Population Services International

  • Regional Technical Advisor, Malaria

    Posted Date 9 months ago(9/14/2018 4:32 PM)
    Job ID
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    Technical Health Areas
    Position Location: City
    West & Central Africa

    Job Title: Regional Technical Advisor, Malaria (two positions)

    Department: Malaria Department

    Based: Remote position based in West or Central Africa

    Reporting To: Deputy Director, Malaria


    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 7,000 “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!

    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 long lasting insecticidal nets (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. A new Unitaid funded Catalytic LLIN Initiative aims to address these challenges. The project, a consortium led by 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. 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 two Regional Technical Advisors to provide technical support to campaign teams in pilots countries in East and West Africa to collect operational best practices for delivery of Next-Gen LLINs. Regional Technical Advisors are expected to provide direct in-country support to each pilot country and campaign.

    The location of these positions is flexible within West and Central Africa but the candidate must be eligible to work in the country they propose to be based in.


    Sound like you? Read on!


    Your contribution

    Program/Operation/M+E Support

    • Provide expertise on the integration of Dual AI Nets into both routine and campaign distribution channels
    • Work collaboration with pilot countries campaign team to design the overall strategy for a next-gen LLINs within the larger campaign structure (household registration, ITN allocation, beneficiary identification, ITN distribution), as well as writing of the implementation guideline or plan of action for Next Gen LLINs
    • Work with budgeting and financial planning to ensure effective delivery of Next Gen LLINs
    • Develop of timelines and budgets to align to activities within the larger campaign or continuous distribution structure.
    • Develop or modify data collection tools and designing data management and reporting systems for tracking effective delivery of Next Gen LLINs
    • Develop or revise training, supervision and monitoring tools as needed for areas of high resistance that are receiving Next Gen LLINs.
    • Develop methodology for monitoring and evaluating pilot area’s campaign performance and documenting and applying lessons learned
    • Adapt national quality control of activities, including protocol development and experience with sampling
    • Help countries incorporate post campaign monitoring and evaluation including durability monitoring


    Communications/SBCC Support

    • Liaise with and support a countries communication planning team for messaging related to continuous and/or campaign within areas receiving Next Gen LLINs
    • Adapt or develop health promotion, behaviour change communication, mass media and other communication strategies and approaches
    • Engagement at various levels and with different stakeholders, including both public and private sectors about resistance mitigation and the need for better access and use of Next Gen LLINs
    • Translate data and research about acceptance, uptake and use/misuse of ITNs into focused activities and messages to address challenges
    • Work with campaigns team to develop communication plan of action, a creative brief, visual/audio materials for Next Gen LLINs as needed
    • Develop or adapt training, supervision and monitoring tools for communication for areas receiving Next Gen LLINs as needed.
    • Monitor and evaluate communication performance and documenting and applying lessons learned


    Logistics Support

    • Support as needed the overall logistics strategy for a campaign (delivery levels in country, identifying storage levels, tendering and contracting transport and storage, training, supervision and monitoring, tracking tools and accountability), including writing of the logistics plan of action for a campaign distribution
    • Help develop the budget for logistics and supply chain management as it relates to Next Gen LLIN pilot area delivery.
    • Adapt or develop of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for management of Next Gen LLIN delivery integrated within a larger campaign.
    • Develop timelines and budgets to align to key logistics activities
    • Use or help modify tracking tools, data compilation, ITN reconciliation, archiving and reporting for areas receiving Next Gen LLINs
    • Adapt or develop training, supervision and monitoring tools for logistics, including simulation exercises for Next Gen LLINs as needed.


    This a full-time position based remotely with long term


    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


    Our ideal candidate will possess:

    • You hold a master degree in public health, logistics management, marketing, or supply chain management
    • At least 6 years of demonstrated successful experience in malaria programs, vector control and/or supporting LLIN distribution at the country level.
    • Direct experience in previous ITN campaigns and/or anticipated experience in upcoming mass ITN campaign
    • Continuous distribution experience
    • Proven experience in overall planning and execution of large scale health campaigns
    • Demonstrated ability to supervise and monitor health service programs
    • Proven team building and training skills
    • Has good working relationships with Alliance for Malaria Prevention, Global Fund, Presidents Malaria Initiative, and UNITIAD.
    • Strong analytical, communication and problem-solving skills
    • Excellent technical writing and oral presentation skills
    • Fluency in French language essential
    • Strong skills with use of Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    • 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.
    • You know what it means to be “thrown in the deep end”. You’ll have support, but your personal initiative to learn quickly and your willingness to try new things will be critical. You don’t wait to be told what to do. You see a need and you meet it, you’re bold. You know that deadlines are important, and you stick to them. In everything you are always driving to achieve results, to make this market more sustainable and more effective at delivering health impact.

    STATUS: Exempt


    *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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