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Position Title Senior Associate, Access and Policy
Duration of Assignment To be negotiated
Location Singapore
Reports to Director, Access and Policy
Application process Please send your CV with relevant information to admin@aplma.org by 5 PM Singapore Time on 8 June 2018. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.
Program Overview

Background

The Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance (APLMA), is an alliance of Heads of Government committed to addressing this challenge. The Alliance was formed at the 2013 East Asia Summit (EAS) in Brunei in response to leaders’ concerns about the rising risk of malaria resurgence, due to increasing drug resistant malaria in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

APLMA is a distinctive platform for collective regional leadership for malaria elimination and health security. Following endorsement of the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Elimination Roadmap (“the Roadmap”) by 18 Heads of Government at the 2015 EAS in Malaysia. The APLMA secretariat, which is based in Singapore, works to implement the roadmap, increase resources available for malaria elimination and support the broader health security agenda. It supports leaders and senior officials in creating an enabling policy environment for elimination, health security, and, tracking progress against an agreed Dashboard.

APLMA secretariat works with and through national and international agencies to progress elimination. Specifically, to ensure leaders and their senior officials are informed of progress, of key enablers for success, and of risks to progress. APLMA works to assist in translating the collective will of the region’s leaders into coordinated action by relevant authorities. These are structured around the six Roadmap Priorities and articulated in the APLMA Secretariat Strategic Plan 2016-2020.

The Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network is also based within APLMA. This network is collective of national malaria program managers from 22 countries that work with leading scientists and research institutions developing evidence and innovations. Working together APMEN and APLMA act as an evidence to policy vehicle that links directly to leaderships levels across the region.

The Role

The post holder will contribute to the management of APLMA’s platforms to improve innovation and access to new priority antimalarial commodities, from malaria diagnostic tests, medicines to vector control tools.

The role also includes contributing to the development of strategic communications material and working on the Leaders’ Dashboard as APLMA’s key policy and advocacy for monitoring progress towards malaria elimination.

The post holder will lead on generating evidence, data gathering and interpretation in support of APLMA’s advocacy activities. This includes epidemiological and financing data on malaria; as well as qualitative data on the regulation of health commodities and the pipeline of antimalarial commodities.

Specific Objectives:

  1. Access: To ensure high quality malaria tests, medicines, and vector control tools are developed, available and accessible in support of malaria elimination in the Asia Pacific; through two platforms including the Regional Regulatory Partnership for Malaria Elimination (RRP) and the Unitaid/APLMA Platform for Innovation and Access to Vector Control;
  2. Policy: To support policy engagement processes of the APLMA Secretariat for access priorities and beyond; by contributing to policy briefs, documentations and strategic communications material; contributing to data for collection for the APLMA Leaders’ Dashboard as a policy and advocacy tool to measure progress against the roadmap priorities.
Accountability/ Working Relationships

The post holder will report to the Director for Access and Policy.

The post holder will collaborate closely with the APLMA Technical Team to support the delivery of other Roadmap Priorities and work towards the joint visibility for APLMA at country level through combined country outreach activities.

Key Responsibilities

1. Access

The post holder will work jointly with the Director Access and Policy to deliver on Roadmap priority 3: to ensure high quality malaria services, tests, medicines, nets and insecticides and parts of Roadmap priority 6 on Innovation to Eliminate, specifically on Research & Development of new technologies for malaria elimination.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Carry out day to day activities linked with the Business Plan and contribute to development and implementation of Access and Policy team strategies;
  • Communicating effectively with Access partners;
  • Participating in country level outreach as required within the agreed workplan;
  • Working jointly with Dashboard Consultant on data collection and reporting of Dashboard milestones 5 and 8.

2. Policy and Data

The post holder will contribute to APLMA’s engagement in regional and global policy processes towards malaria elimination in the Asia Pacific; by contributing to policy briefs, documentations and strategic communications material. This includes providing data and evidence in support of the Secretariat’s advocacy and policy engagement activities. The post holder will also support data collection processes for APLMA Leaders’ Dashboard in close collaboration with the Consultant on the Dashboard.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Producing policy papers, briefs, declarations and other documentations;
  • Building the evidence base through research and analysis; including data collection for Dashboard completion.
Selection Criteria
  • A qualification in public health, health policy, or a related discipline.
  • Minimum 5 years' experience, with experience in public health policy.
  • Good time management and organisational skills.
  • Excellent technical writing and persuasive oral communication skills in the English language.
  • Demonstrated understanding of global health.

Desirable

  • Experience or familiarity with the Asia Pacific region with good understanding of regional health system issues.
  • Demonstrated understanding of domestic government decision-making processes.
  • Willingness to travel and proven ability to work in multi-cultural teams.
  • Knowledge of a Southeast Asian language is a plus.

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