TechnicalOfficer, Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN), Singapore

The malaria elimination agenda is fast-moving, with unprecedented political support and momentum. With 18-member countries and 46 partner institutions, the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) is a network of countries and partner institutions committed to elimination by 2030. APMEN is the country-led collaborative initiative for malaria elimination. With country programs front and centre, many members are world-renowned practitioners, and scientists who are highly motivated and committed to the 2030 elimination goal.

APMEN is undergoing a process of change. An independent review of APMEN recently noted the network’s central role in supporting elimination across the region. It called for a significant scale up of activities, together with a reorientation, progressed in close consultation with the network membership to increase the impact of the initiative. The malaria elimination agenda is fast-moving, with unprecedented political support and momentum.

APMEN is looking for a highly-motivated individual to work with the APMEN Secretariat to accelerate its initiatives in targeted research and capacity building for member countries in various fields (surveillance and response, vector control and program management quality improvement).

Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA)

The Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) is an alliance of 23 Asian and Pacific heads of government formed to accelerate progress against malaria and to eliminate it in the region by 2030.

APMEN has maintained a strong partnership with APLMA since 2013 to build momentum towards the 2030 regional malaria elimination goal. Their partnership strengthens the potential to accelerate elimination efforts by harnessing APMEN’s technical expertise, partnerships and engagement with national malaria control programmes, and linking this with the political advocacy and multisectoral access of APLMA.

APLMA/APMEN Singapore Office

The APLMA Secretariat is an independent organisation incorporated in Singapore. The APMEN Secretariat is co-located with APLMA. Both initiatives undertake a joint programme of work and coordinate their efforts to accelerate progress towards the 2030 goal. They aim to recognize and complement country efforts led by national governments as supported by the WHO. Both also acknowledge the large number of existing organizations working to reduce and eliminate malaria.

Key responsibilities

The Technical Officer will mainly work on the two following initiatives:

  • Multi-country study on outdoor malaria transmission

The Technical officer will coordinate a multi-country study on outdoor malaria transmission. Residual malaria and outdoor transmission are currently the least understood and documented areas for vector control for malaria elimination. As countries in the Asia Pacific region scale up and intensify LLINs distribution and IRS, evidence-based guidelines are needed to manage the remaining malaria transmission and protect vulnerable and unguarded population. The Technical Officer will work hand-in-hand with the APMEN countries to progress the study.

  • Project Management Quality Improvement for National Malaria Program workforce

APMEN identified the need for better training for the National Malaria Program in the areas of project management and quality improvement. To advocate for increased resources for training, APMEN plans to develop 3 case studies demonstrating the success of selected training initiatives. The Technical Officer will coordinate the development of these case studies, in collaboration with APMEN partner institutions.

In addition to these two initiatives, the Technical Officer will support the APMEN Director and the APMEN Program Manager in several areas, including technical assistance to countries, monitoring & evaluating and communication.

Essential qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in any of the disciplines: international public health, biology, epidemiology or any related discipline;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in the English language;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and/or Access for data management and analysis; and
  • Able to do field work in tropical disease endemic communities.

Desired qualifications

  • A strong and demonstrable technical background and knowledge in vector-borne diseases;
  • Experience in capacity building for improved health program management; and
  • Two years of experience in tropical diseases specifically the technical and/or project management aspects of malaria and/or health;

Reporting

The Technical Officer will report to the APMEN Director.

Duration and location

The duration of the position is three years, subject to available financing. The post will be based in the APLMA office in Singapore.


Please submit letter of intent and CV to admin@aplma.org by 15 October 2018, 5PM Singapore time. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

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