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JOB #R2001595

Malaria Surveillance, Monitoring, and Evaluation Technical Advisor- Nairobi, Kenya

Job Description:

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 lead Measure Malaria activities in Kenya. The advisor’s responsibility includes but is not limited to strengthening SME capacity for malaria data collection, reporting, analysis and use. The advisor will work with the National Malaria Program (NMP), USAID in Kenya, PMI implementing partners and other PMI Measure Malaria project technical staff across sub-Saharan Africa and in the U.S. to follow annual work plans, to monitor implementation of activities, and to communicate results. In addition, the advisor will be responsible for supporting various health information systems activities as requested by the NMP or USAID in Kenya. The advisor reports to the project’s technical backstop for Anglophone countries. The position will be based in Nairobi and will be for an initial period of 12 months with the possibility of an extension, depending on the needs of USAID in Kenya and the NMP and the availability of funding.

Key Responsibilities:

Technical Leadership and Engagement

  • Contribute to strengthening NMP staff capacity at the central and subnational levels in malaria SME, including data collection, reporting, data management, data analysis, dissemination, and use
  • Conduct data quality audits and develop data processing guidelines
  • Contribute to strengthening the NMP’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
  • Support the design, implementation, and dissemination of national malaria surveys and surveillance activities
  • Participate in the relevant SME Committees of Expert and identify new opportunities for collaboration with NMP 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 USAID in Kenya malaria implementing partners to implement standard tools and approaches for PMI-supported SME activities
  • Participate in strategic processes at national and subnational level including development of guidelines, work plans and M&E plans
  • Engage with key stakeholders:
    • Coordinate with the Ministry of Health, U.S. government agencies, multilateral and non-governmental agencies, USAID in Kenya, PMI implementing partners, and other technical organizations to ensure efficient technical assistance and leveraging of limited resources
    • Develop and maintain trusting, professional, and cordial relationships with SME stakeholders to promote a culture of collaboration, coordination, communication, and learning

Management Activities for USAID and ICF

  • Prepare work plans and monitor work plan performance in collaboration with USAID in Kenya and with PMI Measure Malaria headquarters (UNC and ICF)
  • Prepare activity budgets and forecasts and monitor funding pipeline against critical milestones and deliverables
  • Ensure timely reporting and participate in relevant project meetings
  • Perform other tasks as requested by USAID and Manager

Basic Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in public health, epidemiology, or related field
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in SME of infectious diseases (or other international health programs
  • Strong data analysis skills 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 English
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Willingness to travel in-country 15–20% of the time

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • Familiarity with USAID-funded projects
  • Ability to coordinate effectively with the local government, U.S. government agencies, USAID implementing partners, and other technical organizations
  • Prior experience working in malaria programs, disease surveillance or health information systems
  • Prior experience working in Kenya
  • Prior experience providing technical advice and mentoring at a range of levels

Professional Skills:

  • 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)

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

Nairobi, Kenya (KE51)

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