Leadership and Management Training for Impact in Malaria Eradication

Leadership and Management Training for Impact in Malaria Eradication


  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is guided by the principle that every person deserves the chance to live a healthy and productive life.

  • Malaria is a deterrent to this goal and is a priority focus for the foundation.

  • The foundation’s efforts in malaria include fostering development of new treatments, diagnostics and preventive measures, which include vaccines and mosquito control.

  • Also included are mosquito and parasite surveillance to assess data for effective decision making.

  • In order to obtain the ultimate goal of global malaria eradication, it is imperative that endemic country scientists, implementers and leaders of National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) be prepared with accurate and current information about malaria.

  • Equally important are skills in leading, inspiring and collaborating with malaria professionals in a wide variety of settings and in various roles.

  • The following excerpt from an article in Malaria Journal summarizes the situation well.

  • Global Action For Training In Malaria Elimination

  • Dyann F. Wirth, Núria Casamitjana, Marcel Tanner and Michael R. Reich

    (Excerpted from Malaria Journal]

  • Wirth et al. Malar J (2018) 17:51 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-018-2199-3)

  • Since the call for a revitalized global effort to tackle malaria in the past decade, the world has made significant progress toward elimination—but many challenges remain. Malaria elimination has become a high priority goal for many countries, and the strategies to achieve this goal are evolving as both successes and challenges emerged.

  • One core lesson is that the path to elimination is a continuum from control of the disease (including the prevention of death) to the documentation of zero infections and no local transmission.

  • A key need going forward will be a workforce that can rapidly assess failures and success and adapt to the changing malaria landscape.

  • The existing human resources are insufficient in quantity and lack training in how to adapt their approaches as the malaria situation evolves.

  • Previous approaches to training have focused on a set
    of tools to be implemented rather than a problem to be solved.

  • This shift in emphasis for the malaria workforce requires a new kind of leadership development and training focusing on analytical and problem-solving skills and on informed leadership abilities.

  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation intends to support the development of Leadership and Management Training programs that will result in the type of leadership and management abilities described in the paper quoted above.

  • In addition, applicants should ideally be able to provide a course in the science of malaria as well as the strategy and tactics required for the journey to malaria elimination and eradication.

  • Applicants may form consortia or collaborations in order to be able to provide the desired Malaria and Leadership and Management Training.

    Timeline

    Launch RFP ~ Monday, Aug 31st

  • Concept Note submission deadline ~ Monday, Sept 28th

  • Concept Notes should focus on capabilities and confirm interest.

  • They can state an approximate range of costs instead of a fixed dollar figure for program development and delivery.

    Concept Note review will be completed by Monday, Oct 12th.

  • Select applicants will be invited to Submit Proposals by Wednesday, Oct 14th.

    Proposal submission deadline ~ Friday, Nov 13th

  • Selection of proposals for funding will be announced no later than Friday, Dec 18 th.

    Applicant institutions should meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant is an existing and legally recognized institution that has a track record in leadership/management capacity building and/or training in malaria in the African context.

  • Preferably an indigenous African Institution or Africa-based significant hub of an organization whose headquarters are outside of Africa.

  • Where it is a consortium of international organizations then the African institution should take the lead.

  • Applicant is experienced and capable of providing training programs for participants from a variety of African countries either virtually/remotely or in person or both.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Leadership and Management Training for Impact in Malaria Eradication

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