Mekong Malaria Elimination Program Director
Asia and Eastern Europe
Based in Vientiane, Lao PDR
Approximately 30% international travel
Reports to the PSI Southeast Asia Regional Representative
Who we are
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The Greater Mekong Subregion Elimination of Malaria through Surveillance (GEMS) program is one of PSI’s flagship programs in the region, with a strong track record of adaptive delivery, innovation and thought leadership. GEMS engages diverse private health care providers to offer quality malaria testing, treatment, and reporting in accordance with national policies in Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam. It uses data-driven iteration and a community engagement approach to ensure that services reach the highest risk populations based in appropriate ways. It also uses surveillance data to inform and influence malaria elimination responses and strategies at the subnational, national and regional levels.
GEMS will complete its fourth and final year at the end of 2019, and is seeking a new Program Director to lead the anticipated second phase (2020-2023), which is expected to continue to be funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The position provides overall leadership for PSI’s evidence-based malaria elimination strategy in the region and will serve as the lead advocate and voice of the program to government, technical and financial stakeholders, and other implementing partners. The Director leads a four-person regional hub team that is working with our country teams to eliminate malaria in these four countries. A small portion of time may be expected to be dedicated to providing malaria technical support to other countries in the Asia region and engaging with PSI’s global malaria team.
This position will be based in Vientiane, Lao PDR, and will report to PSI’s Southeast Asia Regional Representative. The Program Director will travel within and outside the region to support the country teams and represent the program. Please note that funding for this position is expected, but cannot be confirmed until October 2019.
Sound like you? Read on.
Strategic Program Leadership
- Ultimately accountable for overall program performance, including ensuring that deliverables are met on time and within budget through sound oversight of the project budget, work plans, sub-awards, contracts and quality standards.
- Oversees the program’s overall strategy and subsequently ensures the program’s influence and impact, while enhancing PSI’s position as a leader in malaria elimination, disease surveillance, and community engagement approaches.
- Creates opportunities for regular data review and reflection by reinforcing a culture of data use to support program adaptation and quality, and ensures the program is responsive to data and rapidly course corrects to the fast-changing malaria epidemiology and socio-political context in each country.
- Challenges approaches and strategies to seek improved effectiveness, and capitalizes on new tools, products, methodologies and information as they become available.
- Ensures that the M&E and research agenda continually evolve to serve the program’s data needs for adaptive implementation and advocacy.
Representation, Advocacy and Influence
- Serves as the spokesperson of the program to high level malaria stakeholders to share program data, provide evidence-based recommendations, and participate actively in influencing national and regional elimination strategies and initiatives.
- Develops and oversees an advocacy and communications strategy to position PSI for influence in relevant areas of expertise at the national and regional levels, leading the program’s external relations and thought leadership initiatives.
- Ensures PSI maintains routine contact, strong relations, and a collaborative and positive reputation with key malaria partners operating in the region, including the National Malaria Programs, WHO, donors, and other external stakeholders (e.g. APLMA/APMEN, CSO Platform, our fellow implementing partners and appropriate technical and academic groups) to raise the profile, participation and influence of the program and PSI in general.
- Works with the GEMS team to produce relevant and high-quality learning and policy briefs and published papers to ensure lessons learned and data generated by the program are widely shared with key partners and institutions.
- Maintains a relationship with the donor by keeping the donor informed and involved in progress updates and decisions, serving as a key source of new information and insight from the region.
- Keeps up to date with technical updates, stakeholder developments, and contextual changes to continually support the responsive and pro-active evolution of the GEMS’ strategy.
- Coordinates with PSI’s Thought Leadership and External Relations and Communications teams to ensure the program benefits from best practices, and to contribute GEMS’ experience, tools and lessons learned to PSI’s growing body of knowledge.
- Supervises and supports two Deputy Directors (Technical and Operational) and an Evidence & Communications Officer, to achieve outstanding results and a high level of engagement and job satisfaction.
- Engages closely with country teams to inspire a sense of regional team spirit and commitment to shared goals across the four country teams, with a culture of collaboration and learning.
Regional Technical Leadership
- Provides strategic leadership to ensure that PSI’s GMS malaria programming is at the cutting edge of implementation and learning through full engagement with global and regional conversations in malaria control and elimination.
- Contributes to the development of new business as opportunities arise to expand PSI’s portfolio of Asia malaria and surveillance-related work.
- Actively participates in all meetings and initiatives of the Asia Regional Technical Team to share knowledge and contribute to organizational excellence in the region.
- Up to 20% of the Program Director’s time may be invested in providing technical guidance to other countries in the Asia region, and to establishing PSI as a leader in disease surveillance.
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
- Relevant post-graduate degree (MPH, MSc, MD), PhD preferred.
- 12+ years’ experience contributing to malaria control and/or elimination. Experience in the Greater Mekong Subregion preferred.
- Strong track record of advocacy and influence.
- Demonstrated success working with high level government officials and multilaterals.
- At least 5 years of strategy/technical leadership experience in a donor-funded organization.
- Excellent communication, negotiation and public presentation skills.
- Inspirational team leader.
- Excellent data analysis skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a culturally diverse environment.
- References will be required.
- The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
What would get us excited?
- Deep personal commitment to malaria elimination.
- Existing network and strong relationships within the GMS malaria world.
- Demonstrated advocacy successes in influencing malaria strategies of government, donor and technical stakeholders.
- DHIS2 whiz.
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