Established in 2003, Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations specialising in the comprehensive prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases among vulnerable and under privileged populations.
We increasingly find our work on malaria can be effectively integrated with other similar public health interventions for greater impact and therefore expanded our remit to include child health and neglected tropical disease interventions.
We work in Africa and Asia with communities, governments, academic institutions, and local and international organisations, to ensure effective delivery of services, which are supported by strong evidence.
Our areas of expertise include :
disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment
disease control and elimination
research, monitoring and evaluation leading to best practice
behaviour change communication
national and international advocacy and policy development
Country and project background
Malaria Consortium began working in Mozambique in 2005, supporting the development of distribution systems for long lasting insecticidal nets in the country.
Our work grew from there to focus on public health communications that sought to increase malaria awareness and preventive behaviours, particularly among school children and teachers.
Using malaria as an entry point, we expanded into integrated community health projects that focused on diagnosing and treating the most common childhood illnesses mainly malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea.
Throughout, we have consistently strived to integrate our work into government-led health programmes and ensure sustainability.
After the completion of a short malaria surveillance planning grant, Malaria Consortium is starting a 3 years implementation grant looking at strengthening malaria surveillance in Mozambique.
This project will pursue the following outcomes :
Improved availability, demand and use of quality (malaria and coverage) data informing decision making;
Malaria surveillance transformed as a key intervention guiding operational and strategic decision making across all strata;
A routine iMISS-related monitoring and accountability action log established, implemented and followed up; and
Sustained capacity for surveillance all levels.
This project would require field implementation in the selected provinces.
The Chief of Party will provide overall leadership, ensuring achievement of project deliverables and partners’ and stakeholders’ management.
The COP will lead a team comprised of other senior-level staff and manage implementing partners to ensure proper planning, implementation, reporting, financial management, and compliance.
The COP will coordinate with government and other stakeholders to ensure that activities complement ongoing initiatives and adhere to country and global standards.
The COP will also actively engage and advocate with other potential stakeholders and donors to mobilize resources and create synergies towards increased effective investment in malaria surveillance and control.
Scope of work
The post holder will provide overall technical and management leadership to the design and implementation of the project and manage the entire team across the selected provinces for focused field implementation.
This role is line managed by the Country Director.
Key working relationships
Internally this role will work closely with the Country Director, Country technical Coordination and the Principal investigator of the grant (Head of Surveillance, Monitoring and Evaluation).
Externally, the CoP will be the primary liaison with BMGF. The CoP will coordinate with Ministry of Health, National Malaria Control Programme, project partner organisations and other stakeholders.
He / She will also oversee that strong relationships are maintained in the provinces of operations.
Programme management and coordination (40%)
Responsible for the overall planning, implementation and management of the project to achieve expected results in a timely and cost-effective manner, applying best practice and tools in project cycle management
Develop and maintain an integrated vision and approach for the project, that articulates all dimensions of the project and guide implementation to achieve the results as defined in the award
Lead the planning of all project activities and set high performance standards ensuring adherence to technical standards, best practices and donor guidelines
Ensure technical excellence through identifying the technical expertise needs and sourcing when required
Ensure timely, high-quality and complete submission of work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and any other reports required by BMGF
Strategic Planning and Leadership (20%)
Champion the project vision and to foster collaborative relationships across the project team, implementation partners, government partners, and other key stakeholders including the donor (BMGF)
Develop and maintain a partners and stakeholders communication and management strategy to ensure strong lines of communication and collaboration are established and maintained
Conduct regular context and stakeholders’ analysis and diagnosis to adapt and improve the project implementation strategy and coordination mechanisms for success
Ensure continued and constructive dialogue and discussion within the project team and with partners to create a meaningful process and clarify mandates, within the project vision of success
Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and institutional strengthening of implementing partners
Operational, HR and Logistics Management (10%)
Be the primary manager of sub-awards and contracts to deliver on project specific activities, including implementing partners assessment, guidance and management
Work with the Country Technical Coordinator and Country Director in the recruitment and selection of project teams to ensure positions are timely filled with the right set of skills.
Line manage the assigned Project staff using performance-based management approaches. Work towards high individual and team performance.
Work closely with the Operations team to ensure that all items and supplies required for the project are procured in a timely manner and in line with Malaria Consortium and donor policies and procedures.
Support project provincial teams to comply with Malaria Consortium policies and procedures, and in line with donor compliance requirements,.
