Accelerating the Sustainable Control and Elimination of NTDs (ASCEND) is a £200 million investment from the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID), to advance the impact and sustainability of national programs tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).
To be implemented between September 2019 to March 2022, ASCEND comprises of two lots – one focusing on South Asia, East and Southern Africa (lot 1) and the other on West and Central Africa (lot 2).
ASCEND lot 1 is implemented by a consortium of technical partners led by Crown Agents, including Abt Associates, Oriole Global Health and the Royal Tropical Institute. Central to ASCEND 1’s approach is a close collaboration with National Governments and other implementing partners, to enhance national approaches to NTD control and elimination.
ASCEND’s goal is to contribute to the global goal of reducing the burden of targeted NTDs so that they are no longer a public health problem.
In Malawi, ASCEND will focus on four NTDS – ONCHO, LF, Schistosomiasis and Trachoma anchored on the following broad areas of intervention:
(i) *Treatment and prevention of disability, including mass drug administration (MDA), diagnosis and treatment, surgeries, morbidity management.***
(ii) *Increasing the integration of aspects of NTD programmes within the health systems.***
(iii) *Strengthening national health systems, integrating efforts to strengthen the relevant building blocks of the health system.***
(iv) *Data for targeting and monitoring, including impact assessment and alignment of NTDs with national and international MEL systems and processes.***
(v) *Cross-sectoral collaboration, in particular within the health and WASH/BCC sectors. *
DFID has contracted Crown Agents together with its consortium partners to act as Fund Manager for ASCEND in Malawi. Therefore, Crown Agents will work with the Ministry of Health (MoH) to support the immediate procurement of services from Implementing Partners (IPs) that will further the above-stated objectives of ASCEND in the country.**
2. Scope of work
The Supply Chain Technical Officer will be responsible for providing a wide range of support to the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) programme.
The officeholder will work closely with relevant partners, pharmaceutical and supply chain focal point persons within MoHP and Central Medical Stores Trust to coordinate the clearance and storage of drugs as well as distribution to the districts where the final distribution will take place.
The officer will work closely with the NTD drug donation program managed by the World Health Organization (WHO), and NTD implementation partners to help build a sustainable supply chain management system.
This will help to maintain the quality, efficacy and safety of the chemotherapy drugs used during mass drug administration campaigns in accordance with the NTD elimination and control goals.
The Supply Chain Technical Officer will be responsible for the following;
3. Key Requirements
Knowledge (Education & Related Experience):
(i) Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management or relevant discipline
(ii) At least five years of work experience in community health programs preferably in Neglected Tropical Diseases
(iii) Experience working with DFID or other donor-funded projects preferred.
(iv) Demonstrated knowledge of protection, prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation and the field of safeguarding is an added advantage
4. Skills (Special Training or Competence)
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