Organization Name: PATH
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Eligible Citizenship: Zambia
Role Code: Z08-Nat

Role Overview

The Malaria Program Officer will support the Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa (MACEPA) program at PATH and an exciting new project for Zambia on Digital Community Health. Zambia has invested heavily in a community health worker network, especially in malaria. However, the Ministry of Health lacks a unified national digital community health platform for coordinating the integration of digitalized health service delivery, reporting, and training. The new project is aimed at building and scaling a priority digital platform that can help community health workers (CHWs) deliver quality care more efficiently at the community level. This role will assist in documenting the process of assessing, designing, piloting and scaling appropriate digital tools; interacting with partners, including select units at the Ministry of Health (community health; monitoring & evaluation; information, communication and technology; and malaria); and developing training materials and curricula.

In addition to the digital community health responsibilities, the Officer will have the opportunity to be exposed to other areas of our work including malaria disease surveillance; malaria reporting at facility and community levels; health intervention programmatic support and management, including key malaria interventions and new strategies; laboratory surveillance; communication and community engagement; and malaria entomology.

Responsibilities

Project Support

  • Provide support to plan, design, pilot, scale, and document an appropriate digital community health platform in Zambia 

Training and Documentation

  • Develop and assist in providing technical expertise in evaluating digital health modules for use by  community health workers (CHWs) and their health facility supervisors 
  • Assist in the development of standard operating procedures and manuals
  • Assist in the development of training materials and curricula appropriate to facility and community level audiences
  • Assist in convening and preparing materials for stakeholder meetings with relevant units at MOH, PATH, and other technology partners
  • Draft regular reports to document the process of creating a digital community health platform in Zambia 
  • Identify lessons learned and opportunities for knowledge sharing
  • Showcase project work internally at PATH and coordinate with MOH and partners on advocacy events around strengthening the digitalization of community health

Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
 
  • Experience with health information systems, such as DHIS2 or Medic Mobile, and the deployment and/or testing of digital tools*
  • Experience developing training or curriculum materials* 
  • Experience working with health service delivery professionals, ideally community health workers or health facility officers*
  • At least one year of professional experience*
  • Master’s degree in economics, statistics, demography, public health, computer science, a social science, or other relevant field
  • Experience developing and/or evaluating mobile applications
  • Experience with planning, implementing, managing, and/or monitoring health projects
  • Strong project management and documentation skills
  • Experience with data visualization and presentation through tools like Microsoft Excel or Tableau
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency using Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Highly organized, flexible, and adaptable to changing priorities, with the ability to work well under deadlines
  • Ability to work in teams with minimum supervision
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including conflict resolution, priority management, and management of multiple clients’ expectations 

About the Organization

PATH is an international nonprofit organization that transforms global health through innovation. We take an entrepreneurial approach to developing and delivering high-impact, low-cost solutions, from lifesaving vaccines and medical devices to collaborative partnerships with communities. Through our work in more than 70 countries, PATH and our partners empower people to achieve their full potential.

Within PATH’s significant and growing health portfolio in Zambia, its flagship program is the Malaria Control and Elimination Partnership in Africa (MACEPA). We work closely with the Ministry of Health and the National Malaria Control Center to refine and develop tools and approaches and build the data that provides critical evidence in support of the country’s push to eliminate malaria. Our offices are based at the National Malaria Elimination Centre and our work plan reflects the priorities of the national malaria program.

Role Function: eHealth / eLearning / mHealth, Teaching / Training / Curriculum Development, Technology / Software Development
Issue Area: Health System Strengthening, Technology for Health, Vector-Borne Diseases

Stipend, Benefits, and Logistics

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