Management Sciences for Health

  • Diarrhea and Infection Prevention Unit Director

    Job ID
    # of Positions
    GEN (General)
    A516 - Malawi ONSE
    Application Due Date
    Reports To
    Deputy Chief of Party- Technical
  • Overview

    The Organized Network of Services for Everyone’s Health (ONSE Health) Activity is a five-year, USAID-funded program to improve maternal, newborn, and child survival and wellbeing in Malawi. It began in 2017 and will end in 2022. The ONSE Health Activity is working toward four main objectives: (1) increasing access to priority health services; (2) improving quality of priority health services; (3) strengthening performance of health systems; and (4) increasing demand for priority health services. Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are core components of health services and is therefore a critical and cross-cutting part of the Activity. WASH activities aim to improve water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services in communities, as well as in health facilities, in order to reduce the prevalence of diarrheal diseases and prevent infections of health care providers, their patients, and women of childbearing age. Therefore, it is critical that WASH activities are actively and fully integrated across the other aspects of the Activity that include maternal and newborn health (MNH), Family Planning, Community Mobilization and Exchange, Gender and Youth, Nutrition, and Child Health.

    Specific Responsibilities

    The Diarrhea and Infection Prevention Unit Director will undertake the following tasks:

    • Ensure appropriate project-wide strategies for delivery of water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services are aligned with policies and practices of the Government of Malawi, responsive to the Malawi context, and fully comprehended by all Unit staff
    • Ensure that the WASH District Officers receive technical guidance and support
    • Supervise Unit staff to develop, implement, and monitor context-specific water supply, sanitation, and hygiene improvement plans aligned with district priorities and capacity
    • Build relationships with and collaborate closely with relevant counterparts in the MoAIWD, the MoH, other USAID-supporting projects, and other implementing partners in the WASH and health sectors
    • Work in collaboration with grants and contracting colleagues at the ONSE Activity central office to solicit, select, and manage small contracts/ grants for WASH-related activities
    • Ensure effective monitoring of all Unit activities, timely reporting of results, and documentation of successes and lessons learned
    • Ensure that Unit activities are developed and implemented in coordination with other ONSE Activity technical areas specifically quality of care and infection prevention at health facilities; strengthening leadership and management in districts; and community mobilization and social and behavior change communication (SBCC)
    • Systematically engage and develop the capacity of WASH stakeholders – notably, communities, local government, and relevant private sector actors – to deliver sustainable WASH services, in particular, increasing access to improved sanitation facilities
    • Contribute significantly to ONSE Activity reporting and work planning requirements

    Qualifications and Experience


    • Masters degree in public health, environmental health, civil engineering or other related field or over 7 years of management-level work experience covering both the WASH and health sectors 


    • Minimum of 10 years practical experience working in implementation of WASH and health sector activities, with demonstrated increasing responsibility and technical capacity
    • Demonstrated track record building the capacity of district government and/or community structures responsible for sustainable drinking water service provision
    • Minimum of four years supervisory experience for WASH programs
    • Experience working in collaboration with or as part of a health program


    • Experience in market-based supply of water supply, sanitation, and hygiene products and services


    Background Information

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

    EEO Statement

    Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

    Reports To

    Deputy Chief of Party- Technical
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