Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (“IDB” or “Bank”) is the main source of financing for economic, social, institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. It provides loans, grants, guarantees, policy advice, and technical assistance to the public and private sectors of its borrowing countries.
The IDB has established an alliance with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Global Fund (GF), and potentially 10 isthmus countries (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Dominican Republic), to implement the Regional Malaria Elimination Initiative (RMEI), which aims at the sustainable and simultaneous elimination of malaria in the 10 countries mentioned, in the next 5 years (2018-2022), by reducing the incidence of P. falciparum malaria and P. vivax malaria to zero indigenous cases.
Malaria control and elimination throughout Mesoamerica have been generally successful in reducing the incidence of malaria mortality and morbidity in the last two decades, with a decline of more than 90% in cases to the efforts of the national governments accompanied mainly by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Global Fund (GF)and others. However, the entire region is not currently on a path to reach its declared goal of regional elimination.
The RMEI has been established based on efforts and results achieved by countries with PAHO support to date. The IDB, through the RMEI-Coordination Unit (CU), will work technically in close coordination and collaboration with PAHO, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the GF, Consejo de Ministros de Salud de Centroamerica y Republica Dominicana (COMISCA) and Proyecto Mesoamerica (PM). The RMEI initiative will be financed through the Malaria Elimination Mechanism (MEF) administered by the IDB to cover outstanding financial and operational gaps to implement technical interventions already reflected in regional and national plans in Central America and the Dominican Republic to accelerate progress towards the elimination of malaria.
RMEI has considered the recommendations and commitments made by the Ministers of Health in the 55th Directing Council of PAHO, including the adoption of a plan to eliminate malaria in 2020. By adopting this plan, the region commits itself to intensify efforts to eliminate the disease, especially through intensified efforts focusing on vulnerable populations and occupational groups. The Initiative will also build on the master plans prepared under the Project Mesoamerica Project and on the national phase-out plans of each country.
Over a five-year period (2018-2022), the initiative will seek to accelerate progress towards eliminating malaria by 2020 in Mesoamerica and the Dominican Republic through a results-based financing mechanism using a financing instrument combining new funding from donations and national counterpart (reorientation of existing resources IDB loans or domestic funding). From 2020 to 2022, countries will work to prevent reintroduction and improve their surveillance systems, among other critical issues to sustain and sustain the achievements of 2020.
The contractual will be responsible, under the guidance of the RMEI Executive Secretary (ES), along with the RMEI-Coordination Unit (CU) and IDB Teams Leaders (TL), of advising on the technical design, strategic alignment, and oversight of Malaria elimination project proposals to be financed by RMEI, according to its governing documents (IDB Board Resolution, Terms and Conditions, Donor Agreement Letters, Proposals, Operating Regulations), and the management and guidance of the RMEI-ES.
Additionally, the contractual will provide advise on how the Malaria elimination activities are implemented on the field, overseeing activities to guarantee technical alignment, accountability, transparency and effectiveness of every technical partner involved into the implementation of the country/ regional level of the Project Execution Plan (PEP) which would include actions supported by each partner and the country Ministry of Health (MOH) plan for 5 years.
- RMEI strategic alignment
- Advise the ES and the SPH Division Chief, on the cost-effective strategies to be considered during negotiations of approaches and interventions between IDB and the countries.
- Facilitate the alignment and coordination among RMEI stakeholders at national level and support the ES and CU Advise the ES on the strategic and technical alignment of the RMEI Operations scope, cost-effective interventions, coordination among stakeholders and relationship at the local, regional, and/ or global level of the malaria elimination issues related to the countries and intervention territories.
- Coordinate under ES, RMEI-CU Operations advisor (CU-OA), and Grants and Financial Officer (GFO) guidance of the technical activities planning, missions, and contact with IDB TL and MOH authorities, to ensure technical coherence of the implementation of both Initiatives and enhance resources utilization optimization.
- RMEI operations structuring
- Support, along with CU-OA and IDB TL, the National Malaria Programs to updating/adjusting their program towards elimination; specific activities will include, but not limited to:
- Revising national malaria strategic plan
- Updating national guidelines and policies to align with global elimination recommendations
- Advise on developing detailed operational plans, training plan, and enhance government capacity to support effective execution of malaria program
- Advise the CU-OA and IDB TL, to identify the potential issues on malaria elimination activities implementation, partners suitable role, country level partners organization and communication.
- Provide technical, analytical, and operational assistance to IDB-TL and MOH to identify and close the remaining gaps to sustainable malaria elimination.
- Actively participate, advise and accompany the IDB TL and country team to structure a 5-year country grant design of the 10 RMEI participant countries, coordinate the completeness of the submission to RMEI proposal for funding, ensuring the technical soundness, consistency, especially regarding operations implementation.
- Assisting IDB Country Teams, to include RBF design implementation and monitoring their proposals, providing guidance to propose, and negotiate an adequate performance framework with the Country authorities.
- Oversee overall progress in the attainment of milestones related to internal targets dates to submit the operations approval to Donors.
- Oversee all activities related to operations contained into RMEI Annual Plan (AP).
- Support the ES in the preparation of the progress of RMEI reports to the DC.
- Implementation of Country Operations RMEI
- Work with the MoH and partners to accelerate introduction and uptake of new tools and diagnostics
- Serve as a trusted adviser to IDB, the government and the partners at regional and national level on malaria elimination.
