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Malaria Technical Analyst

Posting Number: #247-21

Position Title: Malaria Technical Analyst

Closing Date: Until Filled

Location: Washington, DC

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A. Position Identification

Position Title: Level I Technical Professional—Malaria Technical Advisor
Division: USAID Global Health
Department: Office of Infectious Diseases, Malaria Division
Work Location: Washington, DC
Supervisor’s Title: GHTP Deputy Director
Work Status: Full-time
FLSA: Exempt
Classification: GS 11 Equivalent
Funding Source: Malaria Program Funds HL.3

B. Summary Statement

When it was launched in 2005, the goal of the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) was to reduce malaria-related mortality by 50% across 15 high-burden countries in sub-Saharan Africa through a rapid scale-up of four proven and highly effective malaria prevention and treatment measures: insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs); indoor residual spraying (IRS); accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment with artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs); and intermittent preventive treatment of pregnant women (IPTp). With the passage of the Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde Global Leadership against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Act in 2008, PMI developed a US Government (USG) Malaria Strategy for 2009–2014.  This strategy included a long-term vision for malaria control in which sustained high coverage with malaria prevention and treatment interventions would progressively lead to malaria-free zones in Africa, with the ultimate goal of worldwide malaria eradication by 2040-2050.  Consistent with this strategy and the increase in annual appropriations supporting PMI, four new sub-Saharan African countries and one regional program in the Greater Mekong Sub-region of Southeast Asia were added in 2011. The contributions of PMI, together with those of other partners, have led to dramatic improvements in the coverage of malaria control interventions in PMI-supported countries, and all 15 original countries have documented substantial declines in all-cause mortality rates among children less than five years of age.

In 2015, PMI launched the next six-year strategy, setting forth a bold and ambitious goal with specific objectives. This PMI Strategy for 2015-2020 takes into account the progress over the past decade and the new challenges that have arisen. Malaria prevention and control remains a major U.S. foreign assistance objective and PMI’s Strategy fully aligns with the USG’s vision of ending preventable child and maternal deaths and ending extreme poverty. Under the PMI Strategy for 2015-2020, the USG’s goal is to work with PMI-supported countries and partners to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity, towards the long-term goal of elimination.

In 2017, PMI announced that it was expanding into five new countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Niger and Sierra Leone.

Under the leadership of a new PMI Coordinator, data and data analytics is a top priority for PMI. Supply chain data is one of the four data streams in PMI’s data initiative. PMI, the Global Fund and the Gates Foundation have signed a data sharing agreement and one of the core data elements is supply chain data.

C. Job Requirements

The Malaria Technical Advisor (Advisor) will be based in the Malaria Division of Global Health Bureau’s Office of Infectious Diseases (GH/ID) and will serve as an integral member of USAID’s PMI Team. In collaboration with the PMI Team, the Advisor will be monitoring and providing technical support to USAID at headquarters and in the field with missions and PMI country teams, technical counterparts, implementing partners, and the Ministries of Health and USAID cooperating agencies.  The Advisor will work on the Supply Chain team and work closely with and receive technical guidance from the Chief, Supply Chain Branch, Malaria Division, as his/her point of contact.

D. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Serving as PMI Supply Chain team’s finance representative:

  • Supporting the continuous improvement and analysis of the supply chain financial reports and supply chain budgeting.
  • Supporting the Supply Chain COR in financial analysis and tracking of project spend, including understanding the USAID finance systems and terminology.
  • Supporting the evolution of financial tracking and analysis, incorporating a supply chain technical view to assist PMI in better identifying current supply chain areas of focus based on budgets and expenditures and commodity spending trends and to support the Supply Chain COR in project management decisions.
  • Providing technical support on PMI financial tracking component investments in information systems, particularly as they relate to supply chain.
  • Coordinate with the PMI Finance team on financial tracking and spending as needed.
  • Provide financial tracking and support across malaria supply chain projects as needed, liaising with CORs in other offices as needed and PMI activity managers.

