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Position Title Senior Associate (or Director), Country Acceleration
Duration of Assignment To be negotiated
Location Singapore
Reports to CEO
Application process Please send your CV with relevant information to by 20th June 2018. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.
Program Overview


The Asia Pacific Leaders’ Malaria Alliance (APLMA), is an alliance of Heads of Government committed to addressing the challenge of malaria elimination. 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 Subregion.

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

The Role

There is now a need to accelerate and enhance the APLMA Secretariat’s function and role in connecting with key countries and ensuring that we have a holistic and unified approach to country engagement. Countries are the spearhead of our actions and ultimately where our outcomes and success will be measured. Country engagement and acceleration of national malaria elimination efforts has been and remains the key strategic and operational aims for the Secretariat.

The overall purpose of the role is to lead coordination and delivery of the APLMA Secretariat’s country engagement with the specific objective of achieving acceleration towards malaria elimination.

Specific Objectives

The objectives of the position are to:

  1. Identify and develop/refine country-specific approaches for engaging with and supporting APLMA priority countries that are likely to encounter political bottlenecks and delay regional elimination by 2030;
  2. Coordinate implementation and monitoring of the APLMA country engagement strategies;
  3. Engage with ‘near elimination countries’ to promote their successes and challenges and identify tools and resources necessary to accelerate elimination efforts;
  4. Ensure the APLMA/APMEN partnership maximizes effectiveness through mutual support for delivering evidence to support policy, and technical support to accelerate elimination efforts;

In coordination with the CEO and senior management team, support engagement with technical agencies such as WHO and other in-country providers as it relates to the APLMA country acceleration agenda and strategies.

Accountability/ Working Relationships

The post holder will report to the CEO.

Key Responsibilities

Objective 1: Implementing Country Engagement Strategies

Develop / Refine and deliver priority country strategies – as of May 2018 (but subject to change)

  • India Strategy
  • Cambodia Strategy
  • Melanesia (Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands) Strategy
  • Scope Indonesia strategy and Myanmar strategy

Note: Close coordination will be required with the Senior Director of Operations & Board affairs to manage communications from Board Chair to countries in follow up on their commitments.

Objective 2: Near Elimination Countries

Identify and progress opportunities for building visibility around the nations expected to eliminate by 2020. Ensure visibility over any key bottlenecks that risks pushing these achievements off track. Work with the Secretariat team to develop mitigation strategies as required.

Objective 3: Coordination of country engagement across the secretariat team

Liaise with each of the members of the senior management team and CEO to ensure that country facing engagement is joined up. Ensure the delivery of country strategies synergises with other platforms and initiatives managed by APLMA and APMEN.

Selection Criteria


Masters degree or advanced qualification in public health, health policy, or a related discipline.


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in relevant posts with increasing levels of seniority
  • Extensive experience in global health with a strong knowledge of working in low and middle-income country to develop policy and partner engagement
  • Significant program management experience with ability to lead a change process.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of country health systems in the Asia-Pacific Region;
  • Knowledge of country and regional level policy processes and programming;
  • Ability to negotiate and create constructive partnerships and navigate through complex networks and organisational change;
  • Ability to plan, monitor and manage staff and resources;
  • Knowledge of malaria elimination at regional an country levels is an advantage.

Personal Attributes

  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to work effectively and engage with a broad range of stakeholders and individuals from varying cultures and professions;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with senior government staff and other high level officials;
  • Excellent writing and persuasive oral communication skills in English language;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure;
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanour at all times.

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