Senior Malaria Specialist

Malaria Consortium

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Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organizations specializing in the comprehensive prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases among vulnerable and underprivileged populations. We increasingly find our work on malaria can be effectively integrated with other similar public health interventions for greater impact and therefore expanded our remit to include child health and neglected tropical disease interventions.

Department: 

  • Technical 

Length of Contract: 

  • Five years

Hours: 

  • 40

Travel involved: 

  • Up to 40% 

Child safeguarding level: 

  • TBC 

Country and Project Background

  • Malaria is highly endemic in Nigeria and it remains one of the leading causes of childhood and maternal morbidity and mortality in the country. Nigeria is deeply committed to making progress towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and it recognizes the fact that, without firm efforts to control malaria, achievement of the targets related to child mortality, maternal mortality, and reducing the burden of communicable disease will not be possible. 
  • Malaria, therefore, constitutes a significant development challenge for Nigeria. Interventions for reducing malaria burden in the country are documented in the national malaria strategic plan with Government taking the lead in its implementation with the support of all the RBM partners.
  • The DFID funded and Malaria Consortium led malaria programme, SUNMAP, provided technical assistance and other support to the Nigeria National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) covering the period 2008 to 2016. 
  • The anticipated follow-on project, SUNMAP2 has been designed to strengthen the management and technical capacity of NMEP, State Malaria Elimination Programme (SMEP) and their stakeholders to drive the implementation of the National Malaria Strategic Plan, 2014 to 2020 and achieve its ambitious targets. This will include short-term technical assistance and technical assistance embedded in NMEP in key areas of programme management, evidence generation and use, and capacity building across all project outputs and ultimately reducing Nigeria’s malaria burden and strengthening the Government of Nigeria’s health systems capacity to ensure long-term programme and impact sustainability.

Job Purpose

  • The Senior Malaria Specialist will provide technical leadership on all aspects of malaria control to the project and work closely with the project team to implement evidence-based approaches to achieve the outcomes of the project
  • The position holder will serve as a resource for up-to-date technical information on malaria control and elimination including providing technical support to NMEP, SMEP and other key stakeholders
  • He/She will supervise a team of four specialists and support them to implement work plans in a coherent and harmonized manner.

Job Requirement:

  • Postgraduate Degree in Epidemiology or Public Health with a focus on malaria control/elimination
  • At least 8 years working in a technical role with an excellent understanding of malaria control/elimination approaches
  • Significant experience in intervention design and implementation of large-scale malaria control projects
  • Familiarity with the challenges and opportunities of malaria control Sub Saharan Africa (SSA)
  • Experience in setting up standards of technical quality as well as internal quality assurance mechanisms
  • Experience with value-for-money measurements
  • Familiarity with the Nigerian health system.

Salary

  • Competitive

Note: 

  • This role is dependent on Malaria Consortium securing a forthcoming grant and due to the urgency of the role the vacancy may be closed at any time before the deadline.

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Summary

Company

Malaria Consortium

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Location

Abuja

Specialization

NGO/Community Services & Dev

Job Type

Full-Time

Minimum Qualification

MBA / MSc

Preferred Years of Experience

7 - 10 years