As the flagship global service delivery project of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the PMI Impact Malaria team works with national malaria programs to fight malaria and save lives by strengthening diagnosis, treatment, and drug-based prevention for those most at risk, particularly children and pregnant women. PMI Impact Malaria (IM) is led by Population Services International (PSI) in partnership with Jhpiego, Medical Care Development International, and the Malaria Elimination Initiative at University of California San Francisco.
IM’s global goal is to reduce morbidity and mortality due to malaria and move countries towards national or subnational pre-elimination. To achieve this goal, IM supports National Malaria Control Program Managers (NMCPs) to help tackle malaria service delivery challenges by:
- Closing the gaps in malaria service delivery to get the best medicine, with the correct diagnosis, to the right patients, in the timeliest manner.
- Unlocking the potential of key drug-based approaches, 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 a rigorous use of data to link operational research and country-led dialogue with global technical leadership for the means of accelerating strategic service delivery improvements and advancing key learnings.
In each country, IM builds on key lessons learned from the PMI-funded Improving Malaria Diagnostics (IMaD) project (2008-2013) and MalariaCare (2013-2018). IMaD was mandated to focus solely on malaria diagnosis. MalariaCare expanded to include both malaria diagnosis and treatment. The scope of IM is expanded further to include malaria diagnosis and treatment, malaria in pregnancy, and new drug-based approaches like seasonal malaria chemoprevention, mass drug administration and reactive case detection, where appropriate.
In Malawi, IM will work closely with Ministry of Health (MOH) departments including the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), Quality Management Department and select district health management teams (DHMTs), as well as PMI/Malawi and other PMI partners to improve the quality of and access to malaria services at both the facility and community levels. IM will build on progress made in malaria service delivery by focusing on the following areas of work:
- Providing high quality technical expertise and assistance to NMCP for the development and refinement of policies, strategies, guidelines, standard operating procedures (SOPs), job aids, wall charts and training curricula and implementation plans related to malaria case management
- Strengthening case management by supporting the implementation of outreach, training and supportive supervision plus (OTSS+) quality assurance approach in public sector health facilities and laboratories in selected districts
- Supporting malaria case management and laboratory trainings and refresher trainings for providers in selected districts
Job title: District Coordinator
PSI/Malawi is seeking a District Coordinator to the support the PMI Impact Malaria Project. This position is for a Local Hire only, based in Lilongwe, and will report to the Senior Technical Manager for the Malaria Program. Malaria District Coordinators will be based in IM districts and will provide capacity building and support to district supervisors. The coordinator will ensure that these health care services are provided with the most current and up-to-date practices.
- Provide technical assistance to the MOH in malaria health care management to Impact Malaria Program.
- The coordinator will provide technical oversight in annual and quarterly planning of the district malaria activities and will oversee implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of district malaria control interventions.
- Coordinate mentorship sessions of service providers on management of malaria in health facilities.
- Coordinate quarterly supportive supervision visits (OTSS, follow up to OTSS recommendations, MIP/FANC data QA) to monitor progress in implementation of malaria control activities and provide on the job training, coaching and mentoring.
- Follow up with facilities not demonstrating progress linked to supervision and work with facility staff to identify solutions.
- Ensure availability of malaria policy, strategic documents, guidelines and all relevant training materials at district and health facility levels.
- Identify malaria technical, training needs for facility staff for onward submission to DHOs for resource mobilization.
- Ensure that all health facilities have the required data collection and reporting tools all the time.
- Provide support to facilities to ensure timely submission of monthly malaria reports.
- Coordinate monthly malaria data review meetings for health facilities in collaboration with LMIS, HMIS and IDSR coordinators.
- Conduct regular data quality review audits at least quarterly in each facility in collaboration with HMIS.
- On a monthly basis, ensures that data from all the facilities in the district are entered routinely, and on time in the DHIS2 system at the district HMIS office.
- Work closely with local and international NGOs that implement interventions with malaria and related components in the district to ensure efficient coordination and collaboration.
- Participate in any district level inter agency malaria prevention and treatment events.
What we are looking for:
- Clinical health care professional i.e. Medical Doctor, Clinical Officer or Registered Nurse
- A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the provision of malaria health care services.
- Clinical experience working in a Health Facility environment
- Demonstrated experience collaborating with a range of counterparts at the district level and decentralized level in a way that leads to technically sound and productive health service interventions in particular in malaria intervention.
- Experience and knowledge of limitations of healthcare systems to deliver quality malaria health services in Malawi.
- Training experience and ability to conduct workshops and orientations.
- Experience in mentorship, quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation, and HMIS desirable.
- Experience working with an NGO for supporting public health and quality improvement desirable.
- Fluent in written and spoken English essential.
How to Apply:
If you have the required qualification, experience and competencies please submit your application to:
Email: [email protected]
on or before Friday the 16th October, 2020 at 12h00. Include in the subject line of your application the job title of the position being applied for. All applications submitted outside the deadline will not be considered.