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The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org.
The team in Sierra Leone has been engaged by the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to support the health sector’s recovery in the wake of the devastating Ebola crisis and has evolved that support to a broader health system strengthening approach. This is a unique moment for Sierra Leone as global attention offers the country an opportunity to build a more resilient and robust health system. The MoHS has taken this opportunity to think strategically and ambitiously about their plans for the future and CHAI has supported these efforts--with a particular focus on dramatically improving the number, skill, and distribution of its health workforce across Sierra Leone. The national HRH Strategy 2017-2021 is currently being implemented and CHAI is supporting decentralization of HRH management, increasing rural retention, and developing continuous education plans, as well as increasing quality of training.
CHAI has been working with the Directorate of HRH of the MoHS and related agencies, such as the Health Services Commission and key HRH working groups, to assist the MoHS in:
-Clearly articulating HRH challenges;
-Generating data and analysis around the health workforce to inform decision-making and planning;
-Developing specific plans and policies in response to those needs;
-Improving data management processes and structures to enable informed decision-making on an ongoing basis.
The Senior Program Officer will report to the HRH Program Manager and will be an integral member of the CHAI Sierra Leone HRH team contributing to critical projects—especially the implementation of the Sierra Leone HRH Strategy 2017-2021. Because of the fluid nature of our work, specific responsibilities may change over time.
The Senior Program Officer will be responsible for the following tasks:
-Create evidence needed to develop a long-term training plan for the health workforce and an action plan to increase rural retention of health workers—including design of data collection tools and analysis of different data sets
Health Workforce Financing
-Oversee work to strengthen health workforce financing by providing compelling evidence to advocate for increased allocations and presenting innovative mechanisms for improving health financing
-Collaborate with counterparts across relevant Ministries, including the MoHS Health Financing Unit, the office of the MoHS Permanent Secretary, the MoHS Directorate of Financial Resources, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development Budget Bureau, the Accountant General’s Department, and other relevant stakeholders
-Strengthen the design of the national health insurance scheme, and support the roll out of the scheme, with a focus on implications for the health workforce and ongoing decentralization processes
Implementation of HRH Strategy 2017-2021
-Work alongside counterparts in districts to improve available evidence and decision-making for increased HR management decentralization
-Lead the costing of various interventions—including a resource mapping against the HRH Strategy 2017-2021
-Provide advice on evaluations of mentoring and preceptorship pilots to assess their effectiveness
-Support the resource mobilization efforts of the Directorate of Human Resource for Health
Data Systems and Research
-Support the integration of different information systems and provide assistance in using available information to support ongoing planning and decision-making
-Research and share knowledge on best practices relevant to building a resilient health workforce
Perform other tasks as necessary
The role will be based in Freetown, with potential travel to districts (maximum 10%).
CHAI places great value on relevant personal qualities: resourcefulness, responsibility, tenacity, independence, energy, and work ethic. We seek a highly committed and adaptable individual with a desire to be part of a team delivering quality results with limited resources. The individual must be able to function independently and flexibly in a swift manner. The ideal candidate will possess cultural sensitivity skills and demonstrate high emotional intelligence as they will be working closely government and external partners.
-Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field
-5+ years of relevant work experience
-Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities and work independently under minimal oversight
-Ability to think strategically, handle ambiguity and work in a fast-paced, limited-structure, multicultural environment
-Proven ability to build relationships in cross-cultural contexts
-Detail-oriented with excellent organizational skills
-Ability to learn on the job quickly
-Ability to innovate and adapt for changing project needs
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations and reports, as well as ability to communicate complex ideas to various stakeholders
-Ability to design approaches to collect data, and analyze complex datasets to draw conclusions
-Experience living and/or working in the Global South
-Familiarity with global health issues
-High level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and Word
-Familiarity with costing and budgeting, including for large projects
-Background in management or strategy consulting, or other fast-paced private sector experience
-Experience advising senior Government stakeholders
-Knowledge of Krio
About the job
The implementation manager is responsible for implementing the TAF Smallholder Oil Palm Support Follow on Project in Daru Sierra Leone. This project is being executed by a consortium of Enclude (Netherlands)/WARC since March 2016, at the facilities of Goldtree in Daru. TAF is managed by Technoserve and primarily funded by the EU and IFAD.
