Malaria Diagnostic Technical Officer

Posted 7 months ago

Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) is an ecumenical umbrella association co-owned by the Episcopal Conference of Malawi and the Malawi Council of Churches. CHAM is the second largest provider of health services in Malawi. It has 187 Health Facilities and 11 Training Colleges which are located in hard-to-reach areas across the country. The objective of CHAM in general is to provide technical support, and develop health services among all its member facilities in order to achieve equity and universal access to health care, to act for the benefit of the people of Malawi especially in the poor and hard to reach rural areas.

With funding from USAID Presidents Malaria Initiative (PMI), CHAM invites applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the vacant position of Malaria Diagnostic Technical Officer for the Towards Malaria Elimination (TOME) Project. The TOME project is jointly implemented by DAPP Malawi and CHAM and supports the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) on malaria case management in Salima and Lilongwe (Rural) Districts.

Position:              MALARIA DIAGNOSTIC TECHNICAL OFFICER

Grade:                  CM4

Project:                 TOME

Reports to:          Malaria Technical Lead

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Developing and strengthening quality assurance structures, systems, and programs for laboratory staff in supported districts.
  2. Supporting the development of diagnostic activities and ensuring quality and timely implementation of approved work plan activities.
  3. Collaborating with NMCP, National Parasitology Reference Laboratory (NPRL) in planning and implementation of malaria activities.
  4. Providing diagnostic technical support to project team including overseeing technical activities and ensuring high quality of project implementation in supported districts.
  5. Developing and implementing training, continuing education and supervisory programs for laboratory staff to strengthen quality malaria diagnosis in Malawi, including the development of health learning materials.
  6. Participating in the development of national laboratory policies and guidelines addressing malaria diagnostics and their utilization.
  7. Assisting in the dissemination of the malaria case management (diagnostic and treatment) policy.
  8. Submitting activity and quarterly reports timely.
  9. Tracking and reporting on accomplishments of activities in the work plan.
  10. Participating, cooperating, and liaising with all Malaria partners working with TOME project.

Qualifications and Experience

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences.
  2. Candidates with World Health Organization (WHO) Level 1 or 2 Accreditation Certificate in Malaria Microscopy will have an advantage.
  3. At least 5 years of professional experience in using new approaches to malaria diagnosis such as Malaria Diagnostic Refresher Training (MDRT).
  4. Should be familiar with malaria case management programming.
  5. Experience in conducting Outreach Training and Supportive Supervision approach (OTSS).
  6. Proficiency in the use of standard Microsoft Office Packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet Explorer).

Requisite Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

1.       Good interpersonal skills and team player.

2.       Excellent written and oral communication skills.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Interested candidates should download a standard Employment Application Form from the CHAM website at www.cham.org.mw.   A completed Employment Application Form, Curriculum Vitae with three traceable referees, copies of academic certificates, and a cover letter addressed to Executive Director, CHAM Secretariat, P.O Box 30378, Lilongwe 3, should be submitted to: recruitment@cham.org.mw.

The closing date for receiving applications is 7th August 2023 and only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged.

Disclaimer

CHAM uses very competitive recruitment and selection processes therefore the organisation does not accept bribes or gifts in any form for the purpose of offering employment to any candidate.

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