IMA World Health, a member of Corus International, is seeking applications for the Malaria Advisor for the Strengthening Integrated Health Services Activity (SIHSA) funded by USAID over 5 years and estimated at $25-50 million in Sierra Leone.
SIHSA’s goal is to contribute to the Government of Sierra Leone’s overarching goal of improving the health of adolescents, pregnant and postpartum women, and children under five. The objectives of SIHSA are 1) to sustainably improve the quality of family planning, maternal, newborn, adolescent health and malaria services; 2) promote the adoption of critical health behaviors, and 3) strengthen the stewardship and governance of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, both at central and district levels, so that it is better prepared to plan, budget, allocate resources and monitor health programs. SIHSA seeks to promote the integration of health services, including malaria services, to rapidly scale up evidence-based interventions to address preventable causes of maternal, neonatal, child morbidity and mortality and teenage girls. SIHSA seeks to demonstrate innovative models to catalyze community-driven solutions and show models to promote private sector engagement.
Corus International was formed by the strategic merger of IMA World Health (operating as a public health organization since 1960) and Lutheran World Relief (operating as a livelihoods organization since 1945), and today includes small entities of CGA Technologies, Ground Up Investing, and Farmer’s Market Coffee. Corus International works in over 20 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America, focusing primarily on health, livelihoods and emergency response.
Today, IMA offers extensive expertise in the management and implementation of highly successful and complex donor-funded programs in the areas of nutrition, maternal and child health, health systems strengthening (HSS) , malaria, HIV/AIDS, sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). IMA has managed an average of $100 million per year over the past four fiscal years, through grants and contracts from FCDO, USAID, BHA, CDC, World Bank, Global Fund, UNDP, MCC and private donors.
Based in Freetown, the Malaria Advisor will provide overall technical direction, strategic support and operational oversight to the project on malaria-related activities. He/she will ensure that malaria awareness, prevention and treatment interventions are programmed in conjunction with MNCAH activities.
The Malaria Advisor will be based in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Actual hiring is dependent on successful award of agreement and USAID approval. Sierra Leonean nationals and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Provide technical leadership for malaria-related activities within the larger project, including diagnosis and treatment, overseeing integrated facility and community service delivery strategies. Specifically, support innovative ways to integrate malaria control activities into existing community and facility health programs and provide technical leadership to increase access, utilization, quality and integration of services in the fight against malaria.
- Support key malaria intervention areas, including distribution and use of insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) (including continuous distribution and innovative distribution strategies), intermittent preventive treatment for pregnant women, vector control and integrated case management of seriously ill children and pregnant women.
- Provide strategic and technical support to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in policy development and malaria interventions as requested.
- Identify and implement appropriate strategies to address service delivery gaps.
- Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scaling up targeted services in fragile and complex contexts.
- In collaboration with the Director of MEL, monitor malaria control activities according to the monitoring and evaluation framework and assess whether the expected results have been achieved.
- Provide regular reports to the Technical Director and programmatic and technical staff, including successes, challenges and lessons learned.
- Work closely with partners to plan activities and respond to requests for support from local partners and USAID. Liaise with other organizations and projects working in malaria control and prevention.
- Promote and support the development and sharing of best practices and lessons learned with key stakeholders (MS, technical and financial partners and other employees).
- Masters or higher degree in public health, international development or closely related field is required; a doctor is strongly preferred.
- 7-10 years of senior-level experience in malaria programming in Sierra Leone or Sub-Saharan Africa, including program design and implementation.
- Experience with behavior change communication strategies and activities aimed at improving malaria outcomes.
- Knowledge of US government health initiatives and related reporting requirements and funding parameters.
- Working knowledge of PMI indicators and Government of Sierra Leone Malaria Strategic Plan.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with team, partner organizations and key government stakeholders to achieve results; experience building partnerships, particularly with the Government of Sierra Leone, USAID, NGOs and the private sector an asset.
- Proven technical knowledge of malaria, including knowledge of project indicators, quantitative and qualitative data to track overall project performance.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills (including making presentations); high degree of political acumen in interacting with senior government officials and civil society stakeholders.
- Strong analytical, interpersonal, team management, leadership and decision-making skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and respectfully across cultures.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
IMA/Corus International prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and provides equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by U.S. or international law.