Township Project Coordinator (Malaria)
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Malaria Team, WHO Myanmar has been supporting National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) of Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) in implementing malaria control/elimination programme through the WHO-MoHS collaborative workplan. Over the recent years Myanmar has made significant progress in reducing malaria morbidity and mortality. Since 2012, malaria cases have been reduced by 89%, and deaths by 97%. NMCP is one of the Sub-Recipients of Global Fund Regional Artemisinin 3 Elimination grant. Through this grant WHO provides technical and managerial support to NMCP through its international and national staff. WHO hired National Staffs under SSA mechanism to support State/Regional VBDC staffs in all States/Regions. The country is focusing in the hotspot townships to reduce the burden while continues to progress towards elimination. The Township Project Coordinators (TPC) will be deployed at the township level. TPC will be stationed for 3-6 months (as needed) in high P. falciparum burden township initially and moved to another township over the period of a year as guided by NMCP. The incumbent will provide support to the national programme for collaborative activities, in consonance with and to support implementation of, relevant MoHS-WHO collaborative workplans 2020-2021, WHO country cooperation strategy for Myanmar, relevant indicators and targets in the National Health Plan 2017-2021 and in the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan 2018-2030. The incumbents will work under the direct supervision of Scientist (Malaria) and overall guidance of the WHO Representative to Myanmar, and in close collaboration with the National Malaria Control Programme of Department of Public Health, Ministry of Health and Sports (MoHS) to perform the following tasks mentioned in the section below. These positions are contingent to successful acquisition of funds for 2021-2023.
Major Duties and Responsibilities
Under direct supervision of Scientist (Malaria Control) and general guidance by WHO Representative to Myanmar the incumbent will work with Township Medical Officers, MoHS and State/Regional Team Leaders and Officers, Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, MoHS to perform the following tasks:
Programme planning, implementation and coordination
- Provide technical support to the Township Medical Office in high burden in township malaria programme situation analysis, micro-planning, implementation, supervision and monitoring visits of Township Malaria Control Programme activities supported by the Global Fund.
- Coordinate with Township Medical Officer and State/Region Regional Officer and Team Leader regularly to plan and implement primarily P. falciparum elimination (Case and Foci Investigation, Classification and Response) & malaria intensification activities in stationed and nearby townships.
- Participate in coordination meetings with WHO and/or Central VBDC, DoPH as required.
- Participate in planning and implementation quarterly workplan, surveys and township malaria programme review.
- Work with Central Malaria Elimination Coordinator to strengthen malaria elimination standard documentation at the township level.
- Coordinate with WHO Scientist (Malaria) to receive timely technical guidance to support the Township Malaria Control Programme.
- Serve as resource person during planning, trainings, workshops, and M&E meetings related to the Global Fund supported projects.
- In transition to the WHO position, work closely with the other young field coordinators to transfer knowledge and simultaneously built capacity of the national programme staff.
Surveillance, supervision, monitoring and reporting
- In collaboration with National Project Coordinator, State/Region Field Project Coordinator, assist the Central VBDC team in township data management, data quality assessment, data analysis, feedback to State/Regional VBDC teams and reports writing.
- Conduct field visits to monitor progress and identify issues and challenges in implementation of Global Fund supported projects. Provide recommendations to WHO Scientist (Malaria Control), to State/Region Regional Officer or Team Leader, and Director (Malaria) of DoPH for their consideration.
- Assist the State/Region Regional Officer or Team Leader, Vector Borne Disease Control Programme of DoPH in preparation and timely submission of quality-assured reports.
- Ensure the township has up to date malaria positive case register, malaria foci register and case/foci investigation forms in addition the documents required for malaria elimination.
- Assist State/Region Regional Officer or Team Leader in monitoring and supervising the activities.
- The incumbent will submit a monthly work and travel plan and activity report, or any other report as required to State/Region Regional Officer or Team Leader and Deputy Director (Malaria) of DoPH and WHO Scientist (Malaria).
- Submit monthly activity report and quarterly assignment report to WHO Malaria Team with copy to State/Region Regional Officer or Team Leader and Deputy Director (Malaria) of DoPH. The report shall in a format and substance that will be outlined by WHO Malaria Team.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
Work Relations and Partnerships
The malaria team is working closely with National Malaria Control Programme and other partners supporting malaria control and elimination activities. The incumbent is expected to have working skills in a team and communication skills to manage the partnership. Most importantly the incumbent needs to work closely with the WHO team members, National and other Field Project Coordinators, Data Assistants and officials of National Programme at Central, State/Region of Ministry of Health and Sports.
Impact of functions
Since 2006 WHO Myanmar has been supporting the MoHS in implementing malaria control and drug resistance containment through the WHO collaborative workplan and with the financial support of various donors such as 3DF and GFATM, etc. WHO Myanmar also supports the implementation of the Dengue and Lymphatic Filariasis control, environmental and occupation health project. The overall objectives of the programmes include: 1) To strengthen national capacity on controlling malaria and vector-borne diseases, 2) To support implementation of malaria control and containment of drug resistance, 3) To assist strengthening of surveillance, monitoring and evaluation of malaria and other vector borne disease, 4) To strengthen national capacity in occupational and environmental health, water, sanitation and hygiene, and 5) To support implementation of donor supported collaborative programmes in malaria control, drug resistance containment, occupational and environmental health.
- Essential: University degree in medicine (MBBS) with the relevant trainings in malaria control and elimination.
- Desirable: Advance university degree in medicine (MD) preferably a Master of Public Health (epidemiology, tropical medicine/ entomology)
professional experience and knowledge
- Good track records of at least 3 years of experience in malaria elimination and control.
- Experience on malaria intensification plans is desirable.
- Must be willing and able to travel to the field under the Global Fund project areas or others in the country.
- Working experience in any UN organization, international organization or government offices will be preferred.
Skills/ Technical Skills and knowledge
- Knowledge on QGIS software
- Knowledge on Microsoft office package
- Skills and knowledge on data management systems
- Fluency in oral and written English and Myanmar is mandatory. Fluency in Chinese language for Shan (North)
- Communicating in a credible and effective manner: Expresses oneself clearly in conversations and interactions with others; listen actively.
- Producing results: Produces and delivers quality results. This should be action oriented and committed to achieving outcomes.
- Knowing and managing yourself: Manages ambiguity and pressure in a self-reflective way. Uses criticism as a development opportunity, seeking guidance where necessary.
- Teamwork: Able to work in a team having different cultures and background.
- WHO has a smoke-free environment and a strictly no smoking policy.
- Must be willing to relocate to another township (duty station) every 3-6 months as needed.
- Duty Station at States and Regions.