Shrinking the Malaria Map

UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI)


Opportunities with the Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI)

Program Associate, MEI

Malaria Elimination Initiative, Global Health Group, University of California San Francisco

The Program Associate is a member of the MEI Operations Team who provides programmatic and administrative support to the MEI Team and its activities in the US, Europe, Africa and Asia. Responsibilities will include: setting up subcontracts, independent consultant agreements, amount-based purchase orders, vendor agreements; monitoring and tracking invoices and maintaining partner relationships; booking complex international travel; processing travel advances and expense reimbursements; and leading logistical arrangements for MEI local and international meetings and events. The MEI team, comprised of approximately 30 faculty and staff operates at a very fast pace, with multiple simultaneous projects occurring at all times and in many countries. The MEI Program Associate must, therefore, bring excellent time management, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, along with a “can-do” attitude. S/he must be able to work in a fast-paced work environment, be flexible and able to adjust to new projects and priorities as they arise. This is a full time, fully grant-funded position through March 31, 2021, with the possibility of extension based on performance and receipt of funding, reporting to the MEI Associate Director.

Please note: This is a full time, fully grant-funded through March 31st, 2021 with the possibility of extension.

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Associate Director, MEI

Malaria Elimination Initiative, Global Health Group, University of California San Francisco

The Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) Associate Director independently manages, provides technical direction, and leads monitoring and evaluation activities for a complex research program of high visibility. Responsibilities include collaborating with the Global Health Group (GHG) Director and Deputy Director and MEI Directors to develop long-term vision and goals, policies and procedures, as well as managing ongoing operations, implementation and management of major grants and contracts, and overseeing an annual operational budget of approximately $5 million to achieve objectives. The MEI Associate Director is responsible for maintaining relationships and regular communication with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the MEI’s primary donor, while establishing and maintaining relationships with other donors such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and contractors such as PSI to achieve the MEI’s goals. 

The MEI Associate Director monitors, through seven Project Leads (including two UCSF Faculty members), all strategic elements of program administration including establishing annual workplans, ensuring projects and grant deliverables are completed on time and within budget, helping anticipate delays/hurdles, and providing solutions to operational difficulties as they arise. The Associate Director also uses highly specialized expertise in research or academic specific concepts and objectives to develop project-specific Theories of Change and logic models, and maintain a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan for the MEI’s grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ($20 million/4 years) and other grants and contracts according to the funder’s requirements.

In collaboration with the Institute for Global Health Sciences (IGHS) FRS Grant Managers, the MEI Associate Director is responsible for overseeing all of the MEI’s subcontracts, vendor contracts and independent consultancy agreements needed for these complex projects. The MEI Associate Director provides updates on project progress and budgets to the MEI Directors and oversees the development and submission of the annual reports to the MEI’s funders, including financial summaries. As needed, s/he recommends adjustments to effort distribution according to funding levels and availability of personnel. The MEI Associate Director is a member of the MEI Executive Strategy Team, oversees the entire operations team for a research, policy, and advocacy group of 30 people working in countries across Africa and Asia with individuals based in Laos and Sweden, directly supervising two Program Assistants.

The MEI Associate Director must be able to problem-solve, have an ability to adapt to many complex projects and international partners simultaneously, and enjoy working in a busy and motivated team. This full time, fully grant-funded position reports to the GHG Deputy Director.

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