Technical Advisor II- Malaria
Job Title: Technical Advisor II– Malaria
Job Location: Telecommuter
Job Type: Regular, full time
Department: Program Impact and Quality Assurance (PIQA)
Reports to: Senior Technical Advisor, PIQA
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
The Malaria Technical Advisor (TA) will provide technical assistance across the global malaria portfolio which currently covers 13 countries and was valued at $130M for Fiscal Year 2018. The Malaria TA will support global learning initiatives for ongoing and new malaria programming, and act at the focal point for malaria programs in the Central Africa Regional Office (CARO). The Technical Advisor will specifically provide technical guidance to country programs in monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning (MEAL) for malaria and support integration of social and behavior change communication (SBCC) activities.
The incumbent will possess strong technical writing and MEAL (Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning) skills to collaborate with country programs in promoting evidence-based programming. S/he will work closely with his/her counterpart TAs in other sectors to ensure cross-sectoral integration of activities in both development and emergency programs.
Contribute to the design of MEAL malaria programs by developing various products and guidance to capture learning in CRS projects and programs and determining how those learning products can be shared to influence the design of future projects, other development actors and donor strategies and thereby increasing the visibility of CRS and its partners’ work.
Promote knowledge management and collaborative learning processes at the project, program and institutional levels, generating robust evidence for malaria project and programmatic learning that leads to action, decision-making and influence.
Provide technical leadership and strategic assistance in the design, implementation and monitoring of standalone and integrated malaria projects.
Mentor and build the capacity of Country Program staff in malaria and related HSS in the areas of SBCC (specially to CARO) and MEAL (including the use of mobile technology for MEAL activities.
SPECIFIC JOB RESPONSIBILITIES
- Provide technical guidance and solutions to both CRS Central Africa country programs, and across other regions, in the design, implementation, and monitoring of malaria programming. This shall include, but not be limited to, the following responsibilities:
- Provide strategic guidance on positioning for and acquiring new funding opportunities and ensure they align and further regional and Agency priorities for impact. Provide technical direction and content to project proposals; assist in writing proposals in malaria, liaising with other health and social service technical advisors, as appropriate; and conduct technical reviews of both integrated and standalone malaria proposals to ensure application of agency and international standards and best practices.
- Support programs in the development of quantitative and qualitative assessments, monitoring and evaluation tools, performance tracking or reporting systems as well as formative and operational research protocols, championing the use of ICT4D, where relevant.
- Conduct regular technical visits to country programs to support effective implementation. Engage in project/grant start-up, monitoring, analysis, course-corrections and evaluations to ensure high quality, impactful program implementation.
- Identify and disseminate promising practices, including developing and/or identifying innovations in malaria and related MEAL and SBCC activities, and support their refinement and scale-up, assisting with the testing of new tools developed by the field or headquarters, and documenting innovations and learning.
- Contribute to knowledge management in malaria. This may include, but is not limited to documentation, webinars, engaging in communities of practice, developing learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and mentoring and coaching to CP staff, as needed
- Represent CRS in external malaria conferences (including malaria-related SBCC and MEAL) and within global and regional working groups.
- Advanced degree in public health, Behavior Change or health-related field.
- Minimum of five years relevant international working experience in an advisory or management role, ideally with an international NGO, working for programming interventions in malaria.
- Excellent writing skills with the ability to design and lead proposal processes.
- Experience in program design/management, program quality and performance assessment as part of ongoing efforts to improve aid effectiveness.
- Academic or working knowledge of current and rigorous social research analytic methods for measuring program and project performance
- Working knowledge of Global Fund and other large malaria donors.
- Strong analytical skills, sound judgment and the capacity to think and plan strategically.
- Excellent leadership and coordination skills and capabilities with high-level of personal motivation and initiative.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including cultural sensitivity and taking initiatives to create an environment of dynamic professional communications.
- Strong ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines
- A good team player and ability to effectively work well in a multi-cultural environment.
- Computer literacy and familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel spreadsheets and budgeting). Experience with SPSS, STATA, or other statistical analysis program.
- Willingness to travel extensively and at short notice.
- Demonstrated understanding of project monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning.
- Excellent research skills with ability to synthesize findings
Fluency in oral and written communication French and English.
Travel Required (include percentage of required travel, if applicable)
The position will be a telecommuting position, working from a home-base that allows for frequent travel, especially to the Central Africa region. The position will require 50% travel.
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: Senior Technical Advisor (STA) for Malaria; CARO Deputy Regional Director for Program Quality; MEAL and health teams in headquarters; Regional Technical Advisors (RTAs); CRS Country Representatives, Heads of Programming, Health Program Managers, and other country staff.
External: Collaborate with host country government health ministries, other national and international NGOs, UN Agencies, USAID and EU missions, local bilateral institutions, other funding agencies, WHO, local and US Catholic agencies.
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
* Continuous Improvement & Innovation
* Builds Relationships
* Develops Talent
* Strategic Mindset
* Accountability & Stewardship
What we offer
CRS offers a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, vision, generous retirement savings plan and the opportunity to work in a collaborative, mission-driven culture that is committed to improving the lives of the poor throughout the world.
****Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.*
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
EOE/M/F/D/V – CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.