Location: Kenya
Closing date: 27 Jul 2008
Job Description

The Program Associate will provide technical assistance to improve pharmaceutical management systems in Kenya as a malaria team member working under the supervision of the SPS Regional Malaria Advisor based in Kenya. The Program Associate will support the provision of SPS technical assistance to the Division of Malaria Control (DOMC) and other Roll Back Malaria stakeholders in planning, coordinating, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating activities, with special attention to pharmaceutical management and implementation of Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy policy.

1. Collaborate with the Division of Malaria Control (DOMC), Kenya to identify priorities and develop strategies to support the overall strengthening of pharmaceutical systems for the appropriate management of malaria.
2. In coordination with the Regional Malaria Advisor and the SPS Malaria team in Kenya, work with the DOMC to achieve the development of appropriate policies for the treatment of malaria.
3. Work within SPS Malaria team to provide the DOMC with tools and technical assistance to improve access to and promote the rational use of antimalarial commodities and services.
4. Support the SPS Malaria team to assist the DOMC to improve quantification, procurement, distribution and use of antimalarials through the public and private sectors.
5. Provide the DOMC with tools and technical assistance to assess and improve pharmaceutical use practices in the community and health facilities.
6. In collaboration with the SPS Malaria team, provide timely information to the USAID/ Kenya, and SPS Arlington on the status of existing and planned activities as requested.
7. Support the deployment of appropriate tools to collect, collate, analyze and disseminate data and information on pharmaceutical management in Kenya.
8. Coordinate with the SPS Malaria team to write technical reports and assist with the documentation of lessons learned and good practices in Kenya for dissemination.
9. Keep a written record of all meetings attended by SPS in the provision of technical assistance to the DOMC and its partners
10. Other duties as assigned by the SPS Regional Malaria Advisor in Kenya.
1. Professional degree or other equivalent relevant training with significant experience in public health and research methods. Qualification in health sciences, public health, epidemiology or pharmacy preferred.
2. Strong familiarity and experience with pharmacy and/or pharmaceutical management systems.
3. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with others in developing creative and strategic solutions to achieve common goals.
4. Strong organizational and communication skills.
5. Knowledge of and/or experience in Malaria interventions and public health management issues in developing country context preferred
6. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office suite applications such as MSWord, Excel, Access, Power point and Outlook.
7. Database experience required.
8. Willingness and ability to be flexible depending on changing priorities and deadlines.
9. Competency in English language.
10. Ability and willingness to travel periodically within Kenya..

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