Background Paper Technical Lead, MSP 1
University of California San Francisco - San Francisco, CA

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The UCSF Global Health Group is an “action tank,” dedicated to identifying, elaborating and translating innovative solutions to major global health challenges into large-scale action, to advance health and save lives in low- and middle-income countries. The Global Health Group works across the spectrum, from conducting research and policy analysis, to building consensus, to catalyzing the development and implementation of pioneering programs in collaborating countries. Organizationally, the Global Health Group is a component of UCSF Global Health Sciences. The Global Health Group’s Malaria Elimination Initiative (MEI) provides intellectual and practical leadership and support for the elimination of malaria, working from the global margins of the endemic zone inwards. The MEI works with a wide range of partners to gather, analyze and disseminate country and regional evidence on malaria elimination, to inform national and global decision-making. More information is available at

The Global Health Group seeks a candidate with significant expertise in malaria epidemiology, and programmatic and technical experience in malaria and at international and country levels to lead research, consensus-building, policy formulation and writing for a series of high profile background papers on malaria elimination. Paper topics cover a range of gaps in current understanding in malaria control and elimination, including optimal and emerging IT systems for surveillance, approaches to mass drug administration, threats to malaria financing, opportunities to strengthen program management, and strategies to address importation of malaria. Papers will summarize current evidence from formal and grey literature, as well as best thinking from international experts, to provide a landscaping of best thinking, as well as recommendations for application at country, regional and global levels. Paper topics are subjects that are not currently well defined, well documented, or on which there is no scientific or global policy consensus; therefore the papers will require significant ingenuity to define and lead a research effort and build moderate consensus, in a short period of time. This is a rapid-turnaround project that will require considerable flexibility and resourcefulness. The incumbent will also perform other related duties.
This is a full-time, benefitted position, funded by a one-year contract starting May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014. Continuation is subject to performance and receipt of longer-term funding.

About UCSF
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.

Required Qualifications
• PhD in public health or epidemiology, international development or related field, or similar post graduate degree.
• 10+ years working in malaria endemic and/or lower income countries on health and development issues with national governments, NGOs and international agencies.
• Expert knowledge of the principles of malaria control and elimination.
• Strong experience and solid track record in scientific paper, peer-reviewed journal article, and report writing for a range of audiences.
• Experience developing policy and program recommendations for senior policy and technical audiences.
• Experience developing and implementing project work plans and strategies, and working within project budgets.
• Expert understanding of malaria epidemiology.
• Expert knowledge of, and experience with program management and/ or implementation of major infectious disease programs in developing countries.
• Understanding of major donors and policies that affect donor financing for global health priorities; understanding of the malaria stakeholder landscape at national and international levels.
• Ability to work in fast-paced, demanding and ambiguous conditions, handle multiple tasks and details simultaneously, and exercise sound timely judgment and take relevant responsible action as required.
• Ability to assess, plan, coordinate, implement, and evaluate the activities of multiple work units; and to supervise, organize, and instruct staff.
• Experience working with and ability to influence and persuade senior policy and technical audiences through logical argument and presentation of evidence.
• Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strategic relationships and partnerships with people and institutions; experience communicating effectively with personnel from diverse cultures/nationalities, as well as across complex organizations.
• Excellent writing skills; ability to convey technical concepts to a lay audience.
• Fluency in written and oral English.
Physical Demands: Requires sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, lifting/carrying/ up to 20 pounds, fine finger manipulation, repetitive hand/arm use, ability to differentiate color; verbal communication.
Preferred Qualifications

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