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The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a center in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health that works in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco. I-TECH has projects in more than 20 countries, and its worldwide staff work with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations, medical facilities, and other partners to support efficient, well-ordered health care systems that provide high quality care to all citizens.  I-TECH Malawi provides technical assistance to the Malawi Ministry of Health and its partners to support human resource development, health systems strengthening, HIV care and treatment, and HIV surveillance for epidemic control.

I-TECH has been privileged to provide technical support to the Government of Malawi Ministry of Health (MoH), since 2008, through seconded senior Technical Assistants, Program Officers and Public Health Fellows.  The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) was established in 2002 at the University of Washington in Seattle.  I-TECH is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global HIV and TB (CDC-DGHT) under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

I-TECH Malawi will be conducting an observational birth defects surveillance study (BDS) in four hospitals: Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Bwaila Hospital in Lilongwe, Ntcheu District Hospital and Mangochi District Hospital. The purpose of this Birth Defects Surveillance Study (BDSS) project is to first implement a birth defects surveillance system and estimate prevalence of birth defects and secondly to conduct a nested case-control study to examine the association of maternal use of antiretroviral treatment (ART) and birth defects in the four hospitals.   Results from this study will provide background rates of birth defects in Malawi and provide baseline estimates of maternal medication use to treat HIV/AIDS in pregnancy and the prevalence of major external birth defects.

I-TECH is seeking to hire qualified candidates for the following positions to support the activity

Position: BDS Project Manager

Job Summary

The BDS Project Manager will be responsible for the oversight and implementation of the Birth Defects Surveillance by leading, and managing the implementation of BDS activities, technical assistance provision and other project activities including reviewing all defects and its descriptions before submission to ICBDSR for final confirmation.  S/He will be responsible for planning and coordinating all BDS activities and deliverables to ensure that workplans are developed for each activity and deadlines are met. The Project Manager will provide leadership in project implementation and cope with rapid changes in both funding and programmatic direction as dictated by the funder, and effectively use available resources to meet those expectations. S/he will provide oversight of expenditures and compliance with regulations and planning of HR to support BDS implementation. S/he will be based in Lilongwe will report to the Technical Director for Surveillance.

Key Responsibilities

Program Implementation, Project Planning and Coordination

  • Provide oversight and coordinate day to day activities for implementation of BDS Study
  • Ensure that BDS implementation is in accordance with approved ethical procedures and ensure any changes to protocol are processed through the CDC, NHRSC and UW IRBs
  • Ensure that the study is adhering to all relevant SOPs and Good Clinical Practices
  • Provide oversight for implementation of BDS project activities including ensuring that the MoH role in BDS implementation is enhanced.
  • Coordinate confirmation of birth defects in liaison with the site study physicians and site study managers
  • Develop and submit monthly, quarterly, and annual work plans and status reports according to targets in coordination with the Technical Surveillance Director and Deputy Country Director.
  • Coordinate and participate in monthly and quarterly supervision visits jointly with MoH and key stakeholders
  • In collaboration with the Technical Director for Surveillance, serve as an I-TECH liaison on BDS activities with the MOH and other implementing partners, including participation and representation at key meetings
  • Develop and maintain strong local partnerships to further collaborative implementation and information sharing with key stakeholders and partners
  • Collaborate with Deputy Country Director, Technical Director for Surveillance, Finance Director, and Senior Program Manager on annual project budget development, budget management and monitoring

Staff Supervision, Mentorship and Staff Capacity Development

  • Serve as supervisor to National Nurse Coordinator and Project Data Manager, support BDS project’s field operations, HR and finance staff in conjunction with other Directors
  • Plans and coordinates the study staffing including appropriate training.
  • Participate in annual performance reviews for staff supervised, and provide documentation of the review process for employee file
  • Support efficient functioning of the I-TECH Malawi BDS project team through technical support, facilitation of regular team meetings, and regular ongoing feedback

Reporting, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E)

  • Ensure systematic, consistent collection, compilation and dissemination of indicator data in conjunction with the Data Manager
  • Responsible for writing quarterly, biannual and annual reports, as needed in conjunction with Country Office M&E team.
  • Contribute to generating lessons from BDS project in collaboration with M&E team

Qualifications and Requirements

  • A Medical Doctor with at least MBBS or a related field with at least five years of proven experience in management of clinical research, specifically clinical trials or surveillance projects.
  • Minimum of 3 years of demonstrated experience in supervision and project management.
  • Possession of GCP certificate.
  • Demonstrated ability to work within MOH health facilities
  • Excellent problem-solving, decision-making, organizational and communication skills with ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work effectively in a demanding environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, flexibility, diplomacy, willingness to listen, and respect for colleagues
  • Demonstrated experience with budget development and budget management
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Strong computer skills including MS Office, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Desired Experience

  • Experience with USG (including PEPFAR) funded programs, reporting requirements, and grant rules and regulations
  • Experience with implementation of research and/or surveillance activities
  • Experience in developing and managing effective partnerships.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Commitment to Diversity

I-TECH recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. Therefore, I-TECH encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff including, but not limited to, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability and age. I-TECH strives to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its staff.

Application Process:

Applications with Curriculum Vitae (CV), three traceable referees and relevant copy certificates should be sent to the following

Email address: hr@itech-malawi.org


Deadline for applications is Friday 18th September, 2020.  Please write the position being applied for in the subject line.

I-TECH Malawi, an equal opportunity employer, appreciates all applications. However, only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

For more information about I-TECH, visit our website: http://www.go2itech.org/

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