Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ASCEND), is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). The objective of ASCEND is to achieve progress towards the 2020 NTD roadmap targets for the targeted NTDs across priority countries and to strengthen elements of the national health systems which are required for sustainable NTD control and elimination. The Programme focuses on five NTDs: lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, visceral leishmaniasis, and trachoma.
The Country Lead is the main representative of ASCEND in each country. As such they have an ambassadorial role as well as a functional role managing the work plan and country budget. The Country Lead will oversee all ASCEND technical and operational activities to Malawi. They are responsible for coordinating inputs from implementing partners and technical experts. The Country Lead will build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, specifically the Government of Malawi (GoM).
The Country Lead is responsible, among other things, for:
- Overseeing the ASCEND programme implementation and technical assistance activities in Malawi, including managing
Actively maintaining and building presence and visibility of the ASCEND programme in Malawi
- In close collaboration with the MoH and other relevant stakeholders, identifying TA needs, preparing ToRs, and submitting to Regional Manager for input and further liaison with the Global Technical Manager Lead on programme related advocacy activities at the national and local level to embed NTD control and elimination activities within their national plans and budgets, including supporting the programme activities on increasing access to WASH
- Supporting MEL inputs for Malawi and tracking progress against programme logframes
- Developing local and national expertise/capacity and delivering and operating in a diverse and complex multicultural environment
- Building influential networks and relationships with key stakeholders including, but not limited to, the GoM (specifically the Ministry of Health)
- Coordinating with other relevant DFID programmes (e.g. bilateral health programmes), and other development and implementing partners working in the health sector to avoid duplication of effort, enhance programme effectiveness and ensure alignment of efforts
- Proven track record of successfully working with national ministries of health to implement NTD programmes in low and middle-income countries
- Experience managing programmes in multicultural, complex environments with multiple stakeholders
- Experience implementing health systems strengthening interventions
- Experience working in Malawi, preferably with the GoM
- Demonstrated ability to build influential networks and relationships with key stakeholders
- Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality results and impact within specified timelines
- Strong self-sufficiency and a proactive approach to communication and engagement
- Excellent written and spoken English communications skills
- Experience and will to work (and travel) in diverse cultural setting
- Critical thinking and analytical skills
For Further Information and Application Details
Applications should be submitted online via the Careers page of Abt Associates’ website, and should include a current CV, cover letter and a response to the key requirements as outlined in the advert and in the Terms of Reference.
A detailed Job Description is available to download from the vacancy page on the Abt Associates’ website (Career page)
The closing date for applications is 22 May 2020
We welcome and thank all applications however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage applications from experienced and capable women.
Please note, candidates will need to have the right to work in Malawi.