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Vacancy, West African Health Organization Regional Malaria Coordinator

Application period: 23-Feb-2021 to 16-Mar-2021

The West African Health Organization (WAHO) is a specialized health institution of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). WAHO implements activities aimed at providing the health of the populations of the ECOWAS region.

Reporting to and under the leadership and guidance of the Country/Regional Support Partner Committee (CRSPC) Manager, in collaboration with the Head of Health Department at WAHO secretariat as part of the execution of this assignment, the WAHO Regional Malaria Coordinator will undertake, among others, the following specific tasks:

A. Programmatic

  • Coordinate and provide technical inputs and capacity building to the national malaria programmes;

  • Support and strengthen the cross-border initiatives and interventions geared towards malaria elimination including some Regional Malaria Elimination Initiatives;

  • Provide technical inputs to the establishment of a regional cross-border malaria data-sharing and visualization platform for complementary action in response to active transmission across borders, including harmonization with the existing ones in the Member States;

  • Provide technical inputs to the establishment of a regional M&E framework and monitor all regional malaria control activities including the cross-border activities; 

  • Coordinate and strengthen and scale up partnerships with the Global Fund, PMI and other funding agencies for harmonized actions and better resource sharing to leverage and complement, but not duplicate bilateral partner investments across the Region;

  • Lead and provide technical inputs in  the development and dissemination in collaboration with ALMA, RBM of the Regional Malaria Scorecard and action tracking mechanism;

  • Coordinate and provide technical inputs to a joint data collection and information tracking mechanism including antimalaria commodities stock status at Regional level;

  • Provide technical inputs to the advocacy for harmonizing regulatory policies related to pharmaceuticals and vector control products including fast tracking introduction of new commodities related to malaria;

  • Lead the advocacy efforts to secure resources to support the regional elimination plan, including resource mobilization through the private sector and regional malaria financing facility to ensure the long-term sustainable financing for the region’s elimination efforts;

  • Lead in the strengthening of the multi-sectoral approach in malaria elimination at Regional level;

B. Advocacy

  • Lead regional malaria commemorative campaigns such as the world Malaria Day by developing malaria related messaging;

  • Lead Regional Social and Behavior Change Communication campaigns/initiative to amplify the importance of malaria control and elimination at Regional level;

  • Facilitate the identification of malaria champions and key influencers including Regional End Malaria Councils and Parliamentary Groups;

  • Provide technical inputs  in collaboration with ALMA, in the designation of Heads of State and Government awards for excellence in malaria.

C. Coordination

  • Lead in the elaboration of a joint regional annual work plan, capturing activities planned, estimated cost and execution modalities;

  • Participate in a periodic face-to-face meeting with REC, ALMA and RBM to discuss common joint programmatic and advocacy activities, and monitor the implementation;

  • Provide technical inputs in partnership coordination and collaboration with key players in the malaria sector at Regional level;

  • Lead  in preparation of reports, strategies and in organizing meetings as required or requested.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

By design, the assignment will require broad stakeholder engagement and consultations. The consultation will propose the approach and methods for ensuring extensive engagement at different stages of the development process. Key informant interviews, consultation, consensus and validation meetings should be considered for wider buy-in and involvement. The RBM will support the Regional Coordinator to mobilize stakeholders for consultations. The framework and plan will be presented to different multi-sectoral platforms and input and buy-in including WAHO.

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