Malaria Surveillance, Monitoring, and Evaluation Technical Advisor – Niger
ICF is a partner on the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Measure Malaria project, a five-year cooperative agreement led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). The project aims at strengthening host-country systems to generate high-quality health information that is used for decision-making at local, national, and global levels, with the goal to reduce disease burden. ICF’s role includes providing technical assistance to PMI and national governments to strengthen capacity in surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation primarily for malaria programming in PMI-priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
ICF seeks a malaria surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation (SME) advisor to join our team. The malaria SME advisor will be responsible for leading Measure Malaria activities in Niger, providing direct technical assistance to the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to strengthen SME capacity for malaria data collection, reporting, analysis and use. The advisor will work directly with NMCP, PMI/Niger, and other PMI Measure Malaria project technical staff across sub-Saharan Africa and in the U.S. to follow annual work plans, monitor implementation of activities, and to communicate results. In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting various health information systems activities as requested by the NMCP or PMI/ Niger. The position will be based in Niamey and will be for an initial period of 12 months, with the possibility of an extension, depending on the need of the PMI/Niger and the NMCP, and availability of funding.
- Work closely with the NMCP team to strengthen capacity to implement Niger’s comprehensive Malaria Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation Plan activities
- Provide technical support to NMCP to strengthen staff capacity at the central and subnational levels in malaria SME, including data collection, reporting, data management, data analysis, dissemination, and use
- Provide technical assistance to NMCP and Directorate of Health Statistics (DS) to integrate malaria data into DHIS2 by developing and updating protocols and data collection tools, conducting data quality audits, and developing data processing guidelines
- Strengthen NMCP’s capacity to manage large quantities of data, ensure data quality, undertake analyses, and prepare reports targeted at different audiences, including monthly analyses, quarterly and annual reports
- Provide technical assistance to NMCP and partners in design, implementation, and dissemination of national malaria surveys and surveillance activities
- Participate in the relevant SME technical working groups and identify new opportunities for technical assistance and collaboration with NCMP and SME stakeholders
- Participate in opportunities to showcase the project’s best practices such as publishing in peer reviewed journal articles and presenting at international conferences
- Provide technical support to PMI implementing partners to implement standard tools and approaches for PMI-supported SME activities
- Support quarterly data collation for the PMI quarterly report
- Contribute to the PMI M-DIVE (Malaria Data Integration and Visualization for Eradication) platform as needed
Leadership and Management
- Prepare work plans and monitor work plan performance in collaboration with headquarter (UNC and ICF)
- Prepare activity budgets, forecasts, and monitor funding pipeline against critical milestones and deliverables
- Ensure timely project reporting and participation in relevant project meetings
- Engage with key stakeholders:
- Represent the project in the country as needed
- Coordinate with the Ministry of Health, U.S. government agencies, PMI implementing partners and other technical organizations for efficient technical assistance and leveraging limited resources
- Develop and maintain trusting, professional and cordial relationships with SME stakeholders to promote a culture of collaboration, coordination, communication, and learning
- Contribute to other partner-led activities that advance the country’s malaria strategic goals and objectives
- Advanced degree in public health, epidemiology, or related field.
- Minimum 10 years’ experience in SME of infectious diseases (especially malaria) or other international health programs.
- Strong data analysis and proficiency in standard statistical packages, including SPSS, STATA, SAS, Epi-info.
- Understanding of health information systems
- Familiarity with the DHIS 2 platform
- Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills.
- Fluency in French, and English
- Experience being embedded in the Ministry of Health
- Ability to work with minimum supervision.
- Willingness to travel in-country, 15–20% of the time.
- Familiarity with US-funded projects and the
- Ability to coordinate effectively with the local government, U.S. government agencies, PMI implementing partners, and other technical organizations.
- Prior experience working in malaria program, disease surveillance or health information systems
- Prior experience working in Niger or other Francophone countries in West Africa preferred.
- Excellent problem-solving skills with ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems and recommend solutions
- Team player with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to be flexible to handle multiple priorities and to work limited overtime as necessary
- Outstanding professionalism in providing support, including ability to exercise good judgment, discretion, tact, and diplomacy
- Ability to apply detailed knowledge of organizational procedures to make independent decisions and serve as a credible resource for a senior management team
- Superior interpersonal skills including courtesy, professionalism, and a cooperative attitude
- Excellent scientific writing and presentations skills with evidence of previous publications and conference presentations
- Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)
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