Sierra Leone: Infrastructure and Facility Systems Adviser

Organization: John Snow
Country: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 30 Nov 2017

Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone

Posting Date: 11/15/2017

Deadline Date: 11/30/2017

Starting Date: 01/01/2018


The Infrastructure, Facility Systems, and Equipment (I-FS-E) Adviser will work under the Chief of Party (COP) serving as the technical specialist and team leader for the maintenance and preventive maintenance program of the Sustaining Gains in Sierra Leone (SGSL). As this new program aims to guide the MOHS with the development of approaches, tools and skills for maintenance and preventive maintenance (M/PM), the I-FS-E Adviser’s main purpose is to provide day to day management, knowledge, experience and leadership in these areas.

The SGSL program is expected to work in two-tree districts and about 40 total peripheral health units (PHUs) previously rehabilitated through the USAID funded Post-Ebola Recovery of Health Services, which ended in the summer of 2017 ( The program team will develop and test alternative approaches, support the development of M/PM skills, develop tracking, budgeting and other tools, and manage facility, systems and equipment repairs during the life of the program. A baseline and endline surveys will also be completed.

This position will be based in Freetown with extensive travel to districts (o/a 30%) to work with health facilities, NGO grantees, contractors, local councils and health management teams, and other stakeholders. The I-FS-E Adviser will: supervise 2-3 staff members located either in Freetown or in the districts; oversee 1-2 NGO grantees; and support the management of M/PM local contractors.

This is a 12 months position, based in Freetown, with possibility of extension.
Interested candidates should send an updated CV (including contacts for three referees) and a Cover Letter, not later than November 30th 2017.


  1. Provide leadership for development, testing, implementing and costing a maintenance and preventive maintenance program (including repairs) for facilities, facility systems, and equipment
  2. Lead and participate in an initial M/PM skills baseline survey and needs assessment at the national, district, and facility levels, with DHMTs and a sample of FMCs in order to identify specific gaps and needs for an ongoing maintenance program.
  3. Provide leadership to determine alternative means and models to address M/PM needs and develop implementation plans for possible solutions.
  4. Develop priority selection criteria to select health facilities (e.g. with active, reliable and dedicated Facility Management Committees (FMC)) to support facility M/PM ongoing activities and organizational partners (as feasible – dependent on the timing of these activities)
  5. Guide development and implementation of a training and technical assistance (TA) program for facility staff, FMC members, Community Health Workers (CHWs), and other community leaders to develop and strengthen basic M/PM skills for physical facilities, facility systems (water, lighting, WASH) and medical equipment.
  6. Guide development and implementation of a training and program for District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) and District Councils technical staff to develop and strengthen M/PM skills for a range of infrastructure needs, including building capacity to contract with private sector companies’ involvement.
  7. Provide leadership and oversight to develop tools to plan, budget, schedule and track M/PM activities at health facilities for the use of DHMTs, health facilities, and FMCs.
  8. Participate in the analysis of findings and conclusions of the project’s M/PM activities, best practices and lessons learned, and support development of an “M/PM roadmap” for MOHS, DHMTs, health facilities, FMCs, and other stakeholders use through advocacy and other appropriate mechanisms.
  9. Support active discussions / negotiations with private sector partners in short and long-term service contracts for selected facility systems and equipment (e.g. submersible pumps and solar lighting system, etc.).
  10. Support advocacy activities with national and district level health managers to improved M/PM resources and practices, in conjunction with M&E Advisers, COP and Deputy COPs.
  11. Provide oversight to, and monitor progress of, NGO grantees and other implementing partner(s) and team members in meeting the goals and objects and carrying out the activities of their agreement work plan during the M/PM program.
  12. Work with the NGO grantees and implementing partner(s) to identify problems, develop solutions, and make adjustments to work plans, as needed.
  13. Ensure that written minutes are kept of all M/PM meetings and distributed as directed by the COP or DCOPs.
  14. Prepare monthly and quarterly reports on M/PM program’s progress and schedule, on issues encountered, and tracking budget and expenses for review with COP/DCOPs.
  15. Work with and maintain communications with JSI District Coordinators and other team members on M/PM activities.
  16. Provide technical assistance to NGO implementing partners on M/PM activities in order to ensure adherence to standards and quality control.
  17. Complete other duties as assigned by the COP.


  • Significant experience in construction and maintenance/preventive maintenance, as well as with facility systems (WASH, lighting, solar power, wells and submersible pumps, equipment repair, etc.), and capacity building in technical areas such as the repair of equipment.
  • A BS/BA degree in engineering, management/administration, or construction.
  • At least 5 years professional work experience with increasing responsibility, preferably in West Africa.
  • Experience working with government, health facilities, and communities on health construction and rehabilitation related programs.
  • Experience and ability to develop preventive maintenance schedules and estimate costs for facilities, facility systems, and equipment.
  • Experience and ability to plan for cost effective repair/maintenance programming for individual facilities as well as for larger scale needs (e.g. a district).
  • Skills and experience in construction, and electrical, mechanical and waste management supervision and oversight.
  • Ability to support development of planning/budgeting tool(s) for MOHS, DHMTs, and FMCs for planning of M/PM services.
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilize standard construction documents and management tools.
  • Ability to use a computer; MS Word, spread sheets, email, and AutoCAD, scheduling, and engineering design software are desirable.
  • Fluency in English with good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience with and ability to work in a multicultural team environment.
  • Good writing skills; ability to prepare reports and other documents as required.
  • Ability to produce drawings or sketches, quantity surveys, cost estimates and/or BOQs for facilities, facility systems and equipment.
  • Knowledge of the health sector a plus.
  • Willingness and ability to travel overnight throughout Sierra Leone frequently to carry out the job duties as requested.

Salary commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should submit their resumes and cover letters online by 11/30/2017 via the link below.