- Identify, analyze, and propose solutions to implementation problems affecting performance of the malaria elimination activities or individual projects, and monitor the implementation of agreements.
- Taking a leadership role as focal point in the execution, strategic alignment, and coordination with the Technical assistance team, Institutions related to malaria elimination efforts, and the MOH of the participant countries, to conciliate any execution conflicts of activities towards malaria elimination.
- Support the ES advising him/her to report implementation constraints and/or limitations on achieving the operative plans and/or results.
- Promote a constant dialogue with the partners and the national authorities to enhance the implementation and increase the probability of malaria elimination.
- Assisting ES with setting regional, country priorities for project implementation, this will involve analyzing, collecting local baseline data, identifying knowledge and information gap.
- Participating in external working groups, providing expertise in the above-mentioned areas.
- Providing malaria elimination technical expertise, direction during project implementation.
- Coordinate the implementation of technical requirements from the ES, Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) and Communications & Outreach Officer (COO).
- Providing assistance to the CU, IDB Country Teams, countries project implementation and management to scale up interventions, when needed.
- Tracking and Sharing Results
- Assist the ES to articulate the malaria elimination efforts of the participant partners:
- Leading the developing of a single intervention protocols to be presented to National authorities, to build a single malaria elimination plan.
- Coordinate the role of every partner is respected while implementing, through constant monitoring mechanisms to ensure the partnership committee agreements are respected.
- Tracking the results of the interventions under RMEI, analyzing impact evaluation data with the M&E Officer.
- Increasing the availability, use of evidence for malaria elimination and decision making.
- Synthesizing the lessons learned, throughout the project with the ES, to disseminate results to countries, DC, the IDB internally, continually assess the process and project consistency.
- Disseminating results to the ES, providing technical clarification and expertise when needed.
- In coordination with the ES, representing the RMEI in policy dialogue, with government authorities, development partners in conferences, meetings, symposiums on health and vector born disease topics.
- Building technical networks, activities with bilateral institutions to promote RMEI coordination and cooperation.
The contractual will prepare and deliver a monthly progress report to the ES on progress towards the accomplishment of project milestones and deliverables. As specified in RMEI governing documents, along with an assessment of bottlenecks, project risks and needed measures to move forward. Additionally, at the end of each grant year, the progress of all objectives, will need to be assessed and future timeline of the next years activities will be submitted.
- Strategic Thinking: ability to define, articulate a shared vision, strategy consistent with RMEI long term objectives.
- Planning, Organizing & Executing: prioritize, sequence actions, for maximum efficiency and timeliness. Develop procedures to meet commitments, deadlines, lead and coordinate work effectively with key stakeholders.
- Negotiation & Convening Power: ability to negotiate with media outlets, convening power with government institutions and the private sector.
- Teamwork: build consensus, encourage involvement of each, of the founding donors and the IDB effectively.
- Academic Degree & Years of Professional Experience: Master’s degree or equivalent and a minimum of 10 years of relevant professional experience, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in Medicine (M.D.), Epidemiology, and at least 10 years of professional experience as chief of party, manager or coordinator of malaria elimination projects/ programs, at regional and/or national level.
- Experience in two countries or more, in malaria elimination projects/ programs is preferable.
- Experience in malaria elimination program implementation within high incidence countries will be valued.
- Languages: Spanish and English (preferable).
- Areas of Expertise: Malaria elimination programs management and/or senior advisor management of malaria elimination projects.
- Other areas of expertise (optional): Technical, operational experience in design, implementation, management, monitoring, evaluation of health projects/programs in Latin America and the Caribbean; Large scale projects/programs control, leadership, implementation, monitoring of public health interventions.
- Skills(preferable): IDB policies, guidelines, knowledge, procedures for supervision, procurement, monitoring, evaluation and implementation of country strategies. Programming portfolio memoranda, portfolio performance reviews and project documents (loans, technical cooperation, non-financial products).
- Consultancy category and modality: Trust Fund Appointee (TFA), Monthly.
- Contract duration: 12 months - with possibility of 5 -year duty based on results.
- Place(s) of work: Panamá Country Office (CPN) at least 60% of duty travel.
- Responsible person: Health Lead Specialist (SPH/CPN).
Payment and Conditions: Compensation will be determined in accordance with Bank’s policies and procedures. The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may contribute toward travel and moving expenses. In addition, candidates must be citizens of an IDB member country.
Visa and Work Permit: The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may submit a visa request to the applicable immigration authorities; however, the granting of the visa is at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Notwithstanding, it is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain the necessary visa or work permits required by the authorities of the country(ies) in which the services will be rendered to the Bank. If a candidate cannot obtain a visa or work permit to render services to the Bank the contractual offer will be rescinded.
Consanguinity: Pursuant to applicable Bank policy, candidates with relatives (including the fourth degree of consanguinity and the second degree of affinity, including spouse) working for the Bank as staff members or Complementary Workforce contractuals, will not be eligible to provide services for the Bank.
Diversity: The Bank is committed to diversity and inclusion and to providing equal opportunities to all candidates. We embrace diversity on the basis of gender, age, education, national origin, ethnic origin, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and HIV/AIDs status. We encourage women, Afro-descendants and persons of indigenous origins to apply.