Financial management (15%)
Work with Country Finance Manager and Country Director to prepare forecasts, monitor expenditure and budget compliance on a regular basis, and maintain adequate financial management of the project in line with Malaria Consortium and donor policies and procedures.
Report on budget consumption on a quarterly basis and draw attention of the Country Director on any concerns and develop plans to mitigate any under or over expenditure.
External representation (10%)
Coordinate the production and presentation of a range of communication outputs and publications (presentations, news pieces, papers) at local, regional and international fora to share experiences, lessons learnt, results and emerging best practices from the project
Represent Malaria Consortium in relevant technical working groups and partners’ coordination fora
Actively engage and advocate with other potential stakeholders and donors to mobilize resources and create synergies towards increased effective investment in malaria surveillance and control.
Qualifications and experience :
Master’s degree or higher in Public Health related discipline or International Development
Minimum of 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility working in public health in the fields of project coordination, project management, etc
At least 5 years’ experience managing large public health projects in developing and transitioning countries, including operations and financial management experience
Experience with multiple donors and their varied processes, procedures, rules and regulations; a specific understanding of BMGF procedures an advantage
Strong track record in meeting reporting and programmatic deliverables and deadlines
Previous CoP / DCoP experience an advantage
Previous experience in managing malaria programmes desired
Expertise in the design and writing of project proposals (from concept to full proposal), and proven ability to raise funds
Detailed and thorough knowledge of BMGF regulations, systems and procedures for managing complex grant programmes with multiple partners
Work-based skills : Essential
Demonstrated leadership and teambuilding skills in developing partnerships and working collaboratively with wide range of stakeholders : donors, host country institutions, and international organizations
Strong diplomacy, negotiation, collaboration and coordination skills in context of complex and shifting priorities
Excellent organizational, analytical, and planning skills
Excellent organizational, analytical, supervisory, and team-building skills
Fluency in Portuguese and English (speaking and writing)
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to adjust and communicate effectively, complex ideas to varied audiences
Self-motivated and ability to self-manage workload and time
Core competencies : Delivering results
LEVEL D - Inspires wider teams to achieve outstanding results and to manage risks
Proactively improved effectiveness and performance of other senior staff to increase ability to meet objectives, acquiring new skills when appropriate
Encourages mitigating risks among the teams / groups they work with / manage
Ensures the quality of all internal / external work of own and others
Analysis and use of information
LEVEL C - Works confidently with complex data to support work
Interprets complex written information
Works confidently with data before making decisions : for example, interpreting trends, issues and risks
Acquainted with the validity, relevance and limitations of different sources of evidence
Interpersonal and communications
LEVEL D - Communicates complex technical and / or sensitive / high risk information effectively
Communicates complex operational, technical and strategic issues clearly and credibly with widely varied audiences
Uses varied communication to promote dialogue, shared understanding and consensus across a variety of audiences
Influences internal and external audiences on specific issues
Scans the internal and external environment for key information and messages to support communications strategies
Collaboration and partnering
LEVEL C - Builds strong networks internally and participates actively in external networks and think tanks
Builds strong networks internally
Participates actively in external networks and / or think tanks
Engages with relevant experts to gather and evaluate evidence
Shares and implements good practice with internal and external peers
Leading and motivating people
LEVEL C - Effectively leads and motivates others or direct reports.
Gives regular, timely and appropriate feedback,
Acknowledges good performance and deals with issues concerning poor performance
Carries out staff assessment and development activities conscientiously and effectively
Develops the skills and competences of others through the development and application of skills
Coaches and supports team members when they have difficulties
Flexibility / adaptability
LEVEL C - Supports others to cope with pressure
Responds positively to change, embracing and using new practices or values to accomplish goals and solve problems and supports others to do the same
Adapts team approach, goals, and methods to achieve solutions and results in dynamic situations
Sets realistic deadlines and goals for self or team
Living the values
LEVEL D - Acts as a role model in promoting Malaria Consortium’s values
Champions and takes ownership of corporate decisions, values and standards and ensures team members implement them in a positive manner
Acts as role model internally and externally in promoting Malaria Consortium’s values
Is accountable for ensuring that cultural awareness is demonstrated across the area (s) they manage
Strategic planning and thinking and sector awareness
LEVEL C - Keeps up to date with the internal and external environment
Takes into account economic, political and other business factors when drawing up medium and long-term plans, covering both public and private sectors
Looks beyond the immediate operations to prospects for new business
Engages with appropriate internal and external sources to establish major influences and future plans