Project Director (PD) needed to provide overall vision, leadership, management and direction to ensure the strategic, programmatic, technical, research and financial integrity for a multi- -year global Unitaid project expanding access to preventive chemotherapy in infants. Project Director PD will have the overall responsibility of making key decisions and solving problems quickly, as well as leadership and management of and reporting on the grantee’s activities while ensuring operational and program quality and integrity. The Project Director (PD) will serve as the grantee’s first point of interface with Unitaid on both routine and strategic matters. This includes ensuring effective organizational, management and communication interacting with project partners, other projects, host country governments at all levels, stakeholders and international partners and agencies. The position will be based in Baltimore (preferred) or Washington DC and report to Vice President, Global Program Operations. This position is contingent upon award from Unitaid.
This global Unitaid projects aims to implement pilots for IPTi delivery to catalyze country uptake and inform future policy and guidelines.
Projects can include:
- Proof-of-concept pilots that demonstrate the impact, operational feasibility and cost-effectiveness of at-scale IPTi delivery
- Evaluation of modifications to the current IPTi schedule, particularly those that leverage additional vaccination contacts at ages where the risk of severe malaria disease and death are highest, potentially expanding IPTi coverage into the second year of life
- Delivery of IPTi through alternative platforms that complement the existing EPI schedule which could help fill coverage gaps, such as nutrition or weigh-in visits, antenatal care contacts (when pregnant women present with infants), community delivery under the Integrated Community Case Management platform, or other opportunities
- Sub-national approaches to IPTi implementation, particularly in countries that are implementing Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention, but also have regions with less seasonal malaria transmission where children do not currently benefit from chemoprevention but could benefit from IPTi
- Testing of IPTi in areas of medium-to-high malaria transmission, where levels of parasite resistance are above the WHO recommended threshold of 50% (e.g. in certain regions of East Africa), to determine the resistance thresholds under which IPTi remains effective