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Senior Associate, Training and Knowledge Management at Evidence Action

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
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Evidence Action

About Evidence Action
Evidence Action is a global nonprofit organization with an approach distinctive in international development – we exclusively scale interventions that are backed by strong evidence and can be delivered with exceptional cost-effectiveness. Since our founding in 2013, we have reached over 515 million people globally with our interventions. We deliver high impact for every dollar spent, as recognized by GiveWell, The Life You Can Save, and Charity Navigator.

We do development differently: We take a data-driven approach to identifying, scaling, and continuously improving programs which deliver immense impact, ensuring these solutions measurably improve the lives of millions. Our Deworm the World Program has helped governments in Africa and Asia deliver over 1.8 billion childhood deworming treatments, improving health, education, and incomes. Safe Water Now provides sustained safe water access to over 10 million people in Africa, preventing childhood illness and deaths.

We drive innovation:Our Accelerator builds the next generation of exceptional programs, taking an approach most similar to a venture capital model. We are ruthless in exiting programs which do not meet our criteria; those that advance deliver outsized impact for millions of people.

We are global: Across nine countries in Africa and Asia, our 700+ people are united by a tremendous passion for our mission and impact. We are strong because of our diversity of experience, geography, and background – with over 90% of our people in the countries where our impact is focused.

We have big ambitions: Over the next decade, we’re setting our sights higher: We aim to reach over 600 million people globally to fulfill our vision of a world where hundreds of millions of people in the poorest places have better opportunities and their lives are measurably improved. We believe in bold and urgent action – because poverty doesn’t wait, and neither should we.

We need great people:Our success to date is due to the collective work of our amazing staff. To achieve our ambitious goals, we are looking for people who share our passion for evidence, cost-effectiveness, and scale. We seek individuals who take an entrepreneurial approach, enjoy tackling hard problems, and have a bias to action and results. If our vision and approach excite you as much as it does us, we invite you to join us.

About Deworm the World & Equal Vitamin Access
Evidence Action’s Deworm the World Initiative (DTW) is an incredibly high impact program, helping to deliver over 1.8 billion treatments to children for intestinal worms since 2014. Deworm the World Initiative provides technical assistance to governments to implement evidence-based, cost effective, and sustainable deworming programs, with recent data showing dramatic reductions in the prevalence of worm infections in geographies we support. Our program was highlighted as one of GiveWell’s top-rated charities from 2013 to 2022, and continues to be a part of their All-Grants Fund for high-impact charities.

In 2019, given the strength of our technical support on school-based delivery of deworming in India, at the request of government, Evidence Action launched a technical assistance program to support the delivery of Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) supplementation for children and adolescents 6 months – 19 years of age in India. This program, Equal Vitamin Access, is in a “test at scale” phase – it is being implemented across five states in India with a robust external evaluation design to measure changes in coverage.

Job Purpose
This is an exciting time and opportunity to join a large-scale integrated program to provide technical assistance to the Government of Malawi to implement an integrated deworming and IFA supplementation program at scale to tackle intestinal worms and anemia among children. With the deworming program expected to reach scale in Year 1 of implementation and IFA supplementation to gradually scale up over the next 2-3 years, once at scale we aim to work alongside the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education to reach 3.5 million Malawian children annually with one or both interventions.

The Senior Associate, Training and Knowledge Management oversees the training cascade for DTW and EVA undertakes internal and external communications about and on behalf of the program. S/he manages development of program documentation, knowledge management, and facilitates communications during treatment cascades, particularly at the district and sub-district level. As the point person for program monitoring, s/he tracks all returns and follows up to ensure completeness and correctness of program data. In addition, s/he will support the Program Manager in other capacities required for optimal program implementation.

Duties & Responsibilities
Program Trainings:

Lead the review of training materials at all stages of implementation, ensuring training materials have the right content, are approved by the management team and are available for training activities during relevant implementation activities.
Convene team meetings for review of training materials, engage the right government partners in the review process and update government stakeholders on the status of reviewed materials.
Guide the development of materials for community health trainings to increase programmatic community sensitization in liaison with team members and relevant government departments.
Ensure that all program printed materials follow World Health Organization specifications and are of high technical quality.
Lead communications with the Ministries of Education and Health to ensure government trainers and facilitators are appointed in time for program activities.
Manage district-level communications that prepare program teams for execution of training activities.
Supervise Evidence Action coordinators to monitor trainings, ensuring all cascaded trainings are executed in time and effectively.

