SCH/STH Project Manager – Burkina Faso

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Title: SCH/STH Project Manager

Location: Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast and Mali

Contract: 2-year CDD

Salary: local terms and conditions apply

The Sightsavers deworming program focuses on the control of schistosomiasis (SCH) and soil transmitted helminths (STH) in 6 countries in West and Central Africa. Over the past 6 years, we have raised over $35 million for our deworming program, with the program providing approximately 10 million SCH/STH treatments to school-aged children each year.

About the role

Working within the NTD Oncho/LF, SCH/STH Operations Delivery Team along with the NTD Operations and NTD Technical Center Trachoma Delivery Teams, the SCH/STH Implementation Manager will provide day-to-day technical support to Sightsavers country office teams and Ministries of Health. (MOH) to plan and implement deworming programs (SCH/STH) across the current deworming project portfolio, as well as to support scope/intervention design in new areas of potential operations.

The SCH/STH Project Officer will be based within a Sightsavers office in the Africa region and will be required to undertake domestic and international travel, up to twelve weeks per year.

main responsibilities

  • Provide direct technical assistance to national Sightsavers teams and Ministry of Health NTD coordination teams on the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of deworming interventions on time and within approved budgets, including the use of all technical guidelines, manuals, management, and program implementation tools and protocols, in compliance with minimum standards.
  • Provide technical assistance to ministries of health and national Sightsavers teams to implement high-quality planning, treatment and support activities for schistosomiasis and soil-transmitted helminth interventions, from design at the evaluation.
  • Assist in the development of strategies for the design and implementation of disease-specific assessments (DSAs) and coverage assessment surveys (CES) for MDA interventions for schistosomiasis and malaria-transmitted helminths floor.
  • Support Ministries of Health and national Sightsavers teams to coordinate the design and implementation of components related to SCH/STH programming, including capacity building of relevant stakeholders, from the field level to policy formulation policies.
  • Work with Ministries of Health and relevant Sightsavers technical staff to adapt and disseminate global guidelines, tools and procedures that will support the successful delivery of SCH/STH interventions.
  • Undertake both technical supervision and training visits during the planning and implementation of MDA, surveys, mapping, QSAT and disease-specific assessment for SCH/STH.
  • Maintain alignment of learning, documentation, planning, management, monitoring and reporting systems with MTN management and wider Sightsavers organizational systems and processes.
  • Assist both Sightsavers country teams and MOH MTN coordination teams to operationalize all required SCH/STH technical guidelines.
  • Assist both national Sightsavers teams and MOH NTD coordination teams to operationalize research findings, such as snail control and female genital schistosomiasis.
  • Assist the Global Technical Lead (SCH/STH) with technical input to improve the country’s annual planning, management and monitoring mechanisms, as needed, to achieve minimum required standards, including tracking county progress towards control and, if applicable, elimination steps.
  • Support Sightsavers Country Teams and the Ministry of Health to deliver the program to agreed standards as established by the Global Technical Lead (SCH/STH) of SCH/STH Survey and Mapping Protocols.
  • Assist Sightsavers Country Office and MOH to monitor WASH/NTD coordination.

The main responsibilities are not meant to be an exhaustive list of tasks. The need for flexibility is required and the incumbent must perform any other related duties that fall within the employee’s skills and abilities whenever reasonably required.

Skills, knowledge and experience required

Essential

  • At least higher degree (or equivalent) in public health or equivalent.
  • A high degree of competence in issues related to the mastery of SCH/STH in the context of sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Demonstrable experience and competence in both SCH/STH control and broader NTD programming in the public health sector.
  • NTD monitoring frameworks; SCH/STH preferred.
  • Ability to facilitate group training sessions and build capacity.
  • A successful experience of working on several national projects.
  • An understanding and commitment to equity, gender and social inclusion.
  • Fluent written and verbal communication in English.

Prefer

  • Written and verbal communication in French and/or Portuguese.

Deadline: October 16, 2022

Next steps

We expect interviews to take place starting the week of October 24, 2022.

To apply for this exciting new opportunity, please complete an application through our recruitment portal. We are particularly interested in knowing your motivations for applying.

As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a confident leader in disability and qualified people living with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

How to register

Please apply here

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