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CLOSED: Job: Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance Project Officer

March 29, 2012 - 20:46 -- MalariaWorld Jobs

Organisation: Malaria Eradication Scientific Allliance (MESA)

Location: WHO Global Malaria Progamme, Geneva, Switzerland

Deadline for submission: 04.04.2012, 17h00 CET

The Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA) project aims to advance the science of malaria eradication. MESA follows in the footsteps of the Malaria Eradication Research Agenda (malERA) consultative process and facilitates the next steps in developing and launching projects. This is achieved by MESA functioning as the meeting place and support platform for the community to work together on the science of malaria elimination and eradication. Support is given through the convening of working groups, providing scientific guidance and project funding. The MESA Secretariat is hosted by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). MESA is a 3 year project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. 


In order to support the World Health Organization’s Global Malaria Programme (WHO GMP) in its core functions, including those specific to malaria elimination and eradication, ISGlobal is seeking a ‘MESA Project Officer’. The incumbent will serve as the MESA Project Officer within WHO GMP for malaria elimination and eradication research and provide a link to WHO Regional and Country Offices, partners and stakeholders with regard to malaria elimination and eradication research. The MESA Project Officer will liaise with WHO GMP on core activities of the MESA project, specifically updating the malaria eradication R&D agenda and establishing research priorities for MESA support. The post will effectively communicate and share knowledge between MESA and WHO GMP, so that the development of the science of malaria eradication through MESA is responsive to changing needs of people and health systems in malaria endemic countries. The MESA Project Officer will work closely with MESA project staff as well as WHO GMP staff and in particular the GMP Consultant on operational research related to malaria elimination, in order to ensure smooth running of this project as well as effective communication between all parties.


The major tasks and responsibilities of the post are in the areas of communication, consultation and coordination of the malaria eradication R&D agenda update. The post holder will be expected to perform other duties, as appropriate, during the course of the project. European and intercontinental travel will be necessary.

The position is based at the WHO GMP in Geneva and is part of the MESA Secretariat. The MESA Project Officer will report both to the Project Manager in ISGlobal, Barcelona, and to the Director of the Global Malaria Programme at WHO, or his designee. 



  • WHO GMP Project Officer for malaria eradication R&D based at the WHO GMP
    - Function as the Project Officer in WHO GMP for malaria elimination and eradication research.
    - Provide a communications link between WHO GMP and WHO Regional and Country Offices with regard to malaria elimination and eradication research.
    - Provide a communications link between WHO GMP and other WHO departments, partners and stakeholders with regard to malaria elimination and eradication research.
    - Support the Global Malaria Programme (GMP) Surveillance, Economics and Elimination (SEE) unit in essential project management tasks related to the malaria R&D agenda, particularly that of elimination and eradication, including reporting to relevant donors, the organization of meetings related to malaria elimination and eradication and the publication of research findings.
    - Coordination of the development of malaria elimination-related reports, tools and guidance documents to ensure that appropriate steps in the design, development, production, launch and dissemination of products are accomplished. Working closely with Technical Officer for Advocacy and Knowledge Management to ensure clear communication and goals of management plan.


  • Point of contact for the MESA Secretariat at the WHO GMP
    - Provide an open line of communication between the MESA Secretariat and WHO GMP.
    - Assist in communication between MESA and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership with regard to messaging on malaria elimination and eradication and the engagement of relevant RBM partners in research related to malaria elimination and eradication.
    - Represent the MESA project at WHO GMP meetings in collaboration with other project staff/consultants.
    - Provide information and feedback to MESA on national and regional malaria elimination programmes around the world.
    - Distil relevant information on MESA activities for sharing with WHO GMP, WHO Regional and Country Offices, and National Malaria Control Programmes.
    - Report on activities to the MESA Secretariat and the MESA Steering Committee through teleconferences and face-to-face meetings.
    - Throughout the MESA project, contribute to the execution of WHO GMP core activities pertinent to malaria elimination.


  • Coordinate the update of the malaria eradication R&D agenda initially articulated through the malERA process
    - Provide overall project management of the development, finalisation and publication of the R&D agenda update for MESA.
    - Participate in expert Working Group meetings; contribute to the landscape analysis and identification of R&D priorities for malaria elimination and eradication.
    - Work closely with the MESA Scientific Writer to develop the updated R&D agenda.


  • Provide a link between MESA core activities
    - Provide a link between the update of the R&D agenda and the investment analysis activities.
    - Participate in the MESA task force for cost estimation and measurement of spending on malaria eradication R&D.
    - Contribute to the report on the cost and investment analysis of malaria eradication R&D performed through MESA.


  • Other
    - Participate in the development of MESA appraisal criteria for research projects.
    - Provide consultation on other MESA activities such that MESA activities and outputs are informed by WHO GMP expert opinion and state-of-the-art knowledge.
    - Other tasks as directed by Director of WHO GMP (or his designee) or by the MESA Project Manager.



  • Essential
    - University degree and Masters in Public Health, or equivalent.
    - Experience in project or programme management.
    - Ability to filter and translate pertinent information and knowledge from the WHO
    GMP to the MESA project and vice versa.
    - Proven experience in a communication role, both oral and written.
    - Understanding of the role of research and development in public health.
    - Fluent in written and spoken English.
    - Ability to work effectively independently.
    - Demonstrable adaptability and openness to change.
    - Available for international travel (approx. 30% of the time).
    - Experience in fostering integration and teamwork.


  • Desirable
    - Previous experience with WHO, Roll Back Malaria or pertinent WHO partner or
    stakeholder organisation, including other UN Agencies.
    - Previous experience with malaria control or elimination programmes.
    - Relevant field experience of control or elimination programmes of infectious
    diseases, preferably in developing countries.
    - Previous experience with malaria-specific research and co-author of peerreviewed
    - Working knowledge of French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Arabic.



The post is for an initial 24 months. Compensation for this position will be based on the applicant’s experience and qualifications. Start date is as soon as possible.



Please send a CV and a cover letter with the reference MESA-PO to: The CV should include the names and emails of two referees who can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. Closing date for the receipt of applications is 04.04.2012, applications will be accepted until 17h00 CET. Only applicants under serious consideration will be contacted. For
further enquiries please contact

The Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal) is hosted by the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona. The mission of ISGlobal is to contribute to the global fight that aims to break the vicious circle of disease and poverty that affects the world’s most vulnerable populations. The Institute has a broad approach to Global Health issues, carrying out activities throughout the value chain of knowledge on Global Health, from Research and Think tank to create and generate new tools and ideas, to Training and Education and Assessment and Consulting to improve capacities and apply them correctly in the field.


The Global Malaria Programme (GMP) is the disease-specific technical department of the World Health Organization (WHO) charged with providing guidance to Member States on all aspects of malaria prevention, control, and elimination. Its core roles are: 1) Set, communicate and promote the adoption of evidence-based norms, standards, policies, and guidelines; 2) Keep independent score of global progress; 3) Develop approaches for capacity-building, systems strengthening, and surveillance; 4) Prioritize the malaria research agenda to maximize public health impact; and 5) Identify threats to malaria control and elimination as well as new opportunities for action.


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