Management Sciences for Health Job Vacancy: Principal Technical Advisor for Malaria - Arlington, USA

In 2015, approximately 3.2 billion people – nearly half of the world's population – were at risk of malaria. Fifteen countries – mainly in sub-Saharan Africa – account for 80% of global malaria cases and 78% of malaria deaths. In areas with high transmission of malaria, children under 5 are particularly susceptible to infection, illness and death; more than two thirds (70%) of all malaria deaths occur in this age group.

MSH is contributing to WHO's 2016 strategy for malaria eradication by providing systems-strengthening assistance to the USG (the President's Malaria Initiative and DFID) that is vital for effective and sustainable malaria control, in addition to being the world leader in strengthening drug supply chains and rational use of pharmaceuticals for malaria diagnosis and treatment. Specially, MSH is working in conjunction with countries' National Malaria Elimination Programs' to conduct national assessments to help country health personnel understand and plan for malaria prevention and control needs. Furthermore, MSH is making appropriate antimalarial drugs available to maximize the ability of global agencies, national governments, and local partners to make the best use of resources and adopt policies to preserve the efficacy of effective antimalarial drugs. Finally, MSH is directly engaging with global partners—including the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM), the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI), foundations, and private corporations—to promote efficacy and accountability and focus on a unified goal.

MSH has an extensive portfolio in Malaria program implementation globally and seeks to hire a senior technical professional for the key position of Principal Technical Advisor for Malaria (PTA- MAL). The PTA-MAL will be accountable for raising MSH's profile within the donor and partner community, expanding MSH's Malaria program portfolio and providing strategic guidance and technical assistance to MSH at all levels of the organization. An important aspect of this role will be knowledge management, ensuring that MSH staff globally is actively engaged with program learning and, sharing knowledge and building new strategies for more effective and efficient use of resources to improve programming and accelerate progress towards eliminating Malaria.

