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Malaria Diagnostic Technical Advisor - Ghana

Technical Advisor, Malaria Diagnostic, Ghana

Over the past 40 years, Medical Care Development International (MCDI), the international health division of Medical Care Development, Inc. (MCD), has worked to strengthen health systems through practical, evidence-based and high-impact interventions across several public health sectors in over 40 countries. MCDI collaborates with donors, national governments, the private sector, health agencies, communities, and local stakeholder to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations. By joining MCDI, employees join a diverse network of highly capable individuals, many of whom are experts in their field.

Position Overview:
Medical Care Development Inc international programs is actively seeking a Technical Advisor, Malaria Diagnostic to act as MCDI’s key representative within the PMI IMPACT Malaria project in Ghana. The Malaria Technical Advisor for the PMI Impact Malaria will act as MCDI’s key representative within the project and will be responsible for overseeing the planning, coordination, and execution of all malaria activities at the regional, district, and facility level for improved delivery of malaria-related services. S/he will liaise with and maintain productive collaborative relationships with in-country partners such as 1) PMI Impact Malaria Consortium (PSI/Jhpiego); 2) PMI/Country team and other PMI implementing partners; 3) Ministry of Health/National Malaria Control Program and other departments; 4) other stakeholders working in malaria, such as local NGOs, private sector representatives, WHO country office, etc.

Essential Job Functions

a. External Competency Assessment in Malaria Microscopy at Level 1 or 2 preferred. Willingness to travel for OTSS+ visits
b. Technical Leadership for the MCDI’s portfolio of malaria projects:
The Malaria Diagnostics Technical Advisor will provide strategic technical leadership on Malaria diagnostics (microscopy, mRDTs and new techniques). S/he will lead new technical approaches, collate best practices from various projects being implemented by MCDI and ensure a harmonized technical approach to programming for malaria diagnosis across the various malaria projects being implemented by MCDI. He/she will lead and guide strategic planning, program design, program monitoring and evaluation, work plan development/reviews, donor report development/reviews, and virtual support during regular teleconferences with various field teams and through periodic activity reports, annual reports, conference abstracts, and publications for peer-reviewed journals.
MCDI, through its HQ Senior Program Manager, will provide additional technical, program, financial, administrative and other support to its locally hired project staff. MCDI’s various project personnel in IM-supported countries will administratively report to the Senior Program Manager based in the home office.
c. Malaria Diagnostic Technical Assistance:
S/he will provide the Impact Malaria project with global and in-country technical leadership on malaria diagnostics, supervision and quality assurance/quality improvement of malaria diagnosis. This technical assistance includes (among others) the provision of technical assistance to Home Office and field teams, provision of technical assistance to the MOH/NMCP on malaria diagnosis; facilitation of training-of-trainers and other trainings as needed by the field teams, facilitation of malaria diagnostic refresher trainings (basic, advance and pre-ECAMM/NECAMM), provide training and participate in outreach, training and supportive and supervision plus (OTSS+).
S/he will lead the development of standard operating procedures (SOP) manuals and training materials; participate in manuscript preparation; contribute to quarterly and annual reporting; represent MCDI at national, regional and global technical working groups and consortia; promote MCDI’s and Impact Malaria’s capabilities with potential financial and technical partners; and help disseminate MCDI’s malaria experience to global audiences.
S/he will assist the national laboratory to prepare and mount malaria blood slides to augment the national slide bank, as well as identify the need to replace broken or otherwise damaged slides to enable continued use of the slides for training and proficiency testing. As needed, s/he may assist with the preparation of sample collection protocols for national ethics approvals to continue to expand the national slide bank. S/he will help the MCDI Home Office team to source well-characterized malaria specimens that are uncommon in Ghana (i.e. non-Plasmodium falciparum specimens) from outside of the country.
d. Other Functions:
Other functions will include, but not necessarily be limited to:
• Assist in the updating and/or dissemination of the national malaria diagnosis and case management policy
• Track and report on the accomplishment of workplan activities
• Provide weekly updates on activities during in-person or virtual meetings with the Ghana country team
• Submit monthly written updates on the work undertaken under each workplan deliverable, noting significant achievements, challenges, and plans for the coming week.
• Provide training and continued adaptation of materials for the malaria diagnostics supervision process: apply mentoring concepts, drafted and/or vet updates as needed with the NMCP.
• Identify barriers to care-seeking behavior and options for community-based service delivery (e.g. contribution to social and behavior change communication tools and approaches) as appropriate to the approved workplan.
e. Business Development Support:
He/she will assist in the identification and engagement of likely donors for future projects and participate in technical and financial proposals through proposal writing, outreach to potential candidates, and brainstorming on technical approaches. The focus of his/her contributions will be malaria diagnosis, treatment, prevention, control and elimination.
f. Attendance of MCDI’s scheduled and mandatory malaria discussion and dissemination events
The Malaria Diagnostics Technical Advisor will participate in regularly scheduled MCDI dissemination and internal discussion events on malaria diagnostics and treatment with other Home Office and country office staff. These events will include (among others): project reviews, webinars, Friday Technical Seminars and quarterly project reviews.

