Associate Malaria Technical Advisor, PMI VectorLink

Population Services International, DC, United States

Job Description

Job title: Associate Malaria Technical Advisor, PMI VectorLink*
Department: Malaria Department
Based in Washington, DC
Up to 20 % international travel
Reports to the Senior Malaria Research Advisor

*Position pending donor approval

Who we are

With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.

There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.

Join us!

PMI VectorLink Program

Working across 23 countries in sub-Saharan Africa as well as Cambodia, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) VectorLink Project is equipping countries to plan and implement safe, cost-effective and sustainable life-saving malaria vector control interventions with the overall goal of reducing the burden of malaria. Proven to reduce malaria illness, severe disease, and death due to malaria in endemic areas, insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) protect people while they are sleeping from the bite of mosquitoes. ITNs maintain effective levels of insecticide to repel mosquitoes for approximately three years, even after repeated washing. PMI VectorLink supports ministries of health to achieve and maintain universal coverage of ITNs, delivered through all available channels. In some of the most remote areas of the world, PMI VectorLink is building capacity for evidence-based policy and decision-making, social and behavior change communication (SBCC), and monitoring and evaluation to increase ITN access and ensure ITN use.

PSI is seeking an experienced, dynamic and innovation-driven Associate Malaria Technical Advisor to facilitate the scale up and growth of the ITN scope under VectorLink. This will include: capturing and sharing best practices, supporting workplan development and reporting; writing success stories and lessons learned documents; providing technical support to specific country programs to ensure high quality of and measurable impact through their malaria programs. The Associate TA will be responsible for ensuring technical rigor in the implementation of malaria vector control activities in a portfolio of countries.

The full-time position is based in Washington DC with up to 20% travel and reports to the Senior Malaria Research Advisor.

Your contribution

  • Contribute to the planning and coordination of ITN research studies in sub-Saharan Africa, providing technical assistance remotely and in-country to support high-quality activities. The primary scope will be support to ITN durability monitoring studies. In support of the VectorLink research agenda you will:
  • Support study planning across the research cycle, in collaboration with PSI and agency staff in study countries and in Washington.
  • Manage VectorLink study compliance with internal PSI evidence processes.
  • Provide in-country technical assistance for study training and fieldwork quality control.
  • Support remote study quality control through real-time review of data collection activities and communications with study teams.
  • Assist with the production of quality and timely study reports and other outputs in English.
  • Assist the Technical Advisor with the provision of technical support to country offices in the execution of a large malaria vector control contract. The primary scope will be supporting ITN distribution, workplan and report writing, and project communication. In support of the VectorLink ITN scope of work, you will:
  • Provide in-country technical assistance on program design and troubleshooting (either directly or by working with internal and external resources)
  • Use project and non-project data to execute analyses that produce insights which form the evidence base upon which future programming is planned
  • Assist with the coordination of technical assistance from sub-sub-contractors to achieve workplan deliverables
  • Support the writing and finalization of the Core and country workplans
  • Monitor country workplan activities, ensuring timely completion of activities against workplan deadlines.
  • Contribute to the development of quarterly/ annual programmatic reports and weekly progress updates for your portfolio of countries.
  • Contribute to the production and dissemination of knowledge products and processes such as literature reviews, case studies, success stories, technical reports, and blog posts for national and international audiences to accelerate rapid transfer of best practices.
  • Manage technical updates to PSI country teams, VectorLink prime, PMI, national malaria programs, country and global stakeholders

What are we looking for?

The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:

  • Collaboration: You can work independently, but thrive within a team.
  • Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates
  • Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous and you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.
  • Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind.
  • Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.
  • Commitment: You’re independent and a free thinker, but you’re ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.

The basics:

  • Bachelors degree required. Relevant post-graduate degree (MPH, MBA, MSc, ME, etc.) or equivalent strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrating Results: You have 3+ years track record demonstrating the generation of tangible results in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Technical knowledge: Demonstrated knowledge of public health interventions. Working knowledge of malaria vector control or other aspects of malaria control and/or elimination preferred.
  • Writing: Ability to write clear, concise, and accurate copy and successfully develop project reports and workplans.
  • Research experience: You have experience leading or supporting the planning and implementation of field-based research, including field experience in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • A data analyst: You believe the power of data and know how to work with it to help your team make evidenced-based decisions. You know your way around Stata, for data management, cleaning and analysis.
  • Forging Partnerships: You can coordinate and work effectively with diverse stakeholders in numerous locations and levels, including private partners, donors, government officials and bodies, technical experts, civil society organizations, community members and organizations and project support staff.
  • Organized: You are highly organized and comfortable working on multiple simultaneous activities.
  • Curious: You are an information sponge and understand what worked yesterday may not necessarily work today (or tomorrow), that each context is different.
  • Simplify: You quickly distil complexity to essential and simple concepts and approaches.
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.

What would get us excited?

  • Sound technical knowledge of public health and/or malaria vector control policy and context, particularly as it relates to ITNs and new ITN products
  • Field experience working with or delivering malaria vector control activities or in a control or elimination setting
  • Field experience of vector control related research studies in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Demonstrated experience working Open Data Kit (ODK)-based platforms for data collection
  • Knowledge of the global malaria partnership landscape and familiarity with the international donor community
  • Experience working with USAID preferred
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English; French preferred.



PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.

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