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Malaria Surveillance Associate, Benin

Benin

  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Benin
  • Grade: Associate Level - Open for both International and National Professionals - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
    • Security and Safety
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Malaria Surveillance Associate, Benin

Country
Benin
Type
Full Time
Program (Division)
Infectious Disease - Global Malaria
Overview

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org

 

CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct technical and operational support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.

 

Program Overview

 

CHAI recently initiated engagement with the Ministry of Health (MoH) in Benin through its National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and will spent its initial months seeking to understanding the strengths and areas for improvement within the malaria program, the broader health system, and the partner and donor engagement with it. Through a set of technical and operational assessments, CHAI will identify potential areas of work and prioritize them based on impact and feasibility. We anticipate our initial focus to be on strengthening data reporting, data analysis, and disease surveillance based on the results of an in-progress assessment, including devising a plan for integrating reporting of private health facilities, community health workers as well as entomological and intervention data. CHAI will work with partners in country to evaluate how it can best add value to ongoing efforts.

 

Position Overview

 

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as Malaria Surveillance Associate. Reporting to the Benin Malaria Program Manager, the Associate will assist in shaping CHAI’s overall malaria strategy for the country, participate in the development of clear operational plans for execution, and continuous identification of opportunities for CHAI to add value and maximize impact. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a new, start-up effort to build up a targeted, impact-driven CHAI malaria program in a country with significant public health needs.

 

The successful candidate will support programmatic aspects of CHAI’s Benin malaria work, act as a trusted partner to government health officials and partners. They will have deep personal commitment to producing results, the skills to navigate political situations, humility, patience, and optimism even in the face of daunting challenges.

 

CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and strong work ethic. This position will be based in Benin. The Associate does not need to have prior experience in malaria or health programs but should be an individual skilled at solving difficult problems in complex settings with limited resources. They must be fluent in French and English and have excellent relationship building and communication skills. They must also be able to function independently with minimal oversight and have a strong commitment to excellence with a keen eye for detail. 

Responsibilities
  • Work with government staff on a daily basis to:
    • Catalyze critical improvements in government-owned surveillance systems and routine data analysis and response
    • Design and implement routine surveillance and data system improvements including developing guidelines to ensure quality data collection and reporting; training staff on the new approaches, introducing new analytic or visualization tools and ensuring regular data review
    • Participate in the design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination of operational research projects related to surveillance, intervention effectiveness, and entomology
    • Foster a data culture and create sustained demand for information to understand the drivers of malaria transmission and impact of malaria programs as well as to respond and/or adjust course more rapidly
    • Support development of evidence-based strategic and operational plans and policies
  • Identify, document, and disseminate lessons learned
  • Support operational stratification and tool selection for context-appropriate interventions
  • In close coordination with the Benin Malaria Program Manager, provide operational and management support to the MOH and National Malaria Control Program to increase coverage of high-quality case management and prevention strategies
  • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of malaria prevention, diagnosis, and treatment policies, and interventions in Benin and identify the highest priority needs and opportunities for improvement
  • Provide support for the office logistics and operations
  • Other tasks assigned by the Program Manager
Qualifications
  • Master's degree in a relevant field (e.g., public health, epidemiology, business, engineering) with 3+ years of working experience in a demanding private sector or public health environment with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership; or a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with 5 years of working experience
  • Fluency in French with a good command of English as second language
  • Excellent problem solving, analytical and quantitative skills
  • Strong quantitative, presentation, and writing skills, including fluency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word
  • Experience working and communicating with governments officials and multilateral organizations; preferably in Africa
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to build professional relationships with key stakeholders, negotiate and achieve consensus
  • Self-starter with demonstrated experience launching new projects or initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with a diverse set of counterparts, in unstructured settings and to adapt to new environments and challenges
  • Excellent organization and management skills, including time management and project management
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and set priorities in remote settings
  • Ability to work on complex problems without extensive support and self-motivate
  • Ability to react quickly to ad-hoc requests while managing an existing workload and meeting deadlines
  • Strong work ethic, humility, integrity, credibility, flexibility, and dedication to CHAI’s mission

Advantages:

  • Understanding of disease surveillance (including surveillance platforms) with knowledge of global health issues
  • Experience in data management (including managing databases) and data analysis, knowledge of DHIS2
  • Knowledge of malaria or other global infectious diseases
  • Experience living or working in Benin or Francophone West Africa countries
  • Experience communicating technical concepts to non-technical users

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