Placement Organization: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) – Malawi
Placement Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
Citizenship Eligibility: Malawian
About: EGPAF is a worldwide leader in the fight against pediatric AIDS, working to halt the pandemic and help those already infected with HIV. Before the Foundation’s inception, children affected by HIV and AIDS had no voice – and few medicines and interventions were available specifically for them. Thanks to the courageous efforts of Elizabeth Glaser and those who follow in her footsteps, the Foundation improves life for millions of children and families affected by AIDS each year by funding groundbreaking scientific research, providing lifesaving services, and advocating for children around the globe. The Foundation is currently providing support to 4,500 sites, in 17 countries worldwide.
Over 930,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi. Approximately 490,000 are women, and almost 100,000 are children under 15 years of age. It is against this backdrop that in 2001, the Foundation, working with local partners, initiated one of the first programs to provide prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services in Malawi. Today, the Foundation’s program focuses on providing technical and capacity building assistance to the Ministry of Health, working to eliminate HIV infection in infants and children and to increase access to comprehensive, high-quality, and well-integrated PMTCT and care and treatment services for HIV-positive pregnant women, infants, and families.
Position Overview: The Global Health Corps fellow will work closely with and under the supervision of Foundation SI&T Team Leader to support the Ministry of Health (MOH) in improving existing M&E systems as well as support capacity building efforts for health workers and contribute to EGPAF’s reporting and evaluation activities. The overarching scope of the Foundation’s M&E efforts in Malawi is to provide: supportive supervision at health facility and district levels, using existing tools; mentorship on PMTCT and pediatric HIV care, TB, STI and MNCH service delivery; and training and mentorship on M&E systems. Starting in late 2012 EGPAF will also expand its efforts to include health systems strengthening that include reinforcing health systems, electronic medical records, improved data use and reinforced data quality.
- Data collection and data verification related to PMTCT/ART, HIV services and broader essential health package services
- Data entry, cleaning and validation
- Provision of feedback on data to each supported site and assistance to site-level staff on how to utilize data for local program planning and quality improvement
- Support for the analysis and reporting of data for MOH, EGPAF and donor use
- Participation in proposal development and report writing
- Documentation of best practices and lessons learnt
- Participation in community linkages work
- Participation in capacity building and technical assistance to community-based organizations
Required Skills and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Statistics, Demography, or Public Health, with Monitoring and Evaluation experience
- Creativity and innovative thinking, with demonstrated analytical skills and attention to detail.
- A strong quantitative background is essential with experience in data collection, analysis, management and presentation
- Proficiency using statistical software and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint)
- Experience in proposal development and in writing technical reports
- Ability to conduct training for development programs; program design and implementation
- Ability to work in a team environment, but with self-sufficiency and self-motivation
- Strong interpersonal skills coupled with excellent communication skills: verbal, written, listening, presentation and facilitation
- Fluency in spoken and written English
- Ability to multi-task: flexible and capable of working under pressure and tight deadlines with demonstrated ability to prioritize across multiple projects and relationships
- Willingness to travel extensively in-country and work in rural settings
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- A Master’s degree is an added advantage
- Strong interest in global public health and prior exposure to global public health and/or development issues in Africa or other resource-limited settings
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $650/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included. Fellows will live in a rented housing in Lilongwe, Malawi and will receive a $50 monthly transportation allowance.