Shrinking the Malaria Map

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


Opportunities with the Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI)


Project Policy Analyst III

The Program Coordinator, Advocacy & Policy, involves analytical studies on a variety of policies, projects, programs and issues in support of a function, research initiative, program and / or organizational unit, or in research of new or changing systems and programs. Assists in policy and program planning, development, administration, management and implementation; interprets, monitors and analyzes information regarding policies and procedures and provides consultative services to department administrators and other stakeholders.

The UCSF Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) Program Coordinator for Advocacy & Policy is a member of the MEI Advocacy & Policy Team, which manages key advocacy engagements that advance malaria elimination efforts by creating an enabling policy and financing environment through strengthened political and financial commitment at global, regional, national, and sub-national levels.

Under the supervision of the MEI Program Manager for Advocacy & Policy, the MEI Program Coordinator for Advocacy & Policy will manage technical advocacy support being provided in the MEI’s focus countries (currently Thailand, Namibia TBD, and Laos TBD) and focus regions (currently Asia-Pacific and southern Africa) under a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This involves the development and implementation of country-led advocacy strategies, and coordination of technical assistance for capacity building in health leadership at national and sub-national levels.

The Program Coordinator will focus on:

1. Project management

  • Coordinate the selection process and manage relationships with international and local consultants and partner organizations for advocacy strategy implementation (this also includes development, execution, and oversight of terms of reference and contracts)
  • Oversee implementation of national advocacy strategies targeting national / sub-national malaria elimination financing / policy changes with the support of international and local consultants
  • Monitor program impact and provide input to required reporting specific to the projects.

2. Country-level engagement

  • Reinforce MEI’s capacity-building activities in the southern African and Asia-Pacific regions by providing guidance, mentorship, and technical support to in-country partners
  • Organize, and in some cases, lead periodic monitoring and support visits to the project’s focus countries
  • Conceptualize and deliver the optimum mix of advocacy support activities that partners require to increase the impact of their advocacy campaigns on budgets or other advocacy objectives
  • Ensure coordination with other country and regional partners on advocacy and capacity-building activities, with consideration for program scale-up and sustainability.

3. Other

  • Coordinate the development of training modules and advocacy materials, in collaboration with in-country consultants and / or organizations
  • Organize sub-national / national / regional capacity-building workshops for health program officers, malaria civil society, elected officials, or other stakeholders as necessary
  • Provide support to MEI’s Advocacy & Policy team in analytical support and writing.

The Program Coordinator will also conduct research and analytics to generate evidence relevant to advocacy strategies and leadership development. For example, the individual may be expected to lead stakeholder mapping exercises, develop robust policy briefs on domestic financing for selected countries, or create advocacy tools to influence resource allocation for malaria elimination through the government health budgeting process. The Program Coordinator will also take the lead in organizing and ensuring the success of key in-country and / or regional advocacy workshops and briefings targeting high-level government officials, parliamentarians, and / or malaria civil society. S/he may also attend regional meetings to represent the work.

The position includes approximately 30% travel domestically and internationally.

Please note: This is a full time, fully grant-funded contract position through December 31, 2020 with the possibility of extension based on performance and receipt of funding, reporting to the MEI Program Manager for Advocacy & Policy.

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Research Coordinator, MEI HRP

The HRP Research Coordinator, Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI), will be based at UCSF Mission Bay with travel to Namibia for three to four months to oversee launch and initial roll out of surveillance operational research activities performed in collaboration with the Namibia National Vectorborne Diseases Control Programme within the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS), as well as the MRC (Multidisciplinary Research Centre) at University of Namibia (UNAM), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), and the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW).

Key responsibilities of this position will be to support development and maintanence of SOPs and study tools for specific field activities and in-country training activities prior to study launch. The MEI HRP Research Coordinator will also coordinate and monitor field implementation of the study during the initial roll out phases, working closely with in-country staff to provide oversight, ensure that study processes follow SOPs and protocols, and monitor staff performance and data quality. Some administrative support and data management will be required, as well as liason between the study team and local partners, including the University of Namibia, Ministry of Health and Social Services and the community.

While in Namibia, the Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) HRP Research Coordinator will be based at the study site in Katima Mulilo.

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