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Malaria Technical Advisor – Djibouti City, DJ

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Malaria Technical Advisor
Djibouti City, DJ


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FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Malaria Technical Advisor

HOST ORGANIZATION: National Malaria Control Program, Priority Health Programs Branch, Department of Health

LOCATION: Djibouti City, Djibouti

POSITION LEVEL: Mid-Career Technical Advisor


TRAVEL: 20% estimated travel


Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) is a project of the Public Health Institute (PHI) in partnership with the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). STAR is a Global Health talent hub. Through fellowships, internships, and strategic partnerships, STAR supports building the capacity of diverse global health professionals and organizations at all levels to make inclusive, collaborative, and innovative contributions to global health. STAR participants collaborate in the development of systems and tools that strengthen and sustain the local and global health response.


The STAR Fellowship is a two-year global health and learning opportunity with:

  • Individualized, tailored support to enhance the fellow’s achievement personal and professional goals
  • Personalized learning plans and access to learning resources (courses, conferences, mentoring) based on fellow’s learning style and preferences.
  • Access to broad professional networks to enhance peer learning and knowledge sharing



The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), a multi-agency initiative launched in June 2005, aims “to further reduce malaria deaths and substantially decrease malaria morbidity toward the long-term goal of elimination” (President’s Malaria Initiative Strategy, 2015-2020). The program has 24 priority countries in sub-Saharan Africa and three programs in the Greater Mekong subregion. Since its creation in 2005, PMI has invested more than $7.2 billion to prevent, treat, and control malaria in priority countries.

The United States Government (USG) is the single largest donor to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Given its significant investment and experience in fighting these three diseases, the USG is committed to supporting Global Fund grant implementation at the country level. Since 2005, the USG has withheld up to 5% of its contribution to the Global Fund to provide technical assistance. PMI supports long-term assistance to address chronic and persistent needs related to the development and implementation of Global Fund grants, with the overarching goal of supporting countries to utilize Global Fund investments to achieve the goals and objectives of national disease programs.


The Malaria Technical Advisor (Advisor) supports the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) to address malaria as a public health threat by strengthening the NMCP’s program management and technical skills to ensure effective implementation of the malaria control program and to manage Global Fund grants. Specifically, the Advisor will: 1) improve the NMCP’s capacity to manage grants, particularly with regards to organizational development and implementation of activities, and 2) strengthen the NMCP’s technical capacity related to malaria control and prevention strategies.

Reporting structure:

The Advisor will be based at the Department of Health’s NMCP section of the Priority Health Programs Branch in Djibouti City, Djibouti. They will work closely with and receive technical direction from the NMCP Coordinator, who will serve as their Onsite Manager.


Improve the NMCP’s capacity to manage grants, particularly with regards to strategic planning and implementation of activities:

  • Improve NMCP human resource management capacity, including through coaching and mentoring. Review the organizational structure, skill needs, performance management practices, and internal communications.
  • Provide technical advice and practical experience in helping the NMCP to improve accountability and results focus in its management systems.
  • Support the NMCP in setting up systems for coordination and communication among partners, including setting up the Malaria Multi-Sector Committee.
  • Improve the NMCP’s management capacity with regards to strategic leadership and planning and monitoring of activities.
  • Build the capacity of the government to meet the grant management and implementation demands of the Global Fund malaria grant, including through close collaboration with the Principal Recipient.
  • If applicable and desired, conduct a capacity assessment of the NMCP.

Strengthen the NMCP’s technical capacity to implement malaria control and prevention strategies:

  • Provide guidance and support to the NMCP in the following technical areas, among others that may be identified, in order to ensure that Djibouti’s malaria interventions are in alignment with World Health Organization and other international norms and standards:
  • Monitoring and evaluation, particularly improving data quality and using data to monitor progress.
  •  Procurement and supply management of malaria commodities.
  • Planning and implementation of mass campaigns to distribute insecticide treated bed nets.
  • Participate in the development of strategies and guidance documents.
  • Identify and support the NMCP to incorporate best practices in its programs.

Anticipated learning outcomes: * approximately 10% time

  • Demonstrate proficiency across the core global health competencies defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease that is necessary for persons practicing in global health. 
  • Apply malaria and malaria control and prevention knowledge to strengthen program.    
  • Apply and distinguish international standards within technical/content area to support programming. 
  • Cultivate leadership skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to effectively facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing activities amongst staff and peers. 
  • Expand access to knowledge and resources through networking and collaborative practice within global health.



  • A Master’s degree in Public Health and a minimum of 7 years relevant technical experience in planning and/or managing health programs or a Bachelor’s degree with 9 years of experience.
  • Malaria technical expertise, particularly specialized experience in malaria control interventions related to case management, monitoring and evaluation, and long-lasting insecticide treated net distribution.
  • Skills to understand and analyze the information needs of different development actors and the ability to articulate them in a coherent system.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria operational procedures and the grant making and implementation process.
  • Demonstrated experience with building the capacity of other staff through leadership development programs, supportive supervision, coaching, and mentoring.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and with a high degree of sensitivity and diplomacy.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and excellent oral communication and writing skills.  
  • Demonstrated flexibility and openness in responding to changing work priorities and environment. 
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and relevant software).
  • Fluency in French and functional ability to work in English.
  • Open to US citizens and Third Country Nationals. 

Additional skills (preferred):

  • Experience in the management of malaria programs in the pre-elimination phase.
  • Knowledge of other international donors.
  • Experience working in Djibouti.


All applicants are required to apply for this position through STAR’s online recruitment system at https://www.ghstar.org/, which allows you to store your CV/resume and separate cover letter describing your qualifications and experience, interest and familiarity with issues relating to this position, and how this position relates to your career goals is required for each application. Position will remain open until filled.

Public Health Institute is proud to be an EEO/AA employer.  

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