Community Sensitization

Contribute to and lead aspects of the development of a community sensitization strategy, identifying how target audiences, platforms and messages should be tailored across the various districts in which we’re working
Support the development of programmatic media engagement protocols and guidelines.
Support the development of program communication strategies and protocols.
Leads the development and design of program informational and educational materials (posters, pamphlets, video, job aides), forms, briefing materials, fact sheets, marketing materials, media materials, crisis communication pieces and strategic communication with government, and other technical documents as assigned.
Manage program relationships with district and national media outlets.
Attend program-relevant conferences and meetings as assigned to create visibility for the program, generate new innovations and lessons, and gather feedback about the program.
Reporting and Monitoring Support

Contribute to program reports and annual program reviews.
Oversee, monitor, and document media coverage of the program.
Help develop reporting formats and registers and support with digitization as required
Manage the tracking system of all forms received by Evidence Action.
nitiate the necessary actions in the event of failure to receive the forms on the expected dates.
Ensure treatment data is captured appropriately and accurately to DHIS2, as applicable
Monitor the quality and completeness of government reported deworming and IFA data, ensuring data collection and collation protocols are being followed across levels
Knowledge Management:

Work closely with the Program Manager and Deputy Country Director to engage with domain experts and support in developing country specific evidence-based knowledge management products and models, policy briefs and to generate a discourse on improving deworming treatment and IFA coverage and helminthiasis and anemia reduction.
Manages the organization of program files to ensure the availability of up-to-date data and documentation for implementation.
Document adjustments to the cascade for specific regions/districts to ensure all strategies used for implementation are accessible to the team and partners.
Consolidate and update observations and lessons learnt from program implementation and share with the team for program improvement and donor reporting.
Collaborate with communication teams within Evidence Action to ensure the DTW and EVA program is featured in the organization’s documentation platforms e.g. newsletters, internet, Facebook, twitter, policy briefs and brochures.

Program support:

Manages programmatic community sensitization and health education efforts and mobile communications system throughout cascade.
Leads the community sensitization and mobilization for drug and IFA distribution:
Ensure quality layout, design, and production of program materials for community sensitization.
Support the planning and execution of events to advocate on behalf of the program or to advance its mission.

Qualifications & skills
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
A minimum of 3-5 years’ relevant working experience in a related program/ capacity.
Demonstrated ability to work successfully on a multi-faceted team
Experience working with government stakeholders
Strong interpersonal skills, working across teams and cultures
Excellent time management skills and ability to juggle multiple projects at once
Strong written and oral communications s kills
Demonstrated ability to be a productive member of a community of people at work, respecting differences while working toward shared goals, comfort with periods of ambiguity, and constructive participation in ongoing organizational development
Close attention to detail and accuracy; personal initiative; reliability, flexibility and follow-up
Proficiency using standard office software and demonstrated skill with web research tools
Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
The candidate must be able to travel by various modes of transportation and must be able to endure long periods of sitting or standing during travel. They must also be able to navigate unfamiliar environments and adapt to different cultural norms.

In addition, the candidate should have the ability to work in less developed rural areas, which may have limited access to modern infrastructure and amenities. This may require the candidate to adapt to basic living conditions, such as limited electricity or running water, and be comfortable with potential challenges such as extreme weather conditions, insects, or wildlife.

The position will be based at our Country Office in Lilongwe and will work closely with the in-country Programs team.

Closing date for receiving applications will be on Friday 2nd February 2024 by 5pm but shortlisting will be done on rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Equal Opportunity Statement
At Evidence Action, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusivity in our workforce. We believe in creating a workplace that is free from discrimination and where everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed.

We do not discriminate based on race, colour, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply for this position at Evidence Action, regardless of their background or personal characteristics. We are committed to providing a fair and inclusive recruitment process that ensures equal access and consideration for all applicants. We strive to foster an environment that embraces diversity, respects individual differences, and promotes a culture of inclusion. By embracing a diverse workforce, we believe we can better serve our mission to use evidence to improve global wellbeing.