Specific Responsibilities

Technical Assistance (50%)
  • Work with MSH senior leadership and country projects to develop a strategic approach to building MSH Malaria portfolio, based on present work, our capabilities and the needs of the malaria field going forward.
  • Provide technical assistance in coordinating other activities such as supporting Malaria drug management and Malaria lab management.
  • Develop an integrated approach to Malaria elimination that places MSH at the cutting edge of Malaria program management and implementation.
  • Provide technical oversight to MSH/HPG's Malaria projects.
  • Document MSH's portfolio of Malaria activities, update it regularly with new experiences and disseminate results.
  • Develop a Malaria technical exchange network of interested MSH staff and consultants who can organize around the vision and mission and support our efforts in Malaria control.
  • Develop strategic partnerships in Malaria control activities that provide synergy and complement our existing strengths.
  • Increase MSH presence at strategic meetings/global forums on Malaria.
  • Lead collaborative efforts with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the President's Malaria Initiative, the Global Fund goals Malaria partners, and field programs.
  • Support projects and country programs in the design and implementation of approaches to develop Malaria materials and tools, and documents the efforts to address Malaria elimination challenges in MOPHs and the private sector.
New Business Development (50%)
  • Develop strategic plans for growing the business portfolio for MSH/HPG in Malaria.
  • Contribute to new business development for HPG as a technical lead, contributing writer, or reviewer in Malaria proposals.
  • As needed, serve as a scheduled Technical Support Lead (TSL) on roughly three bids per year.
  • Work in close coordination with HPG's Program Development and Strategy Unit, reviewing bid opportunities, determining the opportunities that MSH should pursue in Malaria.
  • Participate in pre-positioning on Malaria bids.
  • Work in coordination with Global Partnerships, Marketing and Communication to track funding opportunities. Lead and/or participate in pitching ideas to donors and funders on Malaria.
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with key players among US government and non-US government donors and partners.
  • Identify potential strategic partners and funders, keeping in mind the diversification of MSH's Malaria portfolio.
  • Partner with MSH's Office of Strategic Development and Communications in scanning both the market and potential competitors
  • Interact with and representing the MSH Malaria program to the MOPHs and to other donor agencies.
  • Graduate training in health (MD, MPH, or comparable)
  • Post-graduate training in public health/Malaria essential
  • Doctoral level degree in public health or related field desirable
  • Minimum of eight years practical experience working in public health in the fields of infectious disease, with at least ten years working in Malaria in developing countries essential. Experience in Africa, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean regions an added advantage.
  • Recognized expertise in Malaria control, at regional and country levels in developing countries essential.
  • Previous experience (six or more years) in malaria program design and demonstrated success providing technical assistance for Malaria Control programs essential.
  • Previous experience in new business development for Malaria projects
  • Demonstrated success in achieving results leading a Malaria Control Program or Malaria projects.
  • Understanding of current key Roll Back Malaria Partnership, the President's Malaria Initiative, and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria issues essential.
  • Demonstrated success in mobilizing resources for malaria programs, including significant proposal development experience with USAID, CDC, and other bilateral, multilateral, foundation, private sector, host country, and other funding sources for Malaria.
  • Experience working with international donors essential.
  • Experience working with Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria projects and Secretariat desirable but not essential.
  • Demonstrated knowledge about the importance of strategic planning and results frameworks for business development and project impact on Malaria.
  • Established track record with both professional and popular publications, as well as social media, preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge Familiarity with USG regulations and administrative procedures in the implementation of donor assisted projects.
  • Proven record of aligning diverse, multi-level teams with project mission and vision.
  • Demonstrated experience in M&E, and operational research in the Malaria context with practical experience in Malaria epidemiology.
Knowledge and Skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in working and collaborating with other donors, host country institutions, and international organizations.
  • Demonstrated proposal writing skills for Malaria projects
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • Professional working levels of English required and at least one other language (French, Spanish, and Portuguese).
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Skills in a statistical program (SPSS, EPI info, etc.) are an added advantage.
  • Proven ability to build strong relationships, work well as part of a team, and to incorporate views of other disciplines into his or her work.
  • Excellent references.
  • Demonstrate capacity to work in a variety of cultural settings, complex environment and fragile states.
  • Demonstrated organizational, managerial and supervisory, skills and abilities; sound judgment, and high ethical standards; flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
Navigating the Environment:
  • Country perspective and orientation, donor responsiveness, partner collaboration and collegiality, dealing with ambiguity, organizational agility, political and strategic agility
Ensuring Delivery of Results:
  • Functional/Technical skills, client (donor and country) focus, managing through procedures, measuring work in terms of effort and progress, negotiating positions in terms of beliefs and principles, information sharing within and across the project partnership, process and work management adheres to then prime contractor's leadership, procedures and practice. Priority-setting supports activity requests and schedules, with necessary problem-solving and timely decision-making.
Leading with Credibility:
  • Based on extensive international public health experience within countries and international organizations.
Managing Others:
  • Building Effective Teams and Collegiality across partners and within country activities, Conflict management through collaborative pursuit of products and objectives, managing and supporting agreed visions and purpose, demonstrated integrity and trust through total transparency. Motivating others through example and productivity. Full approachability and development of direct rapport with others
Core Personal Competencies:
  • Maintain highest ethics and values. Style of work is based on proven principles of public health and effective technical cooperation, integrity and trust, Ability to listen to partners and clients. High level of professional verbal and written communication
Core MSH Competencies:
  • Adaptability to changing leadership and organization. Responsive communications within and across the organization and partnership. Problem-solving through collaboration and collegiality. Creativity and innovation in support of organization and project success. Generate highest quantity, quality and timeliness of Work while maintaining close team relationships. Maximize effective human and financial resource utilization 
Physical Demands
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 40% of the time.
Background Information
Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement
Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Reports To
Infection Disease Cluster Senior Director
Closing Date: 02 Oct 2016