Sierra Leone: Resource Mobilization and Advocacy Manager |USAID APC Project

Organization: John Snow
Country: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 30 Apr 2018

The Resource Mobilization and Advocacy (RMA) Manager will work under the Deputy Chief of Party – Programs (DCOP-P), serving as a technical specialist for the Sustaining Health Facility Improvements (SHFI) program in Sierra Leone (USAID-funded).

This program aims to:

  • Identify and apply community-driven solutions to mobilize public and private sector resources to support the maintenance and preventive maintenance (M/PM) of targeted health facilities,
  • Utilize international and locally generated evidence (by SHFI or other programs such as the Freetown WASH Consortium) to advocate with government, development and implementing partners for the integration of M/PM aspects for current and future health programs which address infrastructure, systems and/or equipment,
  • Guide and support the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS) and District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) with the development of approaches, tools and skills for health facility maintenance and preventive maintenance (M/PM), and
  • Ensure targeted facilities are maintained according to current WASH/IPC standards.

The Resource Mobilization and Advocacy Manager will provide day to day management, knowledge, and expertise to the SHFI program.

The SHFI program is expected to work in three districts and with up to 70 peripheral health units (PHUs), all of which were previously rehabilitated through the USAID-funded Post-Ebola Recovery of Health Services program, which ended in the fall of 2017 . The JSI team will develop and test approaches to engage community, government, development partners, and private sector in M/PM initiatives that support the investments made at these 70 PHUs. The program also seeks to increase the active support of local communities and other stakeholders for their neighborhood health facility.

This position will be based in Freetown with extensive travel to the three districts to work with community and government stakeholders, health facility staff, NGO grantees, and private sector partners. The RMA TM is expected to supervise 2 or 3 staff.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Develop and test community-based solutions and relationships to engage communities in M/PM of their local health facility. This will include working with already pre-established Village Saving Groups (VSGs), supporting strategies to expand existing VSGs, or forming new VSGs that will support M/PM at the PHU in their catchment area.
  2. In collaboration with the program team and the implementing partners, ensure community stakeholders actively participate in the development and implementation of action plans for facility M/PM.
  3. Lead the process to identify and develop community and government-driven models to address M/PM needs and develop implementation (action) plans to address M/PM possible solutions.
  4. Identify and support the development of private sector engagement to support M/PM for the targeted health facilities.
  5. Support the identification of M/PM resource solutions through the DHMTs, District Councils (DCs), and public-private partnerships, as feasible.
  6. Provide support to the program team and the implementing partners in the development of skills assessment tools to be administered to community members (members of the Facility Management Committees, VSGs, Village Development Committees, and other members of the communities), and lead the development of training materials to build community skills needed for M/PM.
  7. Develop skills assessment tools and training for district level authorities involved in the M/PM of health facilities, i.e. DHMTs and DCs.
  8. Utilize international and national generated evidence to advocate with government at the national and local level, and with development and implementing partners, to integrate M/PM in health programs actively working at PHUs.
  9. Support advocacy activities with national and district level health managers to improve M/PM resources and practices, in conjunction with M&E Advisers, COP and DCOPs for Programs and for Operations & Communications.
  10. Lead the SHFI team in capitalizing lessons learned from the program; and collaborate with the Knowledge Management in country and Home Office teams to ensure that successes and best practices, etc. are documented and shared.
  11. Provide oversight to, and monitor the progress of NGO grantees and other implementing partners and team members, in meeting the program’s goals and objectives and in carrying out the activities of their work plans/job descriptions.
  12. Provide technical assistance to NGO implementing partners on the program’s related activities in order to ensure adherence to standards and quality control.
  13. Direct supervise the Community Engagement Advisor and other staff and ensure activities are implemented in a timely manner and according to workplan.
  14. Represent JSI and the program in external meeting with partners such as the Government of Sierra Leone, MOHS, UN agencies, NGOs, donors, etc. as needed.
  15. Ensure that written minutes are kept of all meetings and distributed as directed by the COP/DCOP.
  16. Support the preparation of monthly and quarterly reports on the SHFI program’s progress and schedule, on issues encountered, and for tracking budgets and expenses – for review with COP/DCOPs.
  17. In collaboration with the M&E Advisor, and with the support from COP and DCOPs, support the design and implementation of the program’s performance monitoring plan;
  18. Complete other duties as assigned by the DCOPs or COP.

Qualifications

  • A Master degree in development studies, community development, public health, management/administration or similar.
  • At least 5 years’ professional work experience in community resource mobilization for health and health advocacy in developing countries, particularly in the African context.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing community resource mobilization strategy; and in designing and leading Advocacy strategies and activities, preferably in health.
  • Experience working with government, health facilities and communities on mobilization of resources for community health-related priorities.
  • Experience in leading a multi-technical team through the provision of managerial and technical leadership.
  • Demonstrated experience with Village Saving Groups and similar entities, especially in health projects, is an advantage.
  • Understanding of key WASH issues in relation to health facilities is an advantage.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience with an ability to work in a multicultural team environment.
  • Fluency in English with good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good writing skills; ability to prepare reports and other documents as required.

This is expected to be a 10-month position, based in Freetown, with a possibility of extension linked to the availability of funding, and performance. Interested candidates should send an updated CV (including contacts for at least three references) and a Cover Letter, not later than April 30, 2018

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