The Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI – formerly the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative) was established in 2002 to increase access to care and treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS and to strengthen health systems in resource-poor countries. Over the past few years, CHAI has expanded the scope to include access to high-quality treatment for malaria, new vaccines and essential treatments for common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. CHAI has also increasingly supported governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. Currently, CHAI partners with governments in more than 25 countries while more than 70 countries directly benefit from the low-priced drugs and diagnostic test agreements that CHAI has negotiated.
This role will focus on CHAI's malaria program in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Following the scale-up of effective malaria prevention and treatment measures, Zanzibar has undergone a dramatic decrease in malaria endemicity with prevalence of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum estimated at below 1% in 2011, a rate still observed today. Zanzibar is currently strengthening its control measures in order to reach the malaria ‘pre-elimination’ phase, including increasing access to diagnosis and effective malaria treatment. Malaria diagnosis and treatment is widely available in the public sector and Zanzibar is working to close gaps in the private sector.
Over the past few years, CHAI has provided support to the Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Program (ZAMEP) through the implementation of the Affordable Medicines Facility – malaria (AMFm) program, which aimed to increase the availability and affordability of Artemisinin-based Combination Therapies (ACTs) for treatment of uncomplicated malaria. More recently, the dramatic reduction in the malaria burden has highlighted the need to improve case management by targeting malaria treatments to patients with confirmed infection. In order to support and optimize the scale-up of diagnostics, since 2011 CHAI has supported ZAMEP on an operational research (OR) project to assess the feasibility of introducing low-cost malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) into the private health sector. Following the OR project, CHAI helped to establish the Private Sector Partnership Working Group (PSP WG) to address issues related to malaria care in private health outlets. CHAI worked with the group to develop a strategy for malaria case management in the private sector.
In 2014/15, Zanzibar will have an opportunity to apply for Global Fund resources (the primary donor for malaria funding), including resources to cover treatment in the private sector. Using the recently-developed private sector case management strategy as a launching point, the Associate will work with ZAMEP to analyze the funding required to execute this strategy and write a concept note to apply to the Global Fund for the necessary funding.
CHAI is seeking a Malaria Associate to be based in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The Associate will maintain strong relationships with ZAMEP and relevant country partners and provide effective day-to-day operational support to governmental malaria programs. S/he will work ZAMEP to help design evidence-based strategic plans and support execution of high-impact programs designed to sustainably eliminate malaria from Zanzibar. The position requires a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical, problem-solving, organizational, and communication skills. The candidate must be able to work independently to drive implementation, have deep personal commitment to producing results, and be patient and optimistic despite challenging circumstances. Past experience with malaria programs, while helpful, is not necessarily required as the Associate will work closely with CHAI's technical teams, but successful candidates should be fast learners and be able to think logically and strategically.
The Malaria Program Associate will report to the CHAI Tanzania Malaria Program Manager (based in Dar es Salaam).
Closing date: June 16, 2015
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