MNCAH Volunteer, Sierra Leone
MNCAH Volunteer, Sierra Leone
- Sierra Leone
- Volunteer, Local
- Program (Division)
- Country Programs - Sierra Leone
The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to our mission of saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries. We work at the invitation of governments to support them and the private sector to create and sustain high-quality health systems.
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In response to the current “Triple C” crisis (Covid, conflict, climate change) and the roll-back in rights, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) is intensifying its efforts to drive accountability and advocacy for commitments for women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health and well-being (WCAH). PMNCH will prioritise its advocacy efforts on supporting the implementation of existing commitments. Yet, where significant gaps warrant targeted advocacy (such as in the area of adolescent well-being), PMNCH will also support efforts to mobilize new or additional commitments aligned with context-specific national priorities.
PMNCH is moving towards a partner-led approach as it implements this revised approach in 30+ LMIC countries. These countries have been identified based on the presence of a critical mass of PMNCH partners, the density of existing WCAH commitments and the willingness of decision-makers to engage and collaborate with partners. In these countries, lead partners with the support of PMNCH, will be responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of joint advocacy and accountability plans and actions by PMNCH members.
In Sierra Leone, CHAI is a lead partner. CHAI will identify existing national WCAH commitments and the extent to which they have been implemented by the Government of Sierra Leone. Additionally, more commitments and gaps will be identified and recommendations drawn. Furthermore, CHAI will develop a Country Advocacy Action Plan (CAAP) based on in-country analysis of commitment implementation and identification of possible gaps, requiring commitment mobilization.
Description of Task
The Volunteer will join the Sierra Leone country program, working with the Sexual and Reproductive Health team for 3 months, to support the exercise, which includes conducting a desk review, engaging key stakeholders to assess and identify existing national WCAH commitments, how they have been implemented and existing gaps. We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding analytical ability and communication skills. The Volunteer must be able to function independently and flexibly. Additionally, the successful candidate will adhere to the core CHAI values of resourcefulness, entrepreneurialism, flexibility, independence, humility, and work ethic. The candidate should have good technical and analytical skills matched with an ability and desire to use those skills to develop practical solutions in challenging environments and to focus on the use of analytics to achieve large-scale impact.
- Support the mapping of national PMNCH partners
- Set up and maintain a database of national PMHCH partners
- Support desk reviews to identify and compile a list of existing national WCAH commitments
- Work with the Program Manager to develop the engagement plan
- Work with the Program Manager to develop interview guides or checklists for stakeholder consultations
- Support the collection of qualitative data through key informant interviews and/or discussions with key stakeholders (Ministry of Health, implementing partners including youth organizations) to assess the extent to which the government has implemented WCAH commitments and identify any existing gaps
- Support the production of a national assessment report of WCAH commitments highlighting the quality and status of existing commitments made in the past 20 years
- Work with the Program Manager to develop a Country Advocacy Action Plan to rally partner efforts and provide the basis for evaluating and reporting progress by partners towards agreed outcomes
- Support the Program Manager to develop monthly progress reports to be shared with PMNCH
- Work with the Program Manager and PMNCH to develop a National Digital Advocacy Hub which will aim to centralize and streamline access to knowledge and advocacy tools and resources
- Perform any other tasks as requested by the Program Manager and/or Country Director
- Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, or other technical disciplines from a reputable university and 2 years of work experience OR a Master’s degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Econometrics or other technical disciplines and a minimum of 1 year of work experience;
- Ability to work independently and to develop and execute plans to achieve specified impact with limited guidance and a high level of uncertainty, including an ability to multi-task and be effective in high-pressure situations;
- Excellent report writing skills;
- Strong written and verbal communication skills, including the capacity to synthesize data into an effective presentation of results and recommendations to guide program implementation;
- Exceptional diplomatic, strategic-thinking, and interpersonal skills, and an ability to build durable relationships;
- Experience working in maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health;
- Experience in developing advocacy material and messaging;
- Experience working in a developing country and/or with bureaucratic and government organizations;
- Proficiency in Krio.