Malaria Elimination Analyst, Pretoria, South Africa

The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)South Africa team is seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding academic credentials and strong analytical capabilities to fill the position of Malaria Elimination Analyst to lead CHAI’s district-based elimination strategy, based in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, with the Malaria Programme within the Provincial Department of Health.  The Malaria Elimination Analyst must be able to function independently and have a strong commitment to excellence. CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy and work ethic.  The Malaria Elimination Analyst will report to the Department of Health Provincial Malaria Manager and the CHAI Deputy Country Director with technical guidance and oversight from the National Department of Health and South Africa’s expert advisory committee.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support to the Provincial Malaria Programme in district-based strategic and operational planning for elimination
  • Support the design and roll-out of active surveillance for malaria elimination in Ehlanzeni District, including the use of geographical information systems (GIS) to identify and target malaria ‘hotspots’
  • Provide extensive training to the district malaria team on malaria elimination implementation in collaboration with relevant partners and experts
  • Establish effective district-based operations for implementation of interventions, including guidance on distribution and responsibilities of staff and engaging local stakeholders to improve integration and coordination
  • Develop a strategy to engage the private sector (health facilities, farms, mines, and game parks) in malaria elimination
  • Support and facilitate the improvement of data collection, data management, and analysis
  • Provide support on design and implementation of operational and epidemiological research within the district
  • Assist the district to generate and package evidence to inform scale-up of the approach and disseminate findings within South Africa and the region
  • Liaise with relevant district and national partners and stakeholders on elimination
  • Perform administrative tasks in support of CHAI’s South Africa office where required

 Qualifications:

  • Exceptional problem solving skills and analytical capabilities
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships with government and NGO representatives
  • Ability to work effectively in a challenging political and multicultural environment
  • Ability to multi-task and communicate well in high-pressure situations
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize a broad range of information
  • Ability to work independently in unstructured settings and communicate effectively within a remote, decentralized team
  • Ability to navigate complex government processes and favourably influence decision-making processes in a diplomatic and collaborative manger
  • Aware of challenges related to working in a resource-limited setting  and demonstrated ability to overcome them
  • High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications particularly Excel, Access, PowerPoint & Word

Competencies:

  • Bachelors degree/B. degree in health science/statistics or related field
  • At least 2 years of professional experience, preferably in public health, health systems strengthening, management consulting, or other related fields
  • Current Department of Health employees will not be considered
  • Must have own transportation

Advantages:

  • Graduate degree in public health, epidemiology, public administration or medical anthropology
  • Knowledge of geographical information system (GIS) applications
  • Experience working with malaria and/or other infectious diseases
  • Knowledge of statistical software packages (ex. SPSS, Access, STATA, Epi Info and Excel)
  • Previous experience working in fast-paced, high-pressure multicultural environments
  • South African work authorization is strongly preferred

Please apply at: https://careers-chai.icims.com/jobs/2942/malaria-elimination-analyst/job

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