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Publicado el 02 de Febrero de 2023
Escuintla Associate, Guatemala
Fecha límite: 31 de Marzo de 2023
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: www.clintonhealthaccess.org
CHAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and is committed to providing an environment of fairness, and mutual respect where all applicants have access to equal employment opportunities. CHAI values diversity and inclusion, and recognizes that our mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people with diverse experience, backgrounds, and culture.
Malaria is one of the world's most important causes of illness, death, and lost economic productivity. Over the past decade, dramatic increases in donor funding have facilitated scale-up of effective interventions to prevent, diagnose, and treat malaria. This investment has successfully reduced the burden of malaria in many settings, and some countries have begun planning to eliminate it altogether. Yet these gains are fragile: global funding for malaria remains short of what is needed, last decade's rapid growth in malaria financing appears to have halted, and resistance to insecticides and drugs threatens to set back efforts. CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct management and technical 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 toward malaria elimination in the long term.
In Guatemala, CHAI provides strategic, technical, and operational assistance to the Ministry of Health with the long-term goal to enable Guatemala to achieve malaria elimination. Guatemala has a goal of eliminating malaria by 2025. The overall objective of CHAI’s malaria work in Guatemala is to ensure the country has evidence-based strategies, strong operational plans, and necessary financial resources to effectively implement interventions for elimination. CHAI works closely on a day-to-day basis with the National Malaria Program at central and provincial levels to strengthen case management by increasing testing and treatment and ensuring the availability of case management commodities and supporting analytics to improve prevention and response interventions.
Overview of role
CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual to work as a part of its Guatemala Malaria Team supporting the Ministry of Health’s National Malaria Program by providing technical assistance and supporting programmatic planning, execution, monitoring, and evaluation of effective interventions in the department of Escuintla in southern Guatemala. Over the past seven years, CHAI has engaged in the country and helped them make meaningful steps towards orienting their national strategic plans and systems towards the historical goal of malaria elimination.
The Sub-National Associate for Escuintla will be a key member of the CHAI team, ensuring that the local foci management teams effectively implement measures for malaria elimination. These will involve supporting activities related to: training, data analysis, surveillance, CHW supervision, supply chain monitoring, communication campaigns, coordination with health services, and vector control interventions.
The position reports to the Program Manager with close coordination and technical support from the regional case management technical lead. In-country travel will be frequent and regional travel is expected on an as-needed basis.
The candidate must be able to work independently to drive implementation and have a deep personal commitment to producing results, as well as support the collective design of strategies with a variety of national and international stakeholders. A successful candidate will be highly motivated and hard-working with exceptional organizational, problem-solving, decision-making, and communication skills.
CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities including resourcefulness, tenacity, independence, patience, humility, and a strong work ethic.
Strengthen the capacity of the national and regional malaria program to select and implement interventions aimed towards achieving malaria elimination.
Coordinate with local health partners, local authorities, and the CHAI Guatemala team the monitoring, evaluation and implementation of foci micro plans, including:Development of monthly operational plans with Foci Management Teams (FMTs)
On-the-job training and mentorship of FMTs
Measuring micro plan implementation progress
Evaluating the impact of interventions on malaria transmission in specific foci.
Design training plans and support the development of associated training materials to build Ministry of Health staff and community health workers’ capacity to execute malaria interventions effectively.
Support implementation of entomological surveillance activities and appropriate planning, targeting, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programmatic vector control activities.
Work in collaboration with the local level to support the use of the malaria module and other electronic surveillance systems for malaria.
Identify key impediments to the successful execution of the malaria elimination strategy and work with the regional and national health authorities and partner organizations to develop and implement solutions to address bottlenecks.
Explore the utilization of new tools and interventions to eliminate malaria and develop operational plans and other materials to support the implementation of these tools.
Collaborate with the Ministry of Health and partner organizations to design and implement epidemiological and entomological studies according to the research protocols.
Support local-level Ministry of Health staff with regular site visits to community health workers and health facilities in Escuintla.
Work closely with the Program Manager, the Research Associate, the Vector Control Associate, and CHAI´s regional technical advisors to design and implements data-driven actions.
Identify strategic areas for expansion or redirection and guide strategic planning or proposal development as needed.
Serve as a trusted adviser for the national and regional Ministry of Health staff on malaria elimination.
Represent CHAI in meetings with partner organizations and Ministry of Health officials as needed.
Develop and maintain strong, proactive relationships with national and regional health staff involved in malaria elimination.
Other responsibilities as needed.
Bachelor’s degree plus 3 to 5 years of work experience
Strong problem-solving skills and analytical capabilities
Strong decision-making skills
Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently
Experience living and working in resource-limited areas
Ability to work well both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships in a challenging environment
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
Ability to travel extensively (+50%) to Escuintla to support fieldwork. Comfortable traveling to remote areas
Written and spoken fluency in Spanish and English
Advanced degree in public health, public administration, or business
Experience executing successful health projects, ideally malaria-specific projects
Experience developing database systems and using statistical software for data analysis
Experience living and working in Central America, including as a native of the region
Experience working with governments and institutions from Latin America
Experience in working with malaria and/or other infectious diseases
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