Local Consultant

at Akros Research
Published November 22, 2022
Location Lusaka, Zambia
Category Consultancy  
Job Type Full Time  

Description

Akros Research is supporting a 3-year program, funded by the Mastercard Foundation and in partnership with the Africa CDC, to increase Covid19 vaccine uptake in Africa. This initiative, called Saving Lives and Livelihoods, includes multiple components and partners working to procure, distribute, and promote vaccine uptake in a safe manner. As a part of this consortium Akros Research will support Africa Union member states in the Eastern and Southern African regions to strengthen COVID-19 vaccine safety surveillance systems.

The Consultant will support Akros Research in implementation and coordination of program activities, ensuring a successful implementation of the SLL programme’s COVID-19 vaccine safety surveillance. The Consultant will actively liaise with key actors within the respective government, district and sub-district stakeholders, stakeholders participating in the COVID-19 response, and Akros Research senior management to facilitate the realization of program objectives and optimize resource flow.

Specific Responsibilities

Develop collaborative working relationships with key stakeholders (MoH, National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA), other implementing partners, WHO, and sub-national levels) to ensure that project activities are highlighted, and good relationships established.
Coordinate logistics for implementation at provincial, district, and health facility levels (Manage advance requests and ensure all expenditures are in line with set budgets).
Make follow-ups as necessary with the Ministry of Health and the NMRA to ensure all the required administrative data is collected. Ensure all forms and records are documented and updated.
Maintain regular communication with implementation counterparts at the Ministry of Health and NMRA. Identify implementation issues and help to resolve them.
Liaise with Akros Research to ensure effective and efficient program delivery and provide detailed reports to project leadership.
As needed, travel to participate in safety surveillance activities.
Translate key reports and findings into English.
Other duties assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Strong experience working with Government’s Ministries of Health, donors, districts and sub-district structures and managing a dynamic team.
Previous experience with project and organizational representation to the Ministry of Health at national/regional/local levels is an added advantage.
Self-starter who will thrive through exemplifying ownership and initiative
Excellent technical writing, quantitative and critical thinking skills
Excellent computer skills with fluency in Excel, Word, PowerPoint
Candidate should be highly productive and internally motivated
Candidate should work well against complex and challenging delivery schedules
Candidate should be culturally adaptable and sensitive
Demonstrated ability to operate with minimal instruction in a fast-paced environment
Demonstrated ability to productively communicate remotely

Education

Bachelor’s degree (required) or Master’s degree (highly preferred) in Pharmacy, Public Health or any relevant field

Experience

3-5 years of experience with program management

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