Key Performance Indicators:
• Participate in the development of tools and strategies to address all PMI/Impact Malaria malaria-related activities for improved patient outcomes;
• Serve as key representative of MCDI in coordination with Home Office Senior Program Manager;
• Contribute to strategic planning, implementation, and monitoring of malaria-related functions such as prevention, treatment, and diagnosis;
• Provide technical leadership on implementation and use of improved quality of malaria diagnostics, health facility and health worker supervision, and quality assurance/quality improvement;
• Provide training and continued adaptation of materials (e.g. guides, manuals) for the enhanced diagnostic supervision process under OTSS+;
• Track and report on accomplishments of diagnostic activities in the IM Ghana annual workplan;
• Assist in the dissemination of the malaria diagnostics policy;
• Provide weekly written and/or verbal updates on the work undertaken under each of the areas described above, significant achievements, challenges, and plans for the coming week;
• Undertake supervision of and participation in on-the-job training and supportive supervision for health facility staff as per the PMI/IM work plan activities;
• Assisting in monitoring and evaluating project activities, as well as preparing budgets and progress reports;
• Perform any other duties that may be required by the Senior Program Manager or Technical Lead of the PMI Impact Malaria project.

Qualifications/Requirements:
• At least a Masters’ degree in biomedical sciences (or in related technical areas). A PhD or Doctorate degree in Medicine or Medical Microbiology (or in a related area) will be highly regarded.
• At least 12 years of professional experience, of which at least four years must include malaria diagnostics. Strong preference will be given to candidates who have either of the following:
• WHO Malaria Microscopist certified at Level 1 or 2 in the past three years
• Certified trainer-of-trainers (TOT) and training experience facilitating Malaria Diagnostic Refresher Trainings (MDRT) and integrated joint clinical and laboratory supportive supervision
• Direct experience with integrated supportive supervision and on the-job-training and mentoring for malaria diagnostics and treatment
• Experience working with international donors such as USAID, PMI/CDC, World Bank, Global Fund, or DFID preferred
• Experience in project management, managing staff and resources to execute academic, research or field implementation programs related to malaria control.
• Experience in co-authoring scientific reports, manuscripts, and peer-reviewed publications
• Good interpersonal skills, team player, and responsive to ad hoc requests
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• General professional proficiency in the English language; additional professional proficiency in local languages preferred.
Highly proficient in the use of the standard Microsoft Office suite with experience using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and proficient with data management packages including DHIS2.

Location: Ghana
Employment Type: Full time Jan – Oct 2023 (with potential extension)
State Date: asap

Application Requirements

An updated CV and cover letter (including salary expectations) should be sent to: mcdjobs2@mcd.org. Please include title and job reference number “MCDI-338” when applying.
Position will be open until filled.
Medical Care Development, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Please reference position MCDI-338 when submitting your application.