Technical Support Consultant – Roll Back Malaria

Location:
Copehagen, Denmark
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
Type of contract:
Contract
Salary:
Competitive

Technical Support Consultant – Roll Back Malaria

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THIS IS A ROSTER VACANCY.  APPLICANTS WHO MEET THE INITIAL SELECTION CRITERIA WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR ASSESSMENT.  THOSE WHO PASS THE ASSESSMENT WILL BE PLACED ON THE ROSTER TO BE ENGAGED FOR ASSIGNMENTS WHEN REQUIRED.

 

ROLL BACK MALARIA PARTNERSHIP

The past fifteen years have seen tremendous gains in reducing the burden of disease and progressing towards malaria elimination. Between 2000 and 2015, global malaria incidence fell by 37 percent and mortality rates by 60 percent. Over 6.2 million deaths were averted, primarily among children less than five years of age. Since 1998, the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) has been central to the global fight against malaria. It has been essential to mobilizing these unprecedented resources and scaled up innovative interventions and to put the world on to a path of eliminating malaria.

The Country / Regional Support Partners Committee (CRSPC) is one of its key partnership mechanisms. The purpose of CRSPC is to implement a formal partnership mechanism to facilitate and harmonize timely support from the RBM Partnership mechanisms to achieve established targets.

The CRSPC is supporting countries to rapidly programme the country Global Fund Allocations with a value of US$3 billion over the next few months, the majority of them in the first two quarters of 2017, through the development of funding applications.

The Technical Support consultant shall work for the RBM Harmonization Working Group/  C ountry Regional Support Partnership committee to facilitate and support the development of a differentiated funding proposal application to the Global Fund (GF) to access resources for the respective national malaria programme. The countries to be supported present highly complex technical, epidemiological and political contexts for malaria prevention and control implementation. This significantly enhances the complexity of the funding application process and requires a senior and experienced consultant to manage this process, able to command the respect of senior government officials and partners. The resource allocations are high, in many cases over US$100 million.

As well as an in-depth knowledge of the technical aspects of malaria prevention and control in endemic countries, the assignment requires highly developed negotiation skills and a proven track record in achieving consensus across multiple stakeholders. The consultant will be expected to visit the country as necessary during the support period.

 

 Functional Responsibilities

  • Carry out a comprehensive review of country programme documentation (Strategic Plan; Operational Plan, Work plans; Gap analysis, etc.);
  • Review existing support and conduct partnership mapping of current activities, resources and anticipated changes including all existing Global Fund malaria grants.
  • Lead the comprehensive programmatic and financial gap analysis for the request with partners, clearly outlining the need for funding through the GF funding proposal including for vector control (LLINs and IRS), case management (diagnosis, treatment and management of severe malaria, SMC, IPTP, programme management, behavior change communication and monitoring, evaluation and surveillance
  • Lead high-level discussions with senior management, partner representatives and other key stakeholders to broker consensus on prioritisation of national strategies and interventions for inclusion in the funding proposal.
  • Undertake a technical review of chosen strategies and interventions to ensure that they are technically sound, feasible to implement and will achieve sufficient impact;
  • Work closely with national programme senior management and partners to support the development of the differentiated application for malaria and liaise with senior ministry of health staff as appropriate
  • Synthesize multiple application components including gap analysis, budget and work plan and ensure uniform style and ensure all pieces are fully integrated into a comprehensive, high quality application;
  • revise the application on the basis of feedback received during the review process;
  • support the submission of the application to the CCM, with prepared discussion points to support the application;
  • conduct a final review of the application to make sure that it is complete and of high quality;
  • provide support to the country to address Technical Review Panel or Global Fund Secretariat requests for clarifications (if relevant);
  • write and submit a report to the RBM HWG/PCRSC outlining in detail the application development process and suggesting lessons for future support for application development.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

Key Deliverables:

  • Revised malaria programmatic gap analysis
  • Draft grant funding application for The Global Fund submission, according to the needs and specific context of the relevant country.
  • Final grant funding application that is prioritized, technically sound, feasible to implement and impact oriented.
  • Final report to Manager analyzing support for application development process including recommendations for improving future support to countries.

 Education

  • Advanced university (master’s) degree or Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in public health or social science.
  • Specialization, experience or sound understanding of international development and the political agendas as related to malaria is preferable.

 Experience

Essential:  

  • With master’s degree at least 7 years or with Bachelor’s degree minimum 9 years of relevant experience preferably in the development, implementation and/or management of health projects.
  • Documented experience of working in complex and politically and technically challenging situations to achieve consensus and effectively manage change, complemented by a proven track record in the development and/or evaluation of policies related to public health, preferably in the area of malaria.
  • Documented experience in resource mobilization at national and international levels, through partnership development and with a focus on results.
  • Extensive experience of the technical interventions for malaria prevention, case management, control and elimination.
  • Proven track record of success in supporting Global Fund applications and familiarity with current GF procedures and processes

Desirable:   

  • Experience in implementing / evaluating technical malaria control interventions
    • Knowledge of broader health policies and National Malaria Control Programmes
    • Knowledge of the Roll Back Malaria Program

Languages

Fluency in English is required.  Working knowledge of French desirable.  Knowledge of other UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish) and local languages an asset.

 Competencies

  • Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
  • Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
  • Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
  • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  • Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  • Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  • Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  • Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

 Functional competencies

  • Demonstrated team leadership / team-building experience
  • High level negotiation / diplomatic skills and political astuteness
  • Ability to facilitate discussions between different stakeholders and foster consensus on complex technical issues
  • Experience in successful resource mobilization from multilateral sources
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Communication
  • Strategic analysis
  • Proposal writing
  • Experience working in national and international environments
  • English or French fluency and ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Results oriented

 Contract type, level and duration

Contract type:  Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: International Specialist Level 3
Contract duration: Retainer contracts for up to 100 working days in a 12 month period, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.
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