Severe malaria is a major cause of childhood death and often the main reason for paediatric hospital admission in sub-Saharan Africa. Quinine is the established treatment of choice, but its primacy in the treatment of severe malaria has been challenged by the introduction of artemisinin derivatives. Studies in Asia and Africa have shown parenteral artesunate substantially reduces mortality in adults and children with severe malaria. Based in Lusaka, the Severe Malaria Associate will work with the Ministry of Health (MOH) National Malaria Control Centre (NMCC) and partners to accelerate the introduction and uptake of artesunate for the treatment of severe malaria. The Severe Malaria Associate will play an integral role in seeing through the introduction, uptake, and monitoring activities relating to the implementation of parenteral artesunatein Zambia, establish best practices in new product introductions, and support the NMCC in other malaria case management initiatives.
Working in close collaboration with MOH, the Severe Malaria Associate will:
- Support the planning for transition, introduction, implementation, and monitoring activities that relate to artesunate;
- Develop training plans, training materials and job aids to train health workers in the safe and effective use of artesunate;
- Train appropriate MOH staff on use of reporting and data management tools;
- Update national guidelines to ensure protocols for severe malaria treatment are aligned with international guidelines;
- Establish stock management systems to ensure artesunate is appropriately managed at health facilities and central warehouses to limit the risk of stock-outs and wastage;
- Develop quantification models and distribution plans to support future procurement and distribution of artesunate to health facilities;
- Work with senior-level MOH staff and partners on malaria related initiatives in Zambia, participate actively in Technical Working Groups and support resource mobilization efforts on behalf of CHAI and the MOH;
- Conduct field visits to capture artesunate stock levels, adherence and awareness challenges, and other malaria treatment issues;
- Assist the NMCC in identifying issues relating to malaria case management, and assist NMCC to identify and implement solutions to these challenges
- A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 4 years’ experience in private or public
- Ability to navigate complex government processes with multiple influencers and to negotiate and achieve consensus;
- Strong analytical skills and technical proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint;
- Ability to solve challenging problems without extensive structural or operational support;sector enterprise;
- Experience conceiving, planning and executing programs or projects with verifiable results and little external support;
- Experience managing demanding work plans and tight budgets;
- Experience developing training materials and/or reports for broad consumption;
- Master’s Degree (preferably in Business or Public Health);
- Previous experience working in the Malaria treatment or testing field in Africa or the developing world.
- Demonstrated growth in responsibility in current or previous roles.
- Local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Compensation: $40,000 – $50,000
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