Advisor, Malaria At Save the Children


The Malaria Advisor is a critical member of the Save the Children/US (SC/US) Child Health team and as such will provide institutional, technical and strategic leadership and support to Save the Children’s global work in malaria. In this role, you will provide technical assistance to country offices to help assess needs and opportunities, and design and support the implementation of high quality, effective, state-of-the-art malaria programs in selected high priority country offices. You will also represent SC/US in the broader international malaria community, assist and support other SC/US teams, as appropriate, and collaborate with Save the Children International (SCI) members in defining and advancing SCI’s global malaria agenda.

This recruitment is open to remote locations, to include countries where Save the Children maintains international offices. In the event that this role is based in an SCI office, the role will be employed by the local Save the Children office, and is subject to local pay and benefits.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

Provide Technical Leadership and Support for SC Malaria program (40%)

  • In collaboration with the Senior Director, Child Health and the Global Health Senior Leadership Team define the vision, strategy and operational plan for SC’s global malaria work.
  • Be accountable for achieving the results set out in the strategic and operational plans and be able to articulate sector approach(es) to measuring global results and monitor progress towards agreed upon results
  • Provides technical expertise and oversight to ensure programs apply evidence-based malaria interventions and approaches in our programs, and develop and support new state-of-the-art approaches.
  • Serve as a principal expert in malaria within SC and with external partners.
  • Provide technical guidance and support to SC country offices to ensure quality, sustainability and impact at scale.
  • Work with SC country offices to build their malaria programming capacity, including approaches to integrating malaria into other health programming, and especially into Livelihoods, and HIV work as needed.
  • Provides leadership, training and technical support for workshops, collaborates in developing training modules and other tools, as needed.

Mobilize Public and Private Resources (30%)

  • Collaborates and develops long-term funding strategies for SC’s technical and programming priorities in malaria.
  • Establishes and maintains new/existing relationships with key donors (especially PMI and GF at the headquarters and regional/country level) and program partners to advance global sector malaria work within IP portfolio.
  • Plays leadership role with SC US and country offices in identification, development and submission of quality proposals in malaria and child health.

Lead Program Learning and Innovation specific to Malaria within DGH and in coordination with other SC Departments and SCI (20%)

  • Articulates key malaria program innovation and learning priorities, especially related to key gaps in the evidence base for programming, and the steps needed to inform policy, and translate policy into practice at scale.
  • Identifies best practices from country programs and global work, documents these practices, and disseminates and promotes uptake within the agency.
  • Shares SC best practices externally and introduces new evidence-based best practices into SC global and country level work.
  • Supports monitoring and evaluation, with a focus on sound data collection, analysis, and interpretation for program management, proposal development, and documentation of project innovations and impact. Supports high quality baseline, midterm and final evaluations and other program planning assessments.
  • Initiates planning and implementation of skill development/training/capacity building for Save the Children, specific to the DGH portfolio, including development and review of training materials.
  • Collaborates with other SCI members on technical issues.
  • Supports Global initiatives, as needed.
  • In coordination with the Senior Director, Child Health, represent DGH on malaria-related matters with other offices within SC and through participation in coalitions such as Roll Back Malaria, and represents SC externally on specific technical topics with donors, academic institutions, and technical assistance organizations.

Technical Leadership for Policy and Advocacy (10%)

  • Helps define SC’s global advocacy agenda to address key agency priorities.
  • Contributes to building alliances and strategic partnerships to influence policy and support learning and innovation.
  • Provides malaria expertise to implementation of larger agency advocacy efforts.
  • Provides guidance for country level advocacy efforts as necessary and appropriate.
  • Provides technical expertise to policy and advocacy related efforts to the malaria focus on global campaigns

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree or equivalent relevant equivalent experience, plus at least seven (7) years of related experience
  • Demonstrated successful experience in malaria programming, with emphasis on malaria in pregnancy and child malaria
  • Demonstrated experience working in developing country contexts
  • Proven success in developing effective and responsive project proposals, particularly with US Government and Global Fund malaria funding
  • Previous experience with USAID, Global Fund and other global donors and proven success in fostering new and effective partnerships both with US and international partners
  • Demonstrated success in professional communication and collaboration in English
  • Willing and able to travel both domestically and internationally up to 30%.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

Click here to learn more about how Save the Children US will invest in YOU!

About Save the Children

Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all.

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