The project aims to sustainably increase the incomes of smallholder oil palm farmers within a 40km radius of the Goldtree oil palm processing mill. The project is predominantly focused on strengthening the system for farmer organisations and improving services to oil palm growers on a sustainable basis. In addition, the project is developing and implementing a replanting strategy to increase outgrower supply to the mill. The project will end by the end of March 2018 with the potential for the Implementation Manager to shift to an extended contract with Goldtree, depending on performance and the availability of company funds.
The main duty of the Implementation Manager is to implement the TAF project, supervise and manage a team of extension officers and facilitate the data collection for the project. The Implementation Manager will work closely with Goldtree’s team in Daru, and supervises up to 14 extension officers.
• Recruit and train extension officers to improve their soft skills (effective communication, team work, facilitation) as well as technical skills (agronomy and business)
• Plan and facilitate meetings with farmers and extension officers
• Coordinate and support a network of extension officers, including supervising farmer training and data collection activities
• Administration of the expenses of the project, including budget and cash flow management
• Set up and execute an exit strategy to ensure project sustainability
• Liaise with project stakeholders and report on project progress to WARC/Enclude and project donors
• Continue with organising the farmers in groups of 7-15 farmers, so far 126 groups are already formed, consisting of in total 2030 farmers
• The meetings are held weekly per group, the extension managers monitor progress continuously and serve as intermediaries between the company/project staff, financiers and smallholders
• Trainings to the extension officers on three modules:
o Agronomic practices: farming processes and plantation management strictly following RSPO practices and guidelines
o Organizational / Management: organizational structure, farmer organization, coaching and mentoring to execute trainings
o Planning: introduce basic planning tools to increase operational efficiency and ensure that harvesting is coordinated with logistics service providers to avoid FFB rotting
o Financial planning: introduce basic financial management tools, to support farmers and eep records on expenses, labor inputs and outputs
• A centralized, mobile-enabled monitoring and planning tool managed by the implementation manager will facilitate the link between the farmers, service providers, and the company/bank. The extension officers will collect field information with their mobiles using Enclude’s technology in order to feed the DB with up to date field information. The Implementation will oversee and support training and monitoring of extension officers to implement the tool.
The ideal candidate will have:
• Background in agronomy or agricultural science, or a related discipline, and 1-4 years field-based experience;
• Experience delivering agricultural extension services, preferably in palm oil and in Africa;
• Strong abilities in team management, and motivating and training staff;
• Demonstrated experience implementing donor funded programmes, including workplan and budget management, donor reporting and M&E;
• Experience working in or with the private sector;
• Ability to structure and manage complex tasks and experience in work planning and activity budgeting
• Willingness and ability to spend an extended period in a rural and remote environment;
• Enjoyment and demonstrated record of success in working independently and managing your own tasks and time;
• Previous live/work experience in a developing country;
• Excellent communication skills and gift for bringing people together and facilitating meetings;
• English fluency, both in speaking and writing.
We offer a competitive salary to attract the best talent to our base in Sierra Leone.
When we need you
This position is available immediately and we plan to move quickly.
Are you interested in becoming a Implementation Manager in Sierra Leone? Apply now at the top or bottom of our page.
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To manage and train finance and logistics team in delivering EducAid’s internal and external
activities in Sierra Leone as identified below.
EducAid Sierra Leone’s programmes are run in Sierra Leone in the belief that education is a
powerful tool to destroy poverty. Since 2000 EducAid has been running the only free
secondary schools for the most vulnerable in Sierra Leone. Our work started with 20
students on the back veranda of a rented house in Lumley and we now have over 3000
students across 9 sites (4 secondary, 5 primary).
Our teacher training programme aims to enhance the quality of education in our schools
and build the capacity of teachers, school leaders and local councils to deliver good quality
education. The European Union (EU) are a major sponsor of our teacher training program.
