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Technical Director, Prevention of Malaria through Vector Control
RTI International (RTI)
Director and Top Executive Full-time
Posted 8 months ago
Job Description

RTI is seeking Technical Director candidates for the anticipated Prevention of Malaria through Vector Control Project funded by the US Presidential Malaria Initiative (PMI) through USAID. Under this project, RTI and its partners would support design and implementation of activities spanning four objectives:

  1. Objective 1: Implement and provide technical assistance for implementation of proven, lifesaving vector control interventions for malaria, utilizing an integrated approach to vector control and ensuring that implementation reflects the latest evidence and country experiences for malaria.
  2. Objective 2: Support the collection and analysis of entomological monitoring data, as well as epidemiological, climate and other data as relevant, to inform, monitor and evaluate strategic deployment of vector control interventions for malaria.
  3. Objective 3: Strengthen the capacity of local governments, partners and research institutions at various levels to lead, manage, and monitor proven, life-saving vector control interventions for malaria in order to increase sustainability and locally-driven approaches and ensure that effective interventions are implemented by those closest to the people served.
  4. Objective 4: Support innovation in vector control interventions for malaria control, including piloting of promising novel tools or modifications to interventions that have received World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation for malaria control or promising products with a strong evidence base to be considered by WHO for recommendation, and ensure that evidence informs and refines vector control-related policies and guidelines at global and national levels.

The position can either be based in Washington, D.C., or regionally in Sub-Saharan Africa.


The Technical Director will have the following responsibilities:

Program Management and Leadership

  • Provide oversight and strategic guidance for all technical activities associated with malaria vector control interventions.
  • Supervise and directly manage technical implementation and technical advising for USAID, project team, and partners in areas such as vector control, entomological monitoring, environmental compliance, M&E, and information, education and communication (IEC) activities.
  • Provide strategic technical guidance to PMI, chiefs of party (COPs), NMCPs, and MOHs, and other relevant government Ministries on technical activities associated with Project implementation.
  • Provide on-site technical assistance to country programs as needs are identified by the Project Director and COPs in; vector control planning and implementation; entomological monitoring and insecticide resistance monitoring; use, selection and management of insecticides; monitoring and evaluation; and capacity building.
  • Ensure the timely completion and quality of all technical deliverables and reports by project team.
  • Contribute to development of technical deliverables, project publications, website content and other documents as required.
  • Facilitate private sector involvement in technical areas.

Technical Leadership

  • Provide leadership for the tailoring and implementation of capacity development strategies for the transition of activities to national governments and local partners.
  • In collaboration with Project Director, provide substantive technical and policy contributions in collaboration with international and national partners such as WHO, Global Fund, World Bank, and Ministries of Health for the development of vector control guidelines based on evidence-based best practices.
  • Serve as a representative of the Project on behalf of RTI in regional or key global meetings, technical consultative sessions and conferences including participating in the development of global vector control standards, partnerships, networks and alliances.
  • Interpret and communicate results and disseminate lessons learned.
  • Oversee qualitative and quantitative operational research projects conducted in collaboration with local/regional partners and staff, to ensure scientific stature, data quality and accuracy; work with local/regional partners to ensure research findings are disseminated and used for decision-making, and build the regional evidence base for development and implementation of efficient and effective malaria prevention policies and initiatives.
  • Introduce and foster vector control innovations as new technologies and approaches

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Public Health, Entomology, Tropical Diseases or related field and at least 12 years of professional experience, or Ph.D. and at least 8 years of professional experience.At least 8 years of experience managing and leading technical teams in the implementation of health programs in Africa including at least 5 years of experience in designing and implementing vector control, IRS and ITN activities.
  • Experience working within or leading USAID-funded projects.
  • Experience partnering with ministries of health and other related institutions and stakeholders at global, regional and national
  • A record of publications, presentations, reports or analyses on vector control, malaria and/or IRS-related topics.
  • Extensive experience in client relationship management, reporting, program planning, budgeting, implementation and personnel management.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven track record in building successful, collaborative relationships and partnerships with government partners and stakeholders in the global infectious diseases arena.
  • Reputation as strong leader of large, diverse teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to produce thorough, high quality work within a tight timeframe.
  • Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and work collaboratively within a matrix-oriented environment.
  • Must be fluent (writing and speaking) in English; additional language proficiency in relevant languages (e.g. French, Kiswahili) would be an asset.

The anticipated pay range for this role is listed below. Our pay ranges represent national averages and may vary by location as a geographic differential may be applied to some locations within the United States.

RTI considers multiple factors when making an offer including, for example: established salary range, internal budget, business needs, and education and years of work experience possessed by the applicant. Further, salary is merely one element to our offer.

At RTI, we demonstrate our commitment to rewarding individual and team achievement through a total rewards package. This package includes (among other things) a competitive base salary, a generous paid time off policy, merit based annual increases, bonus opportunities and a robust recognition program. Other benefits include a competitive range of insurance plans (including health, dental, life, and short-term and long-term disability), access to a retirement savings program such as a 401(k) plan, paid parental leave for all parents, financial assistance with adoption expenses or infertility treatments, financial reimbursement for education and developmental opportunities, an employee assistance program, and numerous other offerings to support a healthy work-life balance.

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