Shrinking the Malaria Map

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

Opportunities

Malaria Surveillance Toolkit Development Consultant and Content Editing 

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

BACKGROUND
The Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is an “action tank” dedicated to translating major new paradigms in global health into large-scale action to positively impact the lives of millions of people. The Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) works with a network of partners to inform and catalyze elimination at global, regional and country levels, including providing intellectual and practical guidance and support to the 34 countries around the world that are embarked upon, or considering embarking on a path to malaria elimination.

Malaria high risk populations (HRPs) include groups of people with more malaria than others, due to shared exposure to infectious mosquitos or limited access to malaria prevention and treatment, and who can be static or mobile. Targeted and tailored approaches for malaria prevention, detection and treatment are required to overcome barriers limiting coverage of standard surveillance and response approaches in these populations. The Malaria Elimination Initiative created the HRP Surveillance and Response Guide (HRP Guide), a set of four step-by-step modules, to help NMCPs (National Malaria Control Programs) build the epidemiological evidence and resources they need to determine the optimal selection and delivery of interventions for reducing malaria transmission among HRPs. The HRP Guide provides a set of approaches to review transmission patterns and surveillance gaps, gather detailed epidemiological evidence on risk factors and behaviors of populations likely at high-risk for malaria, track epidemiological trends in HRPs, and improve planning and delivery of targeted interventions.

ACTIVITIES AND DELIVERABLES
The purpose of this consultancy is to support further development of MEI’s HRP Surveillance and Response Guide. Specifically, the consultant will streamline and restructure specific modules so that it is more user-friendly for NMCPs and their implementing partners and update/align content with more recent evidence and complimentary tools. In addition, the Consultant will work closely with the wider MEI team engaged in toolkit content and capacity building efforts to develop summary content that is stand alone or integrated into complementary tools. Familiarity with qualitative or mixed methods research, and experience developing accessible and easy-to-use tools for programs is essential to the success of this project.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Education
Minimum requirement of a Master’s degree, with a focus in public health, epidemiology, implementation sciences, health services or related field

Required Skills & Experience

  • Experience working with infectious disease programs, preferably in a global health context
  • Competence in a broad range of qualitative or mixed methods research methods
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Office including Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team setting
  • Ability to manage multiple high-priority tasks simultaneously

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Experience developing accessible and easy-to-use tools for non-academic users, such as implementation guides for health programs
  • Background working with and interpreting data on malaria
  • Experience working with non-governmental and implementation partners, within resource constrained settings

LANGUAGES
High level of ability in spoken and written English.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
The consultant is required to work remotely from their home country.

APPLICATIONS
Qualified and interested applicants should submit their CV and expression of interest to Tiese Etim-Inyang (tiese.etim-inyang [at] ucsf.edu) by October 16, 2020. The cover letter should outline how their experience and qualifications make them a suitable candidate for this position and should include their proposed daily consultancy fee and availability.