Project Manager-COVID-19 Preparedness

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PSI Malawi with funding from UNITAID/FIND is implementing a 3ACP project aimed at accelerating end-to-end access to novel solutions for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through test, isolate, care and treat approaches, adapted to the needs of low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) like Malawi and integrated within healthcare systems. The goal of the project is to make diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines for COVID-19 accessible to everyone who needs them and help countries combat the pandemic, save more lives and restore their economic activities by; addressing access barriers, catalyze the market for, and generate robust evidence to support; adoption and uptake of current and novel diagnostic tools, in particular, antigen-detected rapid diagnostics (Ag-RDTs) and self-tests (once available), in the context of wider diagnostic strategies; adequate delivery models and appropriate linkages and referral with other COVID-19 health interventions; introduction of safe and effective therapeutics, current and new products (once available). To accomplish this goal, PSI Malawi is seeking highly qualified candidates to fill the following vacant positions;

Project Manager-COVID-19 Preparedness

Reporting to the Deputy Head of Department, the Project Manager will be responsible for planning, coordination, and implementation of COVID-19 preparedness activities under the 3ACP project. This includes instituting mechanisms for optimal use of Ag-RDTs at decentralized points to improve access, TAT, early diagnosis, infection control and decreased load on PCR facilities. It also includes identifying critical niche areas and populations where COVID-19 self-testing (once available in Malawi) could increase testing uptake and demonstrate management of results, and linkage to community and clinical care. Specifically, the project Manager will be required to perform the following duties and responsibilities;
• Provide technical support in project work planning including budgeting for project activities.
• Coordinate the effective implementation of priority use-cases for COVID-19 Ag-RDTs.
• Establish effective collaboration with the project research partner _MLW and other COVID projects at district level.
• Lead effective community engagement to increase awareness of COVID-19 diagnostics, self-testing, vaccination and case management
• Support implementation of a digital/social media campaign to promote and raise awareness of Ag-RDTs, combat myths, and signpost consumers to providers and digital resources where they can access more information and support on COVID-19
• Support the project lead in advocacy work for the introduction of COVID-19 self-testing into routine services.
• Support development of standardized treatment guidelines for mild to moderate severity COVID-19 cases, community-based care.
• Act as consultee on COVID preparedness_ prevention, diagnostics and therapeutics as appropriate.
• Participate in relevant COVID-19 clusters at national and district level
• Maintain efficient and effective work performance in accordance with agreed policies and objectives.
• Provide and maintain effective working relationships and communications, both within the project team and with key district stakeholders.
• Complete all necessary documentation and reporting required within defined timescales.
• Undertake any further similar duties that may from time to time be required of the post holder, which are appropriate to the responsibilities of the post.

Qualification, Knowledge, Ability and Skills
• Applicants must have a degree in Medical Laboratory, Clinical Laboratory, or any other relevant field with at least 5 years of experience in project management and with cooperating partners, public health sector, NGOs and private sector.
• In depth experience in budget management and donor reporting
• Clear understanding of Malawi’s COVID-19 response strategy and the evolving global guidance
• Intermediate quantitative and qualitative research skills;
• Clear understanding of COVID-19 diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics
• Exceptional and established diplomatic skills;
• Demonstrable experience in staff capacity building;

Mode of Application

Qualified candidates with the specified qualifications and experience should submit their application letters together with detailed curriculum vitae with names and contact details of at least three traceable referees by 22nd December, 2021, to The Head of Human Resources, PSI Malawi, Box 30132, Lilongwe through: [email protected] with the job title as the subject line.

PSI Malawi is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy or related medical conditions. PSI maintains zero tolerance for child abuse, sexual abuse, or exploitative acts or threats by our employees, consultants, volunteers, contractors or anyone associated with the delivery of our programs and services, and takes seriously all complaints of misconduct brought to our attention.

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