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), Health Investment & Policy (HIP) will contribute to generating and developing the evidence base for community health worker programs and community health systems. The SPO’s primary responsibility will be to manage a project to equip policymakers, funders, and governments with better tools to understand which countries have successfully implemented large-scale community health programs, and to synthesize positive deviant characteristics and determinants with appropriate granularity to improve investment and financing decisions.The current project approach is to (1) develop a framework to identify exemplar community health programs, (2) apply that framework to available data on current programs, and (3) develop a suite of case-study materials for 4-5 identified programs. Additionally, the SPO will engage with external stakeholders who contribute to this evidence base and community of practice. As needed, the SPO will also support related work streams, such as evidence packaging, dissemination, and advocacy projects related to community health.