Director, Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN), Singapore

An attractive compensation package is available for the right candidate

A leadership opportunity to drive malaria elimination for 2 billion people at risk in Asia Pacific

The malaria elimination agenda is fast-moving, with unprecedented political support and momentum. With 18-member countries and 46 partner institutions, the Asia Pacific Malaria Elimination Network (APMEN) is a network of countries and partner institutions committed to elimination by 2030. APMEN is the country-led collaborative initiative for malaria elimination. With country programs front and centre, many members are world-renowned practitioners, and scientists, who are highly motivated and committed to the 2030 elimination goal.

APMEN is undergoing a process of change. An independent review of APMEN recently noted the network’s central role in supporting elimination across the region. It called for a significant scale up of activities, together with a reorientation, progressed in close consultation with the network membership to increase the impact of the initiative.

A Joint Secretariat with the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA)

APMEN shares a Secretariat with the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA). An alliance of 23 Asian and Pacific heads of government formed to accelerate progress against malaria and to eliminate it in the region by 2030.

Both initiatives undertake a joint programme of work and coordinate their efforts to accelerate progress towards the 2030 goal. They aim to recognize and complement country efforts led by national governments, supported by the WHO. The joint secretariat strengthens elimination efforts by harnessing APMEN’s technical expertise, in the service of national malaria control programmes; linking this with the political advocacy and multisectoral access of APLMA.

The Role

We are looking for a highly motivated Director to lead APMEN. Taking the initiative to a new level to accelerate programs to eliminate malaria in the region within the next 12 years. This is a dynamic, entrepreneurial role for someone energised by providing strategic leadership for an expanded, ambitious APMEN.

The candidate will be a skilled manager, with a proven track record of brokering collaborations between diverse organisations, across multiple countries. You will enjoy bringing people together, with the leadership and management skills to drive them toward a common mission.

As APMEN is a network of the region for the region, the Director must rapidly build strong relationships with member governments, and other network members. A clear long-term vision, drive and diplomacy skills are essential. You will lead a small team to ensure the Network has immediate, measurable impact.

Specific Duties:

  • Support a change management process and work hand-in-glove with network membership to build and implement a bold vision for APMEN.
  • Build the funding envelope and team to create and support the ground-breaking partnerships that will be required to eliminate malaria by 2030.
  • Reporting to and working closely with the CEO of Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA), the Director will ensure strategic links and synergies with the APLMA work program.
  • Build the influence and effectiveness of the network; leveraging and expanding its work beyond the core APMEN working groups (Vivax, Surveillance and Response, Vector Control, Program Management and Quality Improvement).
  • Lead APMEN to increasingly take a brokering role in ensuring that National Malaria Control Programmes (NMCPs) are adequately supported.
  • Support productive and effective relationships with APMEN Country Partners, Partner Institutions, and key national and regional stakeholders in collaboration with APLMA.
  • Establish mechanisms for sharing knowledge and experience across the region about what works and what doesn’t, and under what situations.
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of APMEN in meeting its mandate and the needs of member countries.

Essential expertise

  • A post graduate qualification in business administration or the ability to demonstrate substantial management skills and experience;
  • Extensive experience in managing multiple, often multi-national stakeholders in Asia and/or the Pacific. Exposure to multilateral development institutions and donors would be an advantage;
  • Excellent diplomacy skills and experience with stakeholder management;
  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills in English;
  • Strong people management skills, together with a sound understanding of project and financial management; and
  • Willingness and ability to travel.


  • Qualifications in public health, epidemiology, or a related discipline;
  • An understanding of malaria elimination, or a willingness and ability to learn the essentials of the field
  • Knowledge of communicable diseases, and disease elimination in the context of the Asia Pacific region;
  • Relevant and well-established personal network across the Asia Pacific region;


The Director will report to the APLMA CEO.

Duration and location

The post will be based in the APLMA office in Singapore and will be for a fixed term of three years, subject to available financing.

Please submit letter of intent and CV to by 15 October 2018, 5PM Singapore time. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.

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