Sierra Leone: National Health Strategic Planning Advisor

Organization: ICAP
Country: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 05 Oct 2018


The Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), launched in 2014, acknowledges the essential need for a multilateral and multi-sectoral approach to strengthen both the global capacity and countries’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases threats whether naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental.

Through a partnership of several national, international organizations, and non-governmental (NGO) stakeholders, GHSA aims to facilitate collaborative, capacity-building efforts to achieve specific and measurable targets, while accelerating achievement of the core capacities required by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Health Regulations (IHR).

In line with GHSA goals as outlined above, the development of the Sierra Leone 5 years National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) began with the voluntary enrolment of Sierra Leone among the countries to undertake the Joint External Evaluations (JEE). Between September 10th – 14th, 2016, an internal self-assessment was conducted with ministries representing key government sectors in Sierra Leone, as well as International Agencies.

Proposed NAPHS activities are linked to the draft National Health Sector Strategic Plan and also linked to other on-going national strategies, programs and projects including the Health Sector All Hazard Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan, the 5-year GHSA roadmap, the Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) project, the One Health coordination framework, and the Environment Protection Agency Strategic Plan among others. These linkages will enhance adequate and sustainable resource allocation, advocacy, monitoring, accountability and efficiency during implementation.

The NAPHS 2018-2022 objectives include:

  • Prevent the likelihood and reduce the consequences of outbreaks and other public health hazards.
  • Build national capacities for early detection and effective response to public health emergencies and other events of public health concern.
  • Foster all-sector partnerships for effective prevention, detection and response to public health emergencies and other events of public health concern.
  • Establish a sustainable financing strategy for the attainment of national health security.

ICAP at Columbia University, under the Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH), seeks to recruit a National Health Strategic Planning Advisor to support the implementation and track NAPHS performance in Sierra Leone.

Please note this position is grant funded.


  • Identify and collate strategic plans, partner activities, funding and other resources available that are in line with the NAPHS
  • Meet with key ministries, and NGOs leaders to assess priorities and current and expected funding commitments for next 3-5 years
  • Conduct a desk review of collated strategic plans
  • Develop a proprietary tool to map strategic plans and resources
  • Present analyses to identify overlaps, intersections and gaps within plans and resources
  • Provide intelligence to support (advocacy for) achievement of strategic objectives and future planning
  • Identify key indicators and milestones to be tracked going forward
  • Track performance against strategic plans on a regular basis
  • Work with Database Administrator to develop a draft database-user document
  • Develop a data plan and maintenance strategy for sustainability, including electronic archiving and indexing of plans, metrics, performance, key personnel, etc.
  • Prepare progress reports and develop strategies for improvement, in collaboration with the government and partners


A post-graduate degree in development studies, international relations, economics, public administration, public health, business administration, or related field.


At least 10 years working experience in development programs, projects and planning in a government agency or an international/inter-governmental organization, with responsibilities for planning, monitoring and evaluation and tool development. Experience working with ministers, Non-Governmental Organization, International Organizations, and strategists at the highest levels of government especially in health and economic development, is critical. Familiarity with strategic planning, and international aid budgeting and financial management is desired. Familiarity with spreadsheets and databases is also essential.

How to apply:

Qualified applicants should send their Cover Letters and CV by October 5th, 2018 via email to, and reference “National Health Strategic Planning Advisor” in the subject line.

Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

Please do NOT attach any certificates when submitting online. ICAP is an equal opportunity employer; women are encouraged to apply. Sierra Leoneans living and working abroad are encouraged to apply.