Job Title: Malaria Surveillance and Epidemiology Advisor, Tanzania Case Management and Surveillance Activity*
Department: Anglophone Africa
Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Reports to Chief of Party, Tanzania Case Management and Surveillance Activity
Start Date: Approximately August 2022
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The anticipated Tanzania Malaria Case Management and Surveillance Activity, a five -year Cooperative Agreement, seeks to reduce the burden of Malaria and move towards the long-term goals of Malaria elimination. This activity will focus on Malaria Case Management, quality improvement for Malaria in pregnancy, Malaria Surveillance, Entomological monitoring, and drug efficacy monitoring, targeting pregnant women and children under five in the Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.
The Surveillance and Epidemiology Advisor will be responsible for designing and implementing strategies to assist The Government of United Republic of Tanzania in strengthening and expanding Malaria Surveillance systems on Mainland and in Zanzibar. In addition, the Surveillance and Epidemiology Advisor will lead capacity building efforts to strengthen capabilities for evidence-based decision making and use for surveillance systems to improve malaria programming.
Under the supervision of the COP and in line with USAID and PSI policies, the Malaria Surveillance Lead will be responsible for:
- In collaboration with the COP, project leadership and country stakeholders, provide strategic input on issues related to improving routine malaria surveillance, and in situation where applicable, working with the GOT to institute state of the art, rapid malaria case detection and response capabilities.
- In collaboration with the COP, project leadership and country stakeholders, design and implement strategies to assist the Government of Tanzania in strengthening and expanding malaria surveillance systems in Mainland and Zanzibar, tailored to each epidemiological setting;
- Provide input into all TMCM reports related to malaria surveillance and response activities.
- Coordinate across projects technical arears and with variety of government leaders and local partners to ensure that surveillance systems are responsive to different epidemiological settings and their diverse needs and are used to inform decision – making across all areas of malaria prevention and management;
- Lead capacity building efforts at the national Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Program (ZAMEP), district and community levels to improve the ability to report, analyze, visualize, and use surveillance to make evidence-based decisions to improve malaria programs;
- Coordinate with the Entomology Advisor and entomology local partners to ensure entomological monitoring is included in surveillance systems and data is used for decision making;
- Overall in charge in the management of both disease and entomological surveillance data.
- Responsible in providing inputs into Case management and entomological reports related to malaria surveillance and response activities.
- In collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, install a culture of learning and data use across the project and with governance and local partners including through routine meeting to reflect on and use data to inform decisions;
- Support Data Analyst on timely submission of project deliverable for surveillance activities as requested.
- Support the development of success stories and lessons learned related to Malaria surveillance systems;
- Present the results of surveillance milestones and achievements and outputs in written reports and conference and meetings;
- Maintain close working relationship with the surveillance staff at NMCP and ZAMEP;
- Supervise direct reports with particular focus on their key tasks and the quality of projects deliverables.
What are we looking for?
- Master’s degree in public health, demography, epidemiology, biostatistics, or a related discipline.
- A minimum five years or more of progressive and responsible experience in management of malaria or other infectious disease surveillance and monitoring systems public Excellent knowledge of data collection protocols for quality data collection and verification. Experience in all aspects of collection and analyzing health data – e.g designing data collection tools, assessing data validity, analyzing qualitative data, and present findings in a programmatically useful way.
- Excellent knowledge of data collection protocols for quality data collection and verification.
- Demonstrated experience working closely with others and fostering collaboration to achieve project goals.
- Experience in designing epidemiology studies and analysis plan, writing up study protocols, and managing study implementation.
- Demonstrated ability to function as an active member of a team and to lead a team when needed.
- Advanced knowledge of analytic software (e.g., Excel, Stata, R, SAS). Knowledge of GIS and database management is desirable.
- Demonstrated skills in oral and written communications in Swahili will evaluate favorably.
- Experience working in malaria program country is highly desirable.
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