Engaging governments and people to end malaria in Africa.
The African Union has an ambitious goal to eliminate malaria in Africa by 2030. The WHO aims to reduce cases and deaths from malaria by 90% worldwide by 2030. And the Commonwealth has committed to halving malaria by 2023. Yet this disease still kills a child every two minutes, and progress is at risk amidst the coronavirus pandemic. We are seeking a leader to galvanise countries to achieve these goals.
In doing so you would help transform the health and economies of a continent, and of hundreds of millions of people.
This new role is an opportunity to be a leader within the malaria campaign in Africa. With backers including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and one of the world’s largest global media agencies, Dentsu Aegis, together with MNMUK’s extensive partner network in Africa, this role has enormous potential for impact.
MNMUK is looking for someone who can build national and international partnerships able to engage and inspire leadership, resources and action from presidents, ministers to business and community leaders. Someone who understands drivers of change, who can work with and inspire a variety of partners from those working directly on malaria campaigns to sporting and musical superstars, from faith leaders to private sector CEOs, from youth champions to key government advisors.
You could come from a background in and around government, NGO or the private sector. You will have the vision and drive to see what excellent communications and advocacy for malaria elimination can achieve in Africa.
About Malaria No More UK and the role of Africa Director
Believed to be the oldest killer disease in history, malaria has been responsible for the deaths of more people than any other disease, yet it could be ended within our lifetimes (ref the Lancet Commission Report on Malaria Eradication, Sept 2019). Despite significant progress since 2000, with over 7 million lives saved, this entirely preventable and curable disease still claims the life of a child every two minutes, and the most recent WHO World Malaria Report 2019 showed that 29% of pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa suffered from malaria in 2018.
Through advocacy and communications partnerships, Malaria No More UK (MNM UK) mobilises governments, influencers, businesses and the public, inspiring leadership, funds and focus to end the suffering caused by malaria.
In 2018 MNM UK convened the Malaria Summit alongside the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. Over $4bn was committed by Governments (donor and domestic funding), business and philanthropy. All 53 Commonwealth Heads of State – including 19 African leaders – representing over half the world’s malaria burden, committed to halve malaria by 2023. It showed what momentum an exceptional team of people could deliver for the malaria campaign, through excellence in partnership-building, advocacy and communications.
The successful candidate will be a dynamic results-driven entrepreneur fired with determination to bring an end to the injustice of people dying of a preventable and curable disease. They will also be someone with the self- awareness to understand that such a task is best achieved through engaging and inspiring a multiplicity of diverse partners. Demonstrating political awareness and sensitivity, the Africa Director will create sustainable relationships with, and represent the charity to, the very highest level of Governments and multisectoral, international and national partners.
This is an opportunity to design the future of MNM UK’s work in Africa and build a diverse set of powerful partnerships to deliver our mission. The postholder will be supported in this by the strong MNMUK team and a group of Directors with international expertise in advocacy, communications, malaria and global health policy, and operations.
The postholder will inherit exciting foundations, including 3 major current areas of work, from which they will be able to build and expand:
Qualifications, skills and experience
This job description is not contractual or exhaustive and may be amended over time in consultation with the CEO
Staff benefits include:
How to apply
To apply for this role, kindly send through a Microsoft Word version of your CV and a cover letter detailing why you are suited to this role. Please mark it for the attention of Tim Wingrove, email address: [email protected]. Please subject your email with the following reference: MNMUK_AD
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