Manager, Malaria Programmes

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Geneva, Switzerland

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 15 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th January, 2021

Job Description

To manage the overall operation of IFRC’s Alliance for Malaria Prevention (AMP) programme activities and staff.
To develop AMP’s annual strategic and operational plan and guidance documents in collaboration with global partners (WHO, RBM Partnership to End Malaria, the Global Fund, the United States President’s Malaria Initiative and others) for deployment of insecticide-treated nets in a cost-effective and scientifically sound manner.
To lead and represent IFRC’s work on malaria prevention with international and national partners, national governments and National Societies globally.
To manage relationships with external partners and donors, as well as national government representatives, and to support rapid decision-making for funding disbursement and achievement of objectives of all AMP projects. To ensure project compliance and that reporting is done in a timely, high-quality manner.
To build the capacity and improve the performance of National Societies, national malaria program staff, IFRC team members and implementing partner staff through tailored, expert, mutually agreed support.

Enable RCRC to be a global leading actor in the Community Health sector

Lead AMP and IFRC to remain the globally recognized insecticide-treated net (ITN) distribution advisory and technical support entity
Identify and facilitate opportunities for strategic cooperation between IFRC departments and staff and all AMP-funded projects and activities to support global, national and community-level malaria efforts
Lead the work of IFRC at relevant international fora, in publications, conferences and meetings and ensure that key issues and challenges are well presented towards positioning of RCRC as a global leader for reaching the most marginalized and at-risk populations with malaria interventions.
Ensure cross-divisional, field and National Societies’ input in the development of global policies, strategies, guidelines and tools, as well as the integration of these standards into the work of RCRC, to ensure sound and sustainable Community Health programmes.
Lead IFRC’s malaria activities towards supporting the achievement of the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the WHO Global Technical Strategy Targets (including High Burden to High Impact) and other relevant global malaria targets.
Work closely, with other members of the Community Health Team and with other teams within the Secretariat, to ensure appropriate visibility, resource mobilization and public awareness of the work of IFRC/RCRC
Ensure compliance and accountability on all funds and contractual agreements for AMP
Ensure high-quality implementation and reporting on funds received by AMP

Support National Societies in order to improve performance in Community Health

Lead the process to support both remotely and through in-country missions as requested from National Societies, including for activities around project design, proposal development, project implementation, monitoring and evaluation and narrative and financial reporting related to insecticide-treated net campaign and continuous distribution channels
Ensure linkages of project activities and staff with National Societies working to expand their role in malaria prevention or improve data and reporting through adoption of electronic data systems
Lead and monitor all AMP activities and projects and ensure that projects are implemented according to the approved proposal, budget, and timeline
Contribute to the health themes supported by the Community Health Team including malaria, active outreach (HIV, TB, harm reduction, migrants), immunization, complex operating environments, and others as applicable
Leadership, management and technical oversight of the Alliance for Malaria Prevention (AMP) team

Leadership and management of IFRC-AMP projects and staff

Lead development of and finalize the annual workplan for AMP
Lead the AMP team and development of a project management plan with the four staff working for IFRC and ensure that the linkages between and across the different projects and staff are understood for maximum effectiveness
Manage the four staff supporting AMP’s annual workplan, including technical and administrative supervision
Ensure that financial and narrative reports (both internal to IFRC and external to partners and stakeholders) are high-quality and submitted in a timely manner
Lead and manage the relationships with the main funders to AMP’s work, including Integrated Vector Control Consortium (IVCC), The Global Fund, BMGF, US PMI
Mentor IFRC-AMP staff and provide technical oversight and guidance for continuous performance improvements
Support IFRC-AMP staff to ensure that work-life balance is achieved for all team members
Establish linkages between AMP staff and National Societies, national malaria programs, technical, implementing and financial partners, RBM and other key stakeholders in support of achieving project objectives
Lead the IFRC/AMP strategic and technical contributions to malaria prevention and control, including through representation in relevant taskforces, working groups, meetings and discussions
Continually monitor the quality of all activities related to AMP; identify key bottlenecks and ensure they are addressed by the appropriate AMP/IFRC team members

Strategic and operational guidance, capacity building and quality control

Lead and coordinate all activities related to technical assistance across funding streams (e.g. Global Fund grant financing through Principal Recipients, RBM financing, New Nets Project financing, etc.) and oversee 4 IFRC staff and provide support to consultants
Ensure quality assurance and control of all AMP products developed for National Societies, national malaria programs and implementing partners or as global guidance for dissemination
Lead development of strategic and operational guidance with technical and financial partners to address inefficiencies in malaria vector control planning and implementation
Lead and oversee efforts to identify key emerging issues at country level, prioritize issues to be addressed, liaise with technical partners for support and ensure advocacy for resolution of bottlenecks
Lead the IFRC work in malaria, including through representation in relevant global or regional taskforces, working groups, meetings and discussions
Lead AMP’s work with the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, ensure active representation of AMP within the Country and Regional Support Partner Committee, and ensure effective use of resources available to AMP through RBM to support country level plans
Advise national malaria programs and national and international partners regarding critical issues that may affect program performance and funding
Identify, develop, support implementation and learning for new strategies, approaches, tools, etc. to address operational bottlenecks (e.g. adaptations in complex settings, urban areas, COVID-19, Ebola virus disease, Chikungunya, etc.)
Lead discussions with technical and financial partners to achieve consensus on updated technical and operational guidance and materials prior to dissemination through the AMP partnership
Oversee the updating and publication of the ITN campaign tracker in coordination with RBM, GF and PMI
Lead organization and implementation of training and briefing sessions for internal or external partners about ITN scale up planning and implementation
Lead planning for the AMP annual partners meeting and the core group meeting
Provide (as needed) technical assistance to countries (in-country or distance) based on requests, prioritizing those with the greatest challenges or bottlenecks and delegate other country support responsibilities as appropriate to other AMP-IFRC or AMP-RBM technical assistance providers

Duties and Responsibilities continue in the Comments section


  • Advanced university degree (master's or equivalent) in health or equivalent professional experience
  • Relevant post graduate degree in public health


  • At least 15 years working experience in the humanitarian or development sector, with a focus on Community Health.
  • Demonstrated professional credibility in the sector and experience working in an international or cross-cultural environment.
  • 10 years management or supervisory experience in a multicultural environment, with developing countries and/or with an international organisation


  • Experience working in a RC/RC National Society and/or Federation/ICRC


  • Knowledge of addressing Community Health / public health and experience in practically applying this knowledge into policy, programmes and positioning, preferably in complex settings / emergencies
  • Programme and project management
  • Results oriented and demand driven individual, entrepreneurial, ability to lead in unprecedented and/or ambiguous situations.
  • Highly developed leadership and management skills, including the ability to lead within a matrix management structure and utilise talent and experience of team members in a productive way. – people management and development
  • Outstanding networking, representational, communication and negotiation skills. An ability to be proactive and persuasive. – diplomacy
  • Demonstrated track record in innovating, contributing to a learning culture, sharing knowledge and developing new approaches to engaging partners. – capacity building
  • Professional credibility, able to work effectively at all levels across the organisation
  • Proven good judgment and ability to work with complete integrity and confidentiality
  • High degree of discretion, tact and sensitivity in dealing with internal and external clients and stakeholders at all levels.
  • Ability to work within a multi-cultural, multilingual, multidisciplinary environment.
  • Fluently spoken and written English and French.


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