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Wed, 01/04/2020 - 17:30

Open position with Population Services International (PSI) in Sierra Leone


With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.


PSI and its local affiliates manage malaria control programs in 32 countries and are world leaders in malaria control implementation—delivering 25 million treated mosquito nets and almost 16 million quality-assured ACTs for confirmed malaria cases in 2016.  PSI also supports national Ministries of Health to scale up malaria diagnosis in the public and private sector and to improve tracking of malaria patients through surveillance and health information systems using DHIS2 software. 


In 2018, PSI began implementing the global US President’s Malaria Initiative Impact Malaria project, with the goal of working with national governments to scale up best practices and innovations in malaria case management, control of malaria in pregnancy, and the introduction of other malaria drug-based approaches. In Sierra Leone, PSI is seeking qualified, dynamic and innovation-driven candidates for multiple positions with the Impact Malaria (IM) project. All candidates are expected to promote and demonstrate an ethical work environment in line with PSI’s values of honesty and acting with integrity. Sierra Leonean nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Title: Technical Advisor, Malaria Diagnosis.
Based in Freetown and frequent visits to PSI Operational districts, Sierra Leone

Reports to: Chief of Party




Diagnostic Technical Advisor will be responsible for ensuring technical rigor on the implementation of malaria diagnostic service delivery activities in PSI operational districts and liaise with and maintain productive collaborative relationships with in-country partners such as: 


  1. Ministry of Health/National Malaria Control Program and other departments

  2. PMI/Country team and other PMI implementing partners. 

  3. Other stakeholders working in malaria, such as local NGO, private sector representatives, WHO country office, etc. 


Local Office Technical support for PMI Impact malaria:

He/She will work as part of the project team in Sierra Leone providing technical leadership on malaria diagnosis.

PSI’s Malaria Diagnostic Technical Assistance:


She/he will provide PSI and PMI Impact Malaria project with local-based technical leadership on malaria diagnostics, training, supervision and quality assurance/quality control on malaria diagnosis. This technical assistance includes (among others) the provision of technical assistance to Home Office and field teams, provide technical assistance to the MOH/NMCP on malaria diagnosis, provide training, develop SOPs, manuals, training materials, participate in manuscript preparation, semi-annual and annual report, represent of PSI in regional and global technical working groups and consortia, promotion of PSI’s capabilities with potential collaborating partners, and disseminating PSI’s malaria experience to global audiences.

Other Functions: 


Other functions will include, but not necessarily be limited to: 

  1. Facilitating the establishment and development a reference malaria  laboratory in Sierra Leone to support and strengthen malaria diagnosis, including coordinating and participating in diagnostic evaluations relating to improved malaria diagnostic services. 

  2. Providing laboratory technical support to PMI Impact Malaria including overseeing laboratory technical activities and ensuring high quality of project implementation in Sierra Leone. 

  3. Developing and implementing training, continuing education and supervisory programmes for laboratory staff to strengthen quality malaria diagnosis in Sierra Leone, including the development of health learning materials. 

  4. Participating in the development of national laboratory policies and guidelines addressing malaria diagnostics and their utilisation.

  5. Developing and strengthening national quality assurance structures, systems and programmes for laboratory staff to support malaria diagnostic activities. 

  6. Participating, cooperating and liaising with all PSI partners, and with governments, institutions of higher learning, universities, schools of medicine and related fields, and other health agencies, both national and international with the purpose of developing and promoting the PMI impact Malaria project.

  7. Representing PSI at national, regional and international fora.

  8. Assisting in developing and conducting operational research relating to the PMI impact Malaria project objectives; analysing results and disseminating reports including publishing of scientific papers, and making presentations at national, regional and international meetings and conferences. 

  9. Assisting in monitoring and evaluating project activities and preparing budgets and progress reports. 

  10. Assist in the dissemination of the malaria case management (diagnostic) policy.

  11. Track and report on accomplishment of activities in the workplan.

  12. Submit weekly written /or verbal (during weekly calls) updates on the work undertaken under each of the areas described above, significant achievements, challenges, and plans for the coming week.  

  13. Provide Case Management training and continued adaptation of materials for the enhanced case management (clinical and diagnostic) supervision process: Materials for the malaria case management (clinical and diagnostic) supervision process, based on mentoring concepts, will be drafted and vetted as needed with the NMCP; 

  14. Identify barriers to care-seeking behavior and options for community-based service delivery.




  • At least a Masters’ degree in biomedical Sciences preferable in medical parasitology.  A PhD or Doctorate degree in Medical Biology will be highly regarded.

  • At least 10 years of professional experience in malaria, especially on diagnosis, treatment; prevention, control and/or malaria elimination, either in an academic, research and/or program setting.

  • Experience working with malaria donors such as USAID, World Bank, Global Fund, DFID will be preferred.

  • Experience in writing scientific report, manuscript and peer-reviewed publications.

  • Good interpersonal skills, team player and makes her/himself available as needed.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. 

  • Must have general professional and technical proficiency in the English 

  • Very proficient in the use of the standard Microsoft Office package with experience using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet Explorer.


Interested candidates should submit CV and cover letters indicating which position you are applying for to by April  15, 2020. Application will be treated as and when received.


PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy,



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