ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: 09-2015
OPEN TO: Angolan citizens and legal residents eligible to work in Angola
POSITION: SENIOR MALARIA SPECIALIST & PROGRAM ADVISOR
OPENING DATE: June 26, 2015
CLOSING DATE: July 26, 2015
WORK HOURS: Full-time; 40 hours/week
SALARY: FSN 12 -- $87,675.00 - $122,745.00
NOTE: Subject to funds availability.
LENGTH OF HIRE: Permanent Position
NOTE: ALL APPLICANTS MUST HAVE THE REQUIRED WORK AND/OR RESIDENCY PERMITS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR CONSIDERATION.
The U.S. Agency for International Development in Luanda is seeking individuals for the position of Senior Malaria Specialist and Program Advisor to be placed in the USAID General Development Office (GDO) located at the US Embassy.
BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION:
Under the supervision of the USAID Office Chief for Technical Projects, the Senior Malaria Specialist and Program Advisor (Advisor) will serve as the technical lead and supervisory program manager for the U.S. Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) in Angola. The incumbent is the primary focal point with the Ministry of Health of Angola (MINSA), and is the focal point for all malaria programming within the U.S. government and health sector community in Angola. The Advisor's primary responsibility will be to direct PMI programming, which involves the oversight of all planning, implementation, and monitoring of PMI activities with MINSA. The Advisor routinely liaises with PMI Headquarters (Washington, DC) as well as with counterparts in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta and the Global Fund in Geneva. The Advisor has regular contact and collaborates with leadership in the Government of Angola's National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and other government ministries and agencies, as well as with a wide range of civil society and private organizations, and other international organizations. The Advisor shall exercise extensive judgment in planning and carrying out tasks for his/herself and the interagency PMI team, in resolving high-level problems and conflicts, and in taking steps necessary for the team to meet deadlines. The incumbent must possess extensive technical expertise in the area of public health and/or infectious disease, and must possess an understanding of the social, economic and cultural context of Angola.
He/she will be responsible for providing direct technical support to the NMCP Director and its staff to help build capacity and influence policy within the NMCP.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Advisor will have the primary responsibility of directing the planning, implementation, and monitoring of all PMI activities. This includes leadership in ensuring that all programs align the overarching goals of both PMI and USAID/Angola mission strategies, and those of the Government of Angola, through the National Health Development Plan and NMCP strategic plans. As such, the Advisor has oversight and technical responsibility for strategic planning, staffing and financial management for all PMI resources in Angola.
Specifically, the Advisor will perform the following duties:
A) Activity Development and Design (30%)
The incumbent, working in collaboration with the NMCP and PMI staff in the U.S., will be responsible for overseeing all strategic planning including transition plans for all activities under PMI in Angola. This planning responsibility will include but is not limited to case management of malaria in health facilities and at the community level, distribution of long-life, insecticide-treated bed nets (LLINs) through health facilities, large-scale net campaigns, and the inclusion of the private sector in the prevention and control of malaria through public-private partnerships, intermittent preventive treatment (IPT) of pregnant women, indoor residual spraying, and developing information, education and communications materials to promote the use of these interventions.
B) Management of Activity Implementation (30%)
The incumbent, in collaboration with the NMCP, will be ultimately responsible for overseeing the implementation of all PMI activities in Angola, managed by the PMI team. This includes but is not limited to malaria prevention and control activities such as behavior change and communication activities, bed net acquisition and distribution through the existing health services and at the community level, antimalarial drug procurement and distribution through the existing health services, IPT coverage and the diagnosis and treatment of acute malaria, and the indoor residual spraying conducted under PMI. The incumbent will also be responsible for supervising all monitoring and reporting of all PMI activities.
C) Partner Relationships (30%)
Successful performance in this position depends upon establishing and maintaining productive collaborative relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders within MINSA, provincial governments, World Bank, Global Fund, WHO, UNICEF, other donors (including corporate partners), and NGOs dealing with issues focusing on malaria, The Advisor shall, therefore, develop and maintain relationships with these partners and stakeholders in order to effectively assure that all of PMI's activities are complementary, and are thus not parallel or in substitution of Angolan
programs able to satisfy PMI requirements. The incumbent will participate in meetings hosted by the NMCP on malaria.
