Job title: Malaria Technical Advisor
Department: PMI Impact Malaria
Based in: Washington DC (Eligible for Remote Work)
Up to: 30 % international travel
Reports to: The Senior Technical Advisor
Who we are
We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to be healthy by providing access to products and services that range from malaria prevention and treatment to HIV testing.
There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds – from doctors, epidemiologists and professionals from the medical industry to marketers from the fast-moving consumer goods industry – all with unique skills we bring to the job.
PSI and its local affiliates manage malaria control programs in 32 countries and are world leaders in malaria control implementation delivering 42 million treated mosquito nets and almost 19 million quality-assured ACTs for confirmed malaria cases in 2016. PSI also supports national Ministries of Health to scale up malaria diagnosis especially in the private sector and to improve tracking of malaria patients through surveillance and health information systems, especially DHIS2.
Impact Malaria Program
The US Presidents Malaria Initiative (PMI) Impact Malaria project is PMI’s flagship global malaria service delivery project, helping to improve the quality and increase the delivery of malaria diagnosis and treatment services in up to 27 countries around the world. PMI Impact Malaria is a USAID contract hosted and led by PSI as the prime contractor.
PMI Impact Malaria works with national malaria control programs to help tackle these challenges by:
- Closing the gaps in malaria service delivery to get the right medicine, with the correct diagnosis, to patients in need, in the timeliest manner.
- Unlocking the potential of key drug-based approaches, by helping countries to introduce, implement, and scale-up proven innovations to move countries forward in their elimination efforts, according to each country’s unique malaria situation.
- Strengthening malaria health systems and the use of data for decision-making to link operational research and country-led dialogue with global technical leadership for the means of accelerating service delivery improvements and advancing key learnings.
The PMI Impact Malaria (IM) team is a results-focused, multi-disciplined and multi-cultured team, based out of Washington DC, working through PSI country offices as well as through our partners Jhpiego, MCDI and UCSF.
The US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Impact Malaria project is PMI’s flagship global malaria service delivery project, helping to improve the quality and increase the delivery of malaria diagnosis and treatment services in up to 27 countries around the world. PMI Impact Malaria is a USAID contract hosted and led by PSI as the prime contractor.
PSI is seeking an experienced, dynamic and innovation-driven Malaria Technical Advisor to sustain PSI’s efforts to scale up its malaria programs globally, capture and share best practices, as well as provide technical support to specific country programs to ensure high quality of and measurable impact through their malaria programs.
The full-time position is based in Washington DC with 30% travel and reports to the Senior Technical Advisor.
- Act as technical focal point for a large malaria service delivery award.
- Provide technical support to country offices in the execution of a large malaria service delivery contract.
- Provide regular updates to the Senior Technical Advisor on technical implementation of activities in your portfolio of countries.
- Act as the primary technical focal point for malaria service delivery for a portfolio of countries, ensuring that activities are implemented according to technical guidance from the donor and global best practices.
- Provide in-country technical assistance on program design and troubleshooting (either directly or by working with internal and external resources).
- Coordinate technical assistance from sub-contractors to achieve workplan deliverables
- Review country workplan activities, performance indicators and targets, ensuring timely completion of activities against workplan deadlines.
- With the oversight of the Technical Director, lead the development of quarterly/ annual programmatic reports and weekly progress updates for your portfolio of countries.
- Produce and disseminate knowledge products and processes (toolkits, case studies, best practices, technical briefing documents, peer review publications, etc.) for national and international audiences to accelerate rapid transfer of best practices on the service delivery project.
- Proactively engage with partners to improve coordination at national and international levels.
- Represent the malaria service delivery project as required at relevant technical working groups, conferences, workshops, and policy-oriented forums using appropriate media.
What are we looking for?
The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:
Collaboration: You can work independently, but thrive within a team.
Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates
Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous and you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.
Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind.
Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.
Commitment: You’re independent and a free thinker, but you’re ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.
- Education: Relevant post-graduate degree (MPH, MBA, MSc, ME, etc.) or equivalent implementation experience.
- Language: English professional proficiency required. French professional proficiency highly preferred.
- Demonstrating Results: You have 5+ years track record demonstrating leadership generating tangible results in mobilizing resources for serving social needs in a developing country.
- A malaria expert: You will have demonstrated knowledge on malaria control and proven experience in managing a malaria program
- Forging Partnerships: You are able to coordinate and work effectively with diverse stakeholders in numerous locations and levels, including private partners, donors, government officials and bodies, technical experts, civil society organizations, community members and organizations and project support staff.
- Flexible Change Agent: You are a proactive leader who catalyzes innovation by both leading and working through others.
- Organized: You have excellent time management and organizational skills in managing a varied workload, with the ability to meet tight deadlines
- Curious: You are a fast learner and adaptable to new contexts.
- Concise: You quickly distill complexity to essential and simple concepts and approaches.
- Must be authorized to work in the United States. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.
- Must be able to complete a background check.
- References will be required.
What would get us excited?
- Sound technical knowledge of malaria policy and context.
- Field experience working with or delivering malaria case management in a control setting
- Knowledge of the global malaria partnership landscape and familiarity with the international donor community.
- Experience working with USAID preferred
- Strong writing and presentation skills.
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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