can quickly identify bottlenecks and work within a team to determine appropriate solutions by using global best practices and innovative approaches.


    Collaboration- You are a team player. You work well with others, but you know how to take initiative to get things done. Even when people don’t report to you, you know how to motivate them to adopt new initiatives or change their approaches. Ideally, you’ve worked in settings requiring lots of collaboration before, perhaps on other multi-national/regional activities that require coordinate with multiple partners and institutions.


    Communication-You write with clarity and feel comfortable speaking up when you have something important to say. You’re not afraid of public speaking and have developed good skills in this arena. You have excellent interpersonal skills, with great experience communicating across cultures. Ability to work in both English and French speaking countries is essential.


    References will be required. Must be authorized to work in the United States.  N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship and relocation expenses will not be covered for this position


    *Due to high volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. Curious about your status? Please log into your iCIMS account to find out.


    PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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