D) Coordination with Other PMI Personnel (10%)
The incumbent will be required to communicate regularly and work jointly with other members of the USAID/Washington Global Health Bureau, the USAID/Angola Health team, CDC/Angola and CDC Atlanta.
A copy of the complete position description listing all duties and responsibilities is available in the Human Resources Office. Please contact +244-222641251 for more information.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EVALUATION FACTORS
In order to be considered for this position a candidate must meet the Required Minimum Qualifications listed below. Consideration and selection will be based on panel evaluation of required minimum qualifications, and Evaluation Factors.
The following factors will be the basis for the evaluation of applications meeting the required minimum qualifications. All applications will be evaluated based on the documentation submitted with the application. USAID reserves the right to contact your previous employers for relevant information concerning your performance and may consider such information in its evaluation. Out of 100 points the highest ranking applicants may be selected for an interview. Additionally, interviews and writing samples may be requested. Applicants are encouraged to write a brief appendix to a resume to demonstrate how prior experience and/or training addresses the minimum qualifications and evaluation factors listed below:
A) Required Minimum Qualifications and Experience
- WORK EXPERIENCE: At least seven years of increasingly responsible professional experience in planning, design, supervision and management of a large-scale health program, including particularly malaria control activities. At least three years of this experience should have been in implementing public health, malaria control, or related health development programs in sub-Saharan Africa; A solid record of performance in increasingly responsible positions in a reputable institution and experience managing or implementing activities with non-governmental or community-based organizations.
- LANGUAGES: Level 4 (fluent) English and proficiency in Portuguese is required. The incumbent must have outstanding written and oral communications skill
- EDUCATION: A minimum of a Master degree (or equivalent) in public health or a related field.
- TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrate the ability to provide strong analytical abilities to understand and design appropriate strategies and activities to address issues concerning malaria. Demonstrate the ability to be pro-active and to work independently with minimum supervision including ability to supervise and manage contractors, technical and support staff. Demonstrate computer literacy including knowledge of analytical tools, word processing, spreadsheets, data base and other applications such as power point. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge or the potential to acquire such knowledge, of U.S. government legislation relating to development assistance, USAID programming policies, regulations, procedures, and documentation requirements for strategy and project design, implementation, management, and evaluation; and, of the objectives, methodology, and status of the programs to which assigned.
- SKILLS/ABILITIES: Demonstrate the ability to provide good interpersonal and communication skills and leadership qualities including the ability to collaborate with host-country officials in program implementation and interact with governments, partners, contractors and other stakeholders at the highest levels such as Ministerial, Chief Executive Officer, Chief of Party or equivalent.
B) ADDITIONAL SELECTION CRITERIA
- Management will consider nepotism/conflict of interest, budget, and residency status in determining successful candidacy
- Currently employed U.S. Citizen AEFMs who hold an FMA appointment are ineligible to apply for advertised positions within the first 90 calendar days of their employment.
Interested candidates for this position must submit the following for consideration of the application:
1. A one-page cover letter (in English) demonstrating how prior experience and/or training address the minimum qualifications and evaluation criteria set forth in the solicitation.
2. An up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV) or resume (in English). Your CV/resume must contain sufficient relevant information to evaluate the application in accordance with the stated evaluation criteria. Broad general statements that are vague or lacking specificity will not be considered as effectively addressing particular selection criteria.
3. Three (3) to five (5) references, who are not family members or relatives, with working telephone and e-mail contacts. The references must be able to provide substantive information about your past performance and abilities. Reference checks will be made only for applicants considered as finalists. If an applicant does not wish for the current employer to be contacted as a reference check, this should be stated in the applicant’s cover letter. The interviewing committee will delay such reference check pending communication with the applicant.
4. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
SUBMIT APPLICATION TO:
Attention: HR Office
Av Presidente Houari Boumediene, No. 32, Luanda
POINT OF CONTACT:
Human Resources Office
Attention: Julia Almeida
CLOSING DATE FOR THIS POSITION: July 26, 2015
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