Technical Advisor II, Senior Malaria Control and Elimination Technical Advisor, Cambodia

Job Type
Full Time
Job ID
Date Posted
ASIA-KH-Phnom Penh
Company Information
Catholic Relief Services

NOTE: This position is contingent upon donor funding and approval.

About CRS
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

About the project:
Funded through the US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), the Cambodia Malaria Elimination Project 2 (CMEP 2) will build on previous experience, and strengthen local capacity in malaria prevention, diagnosis, and management, as well as surveillance and reporting, in order to reach elimination targets in Cambodia by 2025. The activity is expected to commence in six provinces: three provinces (Pailin, Batambang, and Pursat) where the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is currently supporting implementation of malaria elimination activities and three provinces (Kep, Kampot, and Koh Kong) where PMI is providing technical assistance to the Provincial Health Departments (PHD) to conduct these activities on their own.

The activity will support malaria control and elimination priorities as defined by the Cambodian National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM), especially among high-risk populations (e.g., forest workers and mobile and migrant populations [MMPs]), by implementing evidence-based interventions at the local, district, provincial, and national levels. Specifically, this activity will implement a proven public health model for malaria diagnosis and treatment; and will add a key component of prevention of reintroduction through real-time surveillance and rapid response to new malaria cases, and applying a tailored approach that responds to the varying epidemiological profiles for malaria transmission in PMI supported areas. Successful implementation of this model will be a major component of PMI’s response to assist CNM to achieve their goal of eliminating Plasmodium falciparum malaria by 2023 and Plasmodium vivax malaria by 2025.

Job Summary:
You will provide technical advice, guidance, and oversight to a wide range of program design and implementation issues for the CMEP 2 project in line with Catholic Relief Services (CRS) program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to regional and Country Program (CP) teams to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. Your technical knowledge, advice and guidance will contribute to determining how effective, adaptive and innovative CRS’ CMEP 2 programming is.

Roles and Key Responsibilities:
• Provide management, guidance, and technical oversight of the implementation of the CMEP 2 project to ensure project design, start-up, implementation and close-out are in line with CRS quality principles and standards, USAID guidelines, and industry best practices.
• Contribute to the development and implementation of strategies, standards, tools, and best practices in CMEP 2 implementation that effectively engage partners, donors and governments. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender and youth, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
• Provide technical solutions to implementation teams, remotely and on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply program design and implementation standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, and M&E, ensuring high-quality implementation.
• Contribute to capacity strengthening initiatives in CMEP 2 programming for staff and partner through helping develop learning and training strategies and agendas/curriculums, conducting trainings and workshops, and mentoring and coaching to CP staff.
• Contribute to knowledge management and learning through collecting and analyzing program data, evaluating strategic projects, assisting with measuring program impact, capturing and sharing lessons learned and best practices, and research and internal reports.
• Establish and maintain relationships with donors, peer organizations, research and other institutions. Participate in CMEP 2 forums to collect and share best practices and promote CRS’ work.

Required Languages – English. Fluency in Khmer preferred

Travel – Must be willing and able to travel up to 40% (within Cambodia)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
• Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
• Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
• Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Supervisory Responsibilities: CRS Implementation Manager and Partner Implementation Manager

Key Working Relationships:
Internal: CMEP 2 Deputy Chief of Party (DCOP) – Operations; Head of Programming (Cambodia and Vietnam CPs); Head of Health Program (Cambodia CP); MEAL Manager (Cambodia CP); and HQ Malaria Technical Team

External: Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control (CNM); Ministry of Health; USAID/PMI; Project consortium members and partners; and other malaria actors in Cambodia including UNOPS (Global Fund, RAI3E) and CHAI (Gates Foundation)

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
• Integrity
• Continuous Improvement & Innovation
• Builds Relationships
• Develops Talent
• Strategic Mindset
• Accountability & Stewardship

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Disclaimer:  This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Basic Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, disease control or related discipline.
  • At least seven years of experience performing as a technical lead in malaria programs, with at least five years of experience in malaria elimination in Cambodia or other countries with an elimination setting.
  • Experience in maintaining relationships with a broad range of stakeholders such as host government counterparts, donors, implementing partners, and private sector entities.
  • Minimum of five years relevant international working experience in an advisory or management role with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an international NGO, with minimum of three years working for programming interventions in public health.
  • Demonstrated application of technical principles and concepts in malaria elimination. General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectoral approach.
  • Experience in project design in malaria elimination, including technical writing.
  • Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation and training applying adult learning principles and practices.
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including applying data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
  • Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles.
  • Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management systems, knowledge-sharing networks.
  • Strong English language skills, especially good oral and written communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Published work in the field of malaria or related field preferred.