Base location: Vientiane, Laos
Length of position: 1 year; extendable based on performance and funding
Reports to: Program Manager, Malaria
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org.
Malaria is one of the world's most important causes of illness, death and lost economic productivity. Over the past decade, dramatic increases in donor funding have facilitated scale-up of effective interventions to prevent, diagnosis, and treat malaria. This investment has successfully reduced the burden of malaria in many settings, and some countries have begun planning to eliminate it altogether. Yet these gains are fragile: global funding for malaria remains short of what is needed, last decade's rapid growth in malaria financing appears to have halted, and resistance to insecticides and drugs threatens to set back efforts. CHAI’s global malaria program provides direct management and technical support to countries around the globe to strengthen their malaria programs and reduce the burden of this preventable, treatable disease. We support governments to scale up effective interventions for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and surveillance, with the goals of sustainably reducing the number of malaria-related illnesses and deaths worldwide in the short-term and accelerating progress towards malaria elimination in the long term.
In Laos, CHAI provides strategic, technical, and operational assistance to the Center for Malaria, Parasitology, and Entomology (CMPE) of the Ministry of Health with a long-term goal to enable Laos to achieve malaria elimination. Laos has a goal of eliminating P. falciparum by 2025 and all forms of malaria by 2030. The overall objective of CHAI’s malaria work in Laos is to ensure CMPE has evidence-based strategies, strong operational plans, and necessary financial resources to effectively implement interventions for elimination. CHAI works closely on a day-to-day basis with CMPE at central and provincial levels to strengthen case management by increasing testing and treatment and ensuring availability of case management commodities and by supporting analytics to improve prevention and response interventions.
The Senior Technical Officer will be a key member of the CHAI team, providing technical and management support to CMPE for the effective implementation of malaria elimination, with particular focus on all aspects related to the introduction of safe radical cure for P. vivax. In addition to optimizing use of existing tools for radical cure, the Senior Technical Officer will help explore the potential introduction and scale up of new promising tools for radical cure of P. vivax that are about to enter the market. The role requires a high level of coordination within CMPE, UNOPS, WHO, PATH, MMV, UCSF, CSO implementing partners, and the CHAI team at global, central and subnational levels. The Senior Technical Officer will support CMPE on program design, work plans, materials development, training roll out, budget and supply chain inputs, partner coordination, monitoring & evaluation for the new P. vivax project. The Senior Technical Officer will also support the provincial team to ensure timely use and analysis of data from DHIS2 to inform response interventions.
The position reports to the Program Manager. In-country travel and occasional regional travel is expected on an as-needed basis.
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