Malaria Consortium – Project Director

Job Title:  Project Director
Organisation: Malaria
Project Name: UNITAID
Duty Station: Kampala,
Salary and Benefits: $80,000
+ full expatriate benefits package
About MC:
Malaria Consortium is one of
the world’s leading non-profit organisations dedicated to the comprehensive
control of malaria and other communicable diseases in Africa and Southeast
Asia. Malaria Consortium works with communities, government and non-government
agencies, academic institutions, and local and international organisations, to
ensure good evidence supports delivery of effective services, providing
technical support for monitoring and evaluation of programmes and activities
for evidence-based decision-making and strategic planning. The organisation
works to improve not only the health of the individual, but also the capacity
of national health systems, which helps relieve poverty and support improved
economic prosperity.
About WHO ACCESS-SMC Project:
In 2012, the World Health
Organization endorsed seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC) as an important
tool in the prevention of malaria. SMC, achieved by administering up to four
monthly doses of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) plus amodiaquine (AQ), or
SP+AQ, is effective in areas with high seasonal variation in malaria
transmission and where resistance to SP+AQ is low, with the greatest
opportunity for impact being in the Sahel. SMC is targeted at 24 million
children three to 59 months of age who bear the greatest risk of mortality. SMC
is highly effective, and has the potential to prevent 75% of uncomplicated and
severe malaria cases.
Achieving Catalytic Expansion
of Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention in the Sahel (ACCESS-SMC) is a $67M
UNITAID-funded project, led by Malaria Consortium in partnership with Catholic
Relief Services, which is supporting National Malaria Control Programs in the
first-ever at-scale roll out of SMC. This three year project is supported by
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Centre de Support de Sante
International, Management Sciences for Health, Medicines for Malaria Venture,
and Speak Up Africa. It will provide 15 million treatments in 2015 and 30 million
SMC treatments in 2016 in Burkina Faso, Chad, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and
The Gambia, potentially averting 39,000 deaths. ACCESS-SMC will reduce the cost
of SMC administration and promote its wider adoption by demonstrating its
feasibility and impact at-scale. It will generate evidence of the safety and
efficacy of SMC by strengthening national pharmacovigilance systems and
monitoring drug resistance. It will increase the global supply of quality
assured SMC products by incentivizing an additional manufacturer to join the
currently monopolistic market for quality SP+AQ. And finally, ACCESS-SMC will
mobilize additional resources so that more children can sustainably benefit
from this important intervention both now and into the future.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide
    leadership and strategic direction to the seven member consortium,
    ensuring that each consortium member is fully integrated and
    comprehensively contributing to the project goal
  • Oversee
    and guide project team, consisting of the Deputy Project Director, SMC
    Specialist, Programme Manager, Finance & Administration Manager,
    Evaluation Specialist (50% LOE), and Country Programme leads, while
    coordinating closely with National Malaria Control Programmes and Roll
    Back Malaria West African Regional Network
  • Steer
    the planning and implementation of SMC in Burkina Faso and Nigeria;
    coordinate with implementing partners for SMC planning and implementation
    in Chad, Guinea, Mali, Niger, and The Gambia
  • Manage
    the procurement and distribution of 15 million SMC treatments in 2015 and
    30 million treatments in 2016 to seven supported countries including
    working with procurement agent on acquisition of SMC products, and
    collaborating with seven country programme leads for detailed
    implementation planning including duty free importation, central level
    storage, organisation of transportation, pharmacovigilance, last mile
    delivery and training of health workers and drug administration
  • Work
    in liaison with project partner MMV on SMC product market development,
    including the development of a disbursable formulation
  • Represent
    ACCESS-SMC globally and nationally in the seven implementation countries
    to key stakeholders including USAID/PMI, DFID, Roll Back Malaria West
    Africa Regional Network, UNICEF, World Bank and National Malaria Control
  • Advocate
    globally for increased donor investment in SMC.
  • Ensure
    quality and timeliness of technical project deliverables, disbursement
    requests, and narrative and financial reports
  • Manage
    Malaria Consortium budget and track sub-grants to six partners assuring
    that they spent to agreed budgets and in line with donor expectations
  • Share
    ongoing learning within the consortium and externally through
    participation in relevant meetings, professional networks and conferences
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    Malaria Consortium Project Director should have International programme
    management and/or pharmaceutical supply chain management experience at
    senior management level on large scale or multi-country health projects in
  • Hold
    a Master’s Degree in public health or related discipline – essential
  • Working
    proficiency in French – essential
  • Excellent
    networking and resource mobilisation skills including an understanding of
    global public health and malaria networks
  • Good
    knowledge and understanding of programme operations, including procurement
    and distribution of health commodities
  • Past
    exposure and experience in project and financial management with a proven
    track record of timely submission of high quality project deliverables
  • Excellent
    writing and presentation skills in English; ability to work in French
  • Strong
    negotiation skills, particularly in engaging government health officials
    at all levels
How to Apply: 
All correspondence, at this
stage, should be via Oxford HR. To apply for this post, please complete our
online application form and submit the following information:
  • An
    up-to-date curriculum vitae (of no more than 2-3 sides of A4)
  • A
    detailed statement (of no more than 2-sides of A4) explaining why you are
    interested in this post and how your skills and experience make you
    suitable. (Please look at “Advice for Candidates” on the Oxford HR website
    for hints on how to write a successful statement).
  • The
    Oxford HR Online Form, which provides us with the key information we will
    need to take your application through to interview. Please note: also
    enclosed to this form is Oxford HR’s Equal Opportunities Form. You are
    under no obligation to complete this. Any information you do provide will
    only be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will remain confidential. It
    will not be used as part of the selection process.
  • The
    documents should be saved in Word in the following format: Your First
    Name, Your Last Name, Document Name, and Date (yymm) e.g.: Pat-Jones-Statement-1411
  • The
    above information should be sent to Thibaut Mills and Simon Neill of
    Oxford HR Consultants by email to
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Deadline: 12th January 2015

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