In Liberia, Last Mile Health has supported the Liberian government to design and implement a revised national policy on community health and a new national community health program. Globally, there is increasing recognition that integrated community health programs are a key pathway to achieving universal health coverage and other heath goals of the SDGs. However, few country governments have sufficiently funded, well-managed, properly monitored, scaled, and sustained community health programs. The lack of scaled community health programs results in many millions of unnecessary maternal and child deaths per year. The Senior Program Officer will join a team and organization that aims to change this equation.
The Senior Program Officer (SPO), Community Health Systems (CHS), will have primary responsibility for oversight and delivery of all aspects of a proposed partnership award with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Driven by the overarching aim to leverage integrated healthcare delivery as a means of advancing universal access to high quality primary health care services, the purpose of this partnership is to promote evidence-based pathways to the scale of integrated, public sector community health workforce programming. The partnership will package and disseminate evidence generated via the seven country programs under the USAID/UNICEF Integrating Community Health investment to inform broader global advocacy for community health workforce programming. The Senior Program Officer will play a key role in ensuring that knowledge and evidence generated via the seven country programs under the ICH investment are packaged and made widely available to inform frontline delivery models globally. This role will also contribute to LMH’s participation in the Primary Health Care Global Strategy Group (PHCGSG) led by PAI to leverage learnings from the ICH collaboration to advance global advocacy efforts related to integrated primary health care delivery via community health workers. This role will work to develop and execute a tailored advocacy strategy to advance the institutionalization and continuous refinement of Liberia’s National Community Health Assistant (CHA) Program and support the development of criteria to expand to new countries by developing a framework for performance-driven contracting of frontline community health workforce programming with other Health Investment & Policy (HIP) and LMH staff.
In addition to this primary responsibility, the SPO will support other HIP projects and work streams including general guidance to LMH’s advocacy strategy, representing LMH in external engagements, specific projects related to advocacy or knowledge management, and support for other team projects as needed.
This position is contingent on award of funding.