Serving as a technical point of contact for Malaria Division/PMI procurement and supply chain activities:

  • Participating in the Malaria Division’s Supply Chain Team to provide malaria-specific technical and programming guidance across PMI/USAID-supported countries with a focus on malaria commodity procurement and supply chain strengthening. This includes participating in country team calls, reviewing procurement actions, identifying and resolving potential country-level stock imbalances, reviewing progress of country orders on a weekly basis, providing supply chain perspective expertise, and coordinating with other donor partners working in the country.
  • Maintaining current knowledge of regulations and policies and contributing to PMI technical policy development on procurement and state-of-the-art programming in supply chain strengthening.
  • Serving as PMI point of contact technical lead in consultations and working groups with colleagues from across USAID and the USG on commodities, procurement, and supply chain. Support cross-health element alignment on critical supply chain areas including providing technical support through PMI within the supply chain finance technical working group at USAID and with our implementing partners.
  • Strategically engaging with external technical staff within organizations such as the Global Fund on issues such as commodity and supply chain financial alignment.

Serving as a country backstop for one or more PMI/USAID focus country:

  • Serve as country backstop for a PMI interagency country support team, providing technical and programmatic leadership to one or more countries.
  • Providing support to Missions and country teams on the development of annual country malaria operational plans and assisting in monitoring and tracking overall progress of plans and activities to ensure achievement of PMI objectives. Support MOP writing and responding to interagency working group questions.
  • Providing support to Missions by reviewing mission strategies and annual reports and helping them to meet needs for technical and programmatic support.

Activity and reporting support:

  • In collaboration with the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR), providing routine operational support to management of USAID’s flagship procurement and supply chain project, including collaborating with the COR to monitor project finances and manage technical field support requests; providing high-level technical review of annual work plans and budgets; reviewing work plan deliverables; liaising with USAID’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance in reviewing and advising on contract-related documents; and backstopping three or more countries that buy in to the central project including reviewing and approving country workplans while supplying routine supply chain technical support.
  • Participate in regular COR team and activity management meetings and provide regular support to the COR in filing, following up and tracking of actions including concurrences and addressing queries from the partner.
  • In collaboration with the Division Chief and the Supply Chain Branch Chief, support activities for one or more centrally-administered programs/projects, including advising and providing technical guidance and input on PMI policies and priorities.
  • Contributing to malaria planning and reporting requirements.
  • Developing briefers and/or other communication materials to describe activities and results of USAID’s malaria programs.
  • Assisting in formulating responses to Congressional inquiries or requests.

E. Professional Development

  • Participate in professional continuing education, skills training and professional meetings to enhance relevant technical skills and career development.
  • Complete and execute an Individual Learning and Training Plan and Annual Work Plan.

F. Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • Master’s degree and 3 years relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree and 5 years relevant experience in public health, international health, international development or other related discipline.
  • At least 3 years of professional experience with one or more public health technical disciplines; such as (Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease, etc); job duties/responsibilities generally related to SOW requirements.
  • Experience in the design, implementation and evaluation of international health, especially malaria programs, with 2+ years of experience in an international or resource challenged setting.
  • Experience in detailed work with complex budget and financial information.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with federal budget processes. Demonstrated project management, technical knowledge, policy experience, and problem-solving orientation working on complex projects in a highly sensitive environment.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team, including cross-cultural teams.
  • Ability to exercise independent and sound judgment in planning and carrying out tasks; in serving USG priorities at critical technical and policy forums; in resolving problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic environment.
  • Excellent analytical, written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally approximately 25%.
  • US citizenship or US Permanent residency with the ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access required.

F. Desired Qualifications

  • Experience Certificate in finance.
  • Experience in global health procurement and supply chain.
  • Knowledge of USAID programs, procedures, and systems for program design, procurement, logistics, management and monitoring.
  • Fluency in French preferred.

G. Clearance Required

  • Facility Access

Credence Management Solutions, LLC and Public Health Institute are Equal Opportunity Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, or disability.

This position described in this announcement falls under a contract with USAID, and therefore is subject to the provisions put forward in OMB Circular A-76 which prohibit contractors from performing inherently governmental functions. Specifically, TPs placed in USAID positions will not perform inherently governmental functions, nor supervise any employees other than the contractor’s own staff, nor make final decisions or sign documents that commit the U.S. Government.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (FLSA) STATUS

This position is classified as exempt based on the job duties. However, based on the FTE, salary level of the employee, or federal/state/local laws, the employee may be classified as nonexempt.

Please note: The Public Health Institute (PHI) and its partner, Credence Management Solutions, are both employers for the Global Health Technical Professionals (GHTP) project which provides expertise in support of USAID global health programs. The hiring of this position will be through the PHI and as such the selected person will become a PHI employee. Your applicant data will be shared with both organizations.

 

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