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Technical Director, PMI Uganda Malaria Control Activity

RTI International
Kampala, Uganda

Salary rangeConfidential | Contract type: Permanent

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Job Summary

The Technical Director will provide primary support to the functions of the Chief of Party (COP) in supervising and assuring the quality of technical activities, including management and oversight of technical staff. With the COP, the Technical Director will be responsible for ensuring that all technical assistance provided under the project are strategic, high quality and support the achievement of project objectives. The position will be based with RTI in Kampala and local travel will be required.
Qualifications:
  • PhD or medical degree with additional relevant training in on or more of the following areas: public health, biological sciences, entomology, environmental sciences, malariology, or parasitology .
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience working in the field of malaria prevention and control in Uganda; demonstrated success leading technical teams for USAID and/or other development partner-funded health projects highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated senior-level expertise in malaria prevention and control preferred including experience with implementation and scale up of ITNs, ACTs, RDTs, and IPTp.
  • Experience supporting collaborating learning and adapting (CLA) and other monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities to improve technical project performance.
  • Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of local partners and stakeholders. Experience with capacity building of local partners considered desirable.
  • Strong experience with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Excellent English language ability and strong interpersonal, written, and oral presentation communication skills.

Responsibilities

  • In close collaboration with COP, provide overall technical leadership and quality assurance for technical assistance and activities necessary to achieve objectives, outputs, services, and products expected under the Contract.
  • With the COP, supervise the implementation of integrated delivery and scale up of proven malaria interventions, particularly among vulnerable groups of pregnant women and children under 5 years of age, and other activities required under the Contract to ensure that performance schedules are observed, and outputs are completed according to schedule.
  • Oversee activities related to expanding coverage of vector-control interventions which may include , supporting the distribution and use ITNs, promotion of IRS, and piloting innovative strategies in vector control as required.
  • Oversee activities to improve access to rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and quality artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) at facility and community levels as well as ensure state-wide training and follow-up in the public and private sectors.
  • Oversee activities to ensure the provision of MIP services, including consistent delivery of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp) – at ANC clinics.
  • Work with surveillance data and other health information for decision-making and coach internal project and external stakeholder teams to work with data.
  • Provide technical oversight of the work undertaken by subcontractors and grantees.
  • Together with the COP, provide direction and support for the preparation of annual work plans and strategies.
  • Support COP and project staff with the production of project materials, including the development of policy briefs, technical reports and training materials ensuring technical quality and relevance for programmers and policy makers.
  • Liaises with other critical Government of Uganda and development partners working in malaria such as the Ministry of Health, National Malaria Control Program, GFTAM, WHO, UNICEF, DFID, etc.
  • Represent RTI in national level technical working groups, committees, and other meetings related to malaria, etc.
  • Directly supervise technical team members and help facilitate and coordinate their liaison work with senior counterparts and stakeholders at national and subnational levels.

Job Requirements

Required education: Post-graduate education
Required relevant work experience: 10 years
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)
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