A major component of this role is managing the relationship and reporting required by the
Key Responsibility Areas
Manage and train finance and logistics team with responsibility to deliver:
1. Monthly reports to Head Office comprising accounts, budget versus actual, donor
status reports and others as required
2. Annual budgets and rolling budgets for submission to Head Office
3. Oversight of bookkeeping, monthly accounts preparation and cash reconciliation
4. Overall responsibility for implementing controls to protect EducAid’s financial and
5. Monitor and control current expenditure to ensure to stays within agreed budgets
6. Overall responsibility for management of cashflow
7. To providing timely and accurate narrative and financial donor reports particularly
on the EU grant and to flag up immediately any compliance issues affecting the grant
with the Country Director
8. Efficiently manage logistics and seek out cost savings
9. Keep abreast of and ensure compliance with local laws and ministry requirements
10. Run procurement in line with donor requirements
Key Competencies and qualifications:
• Qualified accountant with at least 2 years post qualification experience
• Prior overseas experience working/living in a low-income country
• Preferably working knowledge of reporting requirements for donors such as EU,
DFID and ECHO
• Demonstrated ability to plan projects, timetable agreed activities and oversee staff
• Good Computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software
• Training and people management skills
• Commitment to EducAid’s vision, mission and objectives.
Terms and conditions/benefits/application procedure:
EducAid will provide salary the region of £35,000 to £40,000 per annum, accommodation in
Sierra Leone, return flights from London twice per year, health insurance and a relocation
Interested in global health and big systems change? Up for an entrepreneurial challenge and making things happen from within Ministries of Health? Believe that management and leadership are essential for lasting impact? Eager to apply your private sector experience to social problems? Join AMP Health for an exciting two years!
Background: An emerging consensus among global health leaders is that stronger health delivery systems are required to ensure preparedness against future epidemics like Ebola, to continue the fight against the top killers of children and mothers around the world, and to handle the growing burden of chronic, non-communicable diseases in low-and-middle-income countries. To strengthen health systems, governments need not only technical expertise, but also robust managerial and leadership skills, and a strategic understanding of the interplay between private and public sector roles.
Management Partner Role: AMP Health seeks highly capable leaders to join MoHs as Management Partners. Each MP will serve as a problem-solving partner to national and regional leaders on high priority initiatives related to strengthening a country’s community health system. Based within the MoH, the MP will work closely with the head of the community health department and will report to a senior official in the MoH as well as to the AMP Health team. Specific MP work will be determined in collaboration with MoHs but could include, for example, industry analysis, program design, strategic planning, financial modeling/investment cases, operations, organizational development, marketing strategy, and/or stakeholder management.
AMP Health believes in the power of strong leadership and management for systemic change. Accordingly, the MPs will benefit from personalized best-in-class leadership development training that will help them grow as leaders and effective change-makers within MoHs. MPs and their MoH counterparts will also participate in needs-based trainings and work closely with MPs from other countries and a network of local and global mentors from the public and private sectors. These events will serve as a collaborative platform to promote dialogue and best practices in leadership, management and community health systems strengthening.
Qualifications: This role will require motivation, flexibility, patience, and a business-minded attitude. The right candidates will balance their proven business skills and results-driven approach with creativity, savvy, and humility. MPs should have an entrepreneurial spirit as well as a passionate interest in – and commitment to – the strengthening of health systems in low-and-middle-income countries. It is expected that the desired candidate will have the following qualifications:
● Advanced degree in business management (MBA) or other relevant field preferred;
● Fluency in English (speaking, reading, and writing);
● 5+ years of private sector experience, preferably with a top-tier management consulting firm;
● Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, with an ability to use qualitative and quantitative data;
● Ability to work under pressure, respond to deadlines, prioritize competing deliverables, and be productive while working both independently and as part of a team;
● Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships in a multi-stakeholder environment with varying levels of authority, experience in government and the NGO world would be an added advantage;
● Advanced skills in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word, with experience in standard statistical or costing packages a plus;
● Positive attitude and sense of humor;
● Willingness and ability to live and work in a low-or-middle-income country for two years, with national and international travel up to 25% of the time; and
● African nationality preferred.
Benefits: The MP role offers a direct, meaningful, and high visibility path to public or private sector healthcare leadership, along with structured support from AMP Health’s partners and mentorship networks. This is an outstanding opportunity to drive dramatic health system improvements and strengthen leadership and management capacity within MoHs. The MP will be paid a competitive all-inclusive stipend.
Applications for the positions in Sierra Leone due by September 02nd, 2016. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; applying prior to the deadline is therefore strongly encouraged. Please note that the final round of interviews may take place in the host country.
Start Date: As soon as possible
Duration of placement: Two years, with potential to extend.