Senior Program Officer, Community Health Systems (Flexible Location)

US
Department
Health Investment & Policy
Type
Regular Full-Time

About Last Mile Health

Last Mile Health (LMH) saves lives in the world's most remote communities by partnering with governments to bring critical primary care services to the doorsteps of people living in the last mile. Last Mile Health is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization with offices in Liberia, Boston and New York. For more information, visit www.lastmilehealth.org.

 

General Position Summary

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. 

Essential Job Functions

  • Work with HIP team, other LMH staff, and stakeholders from the Integrating Community Health community to ensure that knowledge and evidence generated via the seven country programs under the ICH umbrella are packaged and disseminated to inform frontline delivery models globally
  • Facilitate LMH’s participation in the Primary Health Care Global Strategy Group (PHCGSG) led by Population Action International (PAI) to strategically leverage learnings from the ICH collaboration to advance global advocacy efforts related to integrated primary health care delivery via community health workers
  • Manage the Advocacy Specialist and other staff as needed to  develop and execute a tailored advocacy strategy to advance the institutionalization and continuous refinement of Liberia’s National Community Health Assistant (CHA) Program. This work to be completed jointly with NCHS team and NCHS Director
  • Work with the Director of HIP and other LMH staff to develop internal readiness to expand to new countries by developing a framework for performance-driven contracting of frontline community health workforce programming
  • Provide strategic guidance to LMH and the HIP team on LMH’s advocacy strategy, organizational, and team strategy, based on existing and learned expertise. In addition, help LMH increase its content and skillset expertise in the areas of advocacy, knowledge management, and understanding of community health programs both within and outside of Liberia
  • Represent LMH in various external engagements, advocacy forums, and stakeholder convenings
  • Support LMH and the HIP team as needed on additional projects, including the scoping and design of a partnership with a new country advocacy strategy for launch and implementation

Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in public policy, public health, or related subject
  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in public health, preferably in advancing health system strengthening alongside government counterparts or other policymakers, donors, and multi-lateral institutions
  • Ability to represent organizational interests, experience, and messages in external forums, including presenting at conferences, workshops, and panels
  • Ability to diplomatically navigate complex government processes and stakeholder dynamics, proactively problem solving to negotiate and achieve results and consensus with multiple influencers
  • Project and people management experience in complex environments, and ability to prioritize to meet tight timelines
  • Experience mentoring, motivating, and empowering staff members with an approachable management style to achieve key performance indicators
  • Experience working with national governments, partner organizations, donors, or multilateral institutions as a technical expert or technical assistant in resource limited settings
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task in time-sensitive manner
  • Fluent in English and excellent verbal, and written communication skills
  • Experience (both field and policy) with technical aspects of community health systems (e.g. training and supervision, supply chain, human resources for health, quality improvement, governance, etc.)
  • Strong communication and inter-personal skills; ability to interface with diverse stakeholder in a range of multi-disciplinary settings
  • Demonstrable intellectual curiosity related to Health Investment & Policy, generosity of spirit, entrepreneurial mindset, and mission-driven with a commitment to health and social justice
  • Availability for international travel with limited support to resource limited settings, with up to 30% international travel

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