ASCEND COUNTRY FOCAL POINT – MALAWI

  • Full time
  • 6 months ago
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary 000 / Monthly
  • Number of vacancies 1 opening

Job Description

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 Role
The objective of DFID’s Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ASCEND) programme is to achieve progress towards the 2030 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. In Malawi, the Programme will focus on four NTDs: lymphatic filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis and trachoma.

The ASCEND Country Focal Point will assist in technical and operational activities to Country and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, specifically the Government of Malawi through Ministry of Health.

The Country Focal Point is responsible, among other things, for:

  • Overseeing the ASCEND programme implementation and technical assistance activities in line with the programme’s Terms of Reference and the Malawi ASCEND work plan
  • Actively maintaining and building presence and visibility of the ASCEND programme with influential networks and relationships with key stakeholders including WASH partners.
  • In close collaboration with the MoHs and other relevant stakeholders identify TA needs, prepare ToR and submit to Regional Manager for input and further liaison with the Global Technical Manager Lead on programme.
  • Working closely with relevant officials in the Ministry of Health and other relevant ministries.
  • Overseeing the work of implementing partners when they become available
  • Keep close collaboration with the ASCEND Grants Officers and Regional Specialists including Regional Managers, MEL managers, Supply Chain Specialists, Finance Officer, Contracts and Compliance Officers, Head of Operations and HSS specialist.
  • Managing ASCEND operations in Malawi, including seconded staff and consultant inputs with support from the Regional Offices and Global Delivery Manager

 Key Requirements

The ASCEND Country Focal Point will have:

  • 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 Ministry of Health.
  • Demonstrated ability to build influential networks and relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality results and impact within specified timelines.
  • Excellent written and spoken English and communications skills.
  • Experienced and willing 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 18 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.

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in Malawi

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